One of the great things about road tripping is that you never know what you’re going to find. You can plan a trip, I recommend planning, but still the unexpected is to be expected. And that’s a good thing.
Last week I found myself passing through Grandview Texas. I wasn’t really interested in anything specific in that town. It was midday though and I was hungry. Out of the corner of my eye I spied, the word burger on a sign above a shop along the highway. After careful and considered consultation with my wife, which took about 3 seconds, I made a 180 turnaround and whipped into the parking lot.
With these small town places you never know what your in for. There were several cars in the parking lot. That’s a good sign, usually. When I got inside, the place wasn’t at all what I was expecting. Everything was clean and shiny. The ceiling was high and the dinning room was this warm open space. In one corner of this large space was the food prep area. Completely in the open. Kind of like a cooking demonstration kitchen, with stools around to sit at and watch food preparation. There were also tables scattered around the room. The place was at the same time classy and casual.
This burger joint I had stumbled upon was actually the Burgundy Boucherie, storefront for Burgundy Pasture Beef. Boucherie: that’s French for butcher market, by the way. Burgundy Pasture Beef specializes in free-range grass fed beef. Owners Wendy and Jon Taggart raise cattle, process and sell beef at the boucherie, and they also sell other meats produced in an environmentally conscious way.
And, they cook one heck of a burger here at the boucherie. Actually, I think they have more than burgers on the menu, but I’ll let that be for you to discover.
From their web site:
Now serving the BEST BURGER you ever tasted! Our freshly ground 100% Grass Fed Beef on a specially baked bun – toasted just right With Organic Romaine Lettuce, Local Red Ripe Tomatoes & More. Only 35 minutes South of Downtown Ft Worth.
ENJOY WHAT A BURGER SHOULD BE!
Yes the burger was good. The quality of the beef does translate to a better burger. Wendy Taggart was talking up customers in the dinning area, and she told us that they had been featured in an article that appeared on the front page of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Just about the time I was thinking wow that’s amazing, she brought over an issue of Time Magazine with an article about the “Grass-Fed Revolution” in which Burgundy Pasture Beef, the Taggart’s and their cattle ranch was the central subject.
Now that I’ve spoiled the surprise for you, still go visit the Taggart family and their boucherie. See their web site, Burgundy Pasture Beef for more details, driving directions and the like. Also see my related post on Grandview Texas Driveby Destinations for other interesting things to do in Grandview.
Burgundy Pasture Beef
800 McDuff Ave
Grandview, Texas 76050
The Grass-Fed Revolution – Time Magazine June 12, 2006
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