Midwest Living Review
It's hard to miss The Woodhouse; just look for the giant sign reading Home of the World's Best Burgers on the side of the restaurant. That's a pretty bold claim, but with 100 percent Dakota beef ground fresh daily, it is certainly one of the best burgers you'll find in Bismarck. When you arrive in the wood-paneled restaurant, seat yourself and check out the menu posted inside each booth. Don't bother ordering a salad here -- you'll just get a plate of iceberg lettuce (and they'll charge you $3.29). Instead, consider one of those heralded burgers. When you're ready, pick up the phone at your booth to place your order. We tried the buffalo burger ($4.80). It was delicious, even if the texture was a bit leaner and drier than your standard beef burger. When the burger arrived, we could tell that it wasn't mechanically pattied into a perfect symmetrical circle -- it looked handmade, and the meat was a little looser, not compacted into a tight 1/4-inch fast-food burger. The patty was also seasoned for a peppery flavor. Fixings are limited, basically pickle chips and onions, although you can request a "deluxe" burger for an extra 65 cents and they'll add lettuce, tomato and dressing. We recommend the burger platter for $7.50; the burger is a no-fuss, no-muss classic on a toasted bun, and the homemade onion rings are a sight to behold. A chocolate malt ($4.29) is the perfect accompaniment for your retro-dining experience. Looking for something lighter? Order half a sandwich with homemade soup for under $5. All in all, this Bismarck institution a great find.