Restaurant talk: Barbecue

Yes, there is bacon crumbled atop that mac & cheese.

Ever since I had lunch with Daniel Vaughn, I can’t stop craving barbecue. We met at Mac’s Barbecue last week, and I decided to order what The BBQ Snob ordered: a two-meat sandwich with sausage and brisket and a side of fries. Two meats on one sandwich? He blew my mind. But it was great. The flavors blended well, just like he said they would. And the brisket was tender and delicious.

Vaughn, who blogs about barbecue every other day at Full Custom Gospel Barbecue, has tasted barbecue at more than 150 joints in the Dallas area. His ranking system is serious business. It’s a six star system, but only one restaurant — Franklin Barbecue in Austin — has ranked that high.

The best places typically get three stars. Mac’s, for example, gets three stars, and it’s one of Vaughn’s favorite lunch spots.

Pecan Lodge, in Shed 2 at the Dallas Farmers Market, gets four stars. Vaughn says they have the best brisket in Dallas.

I’ve probably only eaten at six barbecue joints in Dallas, but I can see what Vaughn is talking about. Pecan Lodge’s brisket has a peppery crust, a fat pink smoke ring and just a little fat. The barbecue plate ($9.99) comes with three pork ribs and a side. The rib meat fell off the bones. It was tender and delicious. For a side, I ordered “Mmmmac & Cheese” with roasted chilies and crumbled bacon.

Pecan Lodge is open for breakfast and lunch on the weekends and for lunch Monday-Friday. Other menu items include a fried chicken plate and  “The Hot Mess”, a sweet potato stuffed with brisket, butter, cream and cheese.

For weekend breakfast, they offer Belgian waffles, fried chicken and huevos rancheros, among other breakfast items.

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  • CitizenKane

    Thanks to the persistence of Daniel Vaughn (aka BBQ Snob), Mac’s got 2 paragraphs of praise in a recent NYTs article about food and the Super Bowl.

    Mac’s is worthy of such praise.

  • Jim Rossman

    Um…you may want to fact-check those hours for Pecan Lodge…They’re only open Thursday-Sunday. Breakfast-lunch hours on the weekend and lunch only on Thursday and Friday.

  • Rachel Stone

    The guy knows his stuff, and he’s really cool. I forgot to mention he lives with his wife and baby in the Lower Greenville area.

  • CitizenKane

    Rachel, I am impressed, you hang with the intelligentsia of Texas Q…