Restaurant review: Stackhouse on Gaston owned by LH resident

It’s not in Lake Highlands, but this new casual restaurant spot on Gaston near Baylor is owned by an Old Lake Highlands resident who specializes in mid-century modern home building, so I thought it was worth a mention here today.

I saw on our Lakewood magazine blog Thursday that Stackhouse burgers, a new restaurant at 2917 Gaston, had just opened, so my wife and I stopped by to check it out. As soon as we walked in the door, an Advocate reader and his wife greeted us, and it turns out that there’s a neighborhood connection there.

First, neighborhood resident Randy Kienast (a former pro motorcycle racer and current homebuilder, in his spare time apparently) is a part owner of the place. Pro motorcycle racer Ben Spies also is a partner, and he’s pretty well-known in racing circles.

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Anyway, you probably are more interested in the food and the space than the story.

First the food: It’s good and, for Dallas, pretty reasonably priced. Burgers start at $6.95 for a six-ounce straight-upper (cheese, mushrooms, etc., are extras), and salads are in that price range, too. A number of other sandwiches also are served, along with a pretty good beer and wine list, the currently ubiquitous sweet potato fries and other assorted extras. My burger was great: juicy, stacked high with onions, tomatoes and lettuce on a browned, tasty bun. My wife had the $4.95 hot dog, which she said made “her list” of heavenly hot dogs, and she’s picky about that kind of thing.

Numerous sports-tuned TVs are scattered around the place, which had lots of inside seating (including a small “bar” area with some of the most comfortable bar chairs ever). But the real plus is the abundant and comfortable outside patio seating, both at ground level and on the “roof” of this former single-family house. Check out the accompanying photos: The roof patio has a great vista of Downtown, and there are both metal tables and chairs there, along with some cushioned outdoor seating in a covered portion of the patio.

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Stackhouse gives off a friendly, open vibe; when we were there, it was filled with neighborhood people, Baylor professionals on lunch break and people who work at the nearby non-profit sanctuary to the north. Some people we were wearing ties, while a bunch of others sported jeans. There’s a fair amount of parking in the rear, too.

The restaurant is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and it’s open until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. As Arnold said: I’ll be back.

 

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