Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dallas Observer - Best of Dallas

Update: The newest edition of the Dallas Observer's Best Of Dallas edition is out. The results are not online yet, but I went straight for the goods on BBQ to fill you in. The results for Reader's Pick once again show that readers haven't ventured to Sonny Bryan's in a while, but the Observer's pick for tops in this category show some promise. Although it's not a favorite of mine, Off the Bone Barbeque on South Lamar took the top honors this year, and if you refer to the tired and uninspired list of winners from previous years (below) you'll see that this is a welcome departure for the Observer which seems to have gone out and actually eaten at a few BBQ joints this year. Bravo.

- BBQ Snob

July 2009: I've learned that the Dallas Observer is finalizing the print version of their annual "Best of Dallas" issue. Based on previous years, we should expect the so-called "best" BBQ in the city to come from Peggy Sue's or Sonny Bryan's. Here's hoping the Observer breaks out of their tired ways and picks someone more deserving. Here's a recap of the previous 9 years of their Best BBQ award:

2008: Peggy Sue BBQ; Reader's Pick: Dickey's Barbecue
2007: Sonny Bryan's; Reader's Pick: Sonny Bryan's
2006: Baker's Ribs (Greenville location); Reader's Pick: Dickey's Barbecue
2005: Peggy Sue BBQ; Reader's Pick: Sonny Bryan's
2004: Peggy Sue BBQ; Reader's Pick: Dickey's Barbecue
2003: Peggy Sue BBQ; Reader's Pick: Dickey's Barbecue
2002: Peggy Sue BBQ; Reader's Pick: Sonny Bryan's
2001: Sweet Georgia Brown's; Reader's Pick: Sonny Bryan's
2000: North Main Bar-B-Q; Reader's Pick: Dickey's Barbecue

- 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.