The brisket sandwich is one of those iconic Dallas dishes that we can eat at least once a week. Spicy sauce, a dab of yellow mustard, some pickles, onions and jalapeños on a toasted bun — it's simple perfection. But brisket is one of those versatile cuts of beef that shines in any dish. So, put your sandwich thoughts aside and explore these 12 amazing dishes that showcase the brisket brilliantly.
Crispy smoked brisket cakes at Cook Hall
This appetizer at the gastropub inside W Dallas-Victory was the inspiration for an entire list of creative brisket dishes. Plump orbs of juicy brisket are lightly battered and served with a charred red pepper and pecan rémoulade. Why should crab have all the fun?
2440 Victory Park Ln.; 214-397-4111
Honey Bitch at Cane Rosso Deep Ellum
Mark your calendar for next Tuesday, because it's the one day a week when these two Deep Ellum favorites join forces. The iconic Neapolitan pizza joint tops this pie with generous chunks of brisket from nearby Pecan Lodge, as well as housemade mozzarella, hot sopressata, bacon marmalade and a delicate drizzle of habanero honey BBQ sauce. It's wood-fired at 900 degrees for about 75 seconds, which means you won't have to wait long for another.
2612 Commerce St.; 214-741-1188
Brisket flautas at Komali
At this upscale Mexican restaurant near Highland Park, you'll find corn tortillas packed with slow-braised brisket and deep fried until golden. Accented with guacamole and queso fresco, each treat can be dipped into a duo of salsas.
4152 Cole Ave.; 214-252-0200
Brisket lasagna at Taverna Rossa
This Plano favorite (and new Southlake sibling) serves brisket on pizzas, and inside its Texas-inspired lasagna with layers of pasta, Lakewood Temptress Stout-braised brisket, marinara, mozzarella, béchamel and local provolone. It's gooey goodness.
4005 Preston Rd., Plano; 972-403-3321
Texas Twinkies at Hutchins BBQ
Don't be fooled by the name. You should definitely start with these stuffed jalapeños at this Frisco BBQ joint. Whole fresh peppers are jammed with marbled brisket and cream cheese before being wrapped in bacon, BBQ glaze and smoked to perfection. Of course, you're welcome to have them for dessert, too. They're that good.
9225 Preston Rd., Frisco; 972-377-2046
Brisket meatballs at Clark Food & Wine Co.
Roll into this Lower Greenville gastropub for a six-pack of brisket meatballs brushed with a balsamic glaze and topped with buttermilk bleu cheese. Play it safe and order the 12-pack if you're bringing a group.
920 Greenville Ave.; 214-515-5500
Joe Leo brisket tacos at The Rustic
Brisket tacos are common around here, but this brand-new build-your-own version is worth heading to Uptown's home for Texas-inspired cooking. The brisket is rubbed with brown sugar and ancho chiles then smoked over hickory all night. If that weren't tempting enough, perhaps the bacon-fat tortillas will do the trick.
3656 Howell St.; 214-730-0596
Huevos Borrachos at MesoMaya
Brisket at brunch has a nice ring and this local chain does it right. Brisket is tossed with scrambled eggs, corn hash, poblano peppers, onions and potatoes. Served with white rice, black beans and pickled red onions, the eggs are great alone or rolled with habanero salsa inside freshly made corn tortillas.
Brisket pizza at Lakewood Smokehouse
This can happen when BBQ and pizza love each other very, very much. Head to Lakewood's popular BBQ restaurant for a pie slathered in BBQ sauce then topped with their signature brisket, red onion, jalapeños, fresh cilantro and beautifully browned mozzarella cheese.
1901 Abrams Rd.; 972-677-7906
Tacoloco at Tacodeli
Say hello to one of the most popular tacos at this Austin breakfast and lunch import. Adobo-braised brisket, caramelized onions, mushrooms, guacamole, cilantro and queso fresco combine for a medley of flavors and textures accentuated only by your choice at the salsa bar.
1878 Sylvan Ave.; 214-760-1930
Brisket torpedoes at Ten50 BBQ
There's nothing fussy about these morsels of smoky heat at this Richardson BBQ joint. Juicy brisket is stuffed into fresh jalapeños before being wrapped in bacon and smoked until the pork is rendered nice and crispy.
1050 North Central Expwy., Richardson; 972-234-1050
Big Tex flatbread at Sundown at Granada
Spend your pre-show at this Lower Greenville restaurant next to the historic Granada Theater, where you can order up a 12-hour braised Shiner Bock brisket. It's pulled apart and layered on a BBQ sauced flatbread topped with white cheddar cheese, crispy shallots and freshly picked sage from the chef's on-site garden.
3656 Howell St.; 214-730-0596