Sonny Bryan

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Angie Harmon Brings Conan O'Brien a Mambo Taxi. Brisket Would Have Been Better.

    Dear Conan, I get it. If Angie Harmon told me to eat at Fuel City I'd sprint there and order 17 picadillo tacos on corn -- especially if she was wearing a low-cut blouse like the one she wore on your show. So, when Harmon, a Highland Park native who grew up eating M Crowd enchiladas, pointed you to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Chef Dean Fearing on Thanksgiving, Eating in Dallas and Sharp Knives

    You'd be hard-pressed to find a more charming chef than Dean Fearing, the man behind Fearing's Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas. Known fondly as the "father of Southwestern cuisine," he earned a world-class reputation as The Mansion on Turtle Creek's executive chef. He left that post in 2007 t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    The Original Sonny Bryan's versus Mike Anderson's in a Brisket Showdown

    In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. An oft-overlooked brisket is the lunchtime variety, guaranteed to make your afternoon at wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Texas Barbecue Made Me (Sort Of) American

    In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. When I first came to America I was a man adrift. Sure, I had a family I loved, but we lived, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Texas Barbecue Doesn't Need Sauce, OK?

    In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. *** Yesterday, writer Steven Harrell had the unenviable task of defending barbecue sauce. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Dallas-Fort Worth's 10 Best Barbecue Joints

    Texas barbecue: You and I know it's the best. More importantly, it's a food where, if you leave the state, you'll notice other states do barbecue in strange and terrifying ways that make you feel wrong. Once I went to Oklahoma (this is how all great stories start, I know), ordered brisket and was se ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 25, 2013

    Slow Bone's Bravado

    Jack Perkins made some bold claims when he first opened his barbecue restaurant. He's almost backed them up.

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    We Interviewed People in Line at Pecan Lodge to Find Out What Their Favorite Barbecue Is

    Hundreds of people lined up this past Saturday inside Shed 2 of the Dallas Farmers Market, all in hopes of sinking their teeth into some of the best barbecue in the country at Pecan Lodge. I was there, camera in hand, shooting some meaty behind-the-scenes shots for Scott Reitz's Dish review, but als ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 29, 2012
  • Dining

    November 29, 2012

    An Englishman in BBQ Sauce

    An expatriate Brit learns to love Texas, one pound of brisket at a time.

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    I Tell You What, They Got Some Good Dang Ol' Meat But I Ain't Gonna Tell You Dang Ol' Where

    Much of the time in this blog, I've been banging on about "authenticity" or "being legit" and trying to work out what that was in relation to the Texas BBQ experience. It seems that the less inviting a place is, the more authentic the experience. For example, Sonny Bryan's (OG) is tiny, made of wood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    At Mama Faye's, You Won't Have to Fight Crowds for BBQ. (The Crowds Don't Know What They're Missing.)

    See also: *An Englishman Reviews the Lunchtime BBQ of Sonny Bryan's, Pecan Lodge and Soulman's For the latest in my barbecue adventures, I hit up Deep Ellum. I really like Deep Ellum as an area. It reminds me of the grimier end of North London, all the places that are fun at night like Camden, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    An Englishman Reviews the Lunchtime BBQ of Sonny Bryan's, Pecan Lodge and Soulman's

    Barbecue isn't just a dinner food. Oh no. It's a round the clock affair (although my mooted chain of restaurants Brisket for Breakfast is yet to take off). Many lunch-only barbecue venues exist around Dallas, and what nicer midpoint to the working day is there than an injection of hot meat and sau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    An Englishman Reviews the BBQ of Off the Bone

    See also: *An Englishman in BBQ Sauce for more of our efforts to fatten Gavin up Last week my dad emailed me. "As a parent the sheer amount of food you are eating in your food journalism quest is truly frightening. The way that your wife feeds you is slightly reminiscent of foie gras production, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    An Englishman Reviews the BBQ of Mike Anderson's for The English

    This is a blog written by a complete barbecue amateur. In the UK a barbecue is something you cook a burger on and is largely a celebration of the few and far between days when it's not raining. In Texas I have quickly come to learn that barbecue is an everyday thing, and that barbecue sauce is somet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    An Englishman Reviews the BBQ of Hard Eight for The English

    This is a blog written by a complete barbecue amateur. You see, the thing is, in the UK a barbecue is something you cook a burger on and is largely a celebration of the few and far between days when it's not raining. There's no sauce except tomato, and any beef will be cooked to a crisp. It's a cele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    My Ten Minutes in Heaven with Australian Heartthrob Chef Curtis Stone

    Honestly, my goal last week was to get my bitchy ass into Market, the huge tradeshow and gift market at Dallas Market Center. Yadda, yadda, yadda, I'm suddenly scheduled to interview someone named chef Curtis Stone on Friday afternoon. Cool, except I have no idea who he is. So I Google him and find ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    The Worst of A-List Dallas' Best List

    A-ListJust TRY to read these without shaking your head.​A-List Dallas recently published this list, called the "BEST of CityVoter Dallas A-List," which is a confusing name for a list, but that's beside my point. The point is, after all the nitpicking we let you guys do of Scott's top five list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Localizing Love Field's Food Options

    ​Love Field is trying to soften the blow of travel delays, Southwest cattle calls and rubbery, sometimes inedible food by classing up the joint. In the middle of its facelift , Love Field will add four new dining options known -- three that are native to Dallas. Campisi's Restaurant, se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Man vs. Food Takes On Dallas on Wednesday

    Travel ChannelAdam Richman with the guys from Kuby's Sausage House.​ Adam Richman, the Travel Channel's Food Coma Correspondent, spent some time in Dallas recently, stuffing his face at Kuby's Sausage House (which we profiled a while back), Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse and Sprouts SpringRoll & Pho. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Once Again, Record Store Day Was Quite Good This Year on Lowest Greenville.

    Sara KerensSarah Jaffe packed 'em in to Good Records on Saturday.​ By the time 10 o'clock struck along Lowest Greenville on Saturday morning, the line of people waiting to get into Good Records stretched well past the confines of the store's parking lot -- and the music planned to take place over ... More >>

  • Music

    April 14, 2011

    A Piece of the Record Pie

    A Store-by-store Breakdown of this Year's Record Store Day Events Around Town

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Five Best Eats In Dallas for Out-of-Towners

    Welcome to Dallas, Super Bowl people! While you're in town, we hope you check out some of the best restaurants for tourists in Dallas. (Here's hoping you stick to this list so our actual favorite local spots don't get all crowded with giant foam fingers and face paint.) ​ Trail Dust! Better not w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Goghee To Go Brings a Sweet (and Spicy) Promise to the Medical District

    ​Foodies were all aflutter when news broke that Goghee To Go, a Korean-Mexican fusion taquería, was opening in Dallas proper. While I was excited as well, I was disappointed by the lack of perspective. Goghee was heralded as a pioneer in the area, proving once again that only when it is conve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    New York Times Food Critic Needs Your Help With Local Scene

    ​Dallas is about to get scrutinized by one of the nation's leading dining critics. In a call put out via Twitter this morning, the New York Times' chief restaurant critic Sam Sifton announced he was "Heading to Dallas" to "figure it out for those heading to Texas for Super Bowl." Sifton's i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    "Dallas Is the Lavender Heart of Texas."

    So says Mayor Tom Leppert's chief of staff Chris Heinbaugh in this just-posted Gay Travel look-see at the city. It accompanies these out-and-abouts on Cedar Springs, at Fair Park, the W Hotel in Victory Park, Gay Bingo, Cyclone Anaya's, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the original Sonny Bryan's.Just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Where Do NYT Critics Eat in Dallas? (As If You Care.)

    Hattie's​A New York Times theater writer, in town to chronicle the Dallas Theater Center's revival of Superman, apparently found plenty of time to nosh between performances. According to George Gene Gustine's blog post today on Dallas dining, the city's standout eateries are Hattie's, Sonny B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Does Chivalry Die When Nature Calls?

    Good luck, ladies.​ The conversation topic getting the most exercise on Scardello's local dairy tour last weekend didn't have anything to do with cheese: From the front of the bus to the back, most everyone was talking about what happened in the bathroom line after lunch at Bolsa. Since I was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    King Khan & The Shrines Write A Jingle For Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse

    Parade of FleshMore proof that King Khan loves him some Sonny Bryan's.​Speaking of Sons of Hermann Hall, it looks like you've now got one more reason to be pissed at yourself if you missed King Khan & The Shrines' show at that venue on Tuesday night, which, quite easily, actually, stands as on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Fine, Just Don't Go Planning Any Victory Parades Just Yet, OK, Mister Mayor?

    Patrick Michels​Chris Heinbaugh, Mayor Tom Leppert's chief of staff, sends word this morning that Leppert and Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter (awesome) have made a bet on Saturday night's Cowboys-Eagles game. But, blessedly, they've dispensed with the wackiness (no jerseys worn to council mee ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 10, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Where Do Stephan Pyles, Tim Love and Dean Fearing Get Their Fast Food Fix?

    The first Whataburger in Corpus Christi​Right -- this should probably be over on City of Ate, but I'll be damned if I'm not going to make this inexplicable (on my part) Esquire subscription count for something, so here goes. For the September issue, which just landed in the mailbox, editors asked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    Sloppy Seconds: Tabletop Showdown

    Nothing spices up a kitchen like the element of competition -- as even a casual Food Network viewer could tell you. Describing a recipe for the camera? Not exciting. Breathily narrating your dish as you race to beat the clock and five other chefs? There's good eating in that.So at the end of a week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Dude Food: Sonny Bryan's

    Sonny Bryan's2202 Inwood Road 214-357-7120Dude Factor: 9, or Nolan Ryan, on a scale of 1 ("Tom Hicks") to 10 ("Tom Landry")Sure, Sonny Bryan's is a Dallas institution, but I can't say I ever darkened the original's door until the Observer moved to our current offices at Maple and Oak Lawn some four ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 21, 2009
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    May 19, 2009

    Which Wich CEO Says He's Conflicted Over Push to Super-Size His Sandwiches

    Late yesterday I came across this story in which Which Wich CEO Jeff Sinelli expressed a certain angst over his Dallas-based sandwich chain's decision to offer the so-called Which Wich Super, a 15-inch, low-priced variation on the standard 8-inch offering. Sinelli was speaking on Sunday in Chicago a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2008

    So. See You At The Double Wide Tonight, Yeah?

    Tonight at the Double Wide, in honor of the great Chelsea Callahan's birthday, the venue is throwing Cha-Cha's 5th Annual Rock-And-Roll for Charity. And it's a pretty busy event, starting tonight at 8 and running until the bar closes at 2 in the morn'. There's free bbq from Sonny Bryan's from the g ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 25, 2007
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    June 7, 2006

    You Better You Bet: Why Miami Wins This Time

    There's one reason I go to Miami...OK, two, because I really should mention the in-laws: the Cuban sandwiches from Versailles in Little Havana. Turns out, those beloved sandwiches--made of pork and ham and cheese and a sweet-soft bread I've been unable to find anywhere outside of Miami--are part of ... More >>

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004
  • News

    April 8, 2004

    We're Watching You

    Want some privacy? Don't leave your house.

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Lunch Deal

    Frito pie at Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse

  • News

    November 1, 2001

    Hockey Pucks

    That's what the American Airlines Center is serving, and the Burger House is flipping

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best barbecue restaurant

    North Main Bar-B-Q

  • News

    March 4, 1999

    Crying fowl

    Wildlife activists claim that the managers at Samuell Farm Park are abusing the land, its animals, and anyone else who gets in their way

  • Dining

    September 18, 1997

    Attacking Macs with chopsticks

    Yoshi's brings Japanese sensibilities to an American dining habit

  • News

    November 7, 1996
  • Culture

    August 24, 1995

    A strange goodbye

    Odd sights--and musings--at Mickey Mantle's funeral

  • Dining

    April 20, 1995

    Little Italy

    San Remo, Plano's neighborhood Italian restaurant, is a nice place