Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Nodding Donkey

DALLAS: Nodding Donkey
2900 Thomas Avenue

Dallas, TX 75204


Open (Kitchen) Daily 11-10


I know it's a bar, but when I saw so much BBQ featured on this new bar's menu, I thought they might be taking the offering seriously since they are located in Texas. Instead this 'review' is really just a warning to those in search of actual smoked meats.

Nodding Donkey pulled pork sandwich

The pulled pork sandwich tasted of sloppy joe with shredded meat. If I hadn't ordered it by name, I would have had a hard time identifying the type of meat. It didn't have the slightest hint of smoke. In fact is wasn't even as good as the one offered by their sister restaurant just a block away. State & Allen lounge at least showed a little restraint with the sauce and had nice large chunks of meat in their sandwich a week earlier.

State & Allen Lounge pulled pork

Ribs were an unrecognizable pile of baked meat covered in a thick layer of sauce. The severely overcooked meat didn't stand a chance of clinging to the bones as I tried to eat these without a knife and fork. It was hopeless.

So it is a bar afterall, and a fine one, but the BBQ just wasn't worth ordering. If you need a snack, then consider the waffle fries or the spicy guacamole and crispy chips. 'Street' tacos with a measly amount of meat covered in shredded iceberg lettuce didn't fare any better than the BBQ. Now get me another beer.

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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.