This week is all about barbecue. First, we gave you a hickory-smoked taste of the greatest our cities have to offer with The 23 Best BBQ Dishes in Dallas–Fort Worth. Today, we give you a sneak peek inside the much-anticipated opening of Heim Barbecue & Catering in Fort Worth, which officially debuts this Saturday. A soft opening is already underway if you wish to get in there now. Like right now.
The gist: Heim Barbecue & Catering started out as a small food truck operation run by husband and wife Travis and Emma Heim. But word spread quickly about their Texas-style craft barbecue and long lines were an everyday occurrence. Customers had to line up early to get brisket, ribs and sausage before everything sold out. In order to meet the increasing demand, the couple decided to open a brick-and-mortar location with longer hours and an expanded menu that would keep hungry diners happy, even after the 'cue sells out (which it still will).
The team: Emma and Travis Heim (pictured above) were mentioned earlier this year in our 30 Under 30 feature honoring culinary rock stars in Dallas–Fort Worth. The duo modeled themselves after Texas barbecue royalty, Aaron and Stacy Franklin of Franklin Barbecue in Austin, and mastered the art quickly.
The food: The menu features everything fanatics came to love about the barbecue served on the food truck, with the already legendary brisket at the top of the list. Available on platters or sandwiches, the thick-barked slabs of beef are fork-tender and packed with flavor.
Order up pork ribs in half-pound increments, or as part of the Meat Club Plate (pictured at top of story), which includes brisket, pulled pork and sausage, as well.
One of the most popular items from the food truck is back too. The bacon burnt ends are saucy, crispy nuggets of pork belly that can be hoarded by the quarter pound. They're great as a starter or accompanying a cold beer at the bar.
Unlike the days when sellouts meant closing up shop, the expanded menu features several non-BBQ items that serve as more than just backups. The double-meat, bacon and cheese HeimBurger is already destined to attract its own legion of fans. Smoked chicken wings are also a new addition. Sides include twice-baked potato salad, mac 'n' cheese, collard greens, sweet potato casserole, squash casserole and pinto beans. For dessert, family-recipe coconut cake, lemon bars and banana pudding bring a sweet ending to any meal.
The space: The new digs feature communal tables with liberal use of metal and brick throughout the 3,500-sq.-ft. space. Wood, of course, is the main design element, from floor to ceiling and everywhere in between. A small patio seats 40.
The details: Heim BBQ's new location is open every day from 11 AM–10 PM, except Tuesdays when they're closed. The bar features local craft beer and more than 150 whiskeys.
1109 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth; 817-882-6970
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