From Austin I headed north to Dallas, a city I’d never visited before and one that I really wasn’t certain whether I’d take to or not. I ended up regretting not having more time to spend there. As for the BBQ, Dallas wound up being one of the tastiest pit stops of my three week road trip.
Dallas is as much city slicker as it is cowboy and offers visitors a chance to enjoy a spectrum of possibilities – from lowbrow and downhome doings to highbrow and uptown activity. Such a setting was perfect for a fella like me hoping to scope art, scarf grub and explore a big city at a pace more befitting a small town ramble. The BBQ scene is equally broad in scope. Whether served in a five-star hotel or a right rowdy joint, every bite of Dallas BBQ impressed.
The Ritz-Carlton, 2121 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201
The Texas BBQ experience doesn’t have to be about picnic tables and countrified accoutrements. At Chef Dean Fearing’s eponymous eatery – a sleek and modern upscale restaurant set within the sumptuous Ritz-Carlton – you can have your BBQ while supping like royalty – even for breakfast. Fearing’s Pig and Grits (pulled pork, jalapeno Cheddar grits, poached egg, and tomato gravy) was fiercely flavoursome evidence that breakfast isn’t only the most important meal of the day but also the most scrumptious.
Find out more at fearingsrestaurant.com.
2702 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75226
In the hip and happening neighbourhood of Deep Ellum, this popular smokehouse is an easy recommendation for proper BBQ. Wanna over do it in gratuitously delicious glory? Go for “The Trough” (one beef rib, a pound of pork ribs, a pound of brisket, half of pound of pulled pork, three sausage links, and a heap of southern style sides) … or if watching your figure consider ordering the “Hot Mess” (jumbo sea salt-crusted sweet potato, shredded brisket with southwestern seasoning, chipotle cream, cream, butter and green onions).
Online at pecanlodge.com.
Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ
400 West Davis Street, Dallas, Texas 75208
A hokey hole-in-the-wall in the walkable and trendy Bishop Arts District, Lockhart was a particularly standout establishment. The quarter pound of shoulder clod I got to go from the takeout counter was probably the best cut of meat I sunk my teeth into during my trip. The Kreuz Market Sausage wowed my palate too.
Details at lockhartsmokehouse.com.
901 Fort Worth Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75208
Another awesome BBQ brekkie, Chef Tim Byre’s outpost at the Smoke at the stylish Belmont Hotel did me right with an early start meal of smoked brisket cornbread hash with poached egg, green chili rajas and onions. I was more than satiated and set for the day!
For details go to smokerestaurant.com.
Beyond the Q
Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria
14901 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75254
I stayed at the Marriott Quorum in an especially comfortable and spacious room. If you like to shop, it’s ideally situated near Dallas’ famed Galleria mall. I loved the pool (and could do with swimming a few laps considering all the mega-meals I was having) as well as having easy access to the Interstate when it was time for me to hit the road for my next destination. Find out more at marriott.com/hotels/travel/dalqc-dallas-addison-marriott-quorum-by-the-galleria.
State Fair of Texas
I had a blast roaming round the fairgrounds and, taking the advice of nearly Dallasite I met, somehow found room to eat an obligatory Fletcher’s corndog. Make plans on for a hoot of a good time at the 2016 fair (30 September to 23 October) at bigtex.com.
Dallas Arts District
Man, I had no clue how much flippin’ great art is on view (for free!) in Dallas. I had an amazing time admiring all the eye candy in the Dallas Arts District.
Dallas Museum of Art 1717 North Harwood Street, Dallas, Texas 75201 | dma.org
Nasher Sculpture Center 2001 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201 | nashersculpturecenter.org
Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art 2010 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201 | crowcollection.org
Get tips for having a big time in Dallas at visitdallas.com. For loads of help planning your trip to anywhere in the States, go to VisitTheUSA.com. And please be sure to keep an eye out for more BBQ Bound posts to come!