Saturday, February 19, 2011
DALLAS: Eva's House of BBQ
2320 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dallas, TX 75215
Open M-Sat 6:30-9, Sun 11-7
Update: After dropping by Rap's BBQ for lunch and finding them closed for good, I made my way over to MLK and 175 to grab some lunch at Eva's. While the menu is full of BBQ sandwiches, I also noticed the "ET links" written in sloppy marker. These are East Texas links, and I was shocked at how cheap they were at $2 for a half dozen, that is until I opened the container to find six little loosely packed sausage nuggets. The meat was very finely ground and mushy with off flavors from gobs of filler, and the casing was downright chewy. Luckily, I ordered a couple of sandwiches. I learned from the cashier that those links came from 'The Packing House'. There's a small store at MLK and Malcolm X just down the street called the Packing House Market.
The sandwich photo didn't come out well, but they were much more enjoyable than the links. In true East Texas style, big spare ribs are chopped and covered in a spicy sauce, and beef is chopped, piled high and also covered. In this case the sauce works perfectly with the meat. Ribs had tender meat which allowed me to gnaw the bones clean. Chopped beef was a bit smokier thanks to the generous amounts of crust mixed in with the perfectly moist meat. This would be my order on my return visit. I'll just make sure to spend at least $6 to meet the credit card minimum, which is strictly enforced. There'd be nothing better to put me over the limit than another thick slice of the excellent homemade lemon cake.
2009: I headed over to Eva's at 175 and MLK for lunch to meet with Scott from DallasFood.org and talk BBQ. Business was mostly take-out, but several booths and tables are available if you want to enjoy the smoky air. We ordered ribs, brisket and hot links. Everything arrived in styrofoam containers covered in their tangy and smoky sauce.
The brisket slices could not be separated from the sauce, but the tender meat worked well with the sauce even if the smokiness was lacking. Alongside came an appropriately sweetened side of yams and a great version of greens that included large chunks of brisket.
The medium grind of the tame hot links also melded with the generous sauce. The casing had good snap, but the smokiness here was also lacking.
The best option here are the ribs. Rib tips and whole ribs were mixed together with another healthy helping of sauce, but this meat was tender, moist and smoky with well rendered fat. It was the only meat of the three that we finished there at the table. Keep in mind that most orders will provide you with more than a meal's worth unless you arrive famished. The staff here is more than generous with their food, their hospitality, and of course, their sauce.
Posted by BBQ Snob at 8:15 AM
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.
-THE PROPHETS OF SMOKED MEAT
-THE PROPHETS OF SMOKED MEAT