Ding, ding. What’s that sound? That is the beginning of Battle of the Burger, Round 2: JC’s Burgers vs. Twisted Root Burger Company. It’s that time again, where we put local burger favorites head-to-head and let them duke it out.
The specific locations we’ll be comparing are:
JC’s Burger House vs. Twisted Root Burger Company
318 N Central Expy 232 Town Place (The Village at Fairview)
McKinney, TX 75070 Fairview, TX 75069
JC’s and Twisted Root are two similarly hyped local favorites. After 3 years of living in Dallas, I realized it’s finally time I check them out. Again, the categories for our battle are as follows: Meat, Bun, Extras, Fries, Price, Service, and Atmosphere .
Round 1: Meat
At JC’s I tried the 1/4 lb burger with cheese, mustard, and pickles. Their popular “all the way” includes mayo, mustard, red onion, pickle, tomato, and lettuce. The meat patty wasn’t very flavorful or pleasant, was fast-food thin, and I barely ate half of my burger. Can you say, disappointing?
Twisted Root’s serves up only 1/2 lb burgers, so it was obviously larger than JC’s, but that’s besides the point. The flavor is so much better. Twisted Root uses their own blend of chuck and brisket meats and seasoning.
No comparison here. Round 1 is Twisted Root’s, all the way.
Round 2: Bun
JC’s bun tasted and looked exactly like McDonald’s buns. Ew. Not fresh at all.
Twisted Root’s sesame seed bun tasted fresher, I don’t honestly recall much about it taste-wise because I was so blown away by the divine toppings that accessorized my burger.
Based simply on freshness and not tasting like fast food, Round 2 goes to Twisted Root as well.
Round 3: Extras
‘Extras’ is such a broad topic. There are extra toppings for burgers, sides, desserts, drink, and many more.
At JC’s Burger House, if burgers aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other options: chicken fried steak, chicken sandwich, chicken strips. Okay, for the sake of sounding like Forrest Gump, I’ll stop there. You can also choose a turkey burger, patty melt, veggie burger, onion rings, jalapeno bites, fried pickles, salad, or a milkshake for dessert.
At Twisted Root, you can try buffalo, venison, elk, lamb, ostrich, emu, boar, alligator, or even kangaroo, seasonally. You can also choose from 3 different buns. As far as sides go, they offer sweet potato chips, fried green beans, fried pickles, onion strings and fries. They also serve their own specialty milkshakes and Twisted Root Beer Floats, made from house blended ice cream and Root Beer. A vast selection of tasty burgers awaits you at Twisted Root: the Green Chile Guacamole Pepperjack Burger is just one of many tantalizing options.
The fact that Twisted Root serves kangaroo alone is enough for me to give this round to them as well. Twisted Root is running away with this so far. Keep reading to see how they fare in the last 4 rounds.
Round 4: Fries
There are no words for my excitement about the cheese fries at JC’s. Everything with cheddar cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and ranch dressing is awesome, right? Well, maybe after having Snuffer’s loaded cheese fries one can be a tad spoiled, but these were just alright. The ranch dressing was really tasty, though.
Twisted Root’s fries were crispy and well seasoned. Dipped in Twisted Root’s own barbecue sauce, they were quite a treat for the taste buds. It’s a close call on this one, but since the cheese plus jalapenos plus ranch dipping sauce were necessary to add flavor to JC’s fries.
I hafta hand this one to Twisted Root bc of their perfect spice and consistency.
Round 5: Price
The great news about JC’s burger is that the 1/4 lb burger will only run you $3.79. You can upsize to a 1/3 lb for $4.69, or a half lb for $5.29. My total would have been less than 5 bucks except that I ordered the loaded cheese fries (half order $4.69 and full order $5.79).
Twisted Root’s basic hamburger price (remember 1/2 lb only) costs $5.99. Their different types of burgers (which are a must try) run anywhere from 6 to 9 dollars. If you want to try their buffalo burger, it comes at the steeper price of $9.99. An order of fries is $1.99 and fried pickles are $2.99.
I’l give Round 5 to JC because it is possible for 2 people to eat dinner for less than 15 bucks, which is pretty much impossible at Twisted Root unless you’re sharing.
Round 6: Service
Service at JC’s in McKinney was the bare minimum at best. Considering I was one of only 6 customers in the joint, one would think they’d have taken the time to be friendlier, but that just wasn’t the case. They weren’t rude, either, they just didn’t seem to want to be there.
Twisted Root was much busier and faster paced. I felt extremely rushed when ordering, and I find the quirky names given to you instead of numbers for your meal interesting, but think it would be much funnier if they improvised the names given on the spot based on celebrity look-alikes and whatnot. I know, too much to ask from a burger place, but hey- Dick’s restaurant can do it!
This one is a draw because neither place made me feel very welcome. Oh, how I miss southern hospitality.
Round 7: Atmosphere
JC’s looks like a Texas-ish diner that isn’t completely sure about its identity. They could do better.
Twisted Root in Fairview is done in a really fun, drive-in movie style, complete with parts of old cars made into booths inside, and classic films running on the big screen. There’s a nice patio for outdoor dining and people-watching, and fun games like an enormous connect 4 and bag toss.
Twisted Root takes Round 7 due to JC’s lack of character and surroundings.
JC’s Burger House: 1
Twister Root: 5
Twisted Root all the way, it’s as simple as that, folks. No contest here. That’s it for the Battle of the Burger: volume 2. In our quest to find North Dallas’ best burger, Twisted Root advances to the next round. Stay tuned for Battle of the Burger, volume 3, coming soon. In the meantime, click subscribe to receive instant emails whenever I publish a new article, or like Dining with Delia Jo on facebook, or follow me on twitter @diningwithdelia. Happy burger-ing!