Restaurant talk: Babb Bros. BBQ and Blues

Brisket, hickory sausage, tobacco onion straws and Daisy's cheesy potatoes
Brisket, hickory sausage, tobacco onion straws and Daisy’s cheesy potatoes

I’m afraid my secret may be getting out.

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Babb Bros. BBQ & Blues has been open for a few months now, but I’ve never seen much of a crowd there, and that suits me just fine. Babb Bros. serves delicious barbecue with simple, homemade sides, and their Austin-style juke-joint plays ESPN on big screens during days and evenings, live blues some nights. They’re located in the shadow of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in the soon-to-be-hopping Trinity Groves area, where multiple new restaurants are planned.

If the best fertilizer for a young business is the footprint of its owners, then Babb Bros. is bountiful territory, indeed. Founding brothers Mike, Bob and Davy can be regularly found behind the counter, schmoozing with customers and serving up tender brisket, jalapeno sausage, collard greens and cold beer. Though live artists and blues bands come in regularly to perform, the talented brothers also enjoy getting onstage to join the fun.

The food line at Babb Bros
The food line at Babb Bros

Since the doors first opened, Babb Bros. has steadily added to their menu, which you can view here. The cornbread and potato salad are recent additions, but I can’t lay off the pulled pork, creamed corn and cheesy potatoes.

But – for heaven’s sake – don’t tell anyone.

Babb Bros call your first visit "getting Babb-tized"
Babb Bros call your first visit “getting Babb-tized”
Back patio with small stage
Back patio with small stage


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  • Twinwillow, fair enough and thanks for spelling out your concerns. I disagree, though; the food seems fine to me, and the couple of times I’ve been there, they haven’t been lacking for a crowd. What BBQ place do you like?

  • You want details? How about, bland, smokeless, and chewy tough brisket without any evidence the meat was ever in a smoker. The same go’s for the ribs.
    That’s the reason you never see anyone there.

  • Twinwillow, your comments are welcome, but it would be helpful if you could provide a little more detail about why specifically you were underwhelmed; that way, our readers will get more out of what you are saying. Thanks.

  • Thank you for helping spread the news about this great West Dallas/Trinity Groves spot. More coming!

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