Houston's settlers built their city on a barbecue bayou, and for decades, their city sunk two feet a year into the smoky, tangy quagmire until they found a solution: drain the swamps of the sauce and slather it on their ribs. Eat your way out of a hungermire with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of barbecue and beverages at Dillon's Restaurant. This is good at any of Dillon's five locations in Morristown, Peoria, Glendale, Surprise, and Phoenix.
Dillon's menu is a long list of home-style barbecue and American classics. Start with Southern staples such as an order of fried pickles ($6.99) or a prickly peach salad, a succulent mélange of peaches, craisins, and candied walnuts on mixed greens with prickly-pear vinaigrette ($8.99). The red-devil pork sandwich, a pile of pulled pork and smoked sausage marinated in a spicy Cajun sauce ($9.29), is an ideal selection for diners trying to reenact Backdraft in their mouths. Like all great barbecue joints, Dillon's offers a barnyard of meat selections, including St. Louis–style pork spare ribs ($16.99 for a half rack), smoked bone-in half chickens ($12.29), or a slow-smoked 12 oz. prime rib ($19.99). Pit masters encourage indecisive feasters with combination platters offering their pick of two ($17.99) or three ($19.99) meats and two classic barbecue sides.
Throughout the week, Dillon's caters to families and welcomes barbecue lovers of all ages. But, on Friday and Saturday nights, the restaurant showcases live entertainment to celebrate the workweek's end. The Phoenix location's host of television sets guides sports fanatics like a football-powered lighthouse to where the friendly servers and bartenders fuel party engines until closing.
This Groupon is not valid for happy hour or toward other specials, and it cannot be used for catering.
The four Dillon's locations couldn't be more different. The first location, which opened in 1999, was once described as "a cute, converted old house that looks like grandma's parlor" by the Phoenix New Times. There, guests devour Kansas City–style barbecue slathered in housemade sauces and listen to live music on Fridays and Saturdays. The combination of good food and relaxed ambiance proved to be so successful that Dillon's opened a second location in Glendale in 2005. This one plays host to golfers and sports enthusiasts, entertaining them with 30 HD-TVs, as well as with live bands on the weekends.
In 2011, Dillon's opened perhaps its most impressive location at the Wild Life World Zoo. Here, guests can dine beside a 60,000 gallon shark tank in the dining room and vibrant pink flamingoes on the patio and the year 2016 saw Dillon's expanding to Dillon's Bayou. In addition to its unique settings and food, Dillon's is known for its hospitality and sense of fun, including setting up live webcams of its Pleasant Harbor Marina and zoo locations. Check them out here.