The "better burger" trend may have peaked, but that won't stop Rodeo Goat Ice House. The new beer and burger place opens January 15 in the Design District, from restaurateurs Shannon Wynne, Keith Schlabs and Larry Richardson, of Meddlesome Moth, Lark on the Park and Flying Saucer fame.
This is the second branch of Rodeo Goat; the first opened in Fort Worth in 2012. Similar to Hopdoddy and other better-burger concepts, it features more than a dozen burger options, along with a full bar. Fort Worth loves its Rodeo Goat: It won Best Burger in DFW from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 2013.
The Dallas location will be led by chef Kyle Baker, former sous chef of Meddlesome Moth. The menu features favorites such as the Chaco Oaxaca, with beef and chorizo, avocado, pico de gallo, fried egg, queso fresco and Tabasco mayo, and the Olivia Darling, with green olive tapenade, lettuce, tomato, roasted red pepper mayo and herb cheese spread.
There are 23 beers on tap, plus bottles, with a large selection of American and Texas craft beers. In addition to wine, there is a unique cocktail menu featuring concoctions such as the Fainting Goat that combines Revolver Blood & Honey with vodka and orange juice.
"Rodeo Goat's Fort Worth location has been pretty successful due to the folks in Fort Worth — they get it," says Wynne in a release. "We plopped the Moth down in the Design District six years ago, and everybody thought we were nuts.
"They thought the area was dangerous; it's not. People didn’t know how to get there; they learned. So now, we are taking them just a little deeper into the district to the new Trinity Strand Trail."
The Old Trinity River Corridor runs behind the Goat's newest location, prominently featuring the Trinity Strand Trail outside its backdoors. The Strand is set for formal opening this spring, with an eventual three-and-a-half mile connector to the Katy Trail. A footbridge connecting the Goat to the trail is in the works.
The Design District branch will keep long hours: 11 am to midnight, Sunday-Wednesday, and until 2 am Thursday-Saturday.