|These five joints are leading a BBQ renaissance in the Dallas area. (Photos ©Chris Wilkins and Jim Rossman)|
Reader interaction is terrific. On our story in The Dallas Morning News about Austin's barbecue renaissance, one online reader -- going by the moniker "J" -- wrote:
"Too bad the BBQ scene in DFW stinks."
I responded to "J" that the sentiment is wrong. There's a barbecue renaissance in Dallas, too.
From the Posse's extensive touring, we put Pecan Lodge at the Farmers Market among the top two or three joints in the state. If Texas Monthly's new rankings (the June issue) don't agree, we'll call them out again.
Also, we think Lockhart Smokehouse in the Bishops Arts District and Meshacks's in Garland are easily among the Top 50.
And from our blog traffic statistics, it's clear that readers like the new 3 Stacks Smoke and Tap House in Frisco and Jack Perkins's new joint, Slow Bone, near downtown Dallas.
Not to mention a very interesting concept, Work, expected to open soon in Deep Ellum.
These are definitely interesting times in Dallas barbecue.
If you need more evidence of Dallas' own barbecue renaissance, consider:
-- Pecan Lodge owner/pitmaster Justin Fourton said last week that his place will add a day of business, Wednesdays, beginning the first full week of June. Pecan Lodge has only been open Thursday through Sunday.
-- Lockhart Smokehouse owner Jeff Bergus confirmed Saturday that he is looking at adding a second location. Speculation has focused on a near northern suburb of Dallas. "These things take time," Bergus said.
|My first lunch at Slow Bone BBQ, two-meat platter with brisket and cilantro sausage. (Photo ©Chris Wilkins)|