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Leon's Barbecue

Posted by Teresa Jordan 
Re: Leon's Barbecue
December 02, 2012 08:05AM
altozwei Wrote:
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> You might want to try Lockhart's in Oak Cliff.
> They are related to some folks who own one of the
> places in Lockhart, Tx. and feature Kreuz Market
> sausage. Don't come expecting plates, silverware
> or barbecue sauce. You'll get your food on butcher
> paper, sliced to order. They are located at the
> corner of Davis and Bishop in the Bishop Arts
> District. Also, I'm told (haven't made it down
> there yet) that the Pecan Lodge in the Farmer's
> Market is excellent. They are only open Thursday
> through Sunday, and only from 11am until 3pm or
> until they run out of food.
>
> Anyone remember a barbecue place on Jefferson
> called Slim's? It was near the intersection of
> Jefferson and Beckley, by Buddy's Sporting goods.
> I used to slip away from school at Adamson and eat
> there for lunch in the late 70's.

The place named "Lockhart" sounds good. The fact that it has Kreuz Market sausage goes a long way toward convincing me. The best places in Luling, Lockhart, and some others in Central Texas serve the same way. Luling Market is the top, no competition. I'll try both "Lockhart" and Pecan Lodge when I manage to get to Dallas and have the time.

Slim's was excellent. I used to work at a shoe store at the corner of Jefferson and Zang's (with the 's back then in the early sixties) and ate at Slim's often.

Dave McNeely
Re: Leon's Barbecue
December 02, 2012 08:43AM
matthew stephenson Wrote:
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> altozwei Wrote:
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> -----
> > I used to slip away from school at Adamson and
> eat
> > there for lunch in the late 70's.
>
> Off the subject of barbecue, but I occasionally
> did the same thing at Bishop Lynch in the early
> 70's - slipped across Ferguson Rd. to the
> Dairyette. Just had to get away every now and
> then.


We had a truant officer, Mr. Green, that we enjoyed toying with in high school. About once a week we would walk to El Chico, down the street from the school. We always made sure to take a faculty or staff member with us so we were covered and Mr. Green thwarted. Other times we would carpool to McDonalds on Jefferson. Several times he showed up there but we always posted someone to watch the parking lot and slipped out one side of the building while he came in the other door. He was a pretty good guy with a sense of humor and would always tell us we were "on his list". He did haul other kids back to school but he never caught us, probably not because he couldn't but because he knew we were all good students, didn't cause trouble, and always came back to school on time. We even included him in the Senior Slideshow that year with candid photos we shot of him searching the McDonalds parking lot and played to the theme from "Jaws". It was all great fun. OK , back to barbecue...
Re: Leon's Barbecue
December 02, 2012 10:05AM
altozwei Wrote:
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> You might want to try Lockhart's in Oak Cliff.
>

[www.lockhartsmokehouse.com]

Quite a convincing ad. Kreuz's Market ranks number two or three in the state in my book, so "Lockhart" has potential to be right up there.

Dave McNeely
Re: Leon's Barbecue
December 02, 2012 11:15AM
slims bbq was as good as any i have had his beans were great as was his bbq
Re: Leon's Barbecue
April 06, 2016 02:10PM
I knew Leon. He was a member of my Masonic Lodge here in Mineola , Tx. He lived about a mile west of Mineola with wife Ella on a large ranch. Leon passed away about five years ago. Ella remarried and sold the ranch but continues to in Mineola.
Re: Leon's Barbecue
April 06, 2016 06:27PM
altozwei Wrote:
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>
> Anyone remember a barbecue place on Jefferson
> called Slim's? It was near the intersection of
> Jefferson and Beckley, by Buddy's Sporting goods.
> I used to slip away from school at Adamson and eat
> there for lunch in the late 70's.

Slim's was across Jefferson from the Texas Army Navy store on Jefferson, and a couple of buildings down from the shoe store where I worked for a while when in high school. I used to get sliced brisket sandwiches there for lunch on Saturday. Boy, it was piled high, and was really good. It may have been the closest thing to Luling Market barbecue to be had in Dallas at the time. Fred's, with places located across Dallas including Highland Park Village during the same era was also excellent. Time frame was the sixties.

Dave McNeely
Re: Leon's Barbecue
April 22, 2016 07:15PM
Steve Westhafer Wrote:
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> I seem to remember a Leon's Barbecue on the
> Central Expressway service road just past Fitxhugh
> across the Expwy from Ben Milam Elementary. It was
> reall very good but not as good ar the old Red
> Bryan's and Sonny Bryans!
> Best to all,
> Steve

Both Red Bryan's (Oak Cliff location across from Sears on Jefferson, iirc) and Sonny Bryan's (Inwood Road at Irving Blvd??) were excellent back in the day. As with most of these old places, the names became the property of corporations that could care less about quality, but everything about profit, whether it comes from selling a good product, or from trading on the name. I passed through DFW Airport a few days ago, and happened on a "barbecue" spot with the name Sonny Bryan's. Hungry and tired, I tried it. The brisket seemed like mush, probably from being treated with papain or other meat tenderizer to avoid proper slow roasting over in a smoker. I had beans with the mess, and they were more like a tomato mash than proper barbecue beans.

The best barbecue in Dallas back in the day was proffered by a storefront location downtown, maybe on Canton and St. Paul or so, where one sat at an old fashioned school desk to eat a marvelous sandwich that came close to the brisket available in places like the Luling City Market. Wish I could remember the name.

Oh well.

Dave McNeely
bug
Re: Leon's Barbecue
April 25, 2016 11:51AM
old man from dallas Wrote:
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> Steve Westhafer Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I seem to remember a Leon's Barbecue on the
> > Central Expressway service road just past
> Fitxhugh
> > across the Expwy from Ben Milam Elementary. It
> was
> > reall very good but not as good ar the old Red
> > Bryan's and Sonny Bryans!
> > Best to all,
> > Steve
>
> Both Red Bryan's (Oak Cliff location across from
> Sears on Jefferson, iirc) and Sonny Bryan's
> (Inwood Road at Irving Blvd??) were excellent back
> in the day. As with most of these old places, the
> names became the property of corporations that
> could care less about quality, but everything
> about profit, whether it comes from selling a good
> product, or from trading on the name. I passed
> through DFW Airport a few days ago, and happened
> on a "barbecue" spot with the name Sonny Bryan's.
> Hungry and tired, I tried it. The brisket seemed
> like mush, probably from being treated with papain
> or other meat tenderizer to avoid proper slow
> roasting over in a smoker. I had beans with the
> mess, and they were more like a tomato mash than
> proper barbecue beans.
>
> The best barbecue in Dallas back in the day was
> proffered by a storefront location downtown, maybe
> on Canton and St. Paul or so, where one sat at an
> old fashioned school desk to eat a marvelous
> sandwich that came close to the brisket available
> in places like the Luling City Market. Wish I
> could remember the name.
>
> Oh well.

Gus's Bar-B-Que on Harwood across the street from the old City Hall had little school desks and delicious barbecue, not to mention wonderful greasy french fries.
Re: Leon's Barbecue
April 26, 2016 09:39AM
bug Wrote:
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> Gus's Bar-B-Que on Harwood across the street from
> the old City Hall had little school desks and
> delicious barbecue, not to mention wonderful
> greasy french fries.

That's probably the place I recall. It was REALLY good, and the brisket sandwiches were stacked about 2" thick. There was also a place in Arlington, in an old house east of the UT Arlington campus, with similar quality barbecue, and thick sandwiches like that.

Dave McNeely
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