Thursday, December 3, 2009

Moon Dallas & Fort Worth Handbook

I recently picked up a copy of the very recently published Moon Dallas and Fort Worth Handbook to check and see what kind of BBQ options are being recommended in the DFW area. There aren't many travel guides dedicated to the DFW area, so I was hoping that the local author, Jonanna Widner, would give visitors something better to look forward to on their visit than the tired lists of mediocre Dallas 'cue that can be found on any thoughtless online Top 10 list. Well, her research seems to come straight from Citysearch. The big winners mentioned in the handbook are:

From Fort Worth:
Railhead Smokehouse
From Dallas:
Peggy Sue BBQ
and Best BBQ in DFW goes to Sonny Bryan's

The nods to Peggy Sue and Sonny Bryan's are not a surprise when I learned the author used to write for the Observer who routinely includes these two lackluster BBQ joints in their "Best of" lists. At least visitors to DFW will get some decent options in Angelo's and Railhead, but it's not like these joints are well kept secrets that would require the use of a guide book to seek out. I'm sorry that visitors using this guide won't get clued in to where to find the hidden gems. Maybe they'll check this blog first.

- BBQ Snob

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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.