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Sonny Bryan's

2202 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX - (214) 357-7120
Posted By Otis Maxwell on 4/23/2011 11:15:00 AM
I've been eating at Sonny Bryan's for at least 40 years and want to clear up a couple of things. First of all, the Inwood location is the only one you should visit. I am not sure what the relation is to the others but I've heard they are not as good and why mess around with a good thing. To complain about the downtown location is like complaining about chicken because you don't like fish.

Second, it's true that the food quality declined briefly during a management change about two years ago but it is definitely back on top as of early 2011 and exactly as Michael Stern's original review describes it. The brisket isn't the smokiest you will find but it is definitely good eating. My personal lunch preference is the "po boy," a generous amount of meat on a soft, long bun with two sides. Both the cole slaw and the potato salad are excellent.

This is not the best BBQ in Texas (you have to go south to Snow's in Lexington for the best I've experienced) but, yes, it's worth a 100 mile trip.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
sliced or chopped brisket
pork ribs
Brisket
Onion Rings
pulled pork
Sausage
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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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