Seriously, who thought “Dakota Cowgirl” was a better name than “Hamburger Mary’s?” Aside from the simple brilliance that HM’s name had in that it identified the specialty in the name, Dakota Cowgirl evokes the image of crap bars like “Coyote Ugly.”

6 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on April 8th, 2006 @ 10:54 am

    I definitely miss the Hamburger Mary’s of old, which used to be a great friday-need-a-beer-lunch-spot.

  2. wayan (unregistered) on April 8th, 2006 @ 11:00 am

    Hamburger Mary’s was great for a beer on the patio and the upstairs gay bar – met Miss Gay Rodeo 2004 there once – but the food was crap.

    Is Dakota still going with the limp-wrist undertones or is this a full-on trashy-girl straight bar now?

  3. Jenn L (unregistered) on April 8th, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

    In my experience, the atmosphere has been basically the same.

  4. [ j e n n ] (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 1:09 am

    i never went to hamburger mary’s but i must say dakota cowgirl serves a variety of mean burgers…yumyum! btw, it’s definitely no trashy girl straight bar! ;)

  5. Brian (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 8:54 am

    Nothing’s changed except for the name and decor. Oh and more “southwestern flavor” meaning the chili fries now have jalapeno in them. Apparently the “Mary’s” franchise is too expensive too keep.

    We went to the one in Philly, placed close to the gay-borhood, but it closed down fairly quickly not being able to maintain the trendy factor (and there was no bar on top).

  6. Don (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 12:42 pm

    Wow, I had no idea that Hamburger Mary’s was a chain. It’s a well-done one then, as the kitsch wasn’t so glossy as to distract me from the idea that it was just a ironically cheesy local joint.

    Mind you, I still think the name Dakota Cowgirl blows chunks.

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