Mexican hot dog at Burgesa Burger Photo by Molly Dickson

The State Fair of Texas season is upon us, but you don’t have to venture far from our neighborhood for genuine fair food. Case in point: Burguesa Burger. It’s not your average burger joint, and it’s not a Mexican food restaurant, either. “It’s a marriage between the culture of the U.S. and Latin America,” co-owner Dale Kimball says. The Latin-influence burger concept has been a hit with a range of demographics in Oak Cliff. Burguesa is known for its La Monumental, a hefty burger with two beef patties, two slices of cheese, ham, a crunchy tostada, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado and the signature “special creamy sauce.” The menu also includes the Mexican hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with a pico de gallo relish and the special creamy sauce. Order a milkshake, and it comes with a small doughnut hanging around the straw. Kimball opened Burguesa in June 2010 in a 60-year-old building on Fort Worth Avenue. He hopes to reap the benefits of the neighborhood-friendly retail expansion in the works nearby — the Sylvan Thirty development. “We like what’s going on in Oak Cliff,” he says.

Burgesa Burger
710 Fort Worth Avenue

Three more spots for fair food in Oak Cliff

1 Jonathon’s
The menu for this new Oak Cliff restaurant features “danger dogs,” sausages on sticks dipped in pancake batter and deep fried.
1111 N. Beckley

2 7-Eleven
OK, it’s not a restaurant, but 7-Eleven is an Oak Cliff original and chock-full of junk food. Sure, there are healthy options, but why resist rotating hot dogs and taquitos, washed down with a Slurpee?
Various locations

3 Flash
This ice cream shop serves ballpark-style nachos, tortas and fried tacos, along with banana splits, fruit cups and scoops of ice cream served in melon halves.
1310 West Davis