The last few years have seen a renaissance of restaurants serving top notch Texas barbecue, both statewide and here in the DFW area. The best of the best have gotten tons of publicity, but with that, waits of an hour, or two, or even longer to place your order. This makes a spot like Cattleack a revelation, a hidden gem for when you can't devote your whole morning to getting lunch.
It's a catering operation that only a year ago started selling takeout to the public, one day a week, Friday only lunch only. They now have added Thursday as well. And they've upgraded their space: there are 4 communal picnic tables inside, and a couple outside as well.
Lines can run 10-15 minutes or so at peak times; the Thursday I visited most recently had no line at all. If there is a line, enjoy a complimentary beer from the ice chest by the door while you wait.
The meat here is universally good. Being Texas, beef is king. The brisket is excellent - ask for it fatty, of course - and you'll be treated to smoky, peppery, moist and tender greatness. It's almost as good as the top spots in the state, and clearly the best anywhere in the N Dallas / Addison / Carrollton / Farmers Branch / West Plano areas. Beef ribs are a tricky cut to cook right, the the ones here are very good, albeit big and pricey. Other options are pork ribs and 3 or 4 kinds of sausage. And pulled pork and turkey. Or try the Toddfather, a mammoth sandwich of brisket, pork, and sausage.
I guess they have sides, but with limited stomach space, I usually just get meat. Do ask about dessert, they often have homemade pies, yum.
With high quality meats, a convenient location, and minimal waits, Cattleack has quickly become my go-to spot for barbecue in North Dallas.
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