<p><span></span></p><span><span>DALLAS: Raymond's Bar-B-Que Cafeteria</span><br><span>10920 Garland Rd.</span><br><span>Dallas, TX 75218 </span><br><span>214-327-5800 </span><br><span>Open M-Thur 11-8:30, F-Sat 11-9</span></span><br><br>The friendly guy behind the counter made me want to really like this place. It was the eighth joint on an 8 joint day, so I just ordered brisket. The meat was monochromatic gray with little crust. There was no smoke flavor, and I was hard pressed to even categorize it as an example of good roast beef. Not even friendly service could convince me to enjoy it.<br><br>Rating *<br><p><span><p></p></span></p><br><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/13/167845/restaurant/East-Dallas-Lakewood/Raymonds-Bar-B-Que-Cafeteria-Dallas"><img alt="Raymond's Bar-B-Que Cafeteria on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/167845/minilogo.gif"></a>

Yes, folks, I just had a birthday. And no, I won’t tell you how old I am this year. But I will tell you about the best thing that happened to me on that lovely day: a visit to Bananarchy, in South Austin! Here’s how it works. Order either a half or a whole frozen fair-trade banana, and tell the friendly person in the trailer what sweet sauce you want it dipped in—vanilla, peanut butter, or chocolate (note: because it’s Austin, they also have vegan chocolate). Then choose your topping: M&Ms, cookies, sprinkles, coconut, toffee, or one of six others. I opted to go overboard with a whole banana double-dipped in chocolate and peanut butter, with M&Ms. My taste buds were happy, but I can’t say the same for my stomach. My health-conscious friend selected a halfsies banana dipped in vanilla and rolled in cinnamon. If you’re an Arrested Development aficionado, like I am, you’ll recognize the concept of a frozen banana stand from the show, as well as the names of many of their specialties. You can’t go wrong with the Gob, two bananas double-dipped in chocolate and topped with peanuts, or the Afternoon Delight, a whole banana dipped in vanilla with a chocolate and peanut butter swirl, topped with graham crackers and peanuts. (With all of these AD references, I’m sensing a marathon coming on tonight at my house.) The self-described “revolutionary” dessert stand is perfect for these hot summer days with the kids. They also host fun events once in a while, like Arrested Development–watching evenings or the Bananarchy Awareness Party, a recent fund-raising effort that featured live bands. I’m definitely not waiting a whole year for another birthday to enjoy one of these babies. In fact, if you’re anywhere near South Lamar and Barton Springs Road tomorrow afternoon, you’ll probably see me eating a melting banana, with a chocolate-covered grin on my face.