By Barbara King
Remember back in the day when Dad would carry a mound of ground meat to the yard and sear it topped with mouth-watering onions?
Look no further than the Burger Grind to satisfy your cravings for a one-of-a kind old-style burger right here in Tyler. Opened in November, patrons are coming in non-stop to see what all the buzz is about.
Owners Dennis and Carly Moreau are the hardworking young entrepreneurs with a dream that is coming true. “We named the restaurant in honor of the daily grind,” explains Carly. “It takes passion, hard work and perseverance to see your goals fulfilled.” The grind also refers to the fact that the meat is ground fresh daily, never frozen, and is a combination of brisket and chuck with no additional additives.
The restaurant itself, located just off Old Jacksonville, on CR 165 is a really neat warehouse-type space, that Carly describes as an industrial look, with vibrant colors, bicycles suspended from the ceiling, big screen TVs and lots of space to really spread out and enjoy your meal.
The Moreaus, originally from Louisiana and New Orleans, bring lots of experience to the business, as family members run the other Burger Grind located in Sulphur Springs. You will see Dennis busily grilling in the kitchen while Carly delivers orders to the tables. The Moreaus put their heart and soul into making this new burger spot a quality experience for their customers. The walk in and order concept works really well, and your food is delivered and cleaned up by a very welcoming waitstaff.
The Grind is definitely a come as you are, kind of raucous space, that is especially inviting for families with kids. The back seating area, known as the Garage is equipped with video games and a huge chalkboard for creative kids. The restaurant seats 80 in a very relaxed, come and stay atmosphere.
Back to the burger. They come in various sizes, from ¼ pound, ½ pound or 1 pound. Every burger is made to order and you can be as picky as you want by adding and subtracting toppings, like grilled onions, mushrooms and cheese. “Specialty grind” burger options include Bacon Cheddar, Extreme Cheese, Mushroom Melt, Bleu Bomber and Philly. The bun options are out of this world too and include onion buns, sesame twists, gluten free and wheat options.
Wait until you see the size of the hand-cut gargantuan onion rings, which are definitely a challenge to finish.
The made-to-order burger comes to your table, fresh, hot and juicy, definitely without a trip to the heat lamps. “Your order may take a little bit longer than your typical drive-through, fast food place,” explains Mrs. Moreau, “but we can guarantee it’s worth the wait.”
Lee and Megan Reynolds were treating their excited nephew Peyton to a burger for lunch. “We live up the road,” said Mr. Reynolds. “We think this is a great family place, much bigger inside than we expected. We were surprised by the selection and different menu options,” added Mrs. Reynolds.
There is definitely something for everyone, with the hand-chalked menu highlighting salads, grilled chicken, BLT and fries and quesadillas to name a few. Sides include chips and salsa, regular and curly fries and of course, the spectacular onion rings.
The Grind whips up old fashioned milk shakes and has a recreation of an ice cream counter serving vanilla, peppermint, pecan praline and cookies and cream flavors to name just a few.
The Burger Grind caters to families, so of course there is an extensive kids menu, including chicken strips, grilled cheese, chicken sandwiches, cheese quesadillas and a kid-sized burger.
The Garage section of the restaurant is a great space for larger groups and in the summer the Moreaus plan to take advantage of the big, garage-style, aluminum door and have it open for an outside feel. Their restaurant business is growing by word of mouth, with customers from the Tyler, Jacksonville, Bullard and Flint areas already becoming loyal patrons.
The prices, along with the food and atmosphere, are great. The burgers range in price from $6.49 to $6.99, so with a drink and a side, most meals run under $10.
If you want to get your grind on, and taste the “best.burger.ever” head on over to the Burger Grind.
The burgers are cooking Monday-Thursday from 10:30am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 10:30am to 10pm and Sunday from 10:30am to 3pm.
They are located off Old Jacksonville at 15902 CR 165. For more information call (903)630-7069 or check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/burgergrindtx.