50 Most Interesting Restaurants

Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 12: Kuby's

Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we're counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul. Find more interesting places on our all-new Best Of app for iTunes or Android.

Kuby's may be the only restaurant in Dallas to openly advertise expert game-processing services. They'll happily skin the feral hog you just trapped and turn it into sausage, and then they'll turn that doe you land later this November into venison.

Thankfully, the animal disassembly isn't carried out at the Park Cities restaurant, but at their processing facility along Stemmons Freeway, before it crosses the Trinity River. No gun? It's fine -- they process a lot more than that for customers who don't hunt. And you can enjoy the fruits of their labor back at Snider Plaza where everything is certified buck shot free.

There are a handful of German restaurants in Dallas, but none of them offer so many locally processed ingredients to take home. That bratwurst sitting in the case waiting to join sauerkraut and mustard on a plate? They made it. They made the chubby knackwurst and the polish sausages, too. The hot dogs sitting in the case tempting you to take them home and fire up the grill? They were made in Dallas. You're beaming with pride for local meat.

But before you get lost in the 30 jars of mustard, go grab a seat in the dining room. Order some potato pancakes with apple sauce and a packet of sour cream you can squeeze over the top. (Do it.) Or get a Reuben sandwich, which somehow leaves you feeling like you haven't done yourself wrong. Perhaps it's the lightly toasted, butter-free bread, or the dressing that's applied with restraint, or the meat that's shaved so thin it buckles and curls and is not at all greasy. If more Reubens resembled Kuby's, you could eat one a day.

Next order one of the sausage platters that's hardly so innocent -- they contain enough links to gently ease you into a meat coma. The effect will be intensified by the beer you've been sipping since you sat down at the counter. You didn't have plans for the rest of the day, anyway.

That's it. Don't fight. Keep your seat and rest. There's strudel to be had and besides, you can always bag that feral hog tomorrow.

No. 50: Joyce and Gigi's No. 49: East Hampton Sandwich Co. No. 48: 20 Feet Seafood Joint No. 47: Taj Chaat House No. 46: Mot Hai Ba No. 45: La Nueva Fresh and Hot No. 44: Pera Turkish Kitchen No. 43: Tom's Burgers and Grill No. 42: Mughlai No. 41: Russian Banya No. 40: Off-Site Kitchen No. 39: Bachman Lake Taqueria No. 38: Carbone's No. 37: Babe's No. 36: Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo No. 35: Zaguan No. 34: Royal Sichuan No. 33: Spoon No. 32: Bambu No. 31: Pecan Lodge No. 30: FT33 No. 29: Keller's Drive-In No. 28: La Pasadita No. 27: Ten Bells Tavern No. 26: El Ranchito No. 25: Cafe Urbano No. 24: Nova No. 23: Jeng Chi No. 22: Omi No. 21: Tei-An No. 20: Jonathon's Oak Cliff No. 19: Yutaka and Sharaku No. 18: Local No. 17: Ibex No. 16: Pakpao No. 15: Chennai Cafe No. 14: Smoke No. 13: Nonna