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Need a BBQ spot, but for dinner....

planojim Jan 21, 2014 05:02 AM

Ok, so I have a buddy (a pilot) flying into Love Field next week. He wants to meet up between 5-8pm and get some bbq before flying back out that night. Unfortunately, all my go to bbq places, Slow Bone, Pecan Lodge and Meshacks are not open during dinner times. So, I guess my options are:

Lockhart BBQ. They say they are open until their meat runs out. They'd still have some at 5:30, no?

Odom's. Never been. Spoken of pretty well on City of Ate

Big Al's. Again, never been. Twin seems to like it so that holds weight.

Bartley's. I like it, but took him there last time.


Hard 8. I won't go back there.

If I missed a place, please let me know.

  1. twinwillow Jan 21, 2014 07:52 AM

    Jim, I still highly recommend Big Al's Smokehouse BBQ during dinner hours. I think they're open till 9:00PM. However, I certainly would not want to go there after 6-7pm at the latest for the sake of freshness.
    Btw, their pork ribs are meaty & delicious but their beef ribs are just big on bone and short on meat. Their brisket is a hundred times better than it used to be and, very commendable!

    A long second choice would be Lockhart BBQ.
    But, I've just never had a completely satisfying experience there.

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    1. re: twinwillow
      demigodh Jan 21, 2014 08:11 AM

      Well if Hard 8 isn't too far, I'd through Three Stacks into the mix.

      For Big Als, my family used to go there a ton about 10 years ago. I recall that they had the best bbq chicken (though really, who cares) and I wasn't blown away by the rest. That said, it was 10 years ago so I'd trust TW on this one. And try the chicken.

      1. re: demigodh
        planojim Jan 21, 2014 08:45 AM

        I'd thought about Three Stacks, but I'm pretty sure they're closed right now to revamp....going from cafeteria style to sit down ordering.

        1. re: planojim
          twinwillow Jan 21, 2014 04:19 PM

          Personally, I never eat any BBQ unless it's cafeteria style. I learned my lesson years ago ordering BBQ in a sit down restaurant where I couldn't see what was being carved!

          And, I never eat BBQ anywhere unless it's during a busy dining time.

        2. re: demigodh
          twinwillow Jan 21, 2014 04:13 PM

          Just be sure to make sure you ask for your protein of choice to be fresh and not sitting around since lunchtime!

          One of the reasons I personally never eat BBQ out at dinnertime.

      2. h
        head Jan 21, 2014 08:28 AM

        Haven't been but Babb Bros in Trinity Groves is an option.

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        1. re: head
          twinwillow Jan 21, 2014 04:20 PM

          With all due respect, I think their BBQ is terrible.

        2. bhoward Jan 21, 2014 06:14 PM


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            swoll50 Jan 23, 2014 12:48 PM

            Lockhart should still be OK at 5. For someone wanting to eat, hang out and drink some beer it's probably the best choice of what's listed. I've never had a bad meal there, either. My second favorite brisket behind Pecan Lodge and their other offerings are stronger, IMO.

            I'd like to try Big Al's since he started leaving the fat on the brisket, but it's been years since I've been over there.

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            1. re: swoll50
              kylewilliam Jan 27, 2014 02:40 PM

              FWIW, Lockhart was sold out at around 1:30 yesterday afternoon.

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