Taken from Flaming Burger/Facebook

Taken from Flaming Burger/Facebook

Rarely do sprawling, aging shopping centers have hidden treasures lurking beneath stucco awnings, but upon entering Flaming Burger, located on the corner of Garland and Jupiter, it seems that that just might be case.

This particular burger joint isn’t pretentious, nor is it trying to be trendy by assigning celebrity names to customers or serving up fancy cocktails. Inside you’ll find a colorful interior, adorned by school jerseys from nearby schools. Bypass customers eating at no frills tables and order at the counter. Choices are simple and to the point: single or double patty (get the double, they’re thin,) then pick a burger with toppings ranging from bacon, cheese, lettuce, BBQ sauce, and pico de gallo. I added jalapeño bottle caps to my burger to get the full “flaming” experience. All of the burgers are under $6, so my friends, who have three kids to feed, were thrilled.

After ordering and picking your own fountain drink, pick any table and get comfy until your order comes out. The night we went it was pretty chilly out, so we had the whole place to ourselves. My friends’ toddlers took to running circles around the table, and from the pleasantly oblivious faces of the employees, I gathered that they weren’t phased by the playful kiddos.

Out come the burgers. The poppyseed buns successfully contained the meat, which is an important element, because soggy buns that fall apart aren’t very fun to eat. I ordered the Texas Special and it was satisfying. My tater tots were delicious too. And the jalapeño bottle caps, as the name (and kind of awesome fiery font on their menu suggest,) did indeed bring serious heat — more so than uncooked jalapeños, so take heed.