When Nothing Else Will Cut It
Denton is a city rich in culture and cuisine, but when you've got a hankering for some Texas Barbeque, we know just the place.
Juicy Pig Barbecue
Serving up classic Texas barbeque, Juicy Pig’s menu offerings include a variety of meats such as brisket, pulled pork, St. Louis style ribs, sausage, smoked chicken, and smoked turkey that can be sold by the half pound or plated up as a combo. It is also worth mentioning that Juicy Pig offers a vegetarian spin on their barbecue sandwich made with smoked jackfruit and piled high with pickles and coleslaw.
Metzler’s Food and Beverage
Nestled inside a convenience store that boasts an incredible selection of wine, craft beer, and specialty sodas sits the kitchen of Metzler's, a longstanding Denton tradition. Here you will find bbq, fried catfish, all you can eat rib specials, and German food including bratwurst, German sausage, and sauerkraut. Their fridges are also stocked with meats and cheese from the infamous Fischer's Market in Muenster, Texas.
Discover delicious barbecue on the giant patio of Red's Yard. Whether your go-to is pulled pork or chicken wings, Red's has a lot to choose from. Visitors rave about the banderos (grilled jalapenos stuffed with cheese and wrapped with bacon and chicken) and the tempura battered and fried deviled eggs. Red's also offers daily specials, happy hours, and live music on their large outdoor stage.
Mixxed Daiquiri Express
Famously known for their Rocky Mountain Brisket Loaded Potato, Mixxed Daiquiri Express offers up barbeque, daiquiris, jello shots, wine, beer, and delicious desserts. This local, black-owned is not just known for great food and drinks, but also incredible hospitality.
Though some might argue that Rooster's touts the best burger in town, they are also known for their smoked brisket, ice cold beer, and breakfast shots. Their Texas-style queso is loaded with beans, chopped brisket, smokehouse pico, and barbecue sauce, and it pairs perfectly with any of their pit BBQ sandwiches. You won't find them on the menu, but if spicy food is your thing, ask for a side of the fried jalapeno strings with any dish. You won't be disappointed.
Sometimes food is worth a little travel. If you're feeling up to some adventure outside the Denton city limits, these picks are sure to leave you feeling satisfied
Just 20 minutes south of Denton and right off 35W sits 407 BBQ, a family-owned restaurant serving authentic Texas barbecue. From ribs, to smoked chicken, and even smoked bologna, 407 BBQ definitely caters to the barbecue lover. If you're looking to feed the family, you can even purchase their smoked meats and meatloaf by the pound or even entire family meals. Folks rave about the green chili cream corn, their special keto-friendly menu, and their unique take on breakfast tacos.
425 US 377 South, Argyle, TX 76226
The set up for Bumbershoot Barbecue is a little bit different. Instead of the four walls and ceilings you might associate with a your typical restaurant experience, this place operates out of a converted airstream trailer surrounded by trees. Patrons can enjoy ribs straight from the smoker, brisket loaded tater tots, and live music at umbrella shaded picnic tables. If you're looking for a place to go out with the family or a pet-friendly patio, Bumbershoot has got it all.
Bolivar St. BBQ
If your trip out of Denton takes you north, don't miss out on the chance to check out Bolivar St. Barbecue. Their smokers run 24 hours a day to give the people what they want - mouth-watering brisket, pork, ribs, and sausage. Their take on an American Egg Roll has been written about time and time again (it is a meal in itself), and the brisket mac and cheese should not be missed. If you've managed to leave room for dessert, the deep fried PB&J is the perfect ending to a tasty meal.