The meat maestros of Renee’s Rib Shack cook their ribs in the smoke of smoldering apple wood, regularly slathering on layers of homemade sweet or spicy barbecue sauce. Reject the invasion of metric measurement systems with a half-pound slab of tender spare ribs ($5.95) that cling to the bone just long enough to belly flop into open mouths. Sandwiches, such as the pulled pork ($3.50) or the half-pound double burger ($4.49), round out a menu of American-style eats and roost upon fluffy buns like mother geese roost upon nests filled with the rough drafts of nursery rhymes. Assist ribs and sandwiches with their utility bills by recruiting roommates such as a 6-ounce side of bubbly mac ‘n’ cheese ($1.49) or a pile of cornbread ($0.30).
Certified Angus beef, ham, turkey, and pork soak up smoky flavor over J & M Bar-B-Q’s mesquite fire pit. Before long, chefs will pull them away from the crackling fire and send them off to the restaurant’s homey dining room, where guests can then chow down on sauce-slathered pulled-pork sandwiches, jalapeño sausages, and plates of sliced or chopped brisket. Piles of baked beans, creamy mac 'n' cheese, and napkins made from authentic Wanted posters often accompany these meats to tables. J & M’s specialty meats also appear atop nachos, in Frito pies, and in bar-b-ritos—Mexican-inspired creations that swaddle chopped beef or turkey breast in flour tortillas along with beans, onions, and cheese.
Slow-smoked meats take center stage at Dickey's, which serves up mouth-watering pulled pork and beef brisket alongside homestyle mac 'n' cheese and baked beans. Sandwiches such as lil' hoagie and the Westerner struggle to contain all the savory smoked meats, pickles, onions, and assorted toppings stuffed inside them.
Old Time Pit Barbecue harnesses the roasting power of mesquite wood coals to produce its menu of slow-cooked barbecue bites. Carnivorous incisors can devour dishes by the pound, including unsliced whole brisket ($8.49 per lb.) and tender beef ribs ($4.99 per lb.), while those seeking a more balanced meat-to-side ratio can opt for Old Time's blue-tray specials, which include the "Big Chop," a tongue-tantalizing one-pound pork chop with a choice of two sides, such as pinto beans, coleslaw, mac 'n' cheese, or potato salad ($10.99). Layer a sausage ($6.99+) with Old Time Barbecue's homemade Pit Sauce, a perfect filler for meaty sandwiches and swimming pools.
When Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey?s Barbecue Pit in 1941, the menu offered beef brisket, pit hams, barbecued beans, potato chips, drinks, and that?s all. By focusing on perfecting the flavors of a few dishes, Travis was able to increase quality and, ultimately, the number of customers. Patrons were so enamored of the food that the restaurant eventually expanded into a nationwide franchise, allowing Americans all over to wear badges made of barbecue sauce. Dickey?s has been passed on to Travis?s sons, but not much else has changed?the quality meats are still seasoned and smoked onsite, and except for the addition of spicy cheddar sausage in 2011, the menu has remained largely the same for the last 50 years.
Regional meats ensure that the most succulent Texas-style chopped beef brisket, old-recipe polish sausage, and fall-off-the-bone pork ribs make it to tabletops. Sides such as mac 'n' cheese and green beans with bacon continue to enhance feasts with an extra punch of homestyle tastiness. Each meal comes complete with complimentary ice cream, soft rolls, and dill pickles.
Skooner's Grill & Bar inspires Texas Tech taste buds with a wide selection of pub-style burgers, sandwiches, and wings. Inside this family-friendly sports bar fingers feast on boneless Buffalo bites ($6.99), fried zucchini ($5.49), and bacon cheese waffle fries ($6.45) while mouths enjoy Skooner’s signature spicy chicken wrap ($6.99). Adventurous appetites can tackle the ultimate burger ($12.99) topped with bacon, jack and cheddar cheese, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and sautéed onions or chow down on a variety of $4.99 lunches (served before 4 p.m.) eliminating hunger pangs with beef nachos, BLTs, crispy fish sandwiches, chef salads, and more. Wash down hearty fare with a variety of soft drinks inside Skooner’s Grill & Bar’s cozy confines, a chill venue for live music performances and Saturday night karaoke. Belt out show tunes or pelt jaws with boneless Buffalo punches with today’s deal.