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Sonny Bryan's, Dallas

2202 Inwood Road
Dallas , Texas
Tel: 214 357 7120's insider take:

This place is a testament to why Texans feel they have a monopoly on the barbecue market. Have a bite here, and you'll find yourself convinced, too. For starters, the atmosphere is dead-on. The inside is dark, walls are covered with soot, and you can just feel (and smell) the years of smoke this place has endured. Sonny Bryan's serves legendarily tender, smoky ribs; crispy onion rings; and classic barbecue sides like coleslaw, potato salad, and mac and cheese. And the appeal of the place transcends class: You'll see all types in Sonny Bryan's. Although a chain has sprouted from this famous name, the luster of the original is not lost. Stay away from the impostors, and stick to Inwood. (And if Dallas is your only stop in Texas, this recommendation goes double.)

Open Mondays through Fridays 10 am to 4 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm.

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