In a city filled with often unnecessarily complicated cuisines (black truffle this, free-range bone-marrow that), sometimes simplicity is the biggest innovation of all.
And few things are as exquisitely perfect as a good juicy burger.
Now open in Richardson, Shady's Burger Joint's no-frills menu focuses on six burgers, a trio of sandwiches, and some expertly prepared sides. (Plus a few salads if you're looking to anger the Angus gods.)
From a straightforward lettuce, tomato, pickle, red onion number to the El Shady, topped with chorizo, a fried egg, fresh-grated cheddar, and grilled jalapeños, each burger arrives on a fresh challah bun.
Best of all, no burger is more than $7.50, another nice change from unworthy $12 versions popping up all over town. A side of crispy fries only sets you back $2. Onion rings are $3.
Enjoy it all on the spacious patio with an ice-cold draft while chanting your new mantra:
Keep it simple, Shady's.
Best Bets: Blue Buffalo (Angus patty topped with homemade buffalo sauce, bacon & bleu cheese); onion rings
Nearby: Marcus Cafe; The Fillmore Pub; Fox and Hound