Though this comfy, casual, cheery place looks like it's been around forever, it only opened in 1989 (albeit on the spot where a local barbecue haunt did exist since the 1940s). If it looks and feels like a neighborhood spot -- though somewhat incongruous in fancy Park Cities -- stuck in midcentury mode, well, that's exactly the way the owners would have it. With meats smoked on the premises, and a salad bar and a full roster of delicious fresh vegetables (choose three for a meal), it's a perfect place to bring hungry carnivores, the kids, and even vegetarians. Parents will appreciate the inexpensive kids' menu, which comes with a veggie the kids may even eat. Brisket quesadillas and onion rings are great starters for the table; adventurous sorts can try the Texas Torpedoes (cream cheese filled, batter-fried jalapeños). Terrific sandwiches include the chopped brisket and Piggy Soo (pulled pork), while full-meal standards (served with two veggies) worth a bet are the smoky baby back ribs and Polish kielbasa sausage. If you can make it to dessert, '50s-style heaven awaits: fried pies, peach cobbler, and root beer floats.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Recommended 2010