Dallas

18th & Vine Barbeque

Dec 4, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

I’ve never eaten at a restaurant more often before a first review than this one. Including opening night, I’ve enjoyed seven meals at 18th & Vine since they opened the doors in early October. It helps that the restaurant is just fifteen minutes from my house, but it also takes a…

No End to KC Getting Burnt by Texas

Oct 28, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Kansas City deserves all the credit for one of barbecue’s greatest inventions: the burnt end. These are the crusty ends from the fatty side of the brisket that are cubed into bite-sized morsels. They’re sometimes re-seasoned and/or sauced, then smoked further to get more tender and a bit crunchy…

The Modern Marvel of Kuby’s Sausage House

Oct 6, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

When we marvel at the endurance of family-run barbecue joints in Texas, it becomes noteworthy when one hangs on for four—hell, even three—generations. So if someone deciding to make a living in the same way as their great-grandfather is pretty rare, but in the middle of Dallas, there is a business that’s…

Smoke Gets in Your Food

Sep 22, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Just when it appeared we had hit peak bacon—last week’s introduction of Sizzl, Oscar Meyer’s dating app for bacon lovers, could be pinpointed as the moment things jumped the shark—Chris Shepherd, the chef at Underbelly in Houston, found a way to improve the most popular ingredient of the past five…

Not Just Q

Jul 31, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Eric Hansen has been passionate about barbecue for years, but his new barbecue food truck, Not Just Q, started smoking last April. If Hansen’s name is familiar, it might be because it was included in most every announcement relating to the Slow Bone’s opening in Dallas. His stint as the pitmaster there…

Another Barbecue List

Jul 28, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

With what seems like three new barbecue lists coming out daily during the summer, I’ll forgive you if you didn’t notice the new one this morning. However, many did comment on Thrillist’s new one entitled “An Expert Panel Ranks the 5 Best BBQ Joints in Dallas.” This list included…

The Full Nowitzki

Jun 11, 2015 By Paul Knight

In a new documentary, the Dallas Mavericks’ legendary power forward lets down his guard.

Interview: Marshall Prichard of Sammy’s BBQ

Jun 10, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Owner/Pitmaster: Sammy’s BBQ; Opened 1992 Age: 45 Smoker: Wood-Fired Rotisserie Wood: Hickory Marshall Prichard could pass for a decade younger than his forty-five years. Somehow the barbecue business has been kind to him in the aging process. He was there on day one when Sammy’s BBQ opened in 1992, and he…

Sammy’s BBQ

Jun 5, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Until this week, I had never enjoyed a great bite of barbecue at Sammy’s BBQ in Uptown Dallas. I used to work in the neighborhood when I had a desk job, but Sammy’s was a lunch option only if somebody else was choosing. I had become a barbecue snob, and I…

BBQ Anatomy 101: Beef Plate

May 26, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Before brisket dominated Texas barbecue, meat markets served a vast variety of smoked beef cuts. The old-school meat markets of Central Texas would smoke anything left in the case too long, most often cuts from the forequarter, like shoulder clod or beef chuck. In the Dallas area during the forties and…

Where to Be a Tourist

Mar 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly and Brian D. Sweany

A word about these four destinations: most native Texans visited them on their elementary school field trips. They are essential, so if you haven’t seen them yet, you’d better get cracking. Just remember, this is only the start.

Cattleack BBQ Does Whole Hog

Mar 16, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

It was a unique day for barbecue in Dallas last Saturday. Whole hog isn’t an item you normally see on a barbecue menu in Texas, and Cattleack Barbecue isn’t normally open on Saturday. Owners Todd and Misty David were showing off what they had learned in January’s…

Off the Bone Barbeque

Mar 6, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

It’s not exactly new, it’s not flashy, and it’s not dogmatic about the barbecue style it serves, but Off the Bone Barbeque in Dallas’s Cedars neighborhood is just good. Dwight Harvey has run this joint in a converted gas station with his son Steven since 2008. It was a scheme to…

Who Owns Texas City Names on Twitter

Feb 27, 2015 By Dan Solomon

If you want to reach out to the city of @Austin, you’d better look at @AustinTexasGov. If you’re looking for @Dallas, check out @1500Marilla. So who owns the more logical Twitter usernames for Texas cities? 

Interview: Tim Byres of Smoke

Feb 25, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Co-Owner/Chef: Smoke; Opened 2009 Age: 39 Smoker: Wood-fired Offset Smoker Wood: Various Tim Byres is a man who is hard to pin down, mainly because he despises labels. He has been chef, pitmaster, author, culinary diplomat, and almost a food stylist. Six years ago he opened Smoke in West Dallas along with…

The Casualties of High-Speed Police Chases

Feb 18, 2015 By Dan Solomon

A video of a high-speed chase in Dallas that ended with a woman in a minivan beating the crap out of the offending driver went viral last week. But should she have been put at risk by the police chase in the first place?  

The History of the Pig Stands

Feb 18, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Brisket may dominate barbecue menus in Texas today, but nearly a century ago, a Dallas institution built its mighty restaurant empire on a simple Tennessee-style barbecued-pork sandwich: the “Pig Sandwich.” Perhaps some already know that I’m referring to the signature item served at the Pig Stand, a Dallas-based chain that formed…

Clark Food & Wine Co.

Feb 6, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

It’s only fifteen percent of a wandering menu, but the listings under “New Texas Smokehouse” at Clark Food & Wine in Dallas begged for a visit. It’s a chic new restaurant on Lower Greenville, a neighborhood that has been amping up its restaurant game of late. The meat-centric Blind Butcher…

Interview: Chris Manning of Smokey Joe’s BBQ

Dec 17, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Chris Manning, Siretha Davis, and Earl Harris Owner: Smokey Joe’s BBQ; Opened 1985 Age: 24 Smoker: Wood-fired Brick Smoker Wood: Hickory Thirty years is a long time to keep a barbecue joint going, but Chris Manning wasn’t even born when Smokey Joe’s opened in 1985. The twenty-four year old swore he wouldn’t…

The Hardeman Family’s Barbecue Legacy

Dec 16, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

In a Dallas city directory from 1948, there is a listing for Hardeman’s Barbecue. In fact there were two at the time, both of which were located in what was known as Freedman’s Town. It was a segregated African-American neighborhood just north of downtown in what is now…

Dallas’s Ebola Road

Oct 16, 2014 By Sonia Smith

The area along Greenville Avenue and Skillman street, parallel north-south arteries through the city, has become an Ebola corridor.

The Bryan Barbecue Empire

Sep 9, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

If you’ve eaten barbecue in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, there’s a good chance you’ve eaten it at Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse. For more than a century, four generations of Bryans have operated barbecue restaurants, eventually creating a national franchise that’s now nine strong (eight in DFW and one in Utah). Their saturation in the market…

Dallas Flambé

Aug 5, 2014 By Michael Ennis

With its tight prose, waitress heroine, and stinging insight into urban life, Merritt Tierce’s debut marks an exciting turn in Texas literature.