Update: Congrats to Jordan T. for winning this giveaway!
Kennyâ€™s Burger Joint hosted a fun-filled holiday cocktail party atÂ itsÂ newest location in Plano. The restaurant isÂ located in the Lakeside Market shopping center on the west side of Preston Rd. between Spring Creek & Parker Rd.
The fun and spunky bartenders, who welcomed us with glasses of bubbly, kept us entertained throughout the evening and most importantly, kept our glasses filled with delicious cocktails. I knew theyâ€™d show us a good time when one commented, â€œNever trust a sober bartender.â€ This makes complete sense.
We kicked off the festivities with a few of their most popular appetizers such as White Queso & Chips, Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos, Fried Pickles and Tator Tots. Â Chef Kenny Bowers even shared his recipes, a few cooking techniques and tips on how to prep the Juicy Lucy Burger, White Queso and Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos.
Everything was delicious but let me tell you about these tator tots, folks. These arenâ€™t just any plain tator tots youâ€™ve had. The special seasoning sprinkled on them fresh from the fryer is what makes them special. (I really should shoot KennyÂ an email and ask if heâ€™ll share his secret!) The flavor of the tasty tots reminds me of barbeque chips. They are served with a side of chipotle ranch, which is fine and dandy.The tots are just great on their own too. These little bites of heaven are so addictive, youâ€™ll want a large order just for yourself. Forget a bucket of popcorn with movies! I want a bucket of Kennyâ€™s tots! Seriously. And youâ€™re welcome.
Our first cocktail was Sapphire 75. It was shaken with Bombay Sapphire gin, lemon juice and simple syrup and finished with a splash of Prosecco. Iâ€™m not a fan of gin as it tastes like pine trees to me. But this drink was surprisingly light on the pine tree flavor and enjoyable.
The next delightful cocktail sampled was the Frenchie, a favorite among us. Shaken with Grey Goose Vodka and Chambord and served with a splash of Prosecco. Super simple, yet fabulous. The Grey Goose vodka is actually on tap and kept at a frosty 28 degrees, so itâ€™s chilled and ready to be enjoyed in your favorite cocktails.
For a festive, minty treat, try a Silent Nyquil. I would tell you to order one, but apparently this was a concoction by our amazing bartender, Alicia. You can ask if sheâ€™s there and Iâ€™m sure she’d be happy to whip it up for you. No promises. Just in case, Iâ€™ve provided the recipe.
2 oz. Stoli Vanilla
Small shot of whipped cream
0.5 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
0.5 oz. simple syrup
Splash CrÃ¨me de Menthe
Splash of Blue Curacao
Splash of Prosecco
We were all excited toÂ experience a little hands-on bartending and each of us made our own Under the Mistletoe cocktail. Our instructions were to add Stoli Blueberry, PAMA Pomegranate liqueur and pineapple juice to a shaker tumbler, cover with pint glass to close and shake, shake, shake at least 25 times with all you got. Apparently 25 shakes is the secret to chill and â€œbruiseâ€ the alcohol just right, which results in optimal flavor. Pour into glass then top with a splash of Prosecco.
$5 Martini Monday
Did I mention that EVERY Monday is Martini Monday? All specialty martinis and cocktails are available all day for only $5.Â Heck yes!
The menu is filled with several options for the whole family. They keep the natural hickory wood-burning grill burning all day so itâ€™s ready to fire up your favorite burger.Â The delicious wood-fired grill smell is an added feature when you walk in and will make your mouth water.
When asked what the signature menu item was, Kenny mentioned the loaded cheese fries are a hit. Also, the El Jefe Grande is popular among those looking for an eating challenge. Sadly, it is not available on the menu to order but only as the challenge. The whole burger weighs in around 7 pounds with all the fixings included.Â Compared to the Â½ lb. burger, itâ€™s a GIANT.
The burger challenge
Brave guests who take the challenge must be prepared to complete the El Jefe Grande in less than one hour. If successful, the $50 burger will be free and the diner will receive a $100 gift card for future visits to Kennyâ€™s Burger Joint, as well as their photo displayed on the special wall.
Other Kennyâ€™s restaurants in DFW
Check out additional locations around town!
Kennyâ€™s Wood Fire Grill – Addison
Kennyâ€™s Italian Kitchen – Addison
Kennyâ€™s Smoke House – Shops at Legacy
Kennyâ€™s Burger Joint – Frisco
Win $20 to Kenny’s Burger Joint!
We’re giving away $20 to Kenny’s Burger’s Joint to one of our readers! Leave a comment below sharing which menu item you’d like to try out at the restaurant. See the full menu here.
The giveaway is open to DFW residents only who are 18 and up. We’ll choose a random winner on Friday,Â Jan. 2!
(I was provided a complimentary tasting. All thoughts are my own.)
5 thoughts on “Holiday cocktail party at Kenny’s Burger Joint (plus a giveaway!)”
I love all of Kennys restaurants!! I’ve tried all of them at least once. The Kennys chain is so unique because they KILL IT at every single genre of food (which is rare). I think the Jucy Lucy and the Easy Rider spiked shake is on my list next to try 🙂
I would like to try the Chili Cheese Burger at Kenny’s Burger Joint – Plano or at Kenny’s Burger Joint next. I actually want to try all of their Burgers; I have had the Jucy Lucy, the Black & Blue, and the Bud’s Queso so far and they were all delicious!!! 😀
Love Kenny’s burgers! They’re the best. Can’t wait to try the new Plano location!
I haven’t tried the pulled pork nachos yet – nor tried out this location. Surely the grill has a slightly different flavor at each location???? Loved all the goodies we’ve tried at all the Kenny’s restaurants – SmokeHouse, Wood Fired Grill (a fav), and Burger Joint – plus delicious Italian Kitchen YUM!
Other than the Attitude Changer (yea!), I’d love to try the queso burger.
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