Top 5 Restaurant Picks: Southern Food in Dallas!! 1)1. Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ- 400 W. Dav
Lemme tell y’all about some Texas BBQ. I mean real Texas BBQ. Our BBQ can be split into four main groups: East, Central, South and West. Lockhart is very much Central BBQ. Meanin’ it is smoked over oak. It’s made from beef, not pork or any of that other nonsense you see down in the South. It’s an insult to the cook and eater if you need sauce. Unless it’s a homemade sauce the cook prepared. And that’s just what you’ll get at Lockhart. Lockhart is nestled in the quirky Bishop Arts District of Dallas. Once a hidden little gem no more. Home to some of the most famous Pit Masters in Texas. Featured in everythin’ from Southern Living, Texas Monthly and the famous Texas BBQ Week that happens every summer. Just make sure you get there early. This is Texas BBQ, y’all. They run out.
Lockhart Smokehouse (Dallas, TX)
I came down with a pretty nasty cold this week. DayQuil wasn't doing much to alleviate my symptoms, so I decided to try a little DayQue instead. Lockhart Smokehouse has eluded me for a while now. The last time I went was during the dinner hour and they were sold out of almost everything, so this time I went at 11:00 a.m. right when they opened.
Don't go to Lockhart Smokehouse if you're interested in a barbecue sandwich or some kind of platter. Here the menu selections are all a la carte cuts of meat that are ordered by weight only, and the same is true for the sides. You also shouldn't expect hoity-toity things like plates, just butcher paper. Lockhart really isn't the place for a dinner date, but if you're looking for phenomenal barbecue, you're in the right place.
I wanted to make sure I had enough food for my wife and I to eat both lunch and dinner, so I ordered 1/2 lb. of beef brisket, 1 lb. of ribs, 2 pork chops, and 4 Kreuz sausages. I also got bbq baked beans, mac n' cheese, and potato salad for my sides.
The beans had a good sweet flavor to them, and had a generous helping of chopped brisket and smoked onions mixed right in. They had been cooking just long enough without being mushy and overcooked. My mac n' cheese was cheesy and creamy, and was just what I needed on a dreary rainy day. The potato salad also had a nice taste. I found big chunks of smoked potatoes and red onion throughout. There was also a fair amount of spice that tends to creep up on you if you're not careful.
As much as I wanted to keep eating the sides, I couldn't resist diving into the magnificent-looking brisket piled in front of me. At Lockhart Smokehouse, you can get your brisket however you want: lean, fatty, extra bark, etc. I opted for a mix of lean and fatty with lots of extra bark. My first bite seemed to literally melt in my mouth. The fat was rendered nicely, and there was a great smoky flavor both on the edges and seeped into the meat itself. I was in heaven.
Next I moved on to the pork chops. The crust was nice and crispy, with a hint of sweetness to it. There wasn't just a ton of smoke on the inside, but the edges were great. My pork chops were just a tad dry, although not bad overall.
The sausages are individual 1/3 lb. links, which are perfectly-sized. The casings had a great snap to them, and as soon as you got past the casing the meat inside is so tender it almost dissolves in your mouth. My sausage also had a nice amount of pepper to it that left a lingering spiciness after each bite.
I finished off my lunch with the ribs. My order of 1 lb. of ribs ended up being 4 gigantic spare ribs that were 1/4 lb. each. They were perfectly cooked Texas-style ribs. There was a great char and flavor from the dry rub, so the ribs didn't need any sauce at all (which is good because none was offered).
My lunch was absolutely delicious all the way around. In fact, the only bad thing about Lockhart Smokehouse is the price. The brisket and sausage were each $15.00/pound, and the pork chops and ribs were each $12.50/pound. This was my first time at Lockhart, so I admittedly went a little overboard. Even so, I ended up spending $80.00 on two meals for two people, which is a bit outrageous. Lockhart Smokehouse probably has some of the best Texas-style barbecue in Dallas (that's kind of like saying they have the best barbecue in the mall food court, but still). This place is definitely worth checking out, just be prepared to pay for it.
Round 2: Lockhart Smokehouse (Dallas, TX)
Getting ready to move is always hard, especially when there are so many people to say goodbye to. I was down in Oak Cliff visiting my friend and his new baby, which also happened to be just a few miles from the Bishop Arts district of Dallas. It was a no-brainer to pick Lockhart Smokehouse for dinner.
There are some folks out in the blogosphere who claim that Lockhart Smokehouse is hit-or-miss. I've had the pleasure of eating barbecue from Lockhart on several occasions now, and it's always phenomenal. The care and attention that goes into their food is readily apparent, from both the meat itself and from watching pitmaster Will Fleischman hard at work behind the counter.
I thought I had learned my lesson about over-ordering at Lockhart, but apparently not. It's hard not to try a little bit of everything here. We ended up with a half-pound of brisket, a half-pound of beef shoulder clod, a half-slab of pork ribs, and a few of their original Kreuz sausages. The side dishes here are also really tasty, so we added on potato salad, macaroni, and deviled eggs.
Lockhart's potato salad isn't mustard or mayo-based, but instead comes in their house dressing. It's like German-style potato salad, but with more flavor and spices. The heat level is also really nice. Their mac and cheese seemed exceptionally creamy today. It's very tasty and clearly homemade. This was my first run-in with their deviled eggs, and I'm really glad they found their way into our order. Lockhart fills their eggs with meats based on a rotating schedule, though I neglected to inquire as to today's meat. There was quite a bit of paprika covering it, but I think it was brisket. Regardless, the flavors are fantastic. There is also a nice spiciness to the eggs that pleasantly lingers.
As expected, the sliced brisket was terrific. Typically I have a specific request for my brisket, but today it came out perfect on its own. Each slice had tons of seasoning, especially on the bark (which there was plenty of). There was also a nice amount of smoke. The meat looked solid enough, but was so tender that it crumbled with the slightest touch. I was forced to share the half-pound with my friend, although I seriously considered taking it all and running out the door.
The beef shoulder clod is one of Lockhart's specialties, but this was my first time trying it. This was clearly a leaner cut of meat than the brisket, although what fat there was had been nicely rendered. The crust tasted great, and there was a good smoke level beneath. I wish more barbecue joints would include clod so I could eat it regularly.
It's often difficult to estimate how many ribs to order, but the spare ribs here are so big that a half-rack is plenty for 2-3 people to share. The meaty ribs had a smoke ring that went almost all the way through. Actually, they had the most smoke of all the meats today. The crust on Lockhart's ribs is always very tasty, and the tender, juicy meat is just as delicious.
Their sausages are definitely some of the best in DFW. I know they aren't made in-house, but they're still fantastic. The coarse meat is packed loosely into very crisp casings. I really enjoy the simple seasoning blend, which is predominantly salt and black pepper. A lot of barbecue joints have trouble inserting smoke into their sausage, but Lockhart seems to have conquered that problem quite nicely.
My goal is to visit as many barbecue joints as I can before leaving Texas, although part of me wants to end on a high note. Lockhart Smokehouse is definitely a benchmark that's hard to beat, so maybe I should quit while I'm ahead.
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