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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

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Dairy Queen In An Identity Crisis: How Do You Want Your Burger?

Posted 10-09-2019 at 05:36 PM by case44

Dairy Queen has every reason to be Texas' Stop Sign. The venerable fast-food chain has a long history of catchy menu items, like the Beltbuster (double-meat hamburger), the Dilly Bar, the Blizzard, and the Dude. Heck, it was the first place where I had French fries. I'd have to go waaaaay back to 1970 to have crinkle-cut potato goodness, with a little salt sprinkled on them.

Long since, those fries have been replaced with another recipe and shape, and I can't even bring myself to order them. With so much competition in North Texas and abroad, Dairy Queen hasn't been visited too much by this writer. But no one can forget that delectable soft-serve vanilla ice cream bliss. Not even this writer, despite the amount of time between visits (which, in a few cases, spanned years).

So what's wrong with Dairy Queen? Apparently, this has been going on for years but has been kept under the radar. The first place I discovered this, I was in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, in 1988, while on a trip back from Glorieta. That DQ location served the Beltbuster that I ordered, but this one came with a charbroiled beef patty. It didn't taste bad, as charbroiled is my first beef patty preference, but that wasn't what Dairy Queen did. They've always flat-grilled their burgers. Must have been a New Mexico thing.

Well, hold the phone, Alice. I just discovered something in The Colony, Texas. It was another charbroiled Beltbuster hamburger. Look, I'm not complaining; rather, just pointing something out. When I ventured up to Frisco to another DQ location, and it was flat-grilled for that Beltbuster. What gives?

This writer needed to investigate. While at that same Frisco location, I asked that fine-looking female manager about the issue. She said it had a lot to do with certain franchisees and how they chose to run the locations they own. Made sense from one standpoint, but not from a logical one. There's a burger identity crisis at Dairy Queen. Now, we have a red flag at Texas' Stop Sign. Can the chain just make up its mind on how to make your Hungrbusters and Beltbusters and all the other burgers in the glorious repertoire? Cook them one way. Have a certain product one way.

Can you imagine if Burger King didn't flame-broil? Or if McDonald's started char-grilling? Wild stuff, indeed.

Look at it like this: At least DQ was smart not to mess with their vanilla soft-serve.
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  1. Old Comment
    Now, it should be noted: Dairy Queen's Texas menu differs (mostly in name) from DQ locations in other states. As for what I ordered in New Mexico, I'm not even sure if it was a Beltbuster out there or just a generic double. Been so many years that I don't quite remember. So what I'm basically referring to here is Dairy Queen in Texas.
    Posted 10-09-2019 at 05:40 PM by case44 case44 is offline
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    I want my burgers juicy but healthy. Try some alternatives as carrots. It actually taste great on burgers. Only have one cheese is good to make it a bit healthier.

    BR / Josh
    Posted 10-13-2019 at 04:22 AM by josh_85 josh_85 is offline
    Updated 10-13-2019 at 08:36 AM by case44
  3. Old Comment
    ^ But I wasn't talking about healthy vs. unhealthy, Josh. I was only pointing out comparisons of how burgers are prepared within one chain. You usually just don't see multiple styles in most chains. A signature burger must be a certain way.

    Carrots??? ...... Seriously??
    Posted 10-13-2019 at 08:38 AM by case44 case44 is offline
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    As I was reading, I also thought about the possibility of different menus in different states. I remember the "Full Meal Deal" and the "Macho Meal" way, way back.

    I've visited DQs in Hamilton, Sonora, Jacksboro and Austin in my time down there.

    One time, I was waiting for my order and some guy walked and wanted carrots on his burger and the cute Texan gal behind the register jumped over the counter and kicked his azz..
    Posted 10-20-2019 at 08:27 PM by MoNative34 MoNative34 is offline
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    Too bad the DQs in Oklahoma can't have simple things like steak fingers, which you'll get on DQ's Texas menus. Just the ice cream, the onion rings, the chicken strips, and the fries are about all both prototypes have in common. Oh, and in Texas, DQ also has tacos.

    And why in the cornbread world aren't DQ's onion rings anywhere on either of their websites??
    Posted 01-26-2022 at 08:14 PM by case44 case44 is offline

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