dallas jones bar-b-q bbq
anybody been recently? what's good there?
searching just produced very limited posts, although foodforbrains said recently: "Dallas Jones BBQ in the west village. (Note: this is NOT Dallas BBQ, the big chain where the beef and pork both taste like donkey.) This is a little independent place with solid bbq and amazing sides"
I don't know if anyone is still interested in knowing more about Dallas Jones BBQ now since there's lots of info out there. Anyhoo- a good friend and I went there about a month ago and decided it was pretty good food with nice ambiance since it's a tiny place and a lot of people don't really know about it. So, I decided to have my birthday party there. Granted the food was awesome but we were suddenly struck with some hidden charges that I knew nothing about. If you look at their website and I'm sure you can do a search just using their name- the price wasn't expensive or cheap either. They say that they make all the food including sauces in their kitchen and they pride themselves in using fresh ingredients. A rack of ribs can set you back about $22 that's including 2 sides and a corn muffin. Pretty good right?
Well, a few days before my big dinner bash (and I've been raving about this place to many people) I stopped by to talk to the owner and finalize any plans- ask more questions and such. He suddenly tells me that its a prixe fixe price at $30 per person not including drinks, tax and tip. Hmmmm.. ok the price has definitely gone up compared to the menu but he said that we can eat all we want. So that was bonus. But I guess that just sounds good because everyone ended up just eating a plate.
Now, I told him it was for my birthday and HE encouraged us to bring our own cake since that's something they don't do. (Some posts claim that it's BYOB but it's not (anymore)-beer will set you back $6 per bottle-no pitchers) So OK my husband brings a cake and we all have cake. Wonderful!
The sucky part is that we were charged a cake cutting fee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes! A CAKE CUTTING FEE and it wasn't cheap. It was $5 per person. There were 15 of us so we definitely gave them great business and we only saw 2 couples trying to get in the restaurant while we were there. The cake cutting fee cost more than both of the cakes! Even wedding reception places don't charge that much to cut the cake.
I'm not saying don't go to this place for their food. But I AM saying don't go to this place if you want to bring a group of people with you. It then becomes overpriced and you leave the place feeling like you were cheated.
there were 15 people. at $30 a person. plus our drinks (which we had a lot of). tax and tip of course. and then a CAKE CUTTING FEE that i was not forewarned about?! cmon if that was the case, we couldve skipped the cake and went for some crepes. we are afterall, in the village on a thursday night.
i went this week, and wasn't too impressed. the pulled pork was ok, but nothing to write home about (btw, not as good as virgils, which i like). for sides i had greens, which were not great, and baked beans, which were pretty good. the price was ok, but i'll not go back in a hurry. the sweetcorn my girlfriend had as a side was mushy, and at $3.95 way overpriced - i know sides are all one price, but this is crazy. the pink lemonade was made from a mix, probably "countrytime", which was dissappointing.
it seems it may be basically a catering operation with a small restaurant at the front - they've a huge kitchen, and i didn't see them doing much delivery, and it can seat 10 people at tables. based on their menu, which promotes catering, i reckon that is their primary business.
Dallas Jones BBQ is near Houston/6th Ave and it is a tiny non-chainstore place (unrelated to the Dallas BBQ franchise) with seating for maybe 6 or 8 people. I first went there about 3 months ago after a change in menu it seems, and have eaten there a few times since, including take-out.
It's very reasonably priced, portions are big, and the staff are nice. Food prep is slow. The pulled pork and boneless beef rib are good but there's too much bbq sauce mixed in. The chicken is nothing special. I like their sourcream dill potato salad & caraway seed (?) coleslaw too. Lots more side dishes I have not tried yet.
um, that's why i asked the question, a search produced 7 results:
and of those threads, only FIVE had explicit mentions of dallas JONES BBQ (NOT dallas bbq)
here are the tidbits:
1."Actually Dallas Jones is reputedly better on 6th Avenue in the shadow of the Waverly theater. It's a hole in the wall with some tables and chairs and relies more on takeout, but their prices are very good (and over the years has branched out)."
2.Regarding Blue Smoke: "I hate to say it, but I think we would've been better off at Dallas Jones..."
3."Dallas Jones BBQ in the west village. (Note: this is NOT Dallas BBQ, the big chain where the beef and pork both taste like donkey.) This is a little independent place with solid bbq and amazing sides. Not too exp, either, and they do a lot of catering."
4."Our fave cheap deliveries: Da Andrea, Empire Schezuan, Kai-Kai Thai (on Carmine), Dallas Jones BBQ (on 6th Ave., not part of the chain)."
5.About Dinosaur "While it wasn't awful it isn't from what I can see a big leap forward from the old Dallas Jones BBQ chain that aspires to far, far less. "
if you can possibly point me to a thread that i may have missed in a search, i would greatly appreciate it...
I just did some searches and can't find anything either. All I can tell u is that the place is not far from me and when I searched it a few years ago I got a clear msg that it was not so hot. Either way I'm sure it's real cheap go give it a try, I'd love to hear otherwise.
As for me I love Dinosaur for the atmosphere and the food is also quite good (I'm a native NY'er tho). I also love Daisy may but more for the beans with burnt ends than anything else. Actually if there's a rib in anything I'm gonna gnaw on it so maybe I'm not a good judge. I can say that Blue Smoke isn't my fave, but maybe cause it feels too grown up for bbq eating.
I'm sure that statement will annoy alot of people but whatever.
I tried it years ago. Not good at all. I believe they used to be around the corner, on 6th.
As for Dallas BBQ, I quite like their rotisserie chicken, but that's all. I've had donkey in Verona (Italy, not NJ), but I don't think it tasted like anything at Dallas BBQ.