Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sweet Georgia Brown

DALLAS: Sweet Georgia Brown
2840 E. Ledbetter Dr.
Dallas, TX 75216
Open Daily 11-9:30

They don't even bother giving you a plate at this joint. They pile the portions so high, they just know you'll need a to-go box, so your meal is served in one to begin with. I ordered up a two-meat plate of sliced brisket and ribs. They even asked if I wanted sauce, which I declined. On the side came generous scoops of creamy mac & cheese with a gooey baked on crust, cabbage with big chunks of bacon, and pinto beans with plenty of spice and more meaty goodness mixed in. As if that weren't enough, three corn bread biscuits came in a basket alongside.

The brisket was sliced thick with both lean and fatty slices. Little crust had formed on this brisket as it was probably wrapped to finish cooking. A hint of smokiness was evident in the meat, but although well-cooked, this was basically good, moist roast beef.

Ribs were thick spare ribs cut in half. A light crust had formed with decently smoky red meat below. These ribs were tasty if a bit tough with too much unrendered fat. Certainly a good place for soul food, but the BBQ may need that sauce. Sure this slightly disappointing meal was $15, but I truly had enough food for three meals, until I gave the leftovers to a homeless guy who tapped on my window in the parking lot. It's still in South Dallas y'all.

Rating **
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1 comment:

dr.agoodman said...

I went there today and you weren't kidding about the portions. I got the hot link dinner and made sure that they did not slice the links as I wanted to judge them on the snap which was nice and crisp. The links had good heat without overpowering you and the steamed okra was a surprisingly delicious way to eat the classic southern vegetable as it usually comes either fried or pickled. All in all, I thought it was good but not quite worth the drive...I just so happened to be in the area.


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.