Cali Burger Invasion

Eureka burger rewards Texas with first restaurants outside of California

Eureka burger rewards Texas with first restaurants outside California

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California-based Eureka is bringing its burgers to Texas. Photo courtesy of Eureka

California beer-and-burger chain Eureka is headed for Texas. With 12 locations on the West Coast, stretching from San Diego to Seattle, Eureka has set its sights on Dallas and Austin. Branches will open in those cities by the end of 2014, spokeswoman Alexia Penna confirms.

According to Penna, the Dallas branch will open in Uptown in November 2014, at 3700 McKinney Ave., in the West Village's new 3700M residential/retail building at McKinney and CityPlace West, across the street from the Loft.

The Austin branch will open at 200 E. Sixth St., in the old Logan's on Sixth space, in December 2014 or January 2015.

Founded in 2009, Eureka does a slight expansion on the "better burger" trend, with a menu of burgers sporting gourmet toppings, enhanced by other sandwiches, salads and the occasional kitschy starter such as the "riblet" made from pork.

Decor is upscale and woodsy. The menus vary from location to location, but are American in theme. Starters include au courant items like wings, tacos, nachos, mac and cheese, truffle fries, and a lollipop corn dog with Polish sausage.

Burgers comprise a Hopdoddy-esque list including one with an egg, one from bison, one topped with bacon and fig marmalade, and one with blue cheese. The veggie burger blends beans with beets, reminiscent of the veggie burger at Houston's. Sweet potato fries are flavored with honey and cinnamon.

Salads include kale, watermelon and arugula, and chicken and strawberries. There are also fried-chicken sliders, braised short ribs and a vegetarian dish: marinated grilled portobello mushroom.

Beverages include American craft beers and a focus on small-batch America whiskeys, mostly from smaller breweries and distilleries.