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Los Angeles 'hound ISO finger lickin' BBQ!

I'm heading to Dallas for 4 days and 3 nights. Not sure where we are staying yet - likely downtown, with a visit up to McKinney for at least a day.

During that time, I want to experience to-die-for-BBQ. So much so, we are basing our itinerary around all things food. (Our last trip was to Portland, OR, where we discovered Pine State Biscuits (thanks to other 'hounds). Best biscuit/egg sandwiches I've ever had. It was so good and we visited it 3 times in 5 days. Besides the Columbia Gorge, it was the highlight of our time there. I'm looking for a similar find (or finds!) in Dallas.

I've spent some time researching the threads and it seems like there is a consensus that good BBQ cannot be found in Dallas.... however, I have to believe it's better than what we get in Los Angeles! So, from that perspective, I'm hoping that I'll be wow'd.

On my radar so far are the following:
Off The Bone
Big Daddy Roadhouse
Baby Back Shak
Meshak

What am I missing? Lockhart isn't on my list because it seems a tad gimmicky and the no-sauce available was a turn-off.

Are Bone Daddy or Mike Anderson worth a stop?

We usually order ribs (beef or pork) when we have BBQ - but are not limited to that and both love a good beef brisket.

Thanks in advance!

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Big Daddy's
6001 N Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76179

Bone Daddy's
415 Interstate 20 E, Arlington, TX 76018

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  1. Ok. To start, really good beef ribs are hard to come by in Dallas. The exception of course would be the renowned "Big Rib" at Smoke. It's, huge and delicious. But then again for $24.00 it should be. I'll add though, the smoked bed of grits it sits on helps make the price easier to digest. Otherwise, it's going to be pork ribs at most places.

    Mike Anderson's BBQ is OK BBQ but a bit "pedestrian".

    I really like the pork ribs at Bakers Ribs at their Greenville
    Avenue location only. NOT, their Deep Ellum location.

    Despite the wildly pro and con reports of Lockhart Smokehouse, I'd still go. They do offer sauce and plastic forks, now. Make sure you ask for "moist" brisket cut from the fattier "point" section. It's certainly far from the cheapest BBQ in town but it is the closest we have in Dallas for that famous Central Texas BBQ smoke flavor. (most of the time)

    You might also want to consider the Memphis style pork ribs at Red, Hot, And Blue. They've developed a very large following.

    Although I haven't been, most folks rave about Meshacks. But remember, this is "take out" BBQ only. No inside seating!

    There is one place I would really like to recommend to you for both, (EXCELLENT) BBQ and, really good southern style soul food (meat and three style).
    Sweet Georgia Brown in Oak Cliff (south Dallas) serves huge portions of surprisingly good BBQ as well as their incredible soul food. Their ribs are crazy, falling off the bone good! But, all their food is great. Huge portions so share, or you'll be eating leftovers in your hotel room. (YUK)!

    Also, although I've personally never been to Baby Back Shack, I have heard good things.

    Same go's for Bone Daddy.

    For some sensational genuine South Carolina coastal "low country" food, try Hattie's in Bishops Arts in Oak Cliff. Just be sure you have their addictive shrimp 'n grits. http://www.hatties.net Not BBQ but, I just love their food which is served in a lovely restaurant.

    Have fun and please, tell us how you fared.

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    Bone Daddy's
    415 Interstate 20 E, Arlington, TX 76018

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    1. re: twinwillow

      Thank you SO much. This is just the info I was looking for! I appreciate your input and will definitely report back.

    2. go to the dallas farmer's market in downtown dallas and try pecan lodge bbq. Probably the best brisket in dallas.

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      1. re: zeruel13

        Yes, excellent. Look for them in Shed No. 2. And again, ask for "moist" cut.

        1. re: zeruel13

          Nice! What are the hours/days of the farmer's market?

            1. re: zeruel13

              Though those are the hours for the Farmer's Market, not all of the Shed 2 restaurants are open every day. In fact, at one point in time the Pecan Lodge was only open Wed. to Sun. Just suggesting to confirm the hours before going.

              And agree that it is the best brisket in Dallas.

              Also, I think the Wednesday Special Beef Rib at Lockhart's is very bit as good as Smoke's beef rib.

              1. re: DFWGuy

                Glad to know about the Wednesday beef rib special at Lockart Smokehouse. Thanks!

        2. Mike Anderson's BBQ is good Dallas BBQ - it's what the Dickie's and others *used* to be. Anderson's is one of the few that has remained independent, serving good BBQ at fair prices - they're across from one of the city's leading hospitals, so be prepared for a line depending on the time of day.

          Sweet Georgia Brown - I've never been, but it always pops up in the "good" list for BBQ. Just be aware it's in a sketchier part of town, so be aware of your surroundings when/if you go.

          Meshack's BBQ Shack is the best of the best - go early, especially on Saturday (before noon), because they sell out. Sometimes they'll tell you to come back and there'll be more, but there's no where in the immediate area to hang and wait. As twin said, it's take out. I'll add it's a walk-up, order at the window, shack; so find a park and have an old fashioned picnic or you could swing by (short detour) on your way to McKinney. (Tip: get the lemon cake!)

          Bone Daddy has ok-average, bbq - it's the Hooter's of bb.

          For my off-topic suggestion - Babe's Chicken Dinner House for a good sampling of Southern Fried Chicken and "hospitality". Original Roanoke location on your way for a site-see in Fort Worth. ;) http://www.babeschicken.com/

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          Southern Fried Chicken
          2418 W Sherman, Grand Prairie, TX 75051

          Bone Daddy's
          415 Interstate 20 E, Arlington, TX 76018

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          1. re: CocoaNut

            Reference, Sweet Georgia Brown. It IS in a "sketchy" neighborhood but I've never had a problem. You won't either! They have their own, security patrolled parking lot. The best time to go is LUNCHTIME. But, NOT on a SUNDAY! It's a ZOO there after church breaks.

            Chowhound does not allow the pasting of www websites to your comments anymore so, Google "sweet georgia brown dallas"
            and the Google page will come up with all reviews like YELP, etc.

            1. re: twinwillow

              >> Chowhound does not allow the pasting of www websites to your comments anymore

              ?? What am I misunderstanding?? I pasted the Babes website "www" in my comment above. Will it soon be removed/edited out???

              1. re: CocoaNut

                ...Unless I've just forgotten how to do it. (???) Using a Mac, It won't "stick" when I paste the website link to my comments. And, I'm not doing it any differently than before.

                1. re: twinwillow

                  hmmmmm....... The gremlins are active.

                  1. re: CocoaNut

                    Funny, I can do it with one of my other Mac's in the house. I must have changed a setting by accident in the Mac I usually use.

            2. re: CocoaNut

              CocoaNut - LMAO!! re: Bone Daddy being the Hooter's of BBQ. Say no more - it's off my list!

              re: Meshack's - thanks for the tip on going before noon. I'm glad you said something, because I just checked their hours (closed Sun/Mon). We are getting in at 2pm on Saturday, but staying til Tues... so I think that will be our stop on Tuesday, for sure (assuming they are sold out by the time we could get there on Saturday (I figure 4pm, after getting out of the airport, etc.)

              And, LOVE the off-topic suggestion. We'll definitely be making a stop there! Sounds perfect! If any other 'must-visit' type places come to mind, I'm all ears (we are also huge burger fans and biscuits and gravy fans...) :)

            3. Sweet Georgia Brown:
              http://www.google.com/search?client=s...

              Lockhart Smokehouse:
              www.lockhartsmokehouse.com

              Red, Hot, and, Blue: The Dallas location is on 75 (North Central Expressway) just north of Walnut Hill Lane.
              http://rhnb2-px.rtrk.com/index.htm

              1. Just had lunch at Meshack's this afternoon. I'm in a meat coma. IMO, the best ribs in DFW. Brisket is decent, but not as good as thier ribs. Make sure to ask for at least one "roll up". Not on the menu (which is painted on the side of the buidling). It's a hot link, rolled up in a piece of white bread......dunk it in sauce....heaven. Best part, they're only $1 each.

                They sometimes have sweet potato pie as well, although, sadly, not today.

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                1. re: planojim

                  I cannot WAIT to try it! Thanks for the roll up info! Are the hours really Tues-Saturday til 7pm? Do you think if I showed up around 4pm on Saturday I'd be out of luck?

                  1. re: The Oracle

                    FWIW, the past 2 times I've tried going, I've gotten there at 1:30-2 and they were out of everything but the sausage. The hours are really more like "until they run out of food."

                    I'd suggest calling in a larger order cuz they will hold that for you (as in, at least 1 lb of brisket, ribs).