Succulent smoked meats dominate the menu at former Dallas Cowboy and Pro Football Hall of Fame–inductee Randy White’s restaurant. The cooks rely exclusively on wood-burning pits to sear all of their sliced beef, pulled pork, and baby back ribs, avoiding any gas burners or lightning bolts entirely. Seven pieces of fried catfish don cornmeal crusts for the Big Catch platter, and two patties of 100% Angus beef add heft to the Tough Man burger. Stained wood of different shades pervades the dining room's décor, from the light-brown vertical boards that form the walls to the dark-gray planks that compose the booths and act as a backup in case the fire pits run low on logs.
Ribs rule the day at Barbeque Tavern, but there's still plenty of room for chicken wings, brisket sliders, and other delicious barbecue eats. The chefs are serious about their methods here; all the meats are slow-cooked until they practically fall off the bone. The seriousness pretty much ends with the food, though. The bar tends have a party atmosphere during big sports games, and karaoke nights blur the line between what's a microphone and what's a chicken drumstick.
Wild Over Wings is a place of simple pleasures?a basket full of wings, a cold beer, and a good boxing match on TV. It's also a family-friendly spot, and the little ones will likely enjoy the boneless wings and giant cookies. Like the best retainers, the wings come in one of 13 flavors, which range from original hot to herbal garlic parmesan.
The flavors of Louisiana ring true on the plates at Pinch 'N Tails Cajun sports bar. Here, the chefs cook up classics such as deep-fried crawfish tails alongside chicken 'n waffles and French Quarter muffulettas. They specialize in seafood, layering in shrimp, crawfish, and catfish into everything from po' boy sandwiches to bloody marys and the house etouffee. They celebrate the Andouille sausage, which gives their gumbo and Cajun kebabs a touch of spiciness. While guests dig into southern dishes, they can also cheer on their favorite sportscaster thanks to the bar's NFL Sunday Ticket presented on their 15 HDTVs.
In 1941, Travis Dickey decided his barbecue was too good not to share, and he lit the fire in his inaugural pit to craft brisket and ham for hungry folks. Over the years, his menu grew and his sons took over and expanded the operation, but those first recipes remained, sauce and all.
The chefs at the Rowlett location still hickory smoke each tender piece of meat behind a brick serving counter, which clatters beneath plates of polish sausage and glasses of iced tea. Black-and-white photos bedeck walls of corrugated metal siding and hardwood walls, and powder-blue checkered tablecloths re-create the feeling of dining in a rustic farmhouse without all the hours spent trying to figure out what a cornucopia is for.
Peter Kenny didn’t just want to recreate Dublin with The Dubliner; he wanted to recreate home. So the Dublin native filled his bar with objects from Ireland and a long list of imported Irish and Scottish beers and whiskeys. His kitchen presents artisan cheeses on a board and stacks sandwiches high with Boar’s Head products. He even offers such housemade pub dips as horseradish cream cheese and smoked tomato ranch, and he keeps these specialties coming out of the kitchen until midnight.