Over the last nine decades, Kennedy's BBQ has been smoking, slicing, and piling turkey, ham, and pork on sandwiches seasoned with top-secret ingredients. This smoke shack's meat masters start with premium protein, pit-smoking the savories in an on-premise smokehouse to infuse succulent juices. Then, soft buns are laden with ham, turkey, beef, or pulled pork ($4.75 each), slathered with barbecue sauce, and generously dolloped with a house-made cabbage relish concocted from a secret recipe. Sociable sandwiches can pal around with a bowl of hearty chili or smoky bean soup, studded with tender chunks of pit ham and cornbread crumbles ($3.50 each). Desserts such as homemade cookies ($0.75), milkshakes ($3.30), and Troyer's Home Pantry pies by the slice ($2.60) finish off a decadent meal more sweetly than a nuzzle from a candied teddy bear.
Omahoma Bob's barbecue barons slow smoke high-quality meats that have been blanketed in traditional Texas-style dry rub and simmered for 24 hours. The resulting Southwestern-soaked menu boasts a cornucopia of comfort cuisine. Dinner platters ($8.99–$21.99) pair proteins such as brisket, smoked sausage, or pork ribs, with two down-home sides, including sweet-potato casserole, fried okra, and turnip greens (also available à la carte for $1.99 each), and wash down well with a bottled brew. The customer's choice of meat seeks refuge from the heat of the open kitchen in a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, and cheddar in the Q Salad ($6.99), and a German brat shelters abandoned kraut and mislaid spicy mustard ($5.99). Hot deli subs such as The Beulah, loaded with smoked turkey breast and provolone ($5.99), and The Ole Bob, a stack of roast beef, sharp cheddar, and horseradish ($6.99), can be devoured or emptied and used as a hat in the eatery's exposed-brick dining area or umbrella-shaded patio.
The Dickey’s Barbecue Pit sign may be ubiquitous today as a spot for good ole’ Texas barbecue, but when Travis Dickey first opened his Dallas shop in 1941, the sign had to share space with advertisements to help pay rent. In the 70 years since then, the Dickeys have done well for themselves, with their initial store spawning a slew of franchises throughout the country. Though the barbecue at each outpost is no longer under the hand of one of Dickey’s descendants, each shop still smokes their own meats in-house to create the signature Texan flavor that infuses their briskets, pulled pork, and fall-off-the-bone ribs. Meals can come in any size, from the a la carte sandwiches to platters that incorporate a chosen number of meats with a buttery roll, a pickle, two homestyle sides, and free ice cream. Whether serving up their dishes in the dining room or packing them up for take-away or catering, the staff ensures that each client gets a taste of Texas home cooking without the hassle rubbing every dish on a campfire crock-pot.
Housed inside the Old B&O Train Station, Rust Belt brews nine craft beers, with a handful more scheduled for release early next year. Each Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., fans of yeast and hops can gather 'round head brewer Lee Gidley as he guides them on a tour of the brewery, showing them equipment, explaining the brewing process, and doling out samples of the luscious liquid gold. When the half-hour tour concludes, everyone receives a commemorative Rust Belt Brewery T-shirt, a souvenir pint glass, and a jolly memory to overtake the brain space currently inhabited by knowledge of the Gigli plot. If the tour inspires a powerful thirst for more, Rust Belt sells growlers of their guzzleables to take home, and the neighboring Boxcar Lounge has Rust Belt on tap.