Good Eats and Good Music at The Rustic in Dallas, Texas

In Dallas, Texas you go big, or you go home, and that’s especially true when you visit The Rustic in Uptown Dallas. The Rustic is a casual, restaurant-bar-concert hangout where you can chill out on a Saturday night.

Owned by country music star and local Texan , don’t be surprised if he shows up with a few friends to perform in “Pat’s Backyard” the large outdoor concert stage/patio complete with big trees, picnic tables, fire pits, porch swings, and patio lanterns. Be prepared to wait for a table because this place can get busy!

Location:  3656 Howell St, Dallas, Texas

The Menu:  With 40+ beers on tap as well as an extensive selection of local wines and spirits, the menu features delicious home-style meals that use farm-fresh local ingredients – most of them from . Choose your smoke – oak, hickory, cherry, or pecan wood.

A few favorites to try:

Calf Fries with Buttermilk Dip ($7.95) – If you are feeling daring in Texas, then try these “calf fries”. Battered and served with a buttermilk dip. Crispy on the outside and a bit spongy on the inside, if you don’t think about what they truly are you’ll probably enjoy them – I know I did.

4 Napkin Onion-y Rings ($6.95) – If you are eating with a crowd, then I highly recommend these onion rings. Four whole thin cut onions deep fried to a crisp and piled high on the plate on top of a bed of The Rustic’s signature onion dip. Addictive.

Texas Quail ($21.95) – Molasses Brined Bandera quail served with spoon bread and a side of pecan sauce. The quail was tender, expertly seasoned, and perfectly smoked. Good with or without the pecan sauce. It was incredibly delicious, and I highly recommend this dish.

Peanut Butter Pie ($8.95) – For dessert, try this deliciously creamy and yummy crumb crust slice of pie with a fudgy layer of chocolate on the bottom, and a peanut butter cream on top is large enough to share with your friends. Add and a drizzle of warm , grab a spoon and dig right in. It’s good – real good.

Additional Notes:  Members of the military and uniformed police, firefighters, and paramedics receive 25% off food daily.

When in Dallas Texas check out The Rustic but plan on sitting a spell to enjoy the full welcoming casual experience. It’s like coming home to a friend’s backyard party with delicious food, tasty drinks, and great music. You can read more reviews here.

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Good Eats and Good Music at The Rustic in Dallas, Texas. Calf Fries or Bull Testicles - an acquired Texas Taste.

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Mary Chong

Mary Chong is a travel writer based in Toronto Canada. Food and travel go hand-in-hand, or hand-to-mouth, and Mary is always on the hunt for sweet smoked barbeque meats or succulent lamb (be it a roast, leg, chop, shank or kabob). She shares her adventures on her website Calculated Traveller Magazine. Mary is a member of the International Food, Wine, and Travel, Writers Association, and the Society of American Travel Writers.
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