Restaurant talk: El Ranchito

The Oak Cliff restaurant is featured in the October Advocate, and even though it’s been around for almost 30 years, El Ranchito is packed almsot every day. It’s a favorite spot for family celebrations, and I didn’t know until I read our story that El Ranchito buys its cabrito from a farm in Weatherford.

But did you know that building was the original Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse? Well, sort of. The second generation of Dallas’s barbecueing Bryans, William Jennings Bryan, opened a restaurant there in 1935.

Bryan closed that restaurant after Oak Cliff went dry. In 1958, his son, William Jennings Bryan Jr., who was known as “Sonny” opened the first Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse on Inwood.


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