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CULINARY EXPLORATION IN TEXAS

DALLAS

DALLAS = BEEF

Dallas is where I had my first true BBQ experience, the one that made me an addict. I was in town for a food convention, walking down the sidewalk after bar time, and suddenly the sweet smell of pecan and hickory stopped me in my tracks. Across the street stood a little smoker attached to the back of a pickup. I negotiated for a sandwich with the last three dollars in my pocket. The pit master, god bless his soul, took pity on me and started me on my BBQ journey. 

In the heart of the lone star state, Dallas is home to some of the best BBQ in the country. Texas specializes in beef, slow smoking briskets and ribs for up to 24 hours before they wrap them in a Texas tourniquet. Sound intriguing? Well then scroll down and see my favorite picks from this BBQ haven known as Dallas.

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HUTCHINS BBQ

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

WHAT: MASTER'S OF THE PIT

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

1301 North Tennessee Street
McKinney, TX 75069

WHAT TO ORDER: 

  • Beef Brisket

  • Baby Back Ribs

  • All the sides

WHY: The line just to order was 50 minutes long, and worth every last second. The brisket was tender and juicy, the ribs down right amazing. I have eaten my way across the BBQ belt and would put Hutchin's as a must try for any serious BBQ addict.

LOCKHART SMOKEHOUSE

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: TEXAS BBQ

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: (2 locations)

400 W Davis St.

Dallas, TX 75208

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Texas Twinkies

  • Beef ribs

  • Beef Brisket

  • All the sides

WHY: A simple Texas smokehouse, with a 100 year old sausage recipe. Don't pass on the Beef Ribs, they will make you feel like Fred Flinstone when you eat them.

MAPLE & MOTOR

PIG SCORE: 3.75 / 4.0

WHAT: A BURGER JOINT

WHEN: You're hanging with friends and want beer and burgers.

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

4810 Maple Ave.

Dallas, TX 75219

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Cheeseburger

  • Onion rings

  • Lone Star

WHY: This is high volume no-frill counter service burger joint. They put out great flavorful burgers that are cooked on a old school flat top in their own juices.

PECAN LODGE

PIG SCORE: 3.7 / 4.0

WHAT: CENTRAL TEXAS BBQ

WHEN: You're in the mood for a big tender ass piece of meat.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT:

2702 Main St.

Dallas, TX 75226

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Brisket

  • Sausage

  • Beef rib

WHY: Pecan lodge is one of the great Deep Ellum BBQ places. It helps if you get here early, because the line will run out he door and down the block quickly.

TWISTED ROOT BURGER CO.

PIG SCORE: 3.6 / 4.0

WHAT: BURGERS TEXAS STYLE

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: (multiple locations)

2615 Commerce St.

Dallas, TX 75226

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Freshman 15

  • The Verdi

  • Treat yo' self fries

WHY: Twisted root has edge from the second you walk in, place your order and they don't ask for your name, they give you one, mine was John Travolta. The burgers are serious and the beer is cold, this is a must try burger chain. 

JOHNATHAN'S OAK CLIFF

PIG SCORE: 3.4 / 4.0

WHAT: Texas Bungalow Café

PRICE: $$  

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT:

1111 N Beckley Ave.

Dallas, TX 75203

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Patty Melt

WHY: A little bungalow café pumping out some solid food. They make one of the best Patty Melts around, even for this Midwestern boy, although side Wisconsin note, mushrooms don't belong on it.

UNCLE UBER'S

PIG SCORE: 3.25 / 4.0

WHAT: ECLECTIC SANDWICH SHOP

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

2713 Commerce St.

Dallas, TX 75226

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Pork BunMe

  • Roast Beef

WHY: This funky sandwich shop has solid ecletic and flavorful sandwiches. The locals line up at lunchtime just to get one.

HARD EIGHT BBQ

PIG SCORE: 3.25 / 4.0

WHAT: GREATEST BBQ SHOW ON EARTH

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: (multiple locations)

688 Freeport Pkwy.

Coppell, TX 75019

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Ribeye steak

  • BBQ Sausage

WHY: This place is visually impressive.. It feels like the Disney land of Texas BBQ. Select your entree out of the meat locker, and grab your sides. But this is the once BBQ joint that I will tell you to not ignore the steak. 

BABE'S CHICKEN DINNER HOUSE

PIG SCORE: 3.25 / 4.0

WHAT: ALL YOU CAN EAT COMFORT FOOD

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: (4 locations)

1006 W Main St.

Carrollton, TX 75006

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Chicken Fried Steak

  • Fried Chicken

  • Smoked Chicken

  • Sides

WHY: Babe's is all you can eat southern cmofort food in a country casual setting. The food is extremely good, but be carful not to load up on the free salad and bread, why? Because all the entrees and sides are all you can eat. Want another chicken fried steak, just ask.

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