by Deborah Wilson
Walking along Henderson Avenue you can’t help but see the “new”. Every restaurant is neon and shiny with $14 cocktails and a DJ on the weekends to keep things exciting. It’s easy to miss some of the hidden gems, but one gem of a restaurant in particular has managed to keep the locals coming since 1941.
A great-grandfather to the area if you will, the original Dickey’s Barbecue Pit still has the historic look on the outside, but you’d be remiss to not step into the courtyard where you’ll find renovated patio seating that manages to feel like a secret garden from the noisy highway just a few yards away. Step inside to find the beautiful rustic style Central Bar that was added earlier this year while watching the Pit Masters smoking meats on the original grill.
Starting this week, just in time for all the football madness, there will be a whole new medley of meats coming off the grill as Dickey’s introduces pit-smoked ribs and wings in 5 sizes and 8 sauces. While I’m partial to classic Texas barbeque ribs, the Carolina style raised the game for me with a rich sauce that accompanied fall of the bone ribs. The new wings are just as delectable whether your mouth is burning from the Texas Fire sauce or your enjoying the crunch from the dry rub lemon pepper seasoning.
It’s beautiful that a third generation restaurant like this exists in the core of a popular Dallas neighborhood. With strong pushes to innovate their location and menu choices for today’s diners, it’s hard to wonder why. Whether your looking for a new choice for takeout while watching the game or looking for an updated solid dining option before a night out, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit would be the right choice. Be right back while I go demolish a few Carolina style ribs.