18th and Vine Barbeque

After living in Dallas for the last two and a half years, I decided it was time to start sharing a few of my favorite places in the city I call home.  So, when Draper James asked me to explore my city to create their Dallas City Guide, I could not have been more excited.  First up on their list was the top barbecue spots in town.  Although I am still partial to Kansas City BBQ (oops, don’t tell!), Dallas has been whipping up some of the best barbecue in Texas.  So, after trying endless restaurants on our ever-growing list, I narrowed it down to my top 3.

Outside of 18th and Vine Smoke at the Belmont Hotel Pecan Lodge BBQ at SMOKE

18th and Vine

The newest addition to the Dallas barbecue scene, 18th and Vine, is showing Texas a little Kansas City flair. The menu includes the classics; brisket, ribs, and pulled pork, but also offers an upscale dinner menu including Wood-Kissed Salmon and BBQ Braised Osso Bucco. My personal favorite, The Lester. Be sure to head upstairs to The Roost for live jazz and the perfect excuse to watch a Kansas City Royals game.


Smoke is a little off the beaten path, but worth the trip to have locally and regionally sourced, authentic Texas barbecue. The restaurant is located in the historic Belmont Hotel and chef Tim Byres, James Beard Award winner, knows what he’s doing. The restaurant’s eclectic vibe makes you feel like you are sitting in your family’s living room. The must-have dish: the Carbrito & Masa.

Pecan Lodge

If you are willing to wait in line, this traditional smoky Texas barbecue joint will not disappoint. What started as a catering company out of the back of a pickup, Pecan Lodge has become nationally acclaimed. Sit on the large patio and enjoy live music on the weekends. Bring some friends and try the “Pitmaster” for a little taste of everything. Oh, and don’t forget their famous Aunt Polly’s Banana Pudding.

If you are from Dallas, are there any spots I missed on my list?  I would love to hear some of your favorite restaurants in town.

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