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May 28, 2009 07:04 PM

Dallas BBQ

Heading down to Dallas in sept to watch the Giants smack around the cowgirls looking for some real authentic Texas bbq any suggestions.

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  1. Hah! You won't find any in Dallas. But, if you insist. "Baker's Rib's". Greenville Avenue location-only! Forget the brisket. Eat the ribs and pulled pork. And, if you still insist, Sonny Bryan's. Note: The original Inwood Road location-only! Forget the ribs here. Have the chopped beef on a bun with their great sauce. And, don't forget their (legendary) onion rings.
    You're lucky I didn't recommend any other BBQ joints after your "cowgirl" remark.

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    1. re: twinwillow

      Twin i want to buy you a giant sammich of the place of your choice (choose wisely). If anyone goes to Sonny Bryans as a result of a recommendation here I will scream... I simply do not understand their ribs much less anything else. I think the rep is based on old angry smoking drunk men from the early 60's like Jack Ruby, and that reputation lived on despite the horrible food cranked out on a daily basis (regardless of location.. and actually they should go to the Frankford and Tollway location just not to be shot or given TB.

      1. re: DallasDude

        Dude: LOL! Thanks for the offer. Maybe I'll take you up on that one day. For a guy that has a (I think) highly sophisticated palate, when it comes to sammie's, I'm happiest with hot pastrami on rye from Deli-News. Otherwise, tuna or grilled cheese. Don't forget the pickle, please.

      2. re: twinwillow

        The same people who recommend Sonny Bryant's for bbq also recommend Campisi's Egyptian Lounge for Italian food. This is known as way-back-when syndrome and it is incurable. Both places suck.

        Try this place for bbq. Be aware they are closed on Sunday.
        Big Al's Smokehouse
        3125 Inwood Road
        Dallas, Texas 75235
        (214) 350-2649

        1. re: Scagnetti

          "This is known as way-back-when syndrome ..."

          Big Al's could certainly fill this same enigma - My first recollection of it was from the mid-70's and even then, it had been around many years unknown.................

          For me, it has been "way-back-when" that I've been to any of them, but do know that none of the franchised SB's that I visited EVER came remotely came close to the quality, texture and flavor of the original on Inwood.

          1. re: CocoaNut

            Have you been to SB's in the last 5 years? I have. Have you been to Big Al's in the last 5 years? I have. Not even close.

            I'll defer to Scott on
            "I'd like to say that Sonny Bryan's barbecue is a suitable match for its quaintly ramshackle appearance. Sadly, it's not. The brisket was neither smoky, tender, nor flavorful. Rubbery and flat-tasting, it's what you might expect from a down-market cafeteria. The unremarkable sausage wasn't meaningfully smoky. The ribs, which had been finished on a grill, were blackened, dry on the outside, and too tough. Every meat was sub-par even for the local market."

            Try eating at some of these places, you might actually learn something.


          2. re: Scagnetti

            I don't care for Big Al's BBQ. It used to be much better than it is now. When I recommended Sonny Bryan's, (Inwood Road-only!) It was only because he (Greenlager) is from out of town and, I thought he would enjoy the "Texas" atmosphere. And, the chopped beef on a bun is really a good sandwich. However I don't eat there, myself. The sauce gives me terrible heartburn because they make it with the beef drippings from the smoked brisket. But, it's the best sauce in Dallas. Personally, I like to eat good BBQ without sauce.
            I've said it before and I'll say it again. If you're from an area in the US that's BBQ poor and you come to Dallas for BBQ, all we can suggest is what we know. And, what we all really know is, the best BBQ in the state of Texas is in the Austin area. I'd say it was the best-anywhere!

        2. Hard Eight in Coppell is by far the best. It's on Freeport Parkway about 1 1/2 to 2 miles north of I635. Looks like a Texas Roadhouse. You enter from the back, ordering meat out of the smoker. Most is by the pound and you can get as much or as little as your want of the pork ribs and brisket, both of which are excellent.

          1. There are quite a number of thoughts about Hard Eight at:

            I believe among the collective bunch of them, you should be able to form a fair assessment.

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            1. re: CocoaNut

              Wow! I'd have think twice about going to Hard Eight after reading all those stinging reviews.

              1. re: CocoaNut

                I've been to Hard Eight 4-5 and have had a very different experience.
                The brisket varied from OK to excellent (largely at my estimate of good).
                The sauce wasn't very good, but the hot bbq sauce was very good.
                Everyone thought the chicken was excellent.
                Their Jalapeno poppers were good but I found after eating more than one or two
                my interest ran out.
                My only real complaint was how easy it was to order too much meat by
                sampling 'just a piece' of several different meats.

              2. Well since you will be near Ft. Worth go to Cousins, Railhead etc. The new stadium is just a little ways from Downtown Ft. Worth.

                Personally I think that Big Daddy's on 78 & 205 is better than all of the above.