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October 22
22:17 2009

Denton County Independent Hamburger Company – 113 W. Hickory St., Denton

By Chris Speight & Jeph Burton / Contributing Writers –

Denton County Independent Hamburger Company. It’s a name that takes longer to say than it will take for you to get your burger.

Located on the Denton Square next to Beth Marie’s, the saloon-styled exterior of this 30-plus-year-old burger joint brandishes its garish sign atop an aged wooden face.

Denton County Independent Hamburger is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo by Melissa Boughton / Photographer)

Denton County Independent Hamburger is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo by Melissa Boughton / Photographer)


Small-looking on the outside, a step through the doors reveals one long stretch of room.

Inside, the place is crammed full of random junk that makes the ambiance, once again, an eclectic slice of America.

The burgers at Denton Couny Independent Hamburger Company do not automatically come with fries, but for around $2 extra, patrons get unlimited fries and beans. (Photo by Melissa Boughton / Photographer)

The burgers at Denton Couny Independent Hamburger Company do not automatically come with fries, but for around $2 extra, patrons get unlimited fries and beans. (Photo by Melissa Boughton / Photographer)

You’ll find the wooden wheel of an old-timey ship, a carnival game that will tell you your romance level, cattle skulls with light-bulb eyes, street signs and old advertisements.

Barbecue-style tablecloths and a roll of paper towels on every table set the mood.

This place is big. However, the amount of tables almost seemed overkill because we were the only customers. We did go close to closing time, though.

Head deep into the back of the restaurant to a large bar top, over which you can catch a glimpse of fresh french fries crackling in boiling hot oil.

Burgers are prepared on the spot. Choose from one of only a few options on the menu, and the supernaturally fast burger maestro will throw a heaping mound of meat, shredded cheese and whatever other toppings they’ve got hiding back there — all in about 15 seconds.

Burgers don’t come with fries automatically, but for about $2 extra, you get unlimited beans and fries.

The hickory burger was pretty good. The buns, patty, onions and shredded cheese were smothered in hickory sauce. It was a little heavy on the sauce and frankly not on our top-five burgers list, but decent nonetheless. This one will run you $4.25.

The classic fully-loaded cheeseburger includes a thick patty smothered in shredded cheddar cheese that spilled out from the sides of the bun. Lettuce was literally everywhere: on the plate, the table and the floor. This place isn’t afraid to lay on the toppings.

The fries were nothing special.

The place doesn’t serve alcohol, which is kind of a bummer. Beer and burgers? Come on now.

A strange thing about this restaurant is that it is only open between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Although one may assume that having a restaurant open more than four hours a day would win more cash, the guy at the counter assured us the restaurant doesn’t have any problems with business.

Fair enough.

If you’re craving a burger around dinnertime, though, there’s a second location at 715 Sunset Drive, and it’s open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Overall, this place is decent, but nothing to write home about. It’s great if you’re looking for some grub with a little atmosphere while you’re on the Square.

The price is right for a good burger — all priced around $4 — and the speedy delivery makes Denton County Independent Hamburger Company that much more appealing.

But with strange hours and average food, it probably isn’t worth it to make this place a priority.

RATINGS

Cleanliness – 4/5
Service – 4/5
Affordability – 4/5
Atmosphere – 4/5
Food Quality – 3/5

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