Dallas: A City That Needs More Manly Restaurants?

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Men's Health magazine has set out to find the nation's most manly restaurant. Their website listed a seemingly arbitrary selection of eateries around the country and asked what makes for many eating.

Must a manly restaurant mean mass amounts of prime-cut protein? Must it have a selection of esoteric craft beers on tap? Should it have a Harley night? Our advice: Sift through the finalists and trust your gut.

Two Dallas restaurants made the cut with sufficient manliness. Bob's Steak and Chop House, which serves up "no-nonsense beef prepared Texas-style -- big, bold, and flavorful" and Maple and Motor, the beloved burger joint on Maple Avenue. Burgers and steaks are masculine perhaps, but not necessarily manly. Bob's uses white tablecloths and everyone knows linens are for girls, and Maple and Motor may make a decent burger, but they're kinda small. What's manly about a diminutive meat patty?

What about Smoke's big rib? That thing invokes the old Fred Flintstone days where everyone wore a shirt but no pants, you powered your car with your feet, and a steak was too big to fit through the front door. That's manly. But that's just one dish, and one dish does not a manly restaurant make.

Or maybe The Lodge in its entirety? A "restaurant" that refers to appetizers as "teasers and pleasers" and sandwiches as "fun with buns" certainly has manly overtones, but I like my food served alongside the fully clothed, and there's something about watching a dancer clean smudges off a stripper pole while I'm eating meatloaf that leaves me unsettled. Manly for some, perhaps, but just not for me.

Lockhart Smokehouse used to strike me as Dallas' most manly restaurant. The menu features burnt ends, which taste of glistening fat and cigarette ash, and you once had to eat with your hands. But then the restaurant got soft and offered forks and barbecue sauce. You used to be able to watch dudes tear into brisket with gnashing teeth, but now they saw away with plastic forks and knives with their pinky fingers extended. Manly in the past perhaps, but manly no more.

Maybe Dallas isn't that manly after all?

Location Info

Smoke

901 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Lodge

10530 Spangler Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Lockhart Smokehouse

400 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Maple & Motor

4810 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bob's Steak and Chop House

4300 Lemmon Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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15 comments
Lee
Lee

That picture is so incredibly meme worthy.

Top line: They told me I could become anything

Bottom line: So I became a Sex God.

Allie
Allie

Oh that picture is wonderful.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I am not convinced manly can be done here without being uber-douchey.

Just accept Whataburger as our manliest and move on.

Kergo 1
Kergo 1

That guy wavin' the steak and glass of red wine; without question, hangs out at Cedar Springs and Oak Lawn-jes sayin'. 

randy from sachse
randy from sachse

If most manly means highest concentration of men, I would have to guess JR's.  Never been there (not that there's anything wrong with that), so I'm not sure about the food.

Ralphy
Ralphy

I say BS;  with all the strip club restaurants, sports bars, bbq joints, and steak joints, I would say Dallas dining is very manly !

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Too much hair, no earring and his IQ looks about 50 points too high to be RW.  Plus, Whitt is about 2 feet shorter.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

That's picture is what I think of when somebody asks me about manly places to dine in Big D.

POW!

RJLigier
RJLigier

ROFLMAO..........so true, If you're looking for a manly restaurant, the last thing you do is ask overcompensating homosexuals/bisexuals, men or women.

Aguilera
Aguilera

 I do think the manly situation is easy-to-see, this is not a problem for Dallas people.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Can women be douche bags?

If not, then my math says this:  If only men can be douche bags, and given that Dallas is the douchiest city on the face of the friggin earth; then Dallas is manly.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

If the metric is highest percentage of male patrons, then Bone Daddy's is the most manly joint of all. 

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