Curly’s

 

9310 Forest ,

Suite 362

 

214-342-8759

 

HOURS: Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

 

$

 

 

 

When Kara Vraniqi learned that Tigerbull’s had closed, she told her husband Luan (owner of Primo Brothers Pizza next door) to “get the key — the neighborhood loves that place.” The Vraniqis have reincarnated Tigerbull’s, mixing the burger joint residents have loved for more than a decade with their own whimsical style, and naming it after Kara’s late grandfather, Johnny Bob “Curly” Coe. Old photos of Curly hang on the wall along with pictures of vintage automobiles and retro advertisements. A margarita glass filled with Dum Dums greets customers at the register, where an ice bucket is stocked with Red Bull, Minute Maid juice, Powerade and Kool-Aid “jammers” — all Kara’s doing. She is excited about the half-pound never-frozen burgers (“they’re extra juicy that way”), but also says she’s “stoked” about the menu’s expansion to include buffalo wings, Tex-Mex and salads. With good reason — the steak fajita meat is superior to that in many restaurants serving nothing but Tex-Mex, and the late summer salad is worth ordering in December. The menu is full of other appetizing concoctions and witty names — the Wildcat is a double patty burger named by Lake Highlands High School students, and the $5 shake is a pulp-fiction knockoff that translates to 20 ounces of Haagen-Dazs goodness.