Lockhart offers all the necessary sides for a smoked meat frenzy, including pickles, onions, raw jalapeño rings, sweet pickled jalapeños, fingers of cheddar cheese, white bread and saltines. Maddeningly, each side item is packed in a plastic bag. Since every meat order is wrapped in more butcher paper than necessary, the spoils of a meal at Lockhart are a study in environmental abuse. While I appreciate how much pre-packing simplifies to-go orders, I'm sorry Lockhart doesn't plate the garnishes for its staying customers just as many joints in the state's barbecue belt do.

Other more substantial sides include stiff deviled eggs, stuffed with a brisket-rich filling and stuck back in the smoker; a smoked potato salad with firm cubes of potato and a scattering of green onions; and a coleslaw heaving with mayonnaise. But Lockhart doesn't offer dessert, save a sad pile of plastic-wrapped cookies. That's an odd oversight and a boon for nearby Bolsa, which recently retained the services of Piecurious, a local pie bakery that specializes in fresh fruit pastries. Since the harsh acridity of smoke calls for a sweet sauce or a post-meal helping of peach cobbler—and Lockhart's obviously not abandoning its anti-barbecue-sauce position—a dessert would be a welcome menu addition.

Fortunately, Lockhart has mastered the hardest (and most critical) task for any Texas pit master: brisket. The counter guys are happy to slice to order, so if it's flavor you're chasing, ask for your brisket fatty, with a bit of burnt end if they're willing to spare it. The butt of a brisket looks stringy and charred, like a coconut salvaged from a fire, and has an unparalleled robustness.

The look, food and vibe at Lockhart are straight from Central Texas' barbecue belt.
Sara Kerens
The look, food and vibe at Lockhart are straight from Central Texas' barbecue belt.

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Lockhart Smokehouse

400 W. Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75208-4611

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: Oak Cliff & South Dallas

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Lockhart Smokehouse 400 W. Davis St., 214-944-5521, www.lockhartsmokehouse.com. Open daily from 11 a.m. until the meat runs out. $$
Smoked trout $7.99 Shoulder clod $15/pound Brisket $15/pound Original sausage $5 Jalapeņo cheddar sausage $5.25 Pork chop $13/pound Ribs $13/pound Whole chicken $10 Coleslaw $2 Potato salad $2 Deviled eggs $2 Cheddar cheese $1

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Lockhart's brisket crust is so superb that it inspired my friend Daniel Vaughn—a barbecue blogger whose smoked meat opinions are so esteemed that when he tweeted that Lockhart patrons should steer clear of the ribs, the restaurant responded by offering a free rib to anyone who had seen the tweet—to deliver an impromptu sermon on pellicule, the tacky finish pit masters crave. Lockhart's brisket has it. It also has rich fat so beautifully rendered that I picked around the velvety meat to eat it. Mrs. Sprat would have a field day.

Lockhart's brisket is an eloquent reminder of why central Texas barbecue's an edible tradition worth saluting. And it's a pretty compelling argument for doing so without taking a road trip.

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James T
James T

Worst experience ever in this place today. Extremely rude and arrogant employee behind the counter tried to charge me a dollar for a plastic fork to eat the food I just purchased. I thought it was a joke until he made it plainly clear it was not. One of the people in my group put five bucks in the fork jar and then the guy claimed he did not see him put it in so was going to charge me a buck anyway. i gave my food back and left as did the others in my group. Darndest thing i ever saw. Would not recommend this place but if you go bring a buck for a fork or bring your own fork.

warden62
warden62

At Kreuz, you can always get dessert in the form of Blue Bell ice cream. Lockhart Smokehouse might want to consider it. I'm always too far gone into my meat coma to even attempt to eat dessert, though.

Cold One
Cold One

I have been to Lockhart numerous times and always have seen a dessert offering. A cobbler would be a nice addition but they regularly stock brownies and cookies.

Love their BBQ chicken and slaw!

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

I love the brisket, but I disagree on your review of the porkchops, you must have been there on a bad night. Every time I cut into a Lockhart porkchop, I thank god that I'm a member of a religion that eats pig.

Gipson
Gipson

With Pecan Lodge and now Lockhart Smokehouse, Dallas officially has its brisket sorted out. I disagree with Hanna about Lockhart's sausage, though. It's simply the best I've ever had. The perfect snap, a luxurious and grit-free texture, the right level of spice and deep smoky flavor.

But then, one of Lockhart Smokehouse's biggest problems seems to be consistenty. Maybe I'm just lucky that the one time I've been, they were 100% on their game.

Jim
Jim

Agreed on the brisket being, by far, the best meat at Lockhart. Ask for the end piece...it's like meat candy.

 
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