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 served what amounted to wafer-thin lunch meat. Was it smoked? I don't know. I was too scared.
Dallas has been undergoing something of a barbecue revolution. Where once there was Dickey's and Sonny Bryan's, now there are independents with fancy cooking methods and no desire for a mass market. Even better, thanks to the nature of the beast, they're charging the same prices. Meanwhile, in Fort Worth, the same few barbecue restaurants have been plugging away at high-quality barbecue for decades.
See also: An Englishman In BBQ Sauce Archives
Here we go, then, with a rundown of DFW's (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER) best spots, from this year's most controversial and hotly contested of Best Of Dallas awards, Best Barbecue.
Angelo's (Full Review) From the stuffed bear inside, to the location on "White Settlement Road," to the gigantic beers and the deceptively huge interior (truly this is the TARDIS of barbecue venues), everything about Angelo's in Fort Worth will make it a memorable trip. What you will especially not forget is the quality of the brisket -- smoky and gloopy, fatty and tearable, it's one of the few briskets in Dallas-Fort Worth that will never need sauce.
Mama Faye's (Full Review) The use of the word underrated is overrated. Nevertheless, lots of things are underrated. Rugby. Maggie Gyllenhaal. The DART Green Line. Coincidentally, the Green Line will take you straight to the most underrated Texas barbecue venue on this list, Mama Faye's in Deep Ellum.
In what should be a prime position, it seems to have been forgotten about on a far-flung corner of Commerce Street, but with sausage and brisket like this, it absolutely should not be. Also, they're very tolerant of drunk people. No further comment necessary.
Odom's BBQ (Full Review) With bars across the windows and a slightly sketchy overall vibe, Odom's is the best old-school downtown barbecue joint in Dallas. Odom's will serve you some of the finest ribs imaginable. Just remember to ask for the sauce on the side, unless your idea of good sauce is a swimming pool's worth.Next Page
Get the Food & Drink Newsletter
Our weekly guide to Dallas dining includes food news and reviews, as well as dining events and interviews with chefs and restaurant owners.