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Sonny Bryan's

2202 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX - (214) 357-7120
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/28/2014 7:09:00 AM
Sonny Bryan’s brisket basks in hickory smoke until it is so tender that it virtually falls apart when you pick up a slice. Piled high in a sandwich, the meat needs no condiment; but Sonny Bryan’s sauce happens to be marvelous – tangy and complex, a great companion to the gentle-flavored beef. Turkey, ham, pork, pork ribs, and sausage are also on the menu; and every one is superb. It is possible to have sandwiches that include two kinds of meat, and even cheese. But if you are coming to Sonny Bryan’s for the first time, have a simple brisket sandwich – chopped or sliced, it doesn’t matter – and you will understand why Texans are passionate about barbecue.

Years ago when he was asked to tell the secret of his delicious barbecue, Sonny answered, “The only secret is that there is no secret. No spice, no tenderizer, no liquid smoke. Just good meat. Meat, time, and smoke.”

On the side with whatever meat you choose, Sonny Bryan’s offers a slew of good side dishes, including French fries, barbecue-sauced beans, potato salad, black-eyed peas, cole slaw, potato chips by the bag, and corn on the cob.

The Bryan barbecue dynasty goes back to 1910 when Elijah Bryan, Sonny’s grandfather, opened a smoke shack in Oak Cliff. The Sonny Bryan’s on Inwood Road opened in 1958, and it still features awkward but irresistibly charming school-desk seating. Sonny Bryan himself has since passed on, but the family tradition continues at several Sonny Bryan restaurants all around the Metroplex and two in Utah. For a list of current Sonny Bryan locations, log onto the Sonny Bryan website.

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This dinner plate includes brisket, sausage, coleslaw, and some Texas-sized onion rings.
"This dinner plate includes brisket, sausage, coleslaw, and some Texas-sized onion rings."
Cliff Strutz





The tender sliced brisket comes unsauced in the sandwich.  Of the sides, the beans, loaded with barbecue sauce are the best.
"The tender sliced brisket comes unsauced in the sandwich. Of the sides, the beans, loaded with barbecue sauce are the best."
Cliff Strutz


Help yourself to the pickles, onions, and jalapenos.
"Help yourself to the pickles, onions, and jalapenos. "
Cliff Strutz


Several different meats are available at Sonny Bryan's, but this is Texas barbecue, which means the brisket is essential.
"Several different meats are available at Sonny Bryan's, but this is Texas barbecue, which means the brisket is essential."
Cliff Strutz


Deluxe accomodations, these aren't.  Seating is at old school desks.
"Deluxe accomodations, these aren't. Seating is at old school desks."
Cliff Strutz


Tradition is an important part of barbecue in Texas.
"Tradition is an important part of barbecue in Texas."
Cliff Strutz


As in many good barbecues, only a certain amount of meat is made everyday.  Once it runs out, the doors are closed.
"As in many good barbecues, only a certain amount of meat is made everyday. Once it runs out, the doors are closed."
Cliff Strutz


When we see this sign, our Roadfood radar beeps like crazy.
"When we see this sign, our Roadfood radar beeps like crazy."
Michael Stern


There are nearly a dozen Sonny Bryan's in the Dallas area, but the Inwood Road location is the original.
"There are nearly a dozen Sonny Bryan's in the Dallas area, but the Inwood Road location is the original."
Cliff Strutz



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