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The 50 Best Burgers in North Texas 2021

Howdy Burger Lovers!

I’m honored to present this year’s BEST burger winners. Any burger on my list is here because they are fresh and delicious. Please support local and try all of these burgers. Below at the end of the blog we created a full color poster of this years winners. You may screen shot from your phone or print it off and plan your BURGER adventures of 2021. By saving our list you will have instance reference for your barbecue cravings. 

WOW! What a year 2020 was for the restaurant, food, and culinary world. In my five decades in the restaurant business, I’ve seen disasters of all types and nothing comes close to the devastating effect Covid-19 had on our economy. Restaurants, chefs, pitmasters, and restauranteurs had to make big changes if they wanted to survive the pandemic. Nationwide, we lost over 251,000 restaurants forever and 2.5 million restaurant jobs at the latest estimate. The good thing is that NOW we are on the mend and the Texas economy is in full giddy-up mode! This is why it’s so important to support local restaurants to keep us in giddy-up mode.

Even though things were crazy due to Covid-19 we still worked hard reporting on food and hunting down the best burgers we could locate in North Texas. The pandemic allowed us plenty of extra time to chow down on some tasty burgers; it also allowed burger creators time to come up with some new delicious and creative burgers for all of us to enjoy. If you follow me, you know how much I enjoy a great and tasty burger.  This is our seventh year for the BEST BURGER contest in Texas and I’m excited to tell everyone about my delicious burger discoveries.

Did you know that burgers are one of the most sought-after sandwiches in the world? The burger business is crazy in the U.S.A. I don’t have the newly updated numbers of burgers sold in 2020 during the pandemic (and it would be an oddly skewed amount), so we are using the last updated numbers. A national research company states that we sell 6.48 million burgers a day, and around 75 burgers a second! What? Yes, 75 burgers a second! This roughly breaks down as 4,500 burgers every minute, 270,000 every hour, 6.48 million a day, and 2.36 billion burgers a year. A worldwide research study states we sell 50 billion a year worldwide. 50 Billion a year that to me is shocking, but I know how many folks just love a succulent, savory, and delicious burger.

Having so much history with hamburgers, I’ve always wondered when and where the hamburger was created. According to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, the hamburger was first created in America in the 1900s; it was a simple ground beef patty between two slices of bread. There are several different versions of stories of when the hamburger was invented – one is that of German origin. Otto Kuasw, who created a very popular “sailors’ sandwich” made of a fillet of beef, fried in butter, served with a fried egg between two toasted buns… It doesn’t really matter when or how it came to be, what matters today is almost everyone loves a tasty burger.

The old saying says that everything is bigger and better in Texas, and that still holds true today, especially in the burger and beef business. In the last ten years, the Texas market has seen an explosion in the use of craft meats from the farm/ranch category. We have a variety of small ranches and farms offering various types of perfect meats that can be dropped off right at anyones back door. Some of the popular proteins, beef, and cuts being used are Angus, Hereford, Brangus, Kobe, American Style Wagyu Kobe, American Kobe, Japanese Wagyu, Chuck, Short Ribs, Round Steak, Tenderloin, Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Ribeye, Brisket, Bison, Lamb, heck even fresh Tuna for Tuna Burgers, and many other combinations including bacon/pork. We could go on for days about combinations of various proteins, meats, and meat cuts being used. Everyone is looking for that special real deal burger flavor profile to make his or her burger number one in the burger wars. In my opinion, being a fourth-generation rancher, superior meat quality and fresh protein plays a big role in achieving that perfect flavor. If you’re curious about the meat sectional, just ask the chefs or pitmasters what they use and they will proudly tell you, or if you look it may be displayed at the restaurant. I received an invite last year to visit one of Texas’ BEST craft beef suppliers 44 Farms.

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk burgers.

The world definition of a hamburger is: ham·burg·er (noun) a round patty of ground beef, fried or grilled and typically served on a bun or roll and garnished with various condiments. This may be true but it has surely changed in the last decade.

I get asked almost daily about what the classifications are for adding a burger to our BEST BURGER LIST, and what experience I have in judging the best burger. Questions come in all the time on what my qualifications are for a burger to make my BEST BURGER list!

Well, it’s pretty simple! Growing up in the restaurant business and offering burgers at all our family restaurants, I’ve become a real burger freak over the years. For over 100 years, every restaurant we’ve owned offered burgers of some sort. When I was a boy, we owned Quality Meat and Provision Company in Fort Worth, Texas. My granddad opened Quality Meat in the 1940s and it was still open when we sold it in the early 1980s. I worked there every summer with my grandma and my uncle John, where I performed all kinds of duties at the meat company. My favorite thing to do was unload the fresh sides of beef (they were very heavy). I would put them on the hook and slide them down the rail. I would push the swinging sides of beef into the meat cooler where they would be checked for quality, then butchered by the experienced and professional meat cutters. On occasion I would help load the meat in our fresh hamburger patty machines and make fresh patties. After the meat was ground up and pressed into patties, we would stack them in the boxes and seal them. We would then deliver them to our family restaurants and customers’ restaurants to be cooked and consumed. I had a little flat grill in a back room where I would sneak some of the fresh patties, cook them only using salt and pepper, and add some cheese. Of course, this was just a Trey-test to make sure they were delicious and ready to be served with the Chapman Family name. I worked in our family restaurant operations and was involved in research, development, and new menu creations of all kinds for decades. When I was in high school my dad requested we work at all kinds of different hamburger joints to gain experience in the restaurant field. My burger history and education are quite extensive. I might as well have a master’s degree in hamburgers.

Let’s discuss my qualifications for what constitutes an award-winning burger.

The bun has to be soft, fresh, and flavorful – not dry. If it has vegetables, they need to be fresh, colorful and taste great. They can’t be soggy and limp. The pickles need to have a slight crunch – they just have to crunch when you bite into them! I prefer the meat to be fresh and hand-pressed. If not hand-pressed, above all else, loaded with flavor. I have a few more but I’m not telling, no sir! It sounds easy to just create or make a burger, but it ain’t. It’s all in the preparation, handing, seasoning, and how you construct the burger.

The categories will be as follows:

– BEST ALL-AROUND 

– BEST CRAFT BURGER

– BEST OLD FASHION BURGER

– BEST BRUNCH BURGER 

– BEST BREAKFAST BURGER (new for 2021)

The beef industry has changed so much in the last five decades. To me, a CRAFT burger is completely different in the creation and flavor profile. They can be prepared with delicious, creative toppings, a variety of expensive, fresh meats, premium aged cheese, with a fancy bakery fresh bun. A craft burger can get expensive depending on how it is created. When it comes to craft burgers, my flavor profile has a wide range. I will try anything to see what kind of burger deliciousness a chef has created to achieve the number one tasting burger in the burger wars. There are lots of crazy flavor profiles for craft burgers. Plenty of craft burger creations can send your taste buds to the flavor rodeo and have you screaming “Giddy up!” with each bite.

An OLD FASHION burger has tender beef, farm-fresh vegetables, and a soft, toasted, buttery bun. It is a simple burger. A plain old fashion burger flavor profile is simplistic. If prepared correctly, with fresh beef and ingredients, it can be packed with juicy deliciousness. 

We traveled the highways and byways in search of the best burgers, covering many miles and visiting over 190 locations. We tried over 230 burgers to locate the best burgers in North Texas. Just like previous years, we have some new winners and lots of repeat winners on the list. In fact, I have a large number of repeat winners on this year’s list because, to tell the truth, if you have a great burger, well you just have a great burger and there’s no other way around it.

We are proud to introduce the winners below. My hopes are you will visit some, if not all, of these fantastic burger joints and chow down.

WINNER: Best All-Around Burger for 2021

Knife Burger

Plano/Dallas, Texas

Chef John Tesar

The Double Ozersky Times Two Burger:

This burger won the BEST ALL-AROUND last year and the year before. I just couldn’t find a better all-around burger for 2021. I hosted John last year on our live TV and Radio podcast where we discussed his passion for the culinary arts and his restaurant concepts. Knife has been featured on almost every TV food show and has won so many awards they don’t have enough room to display them. 

The Ozersky was created by Chef John Tesar at his award-winning Knife Dallas, named after the late food critic and writer Josh Ozersky, also from Dallas. The Double Ozersky is truly a masterful burger! It’s simplistic but riddled with flavor. When you bite into this burger and the flavors hit your pallet… You can say nothing but, “Give me another bite”. It will put a smile on your face and fill a void in your burger-loving heart. It’s prepared with two 44 Farms beef patties, two slices of cheese, farm-fresh red onion, and a bakery-fresh bun. This burger has two important elements: First, they use 44 Farms delicious beef patties. Second, the patties are cooked on an old-school flat grill. As the beef patties cook on the grill they soak in their own juices, which creates a fantastic flavor. Then they add the cheese to the patties while they are cooking on the flat grill, melting it into gooey deliciousness on the patties. When you receive this burger it’s warm, fresh off the grill, and smells like heaven. I can say without hesitation that this is truly one of the best burgers I’ve eaten in my five decades of life. Chef John just killed it with the Double Ozersky Burger.

WINNER: Best Craft Burger of 2021 

Wild Acre Brewing Company Camp Bowie

Fort Worth Texas

Chef David Hollister

(Cover Burger Photo)

Ridiculousness Burger:

This is a new burger winner, but the creator Chef David Hollister has been around for a long time. I hosted him on our live TV show two different times and we did a short TV special with him for Fort Worth Magazine. He’s extremely talented and passionate about creating deliciousness. It’s no surprise to me that this Ridiculous Burger was #RidiciouslyDelicious. It is savory, meaty, cheesy, and loaded with great flavor. It’s prepared with Mickey’s Spicy Mustard, Kosher Dill Pickles, two Akaushi Wagyu Patties, four Slices of Tillamook Cheddar, four Slices of Nueske’s Bacon, Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage, fresh Fried Egg, and a bakery fresh Toasted Onion Roll. Can you say R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S !

Best Craft Burgers of 2021 

2. Local Yocal BBQ & Grill

Mckinney, Texas

Mathew Hamilton

Chef Adam West

The Hamilton Burger:

I met cowboy Matt Hamilton for the first time this year when his restaurant and butcher shop were featured on our weekly LIVE radio and T.V. show. I remember like it was yesterday! We were discussing burgers and Matt said, “Trey, you have to try our Hamilton Burger! You’re going to love it.” As always I wrote myself a note to head over to Local Yocal and try Matt’s burger with his namesake attached. Well, burger lovers, Matt wasn’t lying or telling a tall Texas tale. When I saw the server bringing my burger I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. The presentation was picture perfect! The meat was stacked so high I was going to need a little ladder to climb on this bad boy and start chowing down. The burger was loaded with meaty, savory deliciousness. It has one full pound of meat. Yes, I said ONE POUND OF MEAT! I grabbed it with both hands and dug in! I was on my fourth bite when it won my heart for one of the best CRAFT BURGERS I ate all year. It’s prepared with 1/3 lb. House-ground wagyu beef, house-smoked prime brisket, smoked jalapeño cheddar sausage, three slices of bacon, loads of cheddar cheese, farm-fresh grilled onions and jalapeños, with some creamy mayo. You wouldn’t think all those different proteins wouldn’t work to combine the perfectly flavored burger, but IT DOES. It was created just four short years ago by Pete Gonzales and the Local Yocal Team. They wanted a burger that was too BIG to eat. Pete is a butcher and BBQ Pitmaster passionate about his craft. When you get a chance you need to head over and try this award-winning burger. You better take a TEXAS size appetite when you head over to chow down.

3. Fuego Burger

Benbrook, Texas

The House Fuego Burger:

Created by Carlos and Christie Rodriguez, the House Fuego Burger looks like a piece of art and smells like heaven. If someone like Picasso was going to create a burger that looked like artwork and tasted delicious, it would definitely emulate this burger. It has a colorful bun with a BIG phat beautiful fresh melted cheese skirt surrounding the entire burger hanging off the bun about 2 inches in circumference. First, we ate with our eyes and this burger impressed me so much when they delivered it that my mouth was watering before my first bite. In the words of Carlos and Christie, “If loving cheese is wrong, then I don’t want to be right!” The burger is prepared with a half-pound beef patty cooked on a flat grill, roasted jalapeño pepper mayo, fire-roasted green chilies, and a generous helping of melted cheddar jack to create cheesy goodness that surrounds the burger. With each bite you take the juicy burger patty combined with all that gooey cheese will melt in your mouth and send your pallet to the flavor rodeo. What an awesome burger!!!

4. Wishbone & Flynt

Fort Worth, Texas

Chef Stefon Rishel

Flynt Burger:

Wishbone & Flynt is the brainchild of Top Chef winner Stefon Rishel and is located just south of downtown Fort Worth. The Flynt burger is prepared with a special chef’s custom blend of fresh meat, that’s never frozen. It has fresh white cheddar cheese, house-made pickles, farm-fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and the patty is seared in duck fat. Yes, I said duck fat! The presentation of this burger is beautiful, but the culinary jingle that pops on your taste buds will linger forever. The Flynt burger is simply culinary perfection!

5. Fred’s Texas Cafe

Fort Worth, Texas (3 locations)

The Serrano Burger:

Fred’s Texas Cafe Team with Burgers.

Fred’s Texas Cafe and chef Terry are slinging creative burger deliciousness all day, every day. Chef Terry has created many award-winning burgers and the Serrano Burger is just one of many great burgers you will fall in love with at Fred’s. This burger is a flavor explosion in your mouth that you will not soon forget. It’s prepared with a fresh, soft, tasty bun along with fresh, never frozen ground chuck that is hand-mixed with farm-fresh Serrano peppers, and topped with grilled onions & Oaxaca cheese. Served with pickles, lettuce, tomato, and house-prepared lime mayo. A real flavor explosion in your mouth!

6. Nicky D’s Burgers

Crowley, Texas

Bacon Jammer Burger:

Just south of Fort Worth in Crowley, Texas, you will find Nicky D’s. It’s a very unassuming place that offers fantastic creative burgers and other delicious eats. The burger I fell in love with was the Bacon Jam Burger. Yes, I said Bacon Jammer! This burger is savory, cheesy, and delicious that everyone needs to try. It’s prepared with a fresh tasty bun, bacon, a heap of cheddar cheese, fresh jalapeños, and a sweet bacon jam sauce. This burger is riddle with sweet-savory deliciousness.

7. Pearl Snap Kolaches

Fort Worth, Texas

Jalapeno Popper Burger:

Located off Old White Settlement Road in an old small strip center, Pearl Snap has a cozy little dining room and a wonderful staff that’s all smiles. They serve fresh chef-driven burgers and dishes you will love. Prepared with a fresh, soft house-made bun, a succulent meat patty, two strips of bacon, grilled Jalapenos, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and diced Jalapenos. I added an extra meat patty for more meaty deliciousness.

8. Rapscallion Dallas

Dallas, Texas

Chef Nathan Tate 

The Rapscallion Burger:

Prepared with a special 80/20 blend of certified Hereford Beef, three-cheese pimento, house pepper bacon, farm-fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, dill pickle, house-prepared creole mustard, and served with Rapscallion spiced sweet potato chips. All served on a fresh bakery brioche bun with black sesame seeds. You can also add a farm-fresh egg if you desire. I think the egg really adds a lot to the flavor profile of this amazing burger! The egg makes it pop on your taste buds – POW! This delicious burger is the creation of Chef Nathan Tate. He is cookin’ and slingin’ deliciousness all over Dallas. I visit Rapscallion often just to make sure I’m not missing any of Chef Tate’s new delicious creations. I was introduced to Chef Tate’s food two years ago and I’ve been in love with his cuisine ever since.

9. M & O Station Grill

Fort Worth, Texas

The King George Burger:

Prepared with two juicy meat patties, two slices of cheese, with bacon & BBQ caramelized onions. All the trimmings are stacked between a farm-fresh bun. You get a generous portion of M&O’s hand-cut French fries too. This burger looks incredible as well, with all the gooey, melted cheese running down the sides of this burger. It’s beautiful, artistic, big, and packed with flavors. I really enjoyed this bad boy burger!

10. Dutch’s Legendary Hamburgers

TCU area/Fort Worth, Texas

The Bacon Blue Cheese Burger:

Located by TCU in Fort Worth, Dutch’s has created many award-winning burger combinations. The Bacon Blue Cheese is prepared with a juicy beef patty, fresh bacon, a generous portion of blue cheese, farm-fresh tomato, onion, house prepared chipotle mayo, and it’s all on a bakery fresh bun. Dutch’s uses a fantastic house prepared bun which has the flavor profile of a Hawaiian sweet bun that creates a unique flavor for this burger. The bun combined with the blue cheese creates a special combination on this burger. Get to Dutch’s and chow down on this burger!

Rodeo Goat DFW Bodacious Burger.

11. Rodeo Goat DFW

Dallas Fort Worth Texas

The Bodacious Burger:

Located in various locations in the DFW area, Rodeo Goat serves fresh, chef-driven burgers and eats that are delicious. The Bodacious Burger is a tribute to the O.G. (original goat). A big beef patty, American cheese, bacon, fresh crispy onions, fresh grilled jalapeños, pickles, house-smoked jalapeño mayo, and house BBQ sauce. This is a tasty burger that is loaded with Bodacious flavors.

12. J’s Casa BURGERS 

River Oaks, Texas

The Mexican Burger:

J’s has three burgers in this year’s contest because they are slinging some unique burger deliciousness. It’s a small restaurant with an extremely cozy outdoor atmosphere and great service. The Mexican burger is just one more of J’s flavor-loaded burgers to win a spot on my best burger list. It’s prepared with fresh avocado, bacon, fresh-grilled jalapeños, grilled onions, white cheese, fresh lettuce, tomato, and fresh house verde salsa. This burger is a must-try if you love craft burgers. Don’t forget to add some of their tater tots that are coked GBD #GoldenBrownandDelicious

13. Whiskey Cake Bar & Kitchen

DFW, Texas & Oklahoma

The OMG Burger:

Prepared with goodness. REALLY. This has beer-battered onion rings, roasted criminis, muenster, grain mustard, red chili mayo, lettuce, tomato, all on a challah bun. The OMG Burger has loads of fresh ingredients and combined creates a BIG bold flavor that just rocks your taste buds. Also, the homemade chips on the side are delicious too.

14. Hopdoddy Burger Bar

DFW Metroplex

The El Diablo Burger:

I’m pretty sure that everyone in Texas has heard of HOPDODDY by now. If you haven’t, let me introduce you to this award-winning, chef-driven burger concept. They offer delicious, one-of-a-kind, creative burgers that have fresh hand-prepared baked buns and hand-pressed meat patties. Yes, two of my favorite things are fresh buns and fresh hand-pressed patties. Do I have your attention now?! The burger I fell in love with is the El Diablo. It’s prepared with a fresh-baked bun, hand-pressed Angus beef patty, pepper jack cheese, farm-fresh habanero and serrano peppers, caramelized onions, Salsa Roja, chipotle aioli, and farm-fresh lettuce. All I can say is, “The culinary jingle this burger creates on your pallet will never be forgotten – it’s flavor perfection!”

15. Clay Pigeon Food & Drink

Fort Worth, Texas

The Clay Pigeon Burger:

Chef Marcus’s Clay Pigeon Restaurant is one of the finest chef-driven restaurants in Texas. His burger is prepared with fresh hand-ground beef from prime ribeye and New York strips. A fresh bakery buttered bun, farm-fresh lettuce, tomato, onions, house prepared Clay Pigeon garlic aioli and served with hand-cut French fries. Chef Marcus Pasley created the Clay Pigeon Burger. He is the owner of the famous Clay Pigeon and is an award-winning chef who creates amazing cuisine representing many cultures. Chef Marcus has no boundaries on what he can create and sling out of his kitchen. Marcus is one of my favorite chefs! It’s truly his life’s passion to cook delicious creations for all to enjoy.

Seven Doors Kitchen 70/30 Burger.

16. Seven Doors Kitchen & Craft Cocktails

The Colony, Texas

The Phat 70/30 Burger

chef Jacob QUINTANA

Chef Jacob is famous for his fresh culinary creations and his phat 70/30 Burger. Seven Doors offers fresh culinary delights with an amazing and vibrant atmosphere. the 70/30 Burger is always served HF&D #hotfreshanddelicious. It’s prepared with fresh ground beef and bacon Blend, white cheddar cheese, house sweet pepper jam, house crispy onions, farm fresh lettuce all stacked between to soft bakery fresh Brioche Bun. It’s also gluten-free. If you’re looking for a cozy place to try and delicious burger head over to Seven Doors.

17. Press Box Grill

Downtown Dallas, Texas

The Cowboy Burger:

Located in downtown Dallas in a nice corner location, Press Box is slinging burger deliciousness all day every day. I met these folks from another foodie named Brandon Baker and I fell in love with their tasty burger creations. I featured them on my Best Burger in North Texas special for ABC last year. I love the Cowboy Burger – go figure! It’s prepared with a fresh, soft bun, your choice of patty topped with bacon and blue cheese crumbles, plus lettuce, tomato, red onions, and pickles on the side. Can you see a pattern here I LOVE the flavor of blue cheese? This burger is loaded with flavor and is H.F. & D – Hot, Fresh and Delicious. Head over to Press Box, throw that door open, and yell, “Cowboy Trey sent me to Chow Down on your Cowboy Burger – bring it on!”

18. J’s-Casa Burgers

River Oaks, Texas

The Junkyard Burger:

J-Casa is located in a very small, cozy building located in River Oaks with some fantastic burgers and homemade sweets. I love the big phat Junkyard Burger! It’s prepared with a fresh, soft, tasty bun, American cheese, hotlinks, farm-fresh jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, and yellow mustard. This burger is succulent, flavorful, and delicious!

19. Heim Barbecue

Fort Worth & Dallas, Texas

The Heimburger:

I prefer the beautiful river location and enjoy some Heim deliciousness. Travis and Emma have won so many awards with their fresh smoked beef creations. The Heimburger is just one more award-winning dish from pitmaster Travis. The Heimburger isn’t smoked, but you might think it was. It’s prepared with finely chopped Heim smoked brisket combined with 44 Farms fresh ground beef to create meaty deliciousness. The star of the show is the bacon jam – yea baby, bacon jam prepared from Heim Bacon Burnt Ends, onions, and of course butter. The burger has a very unique flavor that translates to succulent burger savory deliciousness. If you love burgers you need to head over and chow down on this creative tasty burger.

20. Your Mama’s House 

Fort Worth, Texas

Chef Park Scott 

The Park Burger:

Prepared with fresh beef, fresh tomato, fresh lettuce, onion, cheese, pickle, Chef Parks burger spices and all stacked on a soft fresh toasted bun. This burger was created by Park the “Hang Over Chef” and It’s packed with flavor and screams EAT ME! Check out and chow on this delicious burger!

21.The Swiss Pastry Shop

Fort Worth, Texas

Chef Hans 

The Farm To Market Burger with Cheese:

Prepared with a fresh and juicy eight oz. Texas Akaushi beef patty, farm-fresh pickles, lettuce, tomato, and onion – all stacked between a Swiss Pastry Shop fresh baked bun. Chef Hans creates magic and deliciousness at his world-famous Swiss Pastry Shop. He cooks up a lot of different hamburgers with insane toppings and crazy flavor profiles. They always look Texas-worthy, incredible, and have big bold flavors. We love Chef Hans and his crazy super delicious burger creations at his unbelievable Swiss Pasty Shop.

E.J. Wills Pub Garbage Burger

 

22. E. J. Wills Pub

McKinney, Texas

The Garbage Burger:

I found EJ’s by accident. I was actually trying a different burger across town and I saw a photo of their Garbage burger while scrolling through social media. I said, “Oh Trey you got to try that burger at EJ’s!” So I did, and I loved the flavor. It’s prepared with house-ground meat with jack cheese, sliced turkey, red leaf lettuce, sliced tomato, red cabbage slaw, jalapeño bacon, mac & cheese, topped with fried onion & jalapeño mix, served with loaded tater tots. This burger is stacked high, phat, and is very delicious! Get to EJ’s and try this burger perfection creation!

23. Owners Box Sports Bar

Lamar in Dallas, Texas

Culinary Team

The Gold Metal Burger:

Prepared with 2 juicy Texas beef patties, topped with Cheese, house prepared onion strings, Gold barbecue sauce and all stacked between a bakery fresh brioche bun. This burger has a fantastic, fresh flavor profile. It’s a delicious Texas burger that you will want to have again and again. If you add the fresh French fries and throw on some of their house-prepared bacon, the burger will WOW even more! The Omni culinary team creates deliciousness from farm-fresh products and ingredients with great flavor profiles that you won’t and can’t FORGET! Check out The Owners Box for great burgers and sports.

24. Rogers Round House

Fort Worth, Texas

Roundhouse Burger ( Roundhouse Style)

The burger is packed with flavor, loaded with cheese, and the bun was buttered and toasted. I always say that the bun makes the burger or the sandwich, and the bread at Roger’s is fresh and soft with each bite. The Burger is prepared with two smash patties, melted cheddar cheese, fresh shredded lettuce, pico, and Rogers sauce.  Yo, whatever that Rogers sauce is prepared with it makes for a TASTY BURGER.

25. Grease Monkey

Arlington, Texas

The Angry Burger:

Located in downtown Arlington in a cozy bar pub-type atmosphere, Grease Monkey is a burger and wing hot spot. I love the flavor profile of the Angry Burger. It’s prepared with a fresh, soft, and tasty bun, a beef patty, roasted green chili peppers, garlic, fried jalapeños, chipotle mayo, pepper jack cheese, and a little bit of burger deliciousness. Head over to the Monkey for some burger greatness.

BONUS 26.Fearings Restaurant

Dallas, Texas

The Rattlesnake Burger:

Chef Dean Fearing is famous for his amazing culinary creations. A true celebrity chef that knows no bounds to his culinary creativity. The Rattlesnake burger yet another of those tasty creations. It’s prepared with mesquite-grilled fresh beef, Dean’s Secret Sauce, Smoked Bacon, fresh Caramelized Onions, Pepper Jack Cheese, and fresh house cut rosemary French fries. Yes, my mouth is watering just thinking about this H.F. & D. creation. Hot, Fresh, and Delicious.

 

Best Old-School Burgers of 2021

WINNER: Best Old Fashion Burger for 2021

Herd’s Hamburgers

Jacksboro, Texas

Herd Family

The Herd Burger:

Herd’s Hamburgers is the embodiment of the old fashion Hamburger in Texas, and probably by all accounts in the entire United States of America. They just have something at Herd’s that’s hard to emulate when it comes to a tasty burger. Herd’s originated in 1916 and has been continually owned and operated by the same family ever since they first slung the doors open. You can’t get much more originally than an Old Fashion Burger that served their first burger in 1916. If you think about it, 1916 isn’t far off from the original burger creation in the USA in the early 1900s. That fact alone is truly remarkable. Just ponder on that 1916 and all the burger places that have come and gone and Herd’s is still slinging those award-winning Old Fashion Burgers. The Herd’s burger is simple in nature, but as I’ve said many times over my decades in the food business, “Simple dishes are sometimes the most difficult to facilitate!” It’s prepared with fresh, smashed-thin meat patties, fresh vegetables, cheese, and a soft burger bun that’s toasted on an old flat grill. If you truly are a burger freak and love burgers like I do head out to Herd’s and chow down.

 

2. Muddbones Burgers

Bonham, Texas

Chef Kyle & Jarrett 

Old School with Bacon Burger:

Muddbones still on our list 3 years in row now. It is the brainchild of friends Kyle and Jarrett. They began in a food trailer and grew their business to be one of the BEST little burger joints in Texas. They’ve been featured on the hit T.V. show the Texas Bucket List, won various awards, and have been featured in North Texas for their tasty flavor-loaded old-school burgers. They’ll tell you, “We set out (and succeeded!) to create a place where people could eat a burger that surpassed all others!” 

I saw their building about ten times as I was driving by in 2018 and didn’t stop to eat their burgers. One night in late 2018 I saw them on TV and I told myself, “Trey, you need to go see those boys at Muddbones.” The rest, they say, is history. I pulled open the door and walked into Muddbones with my hat pulled down. I ordered the Old School and sat down. When I received my burger and unwrapped it I couldn’t believe the meaty deliciousness I was breathing in. It was tickling my nose hairs with delight. When I picked it up and took my first bite I knew I had a winner. The burger was a succulent, delicious old-school surprise and was loaded with flavor. It’s prepared with a fresh and tasty 5” bun, quarter-pound patty, house-made seasoning, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and your choice of condiments. I added bacon as any Texan should. I added extra cheese to my second go-round because I love cheese. The bun is toasted on the flat grill for flavor where the meat is cooked.

3. Kincaid’s Old Fashion Burgers

DFW Area, Texas

The Regular Kincaid Cheese Burger:

Created by Mr. Kincaid in 1946 in an old grocery store in Fort Worth, this burger is one of the original best burgers in Texas. They’ve won so many awards at Kincaid’s they’re running out of room to hang all of them. I’ve been eating and chowing down at Kincaid’s for five decades. I always visit the original location in the old grocery store location off Camp Bowie in Fort Worth. The old location has charm and is extremely cozy. If you ask me the atmosphere at Kincaid’s makes the burgers taste better. I always say, “Food tastes better with a story”, and Kincaid’s has a great story. My granddad was friends with Mr. Kincaid they talked business and beef a lot back in the day. Both of these men were part of the early history in the beef business when Fort Worth, Texas was taking shape. It’s hard to explain the flavor profile of the Kincaid burger except to say, “It’s just DANG DELICIOUS”! It’s the true definition of an old fashion hamburger and has kept its same flavor profile all these years. My buddy “The Music Legend” is someone who has lived in Fort Worth for decades, Robert Gallagher says, “It’s the best damn burger, period”! It’s prepared using a fresh bun, all-natural Black Angus beef (preservative, hormone, and additive free) ground fresh daily. It’s layered with farm fresh tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, onions and cooked on my favorite an old school flat grill in its own juicy juices. Again, vegetables are placed on the bottom of this burger which changes the flavor and makes it better. Remember, “It’s just DANG DELICIOUS”!

Hillside Tavern Smash Burger with Bacon.
Hillside Tavern Double Cheese burger w/Bacon.

4. Hillside Tavern

Dallas, Texas

Chef Nathan Tate

Hillside Double Old School Cheeseburger:

Chef Nathon Tate strives for perfection with all of his culinary creations and his “new” old school double cheeseburger is no exception. The burger bun was soft and fresh, the patties had a nice crust around the edges, and they were juicy. I added double meat and bacon because I love it. The burger is prepared with fresh, hand-pressed beef patties, American and provolone cheese, a house-prepared creole mustard and mayo sauce, shredded chilled farm-fresh iceberg lettuce, diced onions, fresh sliced tomato, and dill pickles. The burger is loaded with flavor and will send your taste buds to the flavor rodeo!

5. Sky Rocket Burger

Deep Ellum, DFW Texas

Sky Rocket Old Fashion Triple Cheese:

Located in Deep Ellum in a cozy old school building, Sky Rocket Burgers is slinging old fashion burgers with some modern flavor profiles. I went big both of the days I ate burgers at Sky Rocket. I ordered the Triple Meat, Triple Cheese, added some bacon and a farm-fresh egg. This burger was layered with cheese and plenty of it. It was also cooked on a flat grill with smashed patties for some old fashion meaty deliciousness. Burger juice was running down my face as I chowed down. They also have tasty fries and real Coke in glass bottles.

6. Dayne’s Craft BBQ

Fort Worth Tx Lola’s Trailer Park

Pitmaster Dayne Weaver

Dayne’s Old School Burger

Dayne’s is yet another award-winning Texas craft barbecue joint that entered the Texas burger wars this year with a BANG! They use brisket trimmings to create a flavorful old-school burger. The smash patty burger is served on a fresh toasted sesame seed bun with succulent smashed beef patties and fresh vegetables to create an award-winning burger that sends your taste buds to the flavor rodeo.

7. Fat Shack Restaurants

Fort Worth & Denton, Texas

The Classic Old Fashion Burger:

Fat Shack is new to the DFW area as of last year and when they opened in Fort Worth we couldn’t wait to try one of their delicious burgers. I’ve tried three of their burger options and I liked each one. They have a creative menu with everything from burgers to sandwiches and even have fried desserts. Of course, I ordered extra cheese because I’m a fat guy that loves cheesy goodness! The Classic Burger is prepared on a soft, fresh bun, 100% Angus beef, and is served with American cheese, farm-fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and Fat Shack’s house prepared burger sauce. This burger is so juicy and delicious that I had burger juice dripping down my chin. The way it should be.

8. Hookers Grill

Fort Worth & Willow Park Tx.

Chef Ruth Hooker

Regular Old School Double Meat:

Hookers is old-school all the way. From the super-friendly customer service to the simple, but delicious, flat grill prepared burgers. It doesn’t matter which location you visit for your burger because both locations are slinging deliciousness! The Regular Double Burger is served on a soft bun with 100% Hereford beef, farm-fresh chilled and chopped lettuce, fresh tomatoes, onions, and of course I added some bacon and cheese. You can also request grilled onions and/or fried onions. You will love this flavor profile and you are encouraged to support your local Hookers!

Zavala’s Old Fashion Cheese Burger.

9. Zavala’s BBQ

Grand Prairie, Texas

Pitmaster Joe Zavala

Zavala’s Old Fashion Burger

Pitmaster Joe Zavala is slinging award-winning, delicious barbeque and now award-winning burgers. Located in an old building in Grand Prairie, Zavala’s old-school burger is old and simple but loaded with flavor. They use brisket meat trimmings and a flat grill to create those crusty beef edges that we love so well. A fresh burger bun with some grilled onions and those smashed beef patties to create old-school burger perfection.

10. Maple & Motor

Dallas, Texas

The Maple & Motor Old School Cheeseburger:

Prepared with a half-pound, hand-formed burger patty from a proprietary blend of chuck and brisket with a 70:30 fat content, farm-fresh lettuce, dill pickle, red onion, and a fresh buttered grill shined bun. Maple & Motor Burgers are cooked on an old-school flat grill in their juices and the cheese in this burger is melted to perfection. I love this burger (and any burger) that Maple & Motor creates. They have a cozy atmosphere in a little old gas station building. When you get a chance, head over to Maple & Motor for some delicious food! They have been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and Steve Harvey’s Show as the BEST BURGER in America.

11. Charley’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers

Est. 1992 in Fort Worth, Texas

Charley’s Big’Un Burger:

Oh yes, Charley’s is always on point and juicy. You better have a napkin, wait… Three or four napkins! YOU KNOW I love bacon and cheese so this one is perfect! The burger is prepared with two juicy beef patties, two slices of American cheese, one slice of Swiss cheese, two strips of bacon, one slice of Canadian bacon, and served on a toasted buttered bun. If you haven’t been to Charley’s you better head on over!

12. Burgerland

Paris & Sulphur Springs, Texas

The Old Fashion Double-Double:

Let’s talk about old school right here! Burgerland has been slinging succulent, delicious burgers and hand-cut fries for years now. I love sitting at the old school drug store-type bar and watching them cook those burgers on the flat grill, with all of those patties sizzling and soaking up the tasty burger grease, creating burger perfection. My mouth is watering just thinking about them right now. The burger is prepared with double meat patties, American cheese, bacon, and fresh grilled jalapeños. I also added the TEXAS SIZE French fries with seasoned salt, which really popped in my mouth. DELISH! The burger Gods were shining down on Burgerland. It was a very worthy trip.

13. Dirty Bones

Fort Worth Tx

Crocket Row West 7th

Smash Patty Double Burger:

Dirty Bones is a NEW restaurant in the West 7th area of Fort Worth. After the first bite of the smash patty old-school burger, I was hooked. Prepared with two fresh smashed patties, grilled onions, American cheese, fresh vegetables, and mustard. You can add their Dirty Sauce for a flavor change, but I use mustard.   DO NOT forget the Dirty Tots!

14. The Dive Burger Bar

Fort Worth, Texas

Big Al’s Classic Old School Burger:

The Dive Burger Bar is located in an old KFC building, so it’s truly like an old dive bar. The service is friendly and the burgers are delicious. The burger is prepared with a 1/2 lb. of a chuck, brisket, and short rib blend, on a soft fresh potato bun. It has fresh lettuce, tomato, pickle, and red onion, and you can also get your choice of fries, sweet potato fries, or black & tan onion rings. Head over and take a dive into Big Al’s burger at the DIVE burger bar.

Adair’s Saloon Deep Ellum Cheese Burger.

15. Adair’s Saloon

Est. 1963 in Dallas Deep Ellum, Texas

Adair’s Old Fashion Cheese Burger:

All I can tell you about Adair’s Saloon is that I really enjoy eating their burgers. It’s a cozy, narrow building with writings all over the walls. They serve old fashion at its finest. The burger is prepared with a juicy beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion or red onion, pickle, and a soft toasted bun. You can add cheese for the perfect touch. Oh, add bacon too!  

16. Tommy’s Hamburgers

Fort Worth, Texas

B-52 Old School Burger:

A Fort Worth tradition with multiple locations, Tommy’s has been slinging award-winning delicious eats for thirty-five years in Tarrant county. I’ve eaten at two of the three locations and the burgers are always fantastic. I recently tried the Junkyard burger at the Camp Bowie location, but I still prefer the B-52 Old School Double Burger. It’s a full one pound of meat! I seem to have a thing for those one-pound big phat meaty burgers. I like this burger with Tommy’s fresh, soft, tasty bun, the two meat patties, lettuce, two slices of cheese, and onions. You can’t go wrong with Tommy’s burger, no matter what time of day it is.

17. Clown Burger

Est. 1963 in Haltom City, Texas

Clown Old Fashion Double Burger:

Located in an old building behind a very large clown sign, they have been around forever. I love this burger! I’m not sure which I love more: the Elvis decor or the greasy old fashion burgers. Wait… Of course, I love the cheesy, gooey, greasy, burgers more – I’m a chow down hound! The burger is prepared with two juicy beef patties, two slices of American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and mustard all on a toasted, buttered bun. Check out Clown Burger for a trip back in time!

18. J. G.’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers

Est. 1985 in Dallas, Texas

J. G.’s Ol’ Fashioned:

If you are in the mood for the perfect old-fashioned burger, I highly recommend this one. I’ve always loved J.G’s and have for 10 years now. I don’t get the opportunity to go there enough, but when I do… it’s chow down time. The burger is prepared with an Angus beef patty, lettuce, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard, and served on a soft, toasted bun. Add some cheese!

19. Chip’s Old Fashioned

Est. 1981 in Dallas, Texas

Chip’s 1/2 lb. Old Fashion Burger:

Dallas burger lovers claim Chip’s has the best burger in Dallas Park Cities, Lakewood, and Plano. Family owned and operated since 1981, I’ve been chowing down at Chip’s for two decades – I even used to meet my mom there for lunch. Chip’s is simply just old fashion awesomeness! The burger is prepared with a juicy 1/2 lb. patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayo, and mustard on a soft, toasted bun. You can add cheese or choose a wheat poppy seed bun if you desire a change. Head over to Chip’s and tell’em Trey sent you.

Woody’s Old Fashion Triple Cheese.

20. Woody’s Bar & Grill

Est. 1950 Mineral Wells, Texas

Woody’s Old Fashion Triple Cheese Burger:

There’s something about a dark, cozy, old-fashion, post-war hut that makes the burgers taste even better. I absolutely love Woody’s! This burger is prepared with two juicy meat beef patties, two slices of American cheese on a toasted bun from the flat top grill. Add jalapeños for the perfect touch! I actually found Woody’s just two short years ago and have enjoyed the burgers along with their friendly service ever since.

21. Skinny’s Hamburgers

Weatherford, Texas

The Skinny’s Old Fashion Burger:

Oh yes, the famous succulent Fat Burger from old-school burger headquarters in Weatherford. They are creating burger magic at Skinny’s, and I love what they’re slinging out of the kitchen. The burger is prepared with two beef patties, two slices of American cheese, and it’s a full one pound of meat. I loaded mine up with extra lettuce and onions; It was a two-handed burger for sure. If you’re looking to add another tasty burger spot then head over to Skinny’s and chow down.

22. Don Burger

Garland, Texas

The Old Fashion Double Trouble:

A delicious old-school burger find. Located in Garland, Don Burger is a friendly restaurant with a colorful atmosphere and old-school burgers. The service is super friendly and they have plenty of options on their menu. The burger is prepared with two fresh beef patties, two slices of American cheese, tomatoes, pickles, onions, mustard, and mayo. I ordered mine with mustard, left the mayo off, and added bacon! Go see the team at Don’s.

23. Pop’s Burger Stand

Waxahachie, Texas

The Low & Slow Burger:

Pop’s is an old-school burger stand, complete with dinosaurs and old-school decorations. They even play old-school music, which was a nice change. They have a cozy little dining room and a fantastic outdoor patio. The burger is prepared with a soft and flavorful bun, 100% Angus beef patty, juicy crispy bacon, grilled onions, and topped with low and slow BBQ sauce. It was loaded with flavor! Head over to Pop’s and grab you a burger and snap a photo with the old dinosaur out front.

24. The Malt Shop

Weatherford, Texas

The Malt Old Fashion Cheeseburger:

Located on the Old Fort Worth Highway, the Malt Shop has been around for decades. I’m fairly certain it’s one of the oldest burger and malt stands in Texas. You can’t miss the old drive-in building painted pink, or all the folks standing outside waiting for a tasty burger. it’s prepared with old-school smashed patties on a flat grill, a toasted and buttered bun, and fresh vegetables of your choice. A simple old-school burger, but flavor-loaded for deliciousness.

25. Grump’s Burgers

Est. 2000 Granbury / Burleson / Stephenville, Texas

Grump’s Old Fashion Hamburger:

I found Grumps just six short years ago and have really enjoyed stopping in and chowing down. The burger is prepared with fresh Texas beef patty cooked medium-well, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, and mustard on a toasted bun. You can add a slice of cheese for the perfect flavor. Grump’s is becoming a popular burger stop for many!

BONUS – 26. Green Room

Deep Ellum, Dallas

Green Room Burger:

I found the Green Room in 2018 while strolling around the DEEP. We went inside and everyone was very friendly. After looking at the tasty menu items, I chose the Green Room Burger, which turned out to be the right decision for sure. The burger is prepared on a fresh bun with an 8 oz. fresh meat patty, cheddar cheese, house bacon, and it comes with farm-fresh lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles on the side. I really enjoyed the flavor of this burger! The house bacon added a unique twist to the burger. Head over to the DEEP and visit the GREEN ROOM. Tell’em Trey sent you!

Best Breakfast Burgers of 2021

WINNER: Best Breakfast Burger 2021

Ol’ South Pancake House

Fort Worth and Burleson, Texas

Breakfast Buddy Burger:

Ol South Pancake House Team & Burger

Ol South has been a Texas favorite for decades, slinging creative modern dishes and old-school favorites. The Buddy Burger is loaded with breakfast deliciousness. it’s prepared with a juicy 1/2 pound burger patty, pepper jack cheese, Swiss cheese, fresh bacon slices, and a fresh fried egg all stacked between 2 slices of warm fresh French toast. Better pack your bags for a trip to breakfast deliciousville for this one.

 

2. Texas Spice On Lamar

Dallas, Texas

Lobby Omni Hotel

Texas Spice Breakfast Sandwich:

The breakfast sandwich at Texas Spice is one of the BEST you will find in Dallas. Prepared fresh to order, and they only use fresh ingredients sourced locally to create a breakfast sandwich loaded with deliciousness. The sandwich had perfectly cooked, soft, flavorful bread, farm-fresh eggs, bacon, and plenty of gooey melted cheese. You can add a burger patty to create a breakfast burger of perfection. They offer amazing customer service and free validated parking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Just check the times of operation before you head over.

3. J’s Casa Burger

River Oaks, Texas

Good Morning Burger:

When I saw J’s Casa had a good morning burger, I just had to order it. They are a cozy little old-school burger joint listed in River oaks and offering old-school favorites prepared fresh to order. The Good Morning Burger is prepared with a fresh, succulent beef patty, a farm-fresh fried egg, bacon stripes, gooey cheese, fresh onions, and tomatoes, all stacked between two flavor-loaded toasted buns. I Loved this burger – it has a fantastic old-school, flavorful breakfast flavor profile that is pure #Deliciousness.

WINNER: Best BRUNCH Burger for 2021

Jonathon’s Oak Cliff & Jonathon’s Diner

Dallas, Texas

Chef Jonathan (Chef JON JON)

The NOONER Brunch Burger:

This burger won last year and I could NOT find a better brunch burger than THE NOONER! About four years ago I was driving down Beckley Ave. in Dallas after I had been in the Bishops Art District. I saw the little house-looking diner out of the corner of my eye, with folks lined up to get inside. I hit my brakes, made a u-turn, and went to investigate. It was Jonathon’s Oak Cliff, a cozy little diner owned by Chef Jonathon and Christen. They are a husband and wife team that is loaded with passion for the culinary arts and slinging deliciousness that everyone loves to eat. Their dishes are always loaded with flavor, color, and prepared fresh to order. The portions are always Texas-sized and enough to satisfy the biggest appetite for something delicious.

I met them last year and featured them on my live TV and radio podcast. The NOONER was created by Chef Jonathon for all the BRUNCH LOVERS in Texas that wanted a fresh, tasty, meaty, succulent, flavor-riddled breakfast burger. It just tastes like MORE because MORE is all you want after each bite! It’s prepared with fresh 1⁄2 LB beef patty, topped with flavor-loaded bacon, a slice of ham, a slice of swiss cheese, American cheese, a fresh sliced flavorful tomato, farm fresh fried egg, and mayo on a soft toasted buttered bun. BAM! BRUNCH GREATNESS GET YOU SOME!

 

 

Best Burger Challenges of 2021

K POP Burgers 

The Colony Texas

Chef Kevin Lee  

I’m going to tell you right now: if you don’t want to eat massive burgers, DO NOT go to K POP. Every burger they offer is a massive stack of meaty, savory deliciousness. Once you get one of these burgers you will be slinging sauce ear to ear. I tried the 3.5 Pound “Bang Tan Burger”, which was loaded with: Eight (1/2 Lbs) fresh Angus beef patties (x5), grilled pineapple (x2), grilled jalapenos, grilled spam patties (x2), American cheese (x6), pepper jack cheese (x4), and fresh house-prepared K3 Sauce that will have you licking your lips in a food coma.

Rufus Bar & Grill  

Fort Worth, Texas

Chef Billy Woodrich  

Anytime Burger: “Trey’s Big Burger” – prepared with three 1/4 patties, three slices of American cheese, four slices of bacon, loads of pulled pork, all stacked between 2 grilled buttery buns. Top with fresh onion rings and fresh pour-over Queso. Boom! That’s all you need… Over a pound of meaty, cheesy deliciousness.

Jonathon’s Oak Cliff 

Oak Cliff, Dallas

Chef Jonathon  

Lunch Burger: “The Trey’ Double Down” – Two 1/2 pound burger patties, slices of succulent Bacon,  a mountain of mushrooms and grilled onions, loads of cheddar and Provolone cheese, slices of Avocado, and house-prepared Chipotle Mayo, all stacked between a fresh grilled Kaiser Bun. Served with Jonathon’s house custom French Fries. With this dish weighing over one pound you better pack those bags this was a trip straight to Burger delicious-Ville.

Fat Burger  

North Richland Hills Texas

Burger Makers  

Woo-Hoo BURGER TOWN here we come! I tried the “Triple XXXL Triple King Burger” – it weighs 1.5 pounds and is 2000 calories. It’s prepared with three 1/2 pound patties, three slices of cheese, and fixings all stacked on a fresh, tasty bun. I added extra cheese and bacon to construct a monster burger. If you can finish this monster burger you can go on their wall of fame. It is flavorful, delicious, and will send you to Burger Town. GET YOU SOME

Jake’s Burgers  

Dallas / Fort Worth Texas

Culinary Burger Team  

Jake’s is a locally owned Hamburger joint that has multiple locations in the DFW metroplex. They have a massive burger they offer for their big burger challenge called the El LOCO OCHA BURGER, which is eight Patties, eight Slices of Cheese, eight Slices of Bacon, fried Jalapeno peppers, and vegetables. This BURGER was R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S and it is SPICY! if you’re looking for a REAL BURGER challenge head over to Jake’s Burger and check out the El Loco! I bet you can’t finish it!

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Best Barbecue Joints North Texas & Beyond 2020

Barbecue Deliciousness 2020

Hello, and THANK YOU so much for reading our Best Barbecue article for 2020. This year we’re very proud to release our Best Barbecue for 2020 on the Fox Network GOOD DAY Fox 4 show. Last year our 2019 BEST Barbecue in North Texas on ABC was extremely successful! In just over fifteen months we reached 1.2 million barbecue and food lovers. I hope you will visit some, if not all, of this year’s winners and reshare our article with your friends and family to help support local barbecue, pitmasters and deliciousness.

 

Below at the end of the blog we created a full list of this years winners. You may screen shot from your phone or print it off and plan your BBQ adventures of 2021. By saving our list you will have instance reference for your barbecue cravings. 

WOW! What a year 2020 was for the restaurant, barbecue, and culinary world. In my five decades in the restaurant business, I’ve seen disasters of all types and nothing comes close to the devastating effect COVID-19 has had on our economy. Restaurants, pitmasters, chefs, and restauranteurs had to make big changes if they wanted to survive the pandemic. Nationwide we lost over 251,000 restaurants forever and 2.5 million restaurant jobs at the latest estimate. The good thing is that NOW we are on the mend and the Texas economy is in full giddy-up mode!

The Texas Barbecue pitmasters and chefs are coming out full throttle, blowing smoke and slinging Texas meaty deliciousness. Most of the barbecue folks were able to get creative during the pandemic and pivot daily. They did whatever it took to save the business and sling BBQ. A portion of them have come out wiser and stronger learning hard lessons from the pandemic. They are offering some new creative and delicious dishes for all of us to chow down on this year. Get ready, because 2021 is going to be the BEST year for Texas Q that I’ve seen in over a decade.

When anyone says the word “barbecue,” it sends most folks in what I like to call the “full tilt barbecue boogie.” Their minds simply start overloading on the thought of tender, succulent, and flavor-packed proteins that have been cooked to perfection over a fire, in a pit, or a smoker. Well, at least mine does! Almost everyone loves a good barbecue – it’s one of the most popular foods in the world. As a passionate restauranteur, food expert, chowhound, and barbecue lover, my mind stays in F.T.B.B. (full tilt barbecue boogie) all day. I love BBQ and I am passionate about the pitmasters and chefs that create these wonderful dishes for all of us to enjoy.The history of barbecue is pretty simple. The way that Americans know barbecue now is, meat cooked over a pit, or in a smoker, covered in spices and basting sauce. The term “barbecue” originated in the Caribbean Islands. The word comes from the language of a Caribbean Indian tribe called the Taino. Their word for grilling on a raised wooden grate is barbacoa. These tribes would cook the delicious meats, then they would gather together as a group to chow down.

Fire Rolling at Terry’s Black’s Dallas.

People always ask me during my travels around Texas and the USA, “What is Texas Craft Barbecue?” It’s a question and a statement that people argue over daily around the world and in Texas. I’ve learned over the last decade, and especially the last three years interviewing pitmasters and chefs on my TV show and podcast. A pit master’s barbecue is extremely personal and each one of them is passionate about their barbecue, cooking methods, and spices. They work hard crafting their techniques so they can achieve those delicious Texas flavor profiles with rubs and spices. We can argue all day about which is better and some of them love to talk and debate that with anyone.

Let me tell ya, Texas barbecue has a totally different taste, texture, feel, and flavor profile than the rest of what the world considers to be barbecue. Wikipedia defines Texas Barbecue as, “a traditional style of preparing meat unique to the cuisine of Texas. It is one of the many different varieties of barbecue found around the world. Texas barbecue traditions can be divided into four general styles: East Texas, Central Texas, South Texas, and West Texas.” While I do believe this, in my opinion, most Texas Craft Barbecue can be defined as the perfect combination of quality proteins with rubs and spices that produce succulent, flavor-loaded meat. It’s prepared with the same passion and love that a world-class artist would use to create a magnificent piece of their own art work. It is simply Texas meaty deliciousness and you will know it every time you smell and taste it. Texas barbecue lovers have the basic ideology: That It’s simply TEXAS. View My full T.V shows FREE at this link on The Country Network http://watch.tcncountry.net

Brisket with flavor-loaded bark, one-pound beef ribs, creatively stuffed sausages, and some delicious side dishes are big barbecue items in Texas that are generally not found in other states (with some exceptions to this rule of course). Many folks have come to Texas to learn about our cooking methods, flavor profiles, textures, and what defines Texas barbecue. They will then develop their own methods and open Texas Barbecue restaurants in other states. Texas barbecue has become so popular that folks are even opening Texas barbecue restaurants overseas in Japan, China, and other countries. It’s truly becoming one of the most sought-after foods in the world thanks to social media, food bloggers, creatively talented pitmasters, and all the food channels on television nowadays.

The old saying says that everything is bigger and better in Texas, and that still holds true today, especially in the Texas BBQ business. In the last 5 years, the Texas market has seen an explosion in the use of craft meats, from the farm/ranch to smoker category. We have a variety of small ranches and farms offering various types of perfect meats that can be dropped off right at your back door. Some of the most popular meats are Angus, Brangus, Herford, Wagyu, and Akaushi. In my opinion, being a fourth-generation rancher, superior meat quality plays a big role in achieving that perfect flavor. If you’re curious about the meat sectional, just ask the pitmasters what they use and they will proudly tell you, or if you look it may be displayed at the restaurant. I received an invite last year to visit one of Texas BEST craft beef suppliers 44 Farms.

If you love fresh, hand-prepared sides and desserts, then you’re going to love this year’s list because almost every barbecue joint has really stepped up their game in that field. Handmade sides, biscuits, rolls, and desserts have surged in popularity – especially during the pandemic with folks locked at home. I found some unbelievable deliciousness in these categories and I’m happy to tell the world where to locate it.

When I started reporting on the BEST barbecue, I couldn’t believe the response we received at Trey’s Chow Down. To locate the best barbecue, you can’t internet it – you have to get out and find it. You have to taste it, feel the vibes from the customers, smell the aromas, and feel that burning passion from the pitmasters and chefs that are creating and slinging the barbecue. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic I had extra time this year. I spent 15 months making over 200 visits to various Texas BBQ joints, locating the BEST TEXAS BARBECUE and sides to prepare for this list. It’s not an easy task, but all the work is worth the result of locating perfection. ” I don’t get paid for this I do it out of my passion for Texas Best pitmasters and Barbecue ! “

I’ve made some changes to this year’s list because I wanted to highlight the hard work, passion, and deliciousness in Texas for everyone to enjoy. This year’s list has the 25 BBQ SPOTS IN NORTH TEXAS as well as the Best all-around family and social BBQ joints. We’ve also added a BBQ on the road section so when our followers are traveling, they can stop and chow down on some delicious Texas BBQ too. We visited Waco, Austin, Houston, East Texas and Southern Oklahoma to locate the Best barbecue while road trip’in.

The Best all-around BBQ joints are classified as restaurants that a larger in size serving incredibly delicious BBQ but also sides, baked goods, sweets, craft cocktails, and some even offering live music.  Any of the BBQ joints on my list are incredible and some of the winners placed there by just the narrowest of margins. Please make plans to visit and support these folks whenever you’re able; they would love your support in purchasing gift cards, sauces, merchandise, spices, or rubs when you visit and chow down.

I’m asking all of you to PLEASE reshare this article and SUPPORT your local favorite spot. It doesn’t matter how big or small, they all need your suppo

 

Best Barbecue In North Texas 2020

#1 Terry Black’s Barbecue 

3025 Main Street, Deep Ellum, Dallas TX

New to the Dallas Barbecue scene, but not to Texas Q. The Family roots run deep in the heart of Texas where it all began in 1938 with the Black Family. The Black brothers have been succesfully smoking and slinging Q in Austin since 2014.  They decided to open a NEW Black’s in Deep Ellum and in November of 2019, a new legendary BBQ joint was born in Dallas. They constructed a brand new restaurant that is Texas-size, beautiful, and has a vibrant atmosphere. It has an awesome outdoor patio that is two stories, and they have parking, which is a big plus in Dallas.

Terry Black’s Tray & Beef Rib

When you enter the restaurant you’re greeted by five Texas-size offset smokers that are black, beautiful, and always have smoke blowing through the stacks. That delicious Texas Barbecue aroma rolls through the restaurant and Deep Ellum like an old locomotive rolling into the train station. You can actually smell it as you drive or walk down the streets of Deep Ellum nearing the restaurant. 

As I approach the restaurant my mouth starts watering and I engage in F.T.B.B. I learned many moons ago that there is something to be said about rolling smokers that permeate smells of deliciousness and perfection. In my opinion, it sets the stage that you’re fixin’ to chow down on some meaty deliciousness. They offer a variety of award-winning smoked meats, sandwiches, sides, desserts, and of course their famous sausage. The brisket is bark-o-licious and the sausage is loaded with flavor, but I’m in LOVE with their BIG PHAT BEEF RIBS because they are #StupidDelicious. Oh, those 1.5-pound slow-smoked beef ribs of perfection – you just can’t go wrong at Terry Black’s.

If you haven’t been, you need to make that trip for some award-winning meaty deliciousness TODAY! They also have a full cocktail bar which makes the trip to Terry’s even better. #TerryBlacksBeefRibPerfection

#2 Panther City BBQ

201 E Hattie St, Fort Worth, TX

The first time I ate at Panther City I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t know much about them – all I knew is they had a small trailer and took over an older barbecue location. Whatever apprehensions I had were put to rest after my first few bites of their Texas succulent barbecue. Co-owners Chris Magallanes and Ernest Morales are energetic and creative pitmasters that are slinging meaty deliciousness, some unbelievable flavor-loaded sides, big phat Texas beefy sandwiches, tacos, and desserts. These two pitmasters have no limits or boundaries to their creativity. They are offering some savory and sweet deliciousness that I just can’t get enough of. I consistently have naughty food dreams about the “Hell’s Half Acre” platter, served with 1/2 lb each of brisket, pulled pork, sausage, pork ribs, smoked turkey, and pork belly burnt ends, which also Includes 2 sides. Those Pork Belly Burnt Ends are just #ridiculoslyDelicious!  The “South Side Slammer” is a Texas-size meat sandwich and is also a modern marvel of meaty perfection. If you’re looking to add some Texas Deliciousness in your life, head over and chow down at Panther City BBQ. Tell them boys I said HELLO! #SouthSideBBQBoys

#3 Oak’D BBQ

5500 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX

Oak’D Family Tray.

New to the Dallas Barbecue scene, opening in 2020 on Greenville Ave. Oak’D is one of those new restaurant startups that took everyone by surprise, including me. Pitmaster and Chef Michael Lane along with Oak’D founder Clint Norton have become an unstoppable force in the Dallas and Texas Barbecue scene in a short amount of time. Clint has deep roots in Texas barbecue dating back to the early 1970s, and Chef Michael Lane has been slinging and creating deliciousness for decades in Dallas. Together they’ve formed a NEW Texas barbecue venture that offers seriously delicious craft Barbecue, sides, salads, cocktails, and baked goods. They also offer some creative and delicious desserts by an in-house, award-winning pastry chef. The first time I made a visit I was impressed with the Texas Rosewood Wagyu brisket and the Duroc pork Spare Ribs, but I was in LOVE with all the desserts and those big phat fresh Texas biscuits. There just aren’t many Texas Barbecue joints with all those offerings – craft cocktails and live music too. In my opinion, they have some of the BEST desserts in Dallas and some of the BEST barbecue as well, with a vibrant atmosphere and fantastic customer service. If you haven’t been to Oak’d you need to try some of their succulent and savory Wagyu barbecue, those buttery flavor-loaded biscuits, and creative sweet treats. You will THANK ME later! #GetOakD

#4 407 BBQ

831 FM 407 Exit, Argyle, TX

407 is located in Argyle, Texas, just north of Fort Worth and west of Dallas. I like to tell everyone it’s really just north Fort Worth because every time I make a trip up there it’s like I never left Fort Worth. Pitmaster Bryan McLarty has created a Barbecue joint full of deliciousness and friendly team members, with plenty of outdoor patio space too. They are slinging breakfast, lunch, and dinner with one of the largest menus in the Texas barbecue business. They offer all the great Texas Craft BBQ like succulent brisket with great bark, flavor-loaded pulled smoked pork, smoked turkey breast, ribs, and some mean Texas-smoked meatloaf that is simply #StupidDelicious. I mean that meatloaf is just STUPID! The breakfast menu is also loaded with a variety of savory flavor-loaded items like house prepared biscuits and gravy, smoked brisket biscuit sandwiches, breakfast migas, house pastrami hash bowls, porko verde migas, and the big bad Texican burrito. I could list more of Bryan’s creative dishes, but you need to experience them for yourself. Don’t forget the smoked brisket burger -that thang is MONEY! Check their hours and head over to chow down at 407 BBQ. I can promise you this: you aren’t going to leave hungry! #407StupidDelicious 

#5 Hutchin’s BBQ

HutchinS BBQ Brisket

9225 Preston Road, Frisco, Texas

301 N Tennessee St, McKinney, Texas (Remodeling)

The awesome Hutchin’s brothers and their hard-working barbecue team members are smoking up North Texas deliciousness. Everything they offer on the menu has been meaty, delicious perfection.  I have a couple of favorites such as the flavorful and delicious brisket, served off the chopping block. It’s cut thick and has flavor-loaded bark that I consider to be perfect. My second favorite is their Texas Twinkies. Oh yeah! Give me about twenty of those and we are going to eat then take a nice nap! They also have some very creative sides and desserts for your sweet tooth. Everything they serve at Hutchin’s has bold delicious flavors and will make you have dreams of barbecue. You will have to stand in line, so just be prepared! #AwardWinningTwinkies

#6 Hurtado Barbecue

205 East Front Street, Arlington, TX

WOW! What a fantastic two years for Pitmaster Brandon Hurtado. Brandon came onto the Texas barbecue scene like a bull in a china closet. Slinging delicious, creative barbecue dishes, he’s become one of the largest influences in creating sausage flavors and taco dishes in the Texas barbecue business. He started with pop-ups and has moved quickly to a new brick-and-mortar location. Now they’re working on a craft cocktail and beer bar to open soon next to his barbecue store. They describe themselves as “Slow-smoked, central Texas-style barbecue with a Tex-Mex style twist, and prepared in Arlington Texas!” I would just say they’re “Tex-Mex Craft Deliciousness.” I can’t list all of the dishes Brandon and his team are slinging at Hurtado, but I can tell you my favorites. I like the brisket because it has a fantastic bark and is always cooked to perfection. It’s #BARKOLICIOUS baby! He has some unbelievable sausage creations such as Nacho Style Sausage, Mexican Boudin, and Jalapeño Cheddar. The Nacho flavor is based on an order of Tex-Mex nachos. I want you to imagine taking a delicious order of Texas nachos, pouring it into a blender, then stuffing it into sausage. It’s just R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S.! LOVE IT! They also created a new smoke meat Puffy Taco which I fell in love with. With every bite I took of the savory and meaty taco, juice would run down my chin. That DAM taco is dangerously delicious. If you have a taco addiction you better stay away from Hurtado Barbecue! You will enjoy your foodie experience when you visit Hurtado, just don’t blame me if you get addicted. #BBQTacoDreamLand

#7 Zavala’s Barbecue

421 W Main St, Grand Prairie, Texas

It’s been two years now since I met Joe and his team at their little BBQ joint in Grand Prairie. They’ve moved up my list again and as I stated on last year’s list, they truly have the BEST craft barbecue in Grand Prairie and some of the BEST in Texas. The restaurant is very family-friendly and has a cozy atmosphere. The Brisket is #flavorloaded and is sliced nice and thick. It has the perfect color bark, it’s savory with a hint of salt and a lot of deliciousness. I always feel right at home at Zavala’s – there’s just something about that small, cozy place that just feels right. You can order amazing barbecue, sides, sausage, turkey, beef ribs, tacos, and more. My favorite taco is the “Sloppy Juan” with a side of thick-cut, succulent brisket!! Head over and grab you a SLOPPY JUAN and try some of their flavorful house-prepared sauces too. Oh yea – #GetYouSomeZavalas

#8 Vaqueros Texas Barbecue

906 Jean St, Grapevine, TX

Vaqueros TX BBQ Birria Tacos

“Yee-Haw let’s smoke that Q baby!” That’s what I picture chef and pitmaster Trey Sanchez saying every time I see his name or his barbecue. He always has a lot of fun and really enjoys slinging tacos and barbecue to all his loyal fans and barbecue lovers. He has award-winning smoked meat Birria Tacos and brisket that has been featured on numerous national TV shows and social media.  His Birria Tacos are so dam tasty they’re actually famous FAMOUSLY DELICIOUS. I want you to think about taking a grilled taco and dipping into taco gravy. That’s Birria Tacos! His brisket is flavor-loaded, bold, and he offers house-prepared sides that are always on point and loaded with deliciousness. He has some NANNER PUDDIN that is to die for. Nothing like SWEET PUDD’IN after Taco DIPP’IN! If you haven’t been over to HOP & STING brewery to chow down on some of Vaqueros Texas barbecue, you need to make that trip. #Famouslydelicious

#9 BBQ On The Brazos

9001 HWY 377, Cresson, Texas

Oh yes! Pitmaster John, Pitmaster John Jr., and of course Kathryn are smoking, chopping, and slinging the BEST Texas craft barbecue and sides in Cresson, Texas. They also serve up a mean breakfast, as well as the award-winning Smoked Gobbler Sandwich. The Smoked Turkey Sandwich is covered in melted, gooey cheese that was created for the sandwich gods! If you’re looking for some award-winning ribs sprinkled with pitmaster John’s magic, then they have you covered. Succulent, flavor-packed ribs that will leave you saying, “OMG I need to take some home with me!”. They also have my favorite jalapeño cheese and grits which is lip-smacking, mouth-watering delicious. This is one of the coziest little BBQ joints in Texas, serving some of the BEST ribs you can find. Just call them #RibsRUS

#10 Dayne’s Craft Barbecue

2735 W 5th St, Fort Worth, TX (West 7th area)

Rated Number #2 in Fort Worth and #10 in North Texas. Dayne moves from “Mr. Backyard Brisket Boy” to one of the best little barbecue joints in the city of Fort Worth and the great state of Texas baby! I laugh every time someone talks about the story of Dayne’s rise to brisket and barbecue fame. Dayne was trying to perfect his brisket, smoking so many briskets in his backyard on the weekends for… nobody. His then-girlfriend and now-wife Ashley laid down the law: Dayne, you’re smoking briskets for who, but we should be selling them and selling them now! The rest is history as they say. 

Dayne’s Craft BBQ Tray

They started selling from the house and folks would line up at their driveway to get some of Dayne’s meaty deliciousness. I’ve been watching this young man smoke and craft his way to the top of barbecue greatness in the last two years. Dayne and Ashley are also slinging creative and flavor-loaded sides and house-prepared desserts. They love tasty sausage and he’s become quite the smoked sausage flavor-creator too. He’s created fifteen different sausage flavors and more are coming.  Some of the menu items I love are the Angus brisket sliced thick and juicy, bacon brisket (DAM it’s S.T.U.P.I.D.), pulled pork, and of course flaming-hot street corn, creamy Mac-n-cheese, and those big fat succulent beef ribs baby! Don’t forget the sweet desserts! Oh my!

They put a lot of effort into their sides and they will tell you they’re dedicated to providing the best overall barbecue experience for you, your family, and friends. I have to agree with them – every dish that comes from Dayne and Company is loaded with bold flavors and deliciousness. This year he ordered and got his new big BBQ Roll’n Trailer Kitchen and Dayne is blowing smoke and slinging Q to anyone who wants it. If you haven’t experienced Dayne’s deliciousness yet, you need to get over there and chow down! #DaynesMeatyDeliciousness

#11 Cattleack Barbecue

13628 Gamma Road, Farmers Branch, Texas

Pitmaster Todd David has been branded the best. After selling the disaster restoration company he’d owned for 30 years, he decided to turn his life-long BBQ hobby into a profession and founded Cattleack Barbecue, a North Dallas BBQ joint. I met Todd about five years ago and I’ve enjoyed his barbecue ever since. I have three favorite items that I absolutely love from Todd. The Big Beef Ribs (which look like dinosaur-sized ribs) are packed with flavor and caked with an amazing bark. Oh boy. They also serve Akaushi Pastrami Burnt Ends, and OMG these little bite-sized things will send your mouth to the flavor rodeo – they are amazing! I went back three times to get more, and even then I couldn’t get enough. I wanted to steal the whole pan of these delicious bites like a thief in the night; I even featured his burnt ends on a FOX special. He also offers whole hog Saturdays, where he prepares and cooks whole hogs for some PIGGY DELICIOUSNESS.  If you’re looking for some incredible award-winning barbecue and sides, then I would consider Cattleack to have some of the BEST in TEXAS, and for sure in the USA. Worth the drive from anywhere to visit. Be prepared to stand in line at Cattleack. #DallasDeliciousness

#12 Lockhart Smokehouse

Arlington, Dallas, & Plano, Tx

Lockhart Smokehouse Pork chop

The Lockhart team has been blowing smoke and slinging Central Style Texas Q for years and has some history behind them. They have three locations in North Texas: Arlington, Dallas, and Plano. Last year I ate barbecue at each location – I mean if you’re going to report on the best barbecue you have to eat it all, lol! They offer a wide range of smoked meats and sausages that are always wrapped up tight in brown butcher paper, like babies in a blanket. I love to see the meat juices soaking through the paper; it screams meaty deliciousness to me. Some of my favorite dishes are the pork chops because they offer different flavor profiles and are always thick, juicy, and loaded with bold flavors. Cajun rubbed chicken, succulent burnt ends, whiskey butter turkey, habanero Mac-N-Cheese, and that sweet peach cobbler is just S.T.U.P.I.D. Delicious! Their menu changes daily and it always impresses me. If you’re looking for some unique and delicious items, you need to make plans to head over to LOCKHART and chow down. Push that door open and scream, “TREY SENT ME TO PUT A WHOOP’IN ON SOME Q, BABY!” #whoopinOnQ

#13 Heim BBQ

Fort Worth and Dallas, Tx

Travis and Ema Heim have been creating barbecue magic for years. Travis invented and created Bacon Burnt Ends in 2015, which are savory and sweet little pork chunks of deliciousness. If you’ve never experienced these little magic chunks then you’re missing out on the finer things in life! His brisket is always #flavorloaded and is coated with the perfect Texas bark. Saddle up and head on over to the cozy Heim Barbecue for some incredibly flavorful Pork burnt ends and brisket! It doesn’t matter what you’re in the mood to eat: baked tater skins, corn dogs, brisket, sausage, or whatever you can dream up – including an award-winning brisket burger. They also have a second big TEXAS size barbecue location on the river in Fort Worth with a gigantic outdoor patio, and now in Dallas too. It’s like a CHOW DREAMLAND and you won’t leave hungry. #ChowDreamLand

#14 Pecan Lodge

2702 Main St, Dallas, Texas

If the windows are open, I can smell Pecan Lodge Smoke from at least two blocks away, just like Black’s. They have flavorful and tasty brisket and sausage, just like last year, but I want to talk about two particular dishes that I adore: the Hot Mess and the Pit Master Sandwiches. Allow me to demonstrate why by showing you the menu description:

The HOT MESS is prepared with a jumbo sea salt-crusted sweet potato, South Texas smoked barbacoa (shredded brisket with southwestern seasoning), chipotle cream, cheese, butter, and fresh chopped green onions.

The PITMASTER has smoked brisket, Smoked Pulled pork, Sausage, and is topped with slaw, house BBQ sauce, and fresh sliced jalapeños.

Make plans to visit the LODGE (but be prepared to wait in line, because it is that good). #PecanPitmasterDeliciousness

#15 Derek Allan’s Barbecue

Derek Allan’s Brisket Biscuit Deliciousness.

1116 8th Ave, Fort Worth, TX

Tucked back on 8th Ave. in Fort Worth, Derek Allan is blowing smoke and slinging deliciousness. He offers some creative BBQ dishes and sausages with names like The Dirty Texan, Bless Your Gut, and his Texas-famous Brisket Biscuit. I think the biscuit Gods help him create this biscuit of meaty, savory perfection. 

They started in 2015 from humble beginnings and have worked hard, pounding the pavement to make their barbecue dreams come true. He offers a good size menu with a variety of eats to choose from. He also slings Wagyu Beef and Wagyu beef burnt ends that are just insane. They are like eating meat butter that just melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more. If you love Q then head over and see Derek and Crew. You better make sure you have some extra napkins for all that meaty deliciousness that’s going to be drip’in down yo chin! #DerekAllanPerfection

#16 The Slow Bone

2234 Irving Blvd, Dallas, Texas

There is just something about opening the door and walking into Slow Bone that makes you feel welcome and at home every time. They offer a variety of great barbecue and sandwiches with names like The Dough, The Pit, and The Smoked Chicken, but just like last year, I can’t get past the badass pork chops. OH, those Smoked Pork Chops…. My mouth is watering right now trying to write this article. It’s pretty hard to write with the slobber dripping on the keyboard. YOU will LOVE Slow Bone and everything they offer, including the little cozy outdoor seating. #MouthWateringBBQ 

#17 The Patriotic Pig

3900 Rufe Snow Drive, North Richland Hills, Texas

The Patriotic Pig Started in 2016 as a catering business with a mission to give back to the veteran community. I met them in early 2020 when I took a ride over to chow down at their new restaurant located in N.R.H. They have a cozy little dining room that is perfect for chowing down and enjoying some Texas deliciousness. They will tell you without hesitation, “We offer nothing but authentic, premium Texas BBQ made from the freshest ingredients grown right here on our own free soil. We pride ourselves as true Americans whose mission is to humbly serve unforgettable BBQ while paying tribute to the greatest nation on the planet, The United States of America! ”

Bacon BOMB Deliciousness.

They offer a large variety of house-prepared Texas BBQ, eats, sides, and desserts. Everything I’ve tried has been on point and delicious. The brisket and pulled pork are succulent and just MONEY all day long, but the BACON BOMBS have that special something that will grab your taste buds and have you screaming for more. They are a little savory, porky, cheesy, and with a hint of salt and loads of deliciousness. In fact, they taste like MORE because MORE is all you’re going to want! When you head over you better PACK those BAGS because you’re going on a trip straight to deliciousville. #PatrioticDelicioiusville

#18 Meat U Anywhere BBQ & Catering

919 W Northwest Hwy, Grapevine, TX

The now world-famous Meat U Anywhere Pitmaster Andy Sedino has been slinging Q for years. He will tell you that growing up, barbecue was a staple in their home with his nine siblings. I met Andy years ago at a food festival and have enjoyed his barbecue ever since then. I got the pleasure of hosting Andy this year on my LIVE show and enjoyed our conversations on Q deliciousness. They have locations in Grapevine and Trophy Club, Texas, where you can enjoy a wide range of Texas Craft Q, sides, and Tacos. They offer dishes like Texas craft brisket, dino beef ribs, ribs, smoked turkey, and of course that cheesy, flavor-loaded jalapeno Mac-N-Cheese. That Mac-N-Cheese is insane! I take no responsibility for the naughty, cheesy dreams you’re going to have afterward. The beef ribs are just #STUPID with that fantastic Meat U Anywhere bark and their brisket is always succulent, meaty perfection. Andy and his culinary team are sure to please! Make plans to chow down and tell Andy I said HELLO! #InsaneMacNCheese

#19 Smoked Sessions Barbecue

307 West Hwy 66, Royse City, Texas

They’ve been busy slinging Q while building a new restaurant in Royce City this year. As I’ve stated in previous years, there’s not much ol’ Chad Sessions won’t smoke. They specialize in central Texas-style succulent barbecue and offer a variety of eats. Smoked brisket, pork ribs, turkey, pulled pork, and those incredibly flavorful garlic parmesan ribs. Yea, I said it and I’ll say it again: GARLIC P.A.R.M.E.S.A.N. RIBS. Every time I think about those ribs my mouth starts salivating and I go into Full Tilt Barbecue Boogie! Absolute PERFECTION!  Sessions’ deliciousness is all you will want after visiting just one time. Don’t forget some of that spicy garlic and pepper jack sausage! You will find them at many events slinging award-winning BBQ with a smile. They are opening a new beautiful Sessions restaurant in April so get to the new Sessions in downtown Royce City for some greatness.  #SessionsGreatness

#20 TEN50 BBQ

1050 Central Express Way, Dallas, TX

Brisket Deliciousness Ten50 BBQ.

If you want to see a big Texas Barbecue operation with a fantastic patio then Ten50 is where it’s at! They specialize in central Texas-style barbecue only using Prime USDA BEEF. All they need is salt, pepper, smoke, and time – after all, that’s all you need for true Texas barbecue, and that’s all you’ll find in their kitchen. They are serious about delicious, authentic central Texas-style barbecue, freshly prepared sides, and savory and sweet desserts. The restaurant is big and beautiful, with plenty of room. They have a vibrant atmosphere and a fantastic bar area, slinging craft beers and cocktails too. I’ve eaten a variety of Q from the menu and it’s all savory, succulent, and delicious. My favorite items would be the prime brisket, St. Louis pork ribs, and those #flavorloaded TORPEDOES prepared with brisket or chicken.  You can’t forget their house-made desserts! Oh my, that key lime pie is just S.T.U.P.I.D! If you’re looking for a real barbecue destination, don’t hesitate to head to TEN50. Be sure and tell’em you want some of them BIG PHAT RIBS! #tenfiftymeatydeliciousness

#21 Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ

1950 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, Texas

I’ve enjoyed Ferris’s for two years in a row now, so a third year is on track. Twice in 2020, I chowed down (and loved) some of their fantastic savory, meaty, and cheesy tacos. Do you like barbecue, fried okra, hot links, tacos, waffle fries, brisket queso, and Ferris wheels? Well, do I have a spot for you in Dallas where you can get some amazing barbecue, lip-sucking fried okra, snappy hot links, and other amazing sides. They have a big open outdoor area with vibrant colors, music, and plenty of fun. You can even ride a Ferris wheel if you choose! 

I love the fun, upbeat atmosphere of this place – it’s full of fun, delicious eats and the LIL RED WHEELER COCKTAIL. Head over, chow down, and be sure to ask them to turn the Ferris wheel on high for you! Where else can you get craft eats, cocktails, and fun with a BIG Ferris wheel? #BarbecueAndFerrisWheels

#22 Smiley’s Craft Barbecue

206 North Oak St, Roanoke, TX

Oh yeah, those Smiley’s boys are always up to something! They are new to the barbecue scene in North Texas, but they aren’t behind. They are creating craft barbecue magic and tasty side dishes that you will find loaded with great flavors. Every single item is prepared from scratch with an emphasis on clean wood-burning smoked meats. They are a creative little bunch whippin’ out some tasty items such as breakfast kolaches, smoked brisket, smoked cajun chicken, smoked pulled pork, flavor-loaded burnt ends, jalapeno cream corn, and those BADASS brisket balls! 

Let’s be very clear about this: BADAZZ BRISKET BALLS. These little balls of savory, creamy deliciousness have such a perfect and balanced flavor profile that I featured them on one of my FOX 4 GOODAY specials last year Unique BBQ Dishes . They are made with house-prepared mashed taters, stuffed with Smiley’s smoked brisket, rolled into a ball, then breaded and fried until GBD BABY (Golden Brown and Delicious)! You need these BALLS in your life! Head over and see the boys at Smiley’s TODAY! #BadAzzBrisketBalls

#23 Brix Barbecue

218 Bryan Ave, Fort Worth, TX

NEW to the Texas BBQ game, the Brix Barbecue team is loyal and passionate about the Texas barbecue game. They will tell you that Brix is, “a homemade smoker, a rescued dog, and a man with a crazy passion for Texas-style smoked meats.”

They offer some serious Texas-smoked meats like thick-cut brisket, smoked n fried wings, Akaushi Beef Belly Burnt Ends, chile Verde pork tacos, the hot Funkytown fried chicken, with Dank Sauce™ and Kim’s Corn.  They are slinging delicious eats and good times. Go see them at the smokestream and chow down. If you love chicken, try that FUNKYTOWN – you’re going to be thanking the chicken GODS for sure! Better pack a bag for of napkins because you’re going to need them! #SmokeStreamPerfection

#24 Tender Smokehouse

224 W Pecan St, Celina, Texas

Smoke-A-Holics Turkey Leg.

Located in the quaint, colorful town of Celina, Texas, just north of DFW, they have a cozy little joint on the square. When I visited the first time there was a line out the door, but it was so worth the wait. I really enjoyed the brisket, but I was crazy about their pulled pork. I’m not sure what they do to achieve that flavor profile, but I had dreams about it. No kidding. Maybe they pray over it, talk to it, bless it, I’m not sure… but the pulled pork is pure heavenly Texas bliss. The ribs were succulent and delicious too! They also offer a Frito Pie that is pure savory, cheesy, meaty, deliciousness. The pulled pork and Frito pie are worth the drive from any were – and as a bonus, you can spend some time in the quaint little town of Celina right next to Frisco. Simply #PulledPorkHeaven

#25 Smoke-A-Holics

1417 Evan’s Ave, Fort Worth, Texas

Smoke-A-Holics and their pitmaster Derek Walker are serious about their Q baby! They have a truly cozy little Texas barbecue joint that is about as authentic as you’re going to find in Texas. It has plenty of charm and it feels like a backyard barbecue with family. They’re creating and smoking up a storm of meaty deliciousness. On my first visit to chow down, I went past the little building, but I could smell the smoke.  I just followed my nose until I saw all the cars and trucks; they were stacked in his lot like cardboard in a warehouse, waiting on some of Derek’s famous Q. 

They have plenty of delicious meats and sides but I’m going to highlight the serious favorites. Let’s talk succulent ribs, flavor-loaded brisket, and those baby rib tips. YEAH, BUDDY! I love those little rib tip nuggets of joy – they are a flavor rodeo in my mouth! I’m just eating them and screaming, “May I have another PLEASE?!” He also offers these crazy TEXAS-SIZE SMOKED Turkey Legs smothered in tasty fixings. Derek will tell you, “We aren’t playing with these turkey legs! They are served phat and smothered with all kinds of goodies.” They have names like The Big Grit, Dirty South, The Ragin Cajun, and The Plain Jane. They pile the garnishes like Garlic Cheddar Grits, Cajun Shrimp, Derek’s signature Cajun sausage and cheese all around the turkey legs, and BOOM! Turkey Leg Greatness! I would suggest if you’re a real barbecue and foodie lover, go see Big Derek and his culinary team and chow down. #DerekAintPlaying

Best On-The-Road Barbecue Joints

You can enjoy my award-winning picks as you travel around the great state of TEXAS and Oklahoma!

East Texas Region

#1 Slaughter’s BBQ Oasis

1000 Gilmer Street, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482

Slaughter’s BBQ Oasis Chicken Popper

In Sulphur Springs, TX, just two hours east of Dallas, sits one of the BEST little barbecue joints. When you arrive and are driving down Gilmer Street, you probably won’t see the Oasis Smoke Wagon at first, but just follow your nose and you will locate them right in front of Fix & Feed. They are located in the same parking lot.

I met David Slaughter two years ago and I’ve been watching his culinary team grow and create some stupid delicious dishes ever since my first visit. If you ask David, he will tell you how thankful he is for his customers and team members. They offer fresh, delicious, and creative barbecue and it’s his sole mission to please meat lovers. They have gotten more and more creative and offer some delicious sausage options and barbecue platters with succulent brisket that has a perfect bark and flavor. They also have pulled pork, chicken, and their world-famous T-Flo’s and Smoked Jalapeño popper chicken that is ridiculously delicious. I even featured these poppers of perfection on my ABC special. I don’t care what you’re doing or how far you’re going to drive, Slaughter’s BBQ Oasis is slinging world-class Texas barbecue that will leave you wanting more. You’re going to have naughty meat dreams when you leave there, I can promise you that! Go see the Slaughter boyz! Pull up, hop out, march over to the Oasis wagon and tell them TREY SENT YOU! #SlaughterBBQPerfection

#2 Stanley’s Pit Barbecue

525 S Beckham Ave, Tyler, TX

I haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting Stanley’s, team but I’m loving that Q! Located in the quaint little town of Tyler, Texas, Stanley’s has been smoking and slinging Q for over sixty years. They remodeled just last year, adding a bunch of square footage indoors, and renovated the covered patio as well, which is now partially covered too. They were awarded BEST LIVE MUSIC venue in Tyler and they also offer a wide variety of bourbons. They’ve been honored by Texas Monthly four times, but that isn’t what makes them truly happy; they enjoy pleasing and satisfying their barbecue-loving customers and that’s what they do every day.

I’ve chowed down on their Q on two occasions and it has been meaty, savory, flavorful, and delicious. They offer an extensive menu, and everything is prepared fresh in-house. They have sandwiches with some fantastic names like The Mother Clucker, The Cadillac Clucker with candied bacon, The Mother in Law, The Brother In Law, and the Pork Brother In Law. They also have a Giant Stuffed Bake Tater and some of the Best RIBS in East Texas. It doesn’t matter what you choose, or how you get there, just get over to Stanley’s and chow down. You will love the experience and if you’re lucky you might meet the next big music star! #StanleyOldSchoolQ

#3 Grant’s Barbecue

1700 TX-37, Clarksville, Texas

Just a short two hours southeast of Dallas, Grant’s Barbecue sits on the roadside, and I mean the side of the road. It looks like an old train car, but it’s so much more. I’ve always been a big proponent of roadside dining – I think it makes the food taste better, being outdoors with the birds chirping, cars, and trucks just passing by. It truly makes it an official and authentic roadside diner.

I always eat the ribs, brisket, cowboy beans, sausages, and cheesy potatoes. Everything was fresh, and the aroma from the outdoor smoker just made everything so much more delicious. The brisket was cooked to perfection, the ribs fell off the bone, and the sausage was so good I was eating it with my fingers. My hands smelled like smoked meats and sauce when I got back into my truck. This place is pure awesomeness, with plenty of bold flavors that translate to deliciousness on the side of the road. #RoadSideBBQDreams

Southern Oklahoma Region

#1 Phat Tabb’s Barbecue

1110 South Central Avenue, Idabel, OK

Tray PHAT TABB’S BBQ & Cuban Sammy.

There’s no need for me to list a number two in Oklahoma because they won’t even come close to Phat Tabb’s NEW Joint in Idabel. I’ve eaten barbecue all over the state and no other location even ranks close to Chef Tabb Singleton. The first time I heard about Phat Tabb’s I received a text from a friend in East Texas. The text simply said, “Trey, have you eaten at Phat Tabb’s or heard of him? ” The answer was NO and NO to both! The following week I drove over 388 miles just to see what Phat Tabb was slinging in Idabel, Oklahoma. 

I did my research and was surprised by his lengthy culinary background and his TV show participation. Chef Tabb worked with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse in New Orleans before starting his own restaurant. He’s a Chopped Champion (Food Network), and a Deep-Fried Master (Destination America). It was shocking, but once I learned that he was from the area, I understood – he had come home to create some barbecue perfection. That’s exactly what he did, and he keeps creating and slinging deliciousness. He is smoking up a storm with Texas-style brisket, succulent pulled pork, flavor-loaded ribs, and house-prepared sausages. He has a new Drunken Taco Sausage that was RIDICULOUS, and a Phat Pastrami sandwich that’s a four-hander. Oh, and let’s not forget the fresh Phat Cuban sandwich and Godzilla size burritos. I could continue on this path of delicious descriptions, but I’m slobbering on my keyboard again, and replacing them is getting expensive. Just make plans to chow down at Phat Tabb’s. I don’t care where you’re coming from or where you’re going. Reroute to Tabb’s. #PhatTabbsDeliciousness 

Waco South Region

#1 Guess Family Barbecue

2803 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX

Guess Family Barbecue is located in Waco, Texas in the south region, and their team has been busy the last two years blowing smoke. Their building is beautiful and new by barbecue standards; it’s large, colorful, has plenty of room for dining, and is complete with a cocktail bar too.  

The staff is extremely nice and very helpful when you’re trying to decide on what to eat, which is great because their menu big and full of many delicious items for breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner. We tried some brunch items first, including the savory and meaty Brisket Hash along with those house-prepared buttery biscuits and creamy gravy. We also tried various fresh-smoked meats like the brisket, sausage, and turkey which were savory, succulent, and delicious. The sausage is prepared in-house as well, and we had the Garlic Sausage – YUMMY! The most creative item we tried was the Deviled Eggs w/ Brisket Jam. These little jewels were #StupidDelicious – a unique flavor profile that I’ve had naughty BBQ food dreams about since I left.

Smokers Helberg BBQ Blowing Smoke.

If you’re in Waco, passing through, or live in the area, check out Guess and chow down. They’re slinging deliciousness all day every day! #WacoGuessFamilyGreatness

#2 Helberg Barbecue

8532 Hwy 6, Woodway, TX 76712

Located north of Waco, but still in what I call the south region is Helberg Barbecue. It’s easy to locate but hard to leave. We pulled up and saw the smoke billowing from the smokers, and I could smell the deliciousness lofting in the air. As it does most of the time, my mouth started salivating and I was going into full tilt barbecue boogie!

When we walked in we noticed the big menu board – it was displaying a large variety of smoked meats and eats. We ordered the brisket, which of course had the perfect bark was flavorful and juicy. But for me, the star of the show was that fresh smoked and fried chicken halves. WOW! I have to say that I’ve never tried such culinary magic as the Helberg Smoked Chicken Halves. It is truly a kaleidoscope of flavors with every bite. Fresh chicken is brined, smoked then fried to perfection! Helberg is doing it right- slinging smoked meats that are prepared with passion and perfection. #HelbergChickenPerfection 

#3 Po Campo BBQ

610 N 2nd St, Hico, TX 76457

Located in Hico, Texas southwest of Fort Worth, this cozy little barbecue joint has plenty of charm and character. If you follow me, then you might know I’m in love with cozy eateries slinging fresh deliciousness. 

We parked in the back and I noticed the smokers blowing, so I had to go investigate the meaty situation. Someone poked their head out with a big smile and said, “Hello! Come on inside!” We slung that door open like it was a wild west saloon because we were ready to go caveman on some smoked Q. 

They offer a variety of meat like most Q joints, but I want to focus on the ribs. Oh, those ribs! We ordered both the spicy and regular styles. Talk about succulent and flavorful! I had juice running down both sides of my mouth and literally dripping off my chin with a splat on the table. Now, most would think this was a problem, but when ribs are so good you can’t stop eating them the DRIP is the best! If you love #Flavorloaded ribs of deliciousness, head over to Po Campo BBQ and chow down, but watch out for the DRIPPY DRIP! #PoCampoDrippyDrip

Austin Region

#1 Terry Black’s Barbecue

1003 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX

Different city, different road, different staff, same dam delicious barbecue. Austin is where my love for Black’s started, and they’re an Austin staple now.

Terry Black’s Front Pit Room Austin.

I do love the cozy building on Barton Springs Road, tucked back in front of the residential neighborhood. I love how cozy the building feels as you walk inside where they believe brisket is king. You can smell the barbecue walking through the parking lot, and if you look at those stacks in the front pit room, they’re always blowing smoke – even if you’re just driving by you can see SMOKE!

Walking through the line, the staff is always nice and helpful. It’s hard to pick because there is so much deliciousness to choose from. If you ask me I’ll tell you to grab one of the BIG PHAT BEEF RIBS! You can choose some succulent brisket, juicy #flavorloaded ribs, and of course some of Black’s signature sausage. You must make room for some taste bud-tingling peach cobbler and sweet and savory, mind-blowing banana pudding.  If you haven’t eaten at Black’s, I truly feel sorry for you because everyone should experience it at least once. Go ahead and take a ride over to Black’s, open that door and tell them Trey wrote you a prescription for some Austin barbecue deliciousness.  #PrescriptionForAustinDeliciousness

#2 Leroy and Lewis

121 Pickle Rd, Austin, TX

The first time I was offered some Leroy and Lewis barbecue I could smell it coming. When you can smell barbecue wafting in the air with the wind blowing in a different direction, your barbecue senses go on full alert. They placed a big tray on the table in front of me and I started CHOWING down and discovered two important factors. 

1. The taste was even better than the alluring barbecue aroma 

2. That Leroy and Lewis smoke meats were possibly some of the best I’ve ever tasted on my BBQ and foodie adventures. 

Leroy & Lewis Meat Platter.

I went back last year during Covid, working on my list for 2020, and it was even better than the previous three times. I’m not sure if they realize this, because I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting them. Every time I walk into the food park and make my way to the food van, they are extremely busy, which is a good sign. They offer a variety of flavor-loaded smoked meats, sides, sausages, and even have TEXAS SIZE sausage dogs. The brisket was perfection and bark-o-licious, the ribs ridiculous, and those cauliflower burnt ends were #stupiddelicious. They are savory, flavorful bites of deliciousness that you can’t forget. You better pack yo bags when you head over to Leroy and Lewis because you’re headed for a trip straight to #deliciousville. #LeroyLewisAwesomeness  

#3 Valentina’s Tex Mex Barbecue

11500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX

I had no idea what to expect the first time I pulled into the parking lot of Valentina’s. All I knew was my son Daulton told me I had to try it. Because he’s my son and was so passionate about the food, I figured I would give it a try because I believe in trying deliciousness firsthand. 

We wheeled into the parking lot and I saw the meat wagon on the right with a big line. Anytime you see folks in line waiting for food it sets a certain precedent in your mind that it must be good. Folks don’t generally stand in line to get a whoopin’, or let their wallet suffer for something that is bad. As I ordered they looked at me funny because of all the food I ordered. “Are you eating all this?” Yes I am! WOW! They had no idea who I was or what I was doing – I just wanted to try some of that Q I was smelling while I waited. 

They offer breakfast, lunch, day snacks, and dinner (if they don’t run out!). I ordered smoked brisket which was juicy and flavorful, with great bark, chips and queso, smoked pulled pork, and smoked sausage. Then I kept ordering brisket Mexican taco, red tater salad, and the Money Smoked Burger. Got Dam that was #BurgerDeliciousness 101 right there! 

My visit was nothing but perfect – every dish was served HF&D #HotFreshandDelicious. Get over to Valentina’s, I dare you to take 4 or 5 peeps and order pounds of food like it’s all yours. Tell’em to charge that deliciousness to Trey’s tab (LOL! Not Really! Don’t try that just go Chow Down!). #AwardWinningQ

#4 Interstellar Barbecue

12233 Ranch Road 620 Austin, TX

Interstellar Peach Tea Glazed Pork Belly.

When we were driving to Interstellar barbecue from downtown Austin I wasn’t sure about the direction, but we hit Ranch Road and there it was – right in a strip center. I could see the smoke wagon parked in the parking lot under the big tree. I love trees, barbecue, and the outdoors so we had a trifecta before we officially pulled up. This visit was during Covid19, so we ordered TOGO and I counted nine different cars waiting on some Q.

They offer small batch craft Texas-style barbecue and house-prepared sides. We ordered juicy brisket, flavor-loaded pork, succulent chicken, and peach burnt ends. Yea, I said it! Peach Tea Glazed Pork Belly ENDS! WOW! I was blown away with these little nuggets of peachy, savory, sweet, and porky perfection. I love peaches AND pork AND deliciousness, so this was a fantastic flavor combination. I like to eat with my hands, and boy my fingers were sticky. I was sucking the deliciousness off my fingertips, making a sucking noise while saying, “Dam, just dam these are insane Jana!” She looked at me and noticed I had peach glaze pork juice on my lips, chin, and cheeks like a school kid in the lunchroom! I loved the flavor so much I was trying to lick my lips and cheeks with my tongue. Jana said, “TREY use a napkin! You sound like a caveman over there. Calm down!” To which I replied, “Jana you haven’t tasted these dam things yet. How dare you tell me to use a napkin and waste this juicy deliciousness!” Well my friends, what I’m telling you is this: those were the best GLAZED Pork BELLY I had all year! Call me Ol’ Sticky Fingers, I don’t care – just get to Interstellar and enjoy some meaty deliciousness! #GlazedPorkBellyPerfection 

Houston Region 

#1 Pinkerton’s Barbecue

1504 Airline Dr, Houston, TX

Anytime I see the word Pinkerton, I immediately think of Allan Pinkerton, who started the world-famous Pinkerton Detective Agency in 1850. You didn’t want the Pinkerton Boys after you – all they chased were bad hombres. When they caught you, they weren’t going to ask many questions. It was whoop’in time! That being said, when I saw Pinkerton’s Barbecue years ago I thought they better be putting a whooping on some Q with a name like Pinkerton’s!

Pinkerton’s BBQ Deliciousness.

Listen up, and listen close. They are slinging the BEST barbecue in Houston if you ask me. When we walked in there was a sign on the door that read: “We like our barbecue hot and our joint cold! Please keep the door closed! The line moves fast!” I just laughed and thought, “Let’s eat!”.

I walked in and waited, reviewing the menu of offerings and my mouth started watering. We ordered the Dry Rub Pork Ribs, Prime Brisket, Jambalaya Smoked Duck and Sausage Rice, Cheesy Mac-N-Cheese, South Texas Beans, and some Jalapeno Cheese rice. We might have had a few other sides too, lol! The Ribs and Brisket were simply #StupidDelicious. The ribs were so succulent that the meat just fell off the bone. The brisket was loaded with meaty flavor deliciousness. I couldn’t stop eating it! And those sides, WOW! The Jalapeno Cheese Rice was moist, cheesy, and just R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S! The Mac-N-Cheese was cheesy, cheesy, and did I say cheesy? I thought we were in Cheese-Ville. it was so good it should be illegal. Our trip to PINKERTON’S was nothing but PERFECTION. The service was incredible the atmosphere was Texas fantastic. Get over there, but shut that door because you don’t want the Pinkerton’s after you! #pinkertonsdeliciousness

#2 Roegels Barbecue Company

2223 S Voss Rd, Houston, TX

Let’s talk barbecue, brisket, pork ribs, pastrami, slow-cooked pulled pork, smoked pork, pastrami, beef ribs, smoked chicken, oh and did I mention pastrami? When you pull up to a red building in Houston you better be ready to throw down on some meaty perfection. Oh, and pastrami. Are you seeing a pattern here? That Roegels pastrami is world-famous. If you haven’t had any… well bless your little heart! I had their smoked meats four years ago for the first time at a festival. I’ve eaten it four or five times since then and I’m in love with TEAM ROEGEL and everything they’re slinging, but that pastrami is THE MONEY HONEY – always on point. I’m serious, it will make a BULLDOG break his chain! They don’t, and won’t, serve anything that’s not fresh, savory, and delicious! Unless of course you eat get some of their famous Bourbon Banana Pudd’in. Yea that’s right, it’s a little sweet, savory, and a truckload of deliciousness. That BOURBON BANANA PUDD’IN makes my mouth water just thinking about it.  I don’t know what else I can say to you except head over to the red building and chow down! Be sure and take some TOGO for later. #RoegelsPastramiPerfection

#3 Gatlin’s Barbecue

3510 Ella Blvd Bldg C Ste A, Houston, TX

When you pull up you will see the beautiful rock-like brick on the end of the building where Gattlin’s is located. When you walk inside you’ll see the worn painted floors and wood on the walls. They also have cut-stacked wood in holes, which has a lot of character and makes for a cozy barbecue joint. I love the warm feeling in Gatlin’s; it feels like home to me. 

The service is always first class and all big Texas smiles. Before I ate there I was told they were famous for their southern craft barbecue in Houston. They have a variety of offerings prepared fresh daily like brisket, pull pork, turkey, whole chicken, spare ribs, baby back ribs, sandwiches, plates, by the pound meats and so much more. Dam I’m getting hungry just reading my notes. 

They also offer ten different sides, including candied yams (YUMMMMY!) and some amazing baked taters that are lol, lol, lol, loaded with goodies. I had their big sandwich THE KITCHEN SINK and it was #stupiddelicious. The ribs I tried were falling off the bone #ridicouslydelicious I can promise you this: you will have trouble choosing from the menu because there are so many great choices. Do me a favor and try that KITCHEN SINK, but you better have some napkins and a big mouth, lol! #FamilyBBQJoint

The BEST Overall North Texas BBQ Experiences  

These winners are classified as restaurants that are not only serving delicious award winning barbecue, but also house-prepared sides, baked goods, hand crafted sweets, craft cocktails, with some even offering live music with a large vibrant atmosphere .  They are larger restaurants with plenty of room and seating to enjoy with family, friends, or business associates. Great to take the family, or have business meetings and parties serving more than just award winning Q. They offer an awesome OVERALL BBQ Experience! 

#1 Oak’D Barbecue

5500 Greenville Ave Dallas, TX

OAK’D BBQ Meaty Deliciousness.

New to the Dallas Barbecue scene, opening in 2020 on Greenville Ave. Oak’D is one of those new restaurant startups that took everyone by surprise, including me. Pitmaster and Chef Michael Lane along with Oak’D founder Clint Norton have become an unstoppable force in the Dallas and Texas Barbecue scene in a short amount of time. Clint has deep roots in Texas barbecue dating back to the early 1970s, and Chef Michael Lane has been slinging and creating deliciousness for decades in Dallas. Together they’ve formed a NEW Texas barbecue venture that offers seriously delicious craft Barbecue, sides, salads, cocktails, and baked goods. They also offer some creative and delicious desserts by an in-house, award-winning pastry chef. The first time I made a visit I was impressed with the Texas Rosewood Wagyu brisket and the Duroc pork Spare Ribs, but I was in LOVE with all the desserts and those big phat fresh Texas biscuits. There just aren’t many Texas Barbecue joints with all those offerings – craft cocktails and live music too. In my opinion, they have some of the BEST desserts in Dallas and some of the BEST barbecue as well, with a vibrant atmosphere and fantastic customer service. If you haven’t been to Oak’d you need to try some of their succulent and savory Wagyu barbecue, those buttery flavor-loaded biscuits, and creative sweet treats. You will THANK ME later! #GetOakD

#2 407 BBQ

831 FM 407 Exit, Argyle, TX

407 is located in Argyle, Texas, just north of Fort Worth and west of Dallas. I like to tell everyone it’s really just north Fort Worth because every time I make a trip up there it’s like I never left Fort Worth. Pitmaster Bryan McLarty has created a Barbecue joint full of deliciousness and friendly team members, with plenty of outdoor patio space too. They are slinging breakfast, lunch, and dinner with one of the largest menus in the Texas barbecue business. They offer all the great Texas Craft BBQ like succulent brisket with great bark, flavor-loaded pulled smoked pork, smoked turkey breast, ribs, and some mean Texas-smoked meatloaf that is simply #StupidDelicious. I mean that meatloaf is just STUPID! The breakfast menu is also loaded with a variety of savory flavor-loaded items like house prepared biscuits and gravy, smoked brisket biscuit sandwiches, breakfast migas, house pastrami hash bowls, porko verde migas, and the big bad Texican burrito. I could list more of Bryan’s creative dishes, but you need to experience them for yourself. Don’t forget the smoked brisket burger -that thang is MONEY! Check their hours and head over to chow down at 407 BBQ. I can promise you this: you aren’t going to leave hungry! #407StupidDelicious 

#3 Terry Black’s Barbecue

Terry Black’s Sexy Briskets.

3025 Main Street, Deep Ellum, Dallas TX

New to the Dallas Barbecue scene but not new to Texas. The Black Family has been smoking and slinging Q in Texas since 1938. Their roots run deep in the heart of Texas. They decided to open a NEW Black’s in Deep Ellum and in November 2019 a new legendary BBQ joint was born in Dallas. They constructed a brand new restaurant that is Texas-size, beautiful, and has a vibrant atmosphere. It has an awesome outdoor patio that is two stories, and they have parking which is a big plus in Dallas.  When you enter the restaurant, you’re greeted by five Texas-size offset smokers that are black, beautiful, and always have smoke blowing through the stacks. That delicious Texas barbecue aroma rolls through the restaurant and Deep Ellum like an old locomotive rolling into the train station. You can actually smell it as you drive or walk down the roads in Deep Ellum nearing the restaurant. As I approach the restaurant my mouth starts watering and I engage in F.T.B.B. I learned many moons ago there is something to be said about rolling smokers that permeate smells of deliciousness. In my opinion, it sets the stage that you’re fixin’ to chow down on some meaty deliciousness. They offer a variety of award-winning smoked meats, sandwiches, sides, desserts, and of course their famous sausage. The brisket is bark-o-licious and the sausage is loaded with flavor, but I’m in LOVE with their BIG PHAT BEEF RIBS because they are #StupidDelicious. Oh, and those 1.5-pound slow-smoked beef ribs of perfection – you just can’t go wrong at Terry Black’s.

If you haven’t been, you need to make that trip for some award-winning meaty deliciousness TODAY! They also have a full cocktail bar which makes the trip to Terry’s even better. #TerryBlacksBeefRibPerfection

#4 Heim Barbecue

Fort Worth, and Dallas, Tx

Travis and Ema Heim have been creating barbecue magic for years. Travis invented and created Bacon Burnt Ends in 2015, which are savory and sweet little pork chunks of deliciousness. If you’ve never experienced these little magic chunks then you’re missing out on the finer things in life! His brisket is always #flavorloaded and is coated with the perfect Texas bark. Saddle up and head on over to the cozy Heim Barbecue for some incredibly flavorful burnt ends and brisket! It doesn’t matter what you’re in the mood to eat: baked tater skins, corn dogs, brisket, sausage, or whatever you can dream up – including an award-winning brisket burger. They also have a second big TEXAS size barbecue location on the river in Fort Worth with a gigantic outdoor patio, and now in Dallas too. It’s like a CHOW DREAMLAND and you won’t leave hungry. #ChowDreamLand

#5 Pecan Lodge

2702 Main St, Dallas, Texas

If the windows are open, I can smell Pecan Lodge Smoke from at least two blocks away, just like Black’s. They have flavorful and tasty brisket and sausage, just like last year, but I want to talk about two particular dishes that I adore: the Hot Mess and the Pit Master Sandwiches. Allow me to demonstrate why by showing you the menu description:

The HOT MESS is prepared with a jumbo sea salt-crusted sweet potato, South Texas smoked barbacoa (shredded brisket with southwestern seasoning), chipotle cream, cheese, butter, and fresh chopped green onions.

The PITMASTER has smoked brisket, Smoked Pulled pork, Sausage, and is topped with slaw, house BBQ sauce, and fresh sliced jalapeños.

Make plans to visit the LODGE (but be prepared to wait in line, because it is that good). #PitmasterDeliciousness

#6 TEN50 BBQ

TEN50 BBQ Dallas.

1050 Central Express Way, Dallas, TX

If you want to see a big Texas Barbecue operation with a fantastic patio then Ten50 is where it’s at! They specialize in central Texas-style barbecue only using Prime USDA BEEF. All they need is salt, pepper, smoke, and time – after all, that’s all you need for true Texas barbecue, and that’s all you’ll find in their kitchen. They are serious about delicious, authentic central Texas-style barbecue, freshly prepared sides, and savory and sweet desserts. The restaurant is big and beautiful, with plenty of room. They have a vibrant atmosphere and a fantastic bar area, slinging craft beers and cocktails too. I’ve eaten a variety of Q from the menu and it’s all savory, succulent, and delicious. My favorite items would be the prime brisket, St. Louis pork ribs, and those #flavorloaded TORPEDOES prepared with brisket or chicken.  You can’t forget their house-made desserts! Oh my, that key lime pie is just S.T.U.P.I.D! If you’re looking for a real barbecue destination, don’t hesitate to head to TEN50. Be sure and tell’em you want some of them BIG PHAT RIBS! #tenfiftymeatydeliciousness

#7 Dayne’s Craft Barbecue

2735 W 5th St, Fort Worth, TX (West 7th area)

Rated Number #2 in Fort Worth and #10 in North Texas. Dayne moves from “Mr. Backyard Brisket Boy” to one of the best little barbecue joints in the city of Fort Worth and the great state of Texas baby! I laugh every time someone talks about the story of Dayne’s rise to brisket and barbecue fame. Dayne was trying to perfect his brisket, smoking so many briskets in his backyard on the weekends for… nobody. His then-girlfriend and now-wife Ashley laid down the law: Dayne, you’re smoking briskets for who, but we should be selling them and selling them now! The rest is history as they say.

They started selling from the house and folks would line up at their driveway to get some of Dayne’s meaty deliciousness. I’ve been watching this young man smoke and craft his way to the top of barbecue greatness in the last two years. Dayne and Ashley are also slinging creative and flavor-loaded sides and house-prepared desserts. They love tasty sausage and he’s become quite the smoked sausage flavor-creator too. He’s created fifteen different sausage flavors and more are coming.  Some of the menu items I love are the Angus brisket sliced thick and juicy, bacon brisket (DAM it’s S.T.U.P.I.D.), pulled pork, and of course flaming-hot street corn, creamy Mac-n-cheese, and those big fat succulent beef ribs baby! Don’t forget the sweet desserts! Oh my!

They put a lot of effort into their sides and they will tell you they’re dedicated to providing the best overall barbecue experience for you, your family, and friends. I have to agree with them – every dish that comes from Dayne and Company is loaded with bold flavors and deliciousness. This year he ordered and got his new big BBQ Roll’n Trailer Kitchen and Dayne is blowing smoke and slinging Q to anyone who wants it. If you haven’t experienced Dayne’s deliciousness yet, you need to get over there and chow down! #DaynesMeatyDeliciousness

#8 Vaqueros Texas Barbecue

906 Jean St, Grapevine, TX

“Yee-Haw let’s smoke that Q baby!” That’s what I picture chef and pitmaster Trey Sanchez saying every time I see his name or his barbecue. He always has a lot of fun and really enjoys slinging tacos and barbecue to all his loyal fans and barbecue lovers. He has award-winning smoked meat Birria Tacos and brisket that has been featured on numerous national TV shows and social media.  His tacos are so dam tasty they’re actually famous #FAMOUSLYDELICIOUS. His brisket is flavor-loaded, bold, and he offers house-prepared sides that are always on point and loaded with deliciousness. He has some NANNER PUDDIN that is to die for. If you haven’t been over to HOP & STING brewery to chow down on some of Vaqueros Texas barbecue, you need to make that trip.

#9 Ferris Wheelers Backyard Barbecue

Ferris Wheelers Taco Deliciousness.

1950 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, Texas

I’ve enjoyed Ferris’s for two years in a row now, so a third year is on track. Twice in 2020, I chowed down (and loved) some of their fantastic savory, meaty, and cheesy tacos. Do you like barbecue, fried okra, hot links, tacos, waffle fries, brisket queso, and Ferris wheels? Well, do I have a spot for you in Dallas where you can get some amazing barbecue, lip-sucking fried okra, snappy hot links, and other amazing sides. They have a big open outdoor area with vibrant colors, music, and plenty of fun. You can even ride a Ferris wheel if you choose!

I love the fun, upbeat atmosphere of this place – it’s full of fun, delicious eats and the LIL RED WHEELER COCKTAIL. Head over, chow down, and be sure to ask them to turn the Ferris wheel on high for you! Where else can you get craft eats, cocktails, and fun with a BIG Ferris wheel? #BarbecueAndFerrisWheels

I encourage you to visit each of our choices and CHOW DOWN!

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Wow, what a year 2020 was for the restaurant and service industry, and not in a good way. Thank goodness it’s over and we can move on down the road.

If you follow me then you know I’m extremely passionate about food, drink, creative chefs, awesome service folks, and the restaurants and grub pubs that host us. Last July I started pondering on what I could do to help support local restaurants, chefs, and the service industry. Something that was different, exciting and fun!  I wanted to create something special that hadn’t been tried before. After tossing a few ideas around, the big light in the oven came on, and there it was, swirling around in my brain like berries in a blender. A fantastic and outrageous idea!

I created an outrageous, Texas-sized over-the-top menu full of unique, creative, colorful, delicious, and some massive dishes. These dishes would have to be Chef-driven, very large, creative, and delicious. A few are just simply unique but also delicious. True foodies and couples will love these dishes. They can be shared, used as food challenges, or just eaten because you love food. Whatever the reason, this menu sparks your foodie senses and will make you want to take a trip straight to Delicious-Ville. #Deliciousville

I got together with ten North Texas chefs to discuss my ideas, and some of those chefs even created new and special dishes just for the new Trey’s Chow Down Menu. I also located dishes that had already been created but would fit with the new menu. We have everything from breakfast to dinner;  Burgers, BBQ, Seafood, Steaks, and more!

I made trips all over North Texas and tried every single dish myself. I watched the dishes being created and then I chowed down like a pig at the trough. What I ended up with was some unbelievably amazing dishes that are not only delicious and creative, but they are memorable as well. Dishes you can’t and won’t forget!

When you see these dishes, they are visually R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S! Every single person will say something like, “OMG, WTH Is That!” Believe me – I know because that’s all I’ve heard for the last eight months while working on this new menu.

Bacon Dishes that Make Me Bacon Crazy!

Saturday, September 4, is International Bacon Day 2021

Everyone dreams about bacon!

Trey’s Chow Down LIVE on Fox 4 Good Day.

When Trey’s Chow Down saw there was an International Bacon Day and it was a real thing my mouth started salivating and all I could think about was how delicious bacon truly is.

Have you ever eaten a bad piece of bacon? I think not! No matter how it’s cooked, (soft, crispy, medium, or rock hard) bacon is always perfectly delightful.

Ever since 1500 B.C. folks have been eating and enjoying bacon. That’s a long time ago, but it just goes to show you how much everyone loves bacon.

Bacon’s history dates back thousands of years to 1500 B.C. The Chinese were curing pork bellies with salt. Basically, they were creating an early form of what we know today as bacon.

I’m shocked about how long ago bacon was being eaten and was created. I wonder how the first bacon fry went down. Here piggy piggy! Come here piggy piggy! Come over here let’s see if we can fry some of your body parts up? Seems legit to me lol!

Now that I’m thinking about it, I bet they could smell bacon frying a mile away and come strolling by to see what that delicious aroma was. I’m sure smelling that bacon for the first time set their foodie senses into overdrive. Well, of course, they didn’t call it bacon at that time but we will play along as if they did.

The first bacon fry must have not only been a mess, but also an exploration to try and figure out how to eat these creatures we call pigs. You know it smelled delicious and they were like, “YES that smells soooooo good”!

Today we have all kinds of various bacon flavors, thickness, bacon dishes, and bacon farmers who create some of the world’s best bacon right here in the good ol’ U.S.A.

When I spoke with the Fox producers about Bacon Day, it was clear that everyone loved bacon and we need to locate some of the best bacon dishes in the DFW area.

I sought out to locate some of the best bacon dishes for all my fellow food lovers to enjoy and boy… Did I find some great dishes to eat. If you love bacon you will love this article and my choices.

B&B Butchers

( The Cover Photo)

Fort Worth & Houston, Texas

Knife Steakhouse Bacon Sampler

B&B has this amazing bacon dish named after Chef Tommy. Let me tell you, “Chef Tommy’s Bacon Dish” is loaded with flavors. When I read about this dish, I had to visit B&B so I could Chow Down and enjoy it for myself. It’s prepared with fresh blue cheese, truffle infused honey, and thick house bacon. This dish meets all the requirements for an award winning dish. The taste has an amazing flavor profile, tenderness, cooked perfectly, great texture, and fantastic eye appeal. One of the best bacon dishes anywhere, period! You need to try this dish, and it’s only 20 bucks.

Knife Steakhouse

Dallas & Plano, Texas

Chef John Tesar always has his creative side in forward motion. I haven’t had one dish, or food item, from John that’s not totally amazing. He’s crazy about using fresh ingredients, having perfect execution, pallet busting flavor profiles, fantastic restaurant atmospheres, and amazing customer service. The Knife bacon appetizer, simply put, is deliciousness with every single bite. The succulent variety of bacon is so flavorful you will order an extra one. I know it because we did it. The dish is simplistic. A tasting of five varieties of bacon and it’s served on a beautiful wood cutting board. It is truly life-changing and you need this dish in your life.

Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen

McKinney, Texas

Del Frisco’s Bacon Dish

Oh, I love me some Sugarbacon! You’re probably saying to yourself, what the heck is Sugarbacon? Well, it’s two things really; A fantastic restaurant and a delicious lip-smacking bacon dish. The team over at Sugarbacon in McKinney have come up with a flavor-packed bacon dish that will send your taste buds to the flavor town. It’s truly an opportunity to try something new and exciting. The “Sugarbacon Appetizer” is prepared with house-smoked pork belly, ancho chili bbq sauce, B and B pickles, and served on thick bacon square bites. I’m telling you right now it has a fantastic flavor profile and is downright delicious. Folks, it is absolutely worth a trip to Chow Down and see what Sugarbacon is all about.

Cowtown Brewing Company

Fort Worth, Texas

I drove by this place at least 25 times before I stopped into Chow Down. I had heard all about their flavor-packed barbecue treats, but I kept waiting to see some photos and reviews before I made the journey because I’ve been extremely busy. That was a mistake!  We stopped in and had a variety of delicious BBQ treats but what really caught my eye was the “Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños.” I eat these all the time but Cowtown’s were different. They were wrapped tightly and the bacon was glazed just enough. Damn, they were delicious so flavorful that I ate 5 out of the 6 and we ordered some more for the whole table. They really were amazing. When you get a chance, head over to Cowtown for little bacon throw down. Tell’em Trey sent you!

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

Locations All Over U.S.A.

I have to confess something to each of you. I’ve had dreams about the bacon dish at Del’s. Oh man, there’s nothing like naughty bacon dreams folks. It’s the THICK-CUT NUESKE’S BACON AU POIVR served with a Bourbon Molasses Glaze and a side of deliciousness. Oh, the food gods are shining down on Del Frisco’s for this bacon dish! By all means, this is so good it should be illegal. The succulent bacon flavor just rolls across your tongue and sends your taste buds into full mode overload. Don’t be surprised if you have to wipe your chin after each juicy bite. A true trend sitter and it’s only 16 bucks, ladies and gentlemen.

Logan’s Roadhouse

Multiple Texas Locations

I know you’re thinking… What did he just say? Logan’s Roadhouse? Am I reading this correct? Yes, you are! This is all about bacon and Logan’s Roadhouse locations has some great bacon. They have a little appetizer that goes by the name “Bacon On A Stick” and it’s in a bucket too. I’ve had this twice and both times the bacon was perfectly cooked, loaded with flavor, and easy to eat right off the stick. This is a great little bacon treat you will love. It’s prepared from 12-hour smoked bacon seasoned and grilled in a brown sugar glaze with a kick of spice. Served with crispy fried onions and your choice of original BBQ or Bourbon BBQ. Just damn delicious if you ask me. Your taste buds with take a trip to the “bacon flavor rodeo” and it’s only 10 bucks. Check it out!

Shady Oak BBQ & Grill

North Fort Worth, Texas

My favorite Bacon “TENDER BELLY”

I took a trip over the Shady Oak to try some barbecue. As I sat down and was reviewing the menu when the server said, “Hey, do you want to try some of our bacon burnt ends“? My head snapped up and said, “Do tell? Why yes I will”! Those bacon burnt ends were saucy and mouth-watering delicious. The flavor really pops in your mouth as they roll across your tongue. This is a dish you must try and price right too!

There are a lot more bacon dishes I have tried, but these are truly some of the best you will find in the Fort Worth/Dallas area. All of these truly stand on their own with fantastic flavor profiles that will leave you wanting more. As a chef once told me, “Trey, if I can leave you wanting more then I’ve done my job. I know you will come back and dine with us again”.

Please visit these local restaurants because eating and buying local is extremely important to our chefs and restaurants.

If you LOVE cooking bacon at home then I would try my favorite Tender Belly Bacon. You can locate Tender Belly at https://www.tenderbelly.com

Don’t forget to listen or watch our worldwide podcast Trey’s Chow Down Live every Friday on iHeartRadio, iTunes, Dash Radio or tune and watch us LIVE.

Remember, I’m passionate about bringing each of you the very food and drink experiences I can find.

Much love,

Trey Chapman Follow me for deliciousness and fun

 

Supporting Local! Frustrated!

After seeing the Governments RESPONSE to help the restaurant, service industry and small business I’m truly lost for words! 

I still don’t think society and the government understands what supporting LOCAL restaurants really means to our local economies. Restaurants, Taverns, Pubs, and Bars drive our local economy in financial ways that we cannot see on a daily basis. More than 10,000 Texas restaurants have already closed – some temporarily, many permanently, and with business conditions worsening, 30% percent of Texas operators say it’s unlikely their restaurant will still be in business six months from now without additional federal help. Out of those thousands, far too many of them are from right here locally in the DFW area. Remember while for us as customers it may just seem like one less place to grab delicious taco or burger, families are depending on these establishments for their livelihood. Unfortunately, we only notice when it’s too late and the doors are forever locked, and the CLOSED sign is placed in the window.

Restaurants help and drive city infrastructure with the tax money brought in. They create jobs for first-time workers, college students, young people, old people, single moms and dads, and so many others. They support local farmers, ranchers, breweries, distilleries, markets, butcher shops, tradesmen, plumbers, handymen, window companies, cleaning companies, delivery folks, computer folks, marketing, and P.R. firms. Most of these businesses are suffering or even closing, and it’s creating a devastating chain reaction that WILL NOT be corrected anytime soon and its extremely heartbreaking for so many families.

Best Brunch Spots Fort Worth and Dallas

Hello Brunch Lovers,

Chef Hicks and Trey Brunch Event. I love creative fun loving chefs!

WOW! What a year it has been! I would have never believed that thousands of restaurants would close, changing the industry forever. That is exactly what happened in 2020, and things are still changing by the day.

I spent all year twelve months visiting brunch spots, chowing down and visiting with chefs. I felt it important to wait until the end of the year to release my Best and Unique Brunches in DFW on GOOD DAY FOX 4 because I wanted to be sure that all of the restaurants were open and slinging deliciousness for everyone to enjoy. Some of my favorites have closed permanently, and some temporarily due to COVID-19. It was sad that I had to delete restaurants off this years list. We must support our local restaurants, chefs, and service folks by visiting their restaurants, ordering TOGO, or for delivery. They need us now more than ever, especially since it’s the holiday season.

I love any meal that’s loaded with a delicious culinary JINGLE! But, truth be told, I’m in love with brunch because it has a certain vibrancy to it. You can brunch early or late and enjoy some chef-driven tastiness because there is no set time for brunch. I’ve seen people bunch at nine am, and I’ve seen them brunch a three pm. it just doesn’t matter. What does matter is that the brunch is made with a creative spin and is prepared HFD #HotFreshandDelicious.

OAK’D A Delicious Destination!

Howdy, Y’all!

OAK’D Beef Rib!

If you ask the team at OAK’D BBQ who they are and what they serve, they’ll tell you:

We’re located in Dallas’ Old Town Shopping Center, where we proudly serve hand-crafted Texas BBQ. Our brisket is an art form of its own, infused with the vanilla-tinged flavor of Texas Post OAK smoke and cradled in a peppery bark. 

Our brisket isn’t the only thing that’s unbelievable here – we take pride in each item on our chef-driven menu. Everything from our scratch kitchen is locally and regionally sourced; flavored just right, no matter what’s in season. From the wide variety of perfectly smoked meats to our gourmet sides and OAK’D Bake Shop, with homemade ice cream, biscuits, and other sweet treats, there’s something for everyone here at OAK’D. 

We take pride in our partnerships with local Texas ranchers and farmers to ensure you enjoy the highest quality BBQ available in The Lone Star State. Our Wagyu Brisket comes directly from Rosewood Ranch and our Prime Beef is 100% Texas Black Angus.  

Let’s get fancy; The Quintessential TEXAS Dish!

Texas Official Day!

If you live in Texas, or have spent any time roaming around here, then you know what the most quintessential dish that Texans love to eat.

It’s big, tasty, light brown color, has a little crunch with each bite. In most cases it is smothered in creamy gravy. Yep! The delicious chicken fried steak! Born in Texas, and it is truly the quintessential state dish.

Texans love it so much we even declared an official day to celebrate it!

Chef Terry Chandler Quintessential Texas Cooking!

October 26th is the official Texas Chicken Fried Steak day! Let me walk you through on why, and where, to enjoy oneself on this awesome day.

There has to be hundreds, if not thousands, of places in Texas where you can eat chicken fried steak. Big cities, little Texas towns, back roads, breakfast cafes, deli spots, hamburger joints, expensive eateries, steak houses, and the list goes on. Really, you can go anywhere! Texans are proud of their chicken fried steak. Everyone who knows me can agree that I know where the best dishes are.

Chefs have their own idea on how to prepare their delicious dishes. They have perfected their own recipes for chicken fried steak. In the last decade, Texas chefs have gotten extra creative. Some use round steak/cubed steak, flat iron steak, rib eye, and if they’re going further in creativity they’re using dry aged rib eye. Each different cut achieves a different flavor profile. Whatever you prefer, you’ll surely savor it.

I’ve been eating chicken fried steak my entire life. The family restaurant and beef business is my pride but I know how to judge a chicken fried steak like no other!

I’ve compiled a list restaurants that are slinging the BEST chicken fried steaks in North Texas! Each place has uniqueness in flavor, service, and southern charm. Have fun CHOWING DOWN on the best chicken fried steak! Our last article was read over 100,000 times! I’m sure this one will trump that. Be sure to share this with your friends to help support local restaurants and chefs!

Korean Meets American For Burger Perfection!

Good Day, Burger Lovers!

The Phat 2AM Burger

I discovered a NEW Korean/American fusion burger concept that is slinging insane burgers!  K-POP Premium Burgers created by the passionate Chef Kevin Lee and his wife Jenice Lee located in The Colony, Texas.

As most of you know, my entire life revolves around food, chefs, restaurants, creative, and delicious dishes! The last decade I’ve been consumed with locating the best burgers, steaks, barbecue and seafood for Trey’s Chow Down and Trey’s Chow Down LIVE. I LIVE for locating the BEST, and telling the world about the deliciousness I discover through social media, my LIVE T.V. and Radio Podcast.

I received an email last week from a friend Chase Foxworth who was elated and extremely enthusiastic about a new burger joint in The Colony, Texas. He knew the results of our BEST BURGER CONTEST in 2019 reached over 1.5 million BURGER LOVING North Texans. He understood how excited I would be to see this new concept of burger deliciousness for the 2020 Burger Race. He couldn’t wait to show me! I receive numerous requests to visit new burger concepts, or to test a certain burger. I try to visit each and every request as time allows, but his email was so powerful and full of conviction that I made plans to meet him P.D.Q. and try some of these burgers he was raving and screaming about.

BEST Fajitas in DFW for National Fajita Day! HOLY GUACAMOLE!

August 18, 2020 is National Fajita Day in the USA!

They say the first culinary evidence of fajitas was in the 1930s, along with the Spanish naming.  The cooking style used at that time was by a campfire or directly on a fire pit or in a skillet. Originally, it was made from throwaway cuts of beef by Mexican vaqueros in Southwest Texas. The fajita was developed as an everyday meal in the early 1930s. Since then everyone has fallen in love with the fajita!

Who doesn’t just love some succulent delicious fajitas? I think everyone loves fajitas! Well, at least every one I’ve ever spoken with loves them.

The main issue I’ve learned about fajitas and the folks enjoying them is everyone seems to always want more meat. Some of the other issues I hear from folks when I inquire about how they like there fajitas is pretty basic. They say fajitas can be dry and have little or no flavor, or they didn’t receive enough fixings. Everyone might desire more meat or fixings and eat them differently, use a different choice of corn or flour tortillas, but when it’s all said and done everyone loves fajitas.

Every chef, restaurant, or family business that offers fajitas has a different flavor profile. You won’t find any particular fajita meat with the same flavor profile! Everyone uses a different preparation process. They use an array of different spices, marinades, marinating processes, and cooking techniques. Some restaurants offer you fixings with your fajitas, and some charge you extra for it.

TOP 10 BEST Bloody Mary’s In DFW 🏆

Did I hear someone say, Bloody Mary?

Yes, why yes I did and I went on a serious mission to locate the BEST we have to offer in the North Texas area.

Trey with Celebrity Chef Keith B. Hicks

If you’re one of the 5 million-plus people we reach every month through social media, event happenings, my radio and television podcast show then you’re aware of this fact. BUT I always like to state the obvious.

I’ve tried each one of these BLOODYS! Trust me, I have tried literally hundreds of Bloodys in the last decade. It was all tasted & tested and approved by Trey’s Chow Down and Drink With Trey 

If you love brunch then chances are you love a great Bloody Mary.

I drank Bloody Mary’s between Texas, Florida, California, Washington, New York, even in Jamaica and Mexico. I drink them quite often and have been asked at least 100 times this year or more, “Trey, who has the best Bloody Mary in North Texas?”

Bloody Mary’s are a staple in the national and the Texas brunch scene. It’s a favorite among the cocktail lovers of all ages the young drinkers and the old.

But first, I want to discuss the history of the Bloody Mary because it still blows my mind how it was conceived and created. Just as simple as someone mixing a drink and giving it a name after one long night of drinking. I still laugh at this because so many awesome deals can transpire over cocktails.

The history of the Bloody Mary is simple. It’s only 100 years old.

In FACT, next year is the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Bloody Mary.

Baptism By Fire: 5 Veggies That Taste Better On The Grill

Howdy Food Lovers!

It goes without saying that grilling takes flavors to another level. Most people are aware of this phenomenon when it comes to meat, poultry, and fish. But did you know that certain vegetables taste vastly better when they’re cooked on the grill? Here are five of the most potent examples.

 Corn

Delicious Roasted Corn Darren Style

When cooked over an open flame, corn on the cob quickly becomes the most sought-after dish on the picnic table. The kernels take on a sweet, mellow flavor that balances well with the smoky char of the exterior. If you don’t want the kernels exposed to the fire, you can soak the ears—husks and all—in cold water for several hours prior to cooking. Place the corn on the grill over medium-high heat for 20 to 30 minutes, turning frequently. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before removing the husks and silks. They should peel right off, allowing you to dress the corn simply with butter and salt.

 Alternatively, you can peel the corn and place the ears directly over medium heat, with no other preparation required. This is our preferred method because it’s so carefree, and because we like the taste of the slightly caramelized kernels. This method also has more visual appeal, adding color and texture to the plate.