Like phone numbers and ill-considered doctoral theses, barbecue sauce often ends up on a napkin. Dole out savory blots with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of American and barbecue fare at Dillon's at the Phoenix, Surprise, Morristown, Peoria, or Glendale locations, or their new location opening at Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield on November 11.
Flame-kissed meats sizzle on platters of barbecued eats inside five entertainment-packed Dillon's locations. The eatery's mesquite menu sports savory baby back ribs ($17.99 half rack; $22.99 whole rack) as well as a pulled-pork platter, which is slow-smoked overnight in footie pajamas and topped with three different barbecue sauces ($12.29). Sandwiches include the barbecue brisket sandwich served atop a toasted bun ($9.69), while the OMG salmon, crowned with Dillon's famous spinach artichoke recipe and breadcrumbs, satisfies pescatarians ($17.99). In addition to hosting live bands, karaoke nights, and sports broadcasts, each character-packed location possesses unique architectural charms, ranging from a Hollywood history room to a waterfront patio where diners can chortle as fish attempt to develop democracy.
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.