Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX: North Main BBQ and The Stockyards

Last Saturday, my cousin Kerry graduated from TCU (congrats, cuz!), so my mom, sister and I flew out to Dallas/Fort Worth to help celebrate.

Me, Sister and Kerry
You’ll remember that I gained like 10 pounds during my trip to Austin, TX because the food was so good, but I wasn’t sure if I could expect the same culinary prowess in Fort Worth.

While Dallas/Fort Worth has about every chain restaurant you can think of (Joe's Crab Shack, Macaroni Grill, Chili's, even In-n-Out!), my cousin managed to find quite a few tasty non-chains that she shared with us.

First up: North Main BBQ for Kerry’s graduation dinner!

What: North Main BBQ
Where: 406 N Main St, Euless
Honey’s Heart: Pork ribs

My aunt Kathy first heard of North Main BBQ on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, so she recommended it to Kerry and I’m glad Kerry was brave enough to try it. I mean, this is the kind of place you would never go into unless someone told you it was good. It’s kind of a dive. And by kind of, I mean it’s exactly that. Big time.

At North Main BBQ, you can order a sandwich (get a black plate) or you can do it right and eat from the buffet (get a white place).

The buffet is a meat-lovers paradise. Pork ribs, pulled pork, chicken, sausage, sliced brisket and chopped brisket.

The ribs were definitely my favorite but the pulled pork and chopped brisket were excellent as well. Flavorful and smoky and barely in need of any bbq sauce. Yum!

The buffet also features baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and white bread by the slice.

The baked beans were more like chili beans than the sweet baked beans my mom and I loved in Kansas City, but good nonetheless and my sister, who is practically vegetarian, liked the potato salad and corn slaw.

That’s the thing though. Coleslaw is about as close as you’re going to get to fresh veggies or fruit at North Main. There is none of that there. Not even a measly iceburg lettuce salad. Which is fine, of course, but just good to know in advance.

We finished up our BBQ meal with some graduation cake!

That night, we headed to The Stockyards, Fort Worth's main tourist attraction.

The Stockyards have a bunch of restaurants and bars, including Billy Bob's, the world's largest honky tonk. 

This is just a photo of the dance floor. Billy Bob's also has an arcade, a stage, live bull riding, and 20 bar stations. It has a capacity of 6,000. That's one big honky tonk. 

 Apparently you can also buy beers to go at The Stockyards. 

This is very strange to me. It also means that The Stockyards turns into Fort Worth's version of the Las Vegas strip on the weekends.

There's also a bar where you can sit on saddles while you get wasted on $13 margaritas. 

I mean, that's not what we did. But you could... 

Stay tuned for Part II featuring tacos from Fuzzy's, the fabulous Fort Worth Zoo and Salvadoran food from Gloria's!