I've been in Dallas for a week and today I finally had a chance to go taste my favorite burger at Adair's. One could call Adair's just another regular hole-in-the-wall-honky-tonk-bar but it propably is one of the best hole-in-the-wall-burger-beer-and-live-music-joints around, and it sits in the middle of nipple-pierced-body-tattooed Deep Ellum on Commerce Street, Dallas. If you ever visit Dallas, Adair's Saloon is the place for some quality burgers and country music. Totally recommended!
Adair's was opened by S.L. and Ann Adair in February 1963 on Cedar Springs. Their clientele consisted mostly of college students from nearby schools. The now famous burgers got started because Ann would make the 1/2 lb. cheeseburgers to satisfy S.L.'s large appetite. The school kids decided the burgers looked good and began to request them from Ann. Another Adair's trademark, the graffiti on the walls, began as kids would leave their "mark".
Current owner Lois McKinzie Adair bought the place with her late-husband in 1977 when S.L. and Ann retired. They moved Adair's to it's current location on Commerce Street in January of 1983. At the grand opening party, Lois handed out black markers and the old traditions began a new. The tables, photos, walls, ceilings, and everything is full of black "graffitis" and messages from anynomous visitors from country stars and random visitors to George W's secret service agents. On the walls under the marker lines you can see photos of some famous and not so famous folks that, Lois, has come across including a blown up photo taken of Lois and some guy named Elvis Presley back in 1955. There's history all over the place and everything is like it was almost 25 years ago.
The one other thing is the music, Adair's is all about the music. There's a stage where now famous country stars have started their career and new stars perform almost every night. Adair's jukebox is one of a kind and it has been said that it has the best selection of country songs in Texas.
Ordering burger at Adair's is easy. You get a hamburger, or you get a cheeseburger. You can add lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion and you have a choice of mustard, ketchup, or mayonnaise. The bread is a regular hamburger bun. The meat is "juicy" but not all-over-the-place-juicy and weighs half a pound, it has some peppered seasoning which just makes it taste even better. The cheese on the cheeseburger is American. The whole thing is topped with a jalapeno and held together with a toothpick. You can take the fries on the side but you can live with just the burger. Fries are thick slices of potato covered with seasoning. Perfect!
2624 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226