I came to Dallas BBQ, to try their oversized drinks for Daiquiris Day and came away with knowledge every New Yorker should have. The location at 241 West 42nd Street, right in the heart of Times Square, is normally thought of as a tourist destination with lines and families packing this well run establishment. Most of us think of Dallas BBQ as a chain restaurant, with food on par with Fridays or Applebee’s, but not so. This is a family owned business that has been in effect since the 1920’s. They opened their first Dallas BBQ in 1978. The Wetanson family, which also owns Tony DiNapoli’s has opened 12 locations and is looking for more. They believe in a simple old school approach to their restaurants and since Tony DiNapoli’s Eggplant Parmigiana is one of my favorite dishes, I started to look forward to discovering Dallas BBQ. When I learned that the Grilled Salmon is the same fish served at Tony’s and that nothing here is frozen, but fresh and cooked to order my mouth started to water at the adventure before me.
Of course we had to have some of the oversized frozen drinks and my guest’s Pina Colada ($7.99) had just the right amount of pineapple and coconut to feel as if we were in the tropics. I ordered The Frosé ($7.99), a sweet rosé wine slushie made with puréed strawberries and simple syrup, spiked with vodka. Refreshing and oh so sinful, this drink hit the spot.
For starters we ordered the Boneless Sticky Wings in a chili honey sauce (5 pieces $11.99). Battered to perfection with moist tender chicken had me licking my fingers in delight.
The Healthy Power Bowl Salad ($10.99) with Grilled Shrimp (add $4.00) is now one of my new favorite dishes. Here fresh spinach is topped with quinoa, avocado, mushrooms & beans in a sesame ginger dressing. Who knew eating healthy could be so good.
The portions here are generous, so my guest and I split the BBQ Special ($19.99.) Sirloin steak, baby back ribs and 1/4 rotisserie chicken topped with French fries and onion shoestrings. The steak is tender, the chicken tasty, though a little dry, but the baby back ribs fall off the bone. The sauce is homemade and reminds me of Easter with my Aunt who made baby back ribs. The French fries have the skin-on them and are better than Shake Shack. I also loved the onion strings and now want to try the Lil’ Onion Loaf ($5.99.)
New on the menu is a Chicken & Waffles dish ($13.99) served honey-dipped, over cheddar-scallion waffles, with coleslaw and pickles.
I forgot to add, we also had the homemade coleslaw ($2.99) and the Baked Beans ($3.99) which should not be missed. If you remember when KFC use to have great sides, these will remind you of those long forgotten recipes.
I do have to go back for the Hennessy Burger ($14.99) topped with Hennessy sauce, bacon & cheddar cheese. I have it on good authority that this is the best burger in town.
For my Gluten Free friends, there are so many options for you.
Sometimes we become snobbish in our city and do not realize, not everything is what it seems. By skipping Dallas BBQ you are missing out on some really great food at reasonable prices.