Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hawk's Hickory House Bar-B-Q

DALLAS: Hawk's Hickory House Bar-B-Q
7777 Forest Ln #A72

Dallas, TX 75230

Open M-F 6:30-7:30, Sat 7:30-3

While waiting in the hospital for our new baby girl to arrive, I decided that the soon-to-be grandpa and I should give this joint in the hospital food court a try. You can bet that I wasn't expecting much, and they didn't do much to counter my expectations. Since they do not offer ribs, I tried a trifecta of sliced brisket, sausage and ham.

I've got to give them props for using what I immediately recognized as Rudolph's sausage, but it tasted steamed rather than smoked. Not even that faux pas could kill the delicious flavor of this fine polish sausage, but they did their best to try. The brisket was lean and dry but tender. It lacked smokiness and any bold flavor. The ham was the worst with a rubbery texture that almost melted in your mouth. Usually that cliche is uttered in a positive way, but not when it relates to ham.

The other items offered were all good. Pinto beans were flecked with jalapeno and had a wonderful earthy flavor. The coleslaw tasted fresh and crunchy, and the deviled eggs and cream cheese stuffed jalapeno peppers that were offered were excellent additions not normally seen in a cafeteria environment. So, if you're waiting around in the hospital looking for a bite, make sure you stick to the sausage sandwich and a few of those quality sides at this joint, and stay away from the other meat offerings.

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1 comment:

PulpLizard said...

I've eaten at Hawkes several times after a check up. Their stuffed baked potato is the best in town!


Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.