The Nine Best BLTs in Dallas

Nick Rallo
The BLT at Keller's Drive-In makes hearts, wax paper transluscent with grease joy
To me, this will always be the sandwich mom made. After those days of itchy grass-legs and punching mosquitoes in the face, this was the sandwich that hit the plate: thick sourdough slices, bacon crisp as a bay leaf, tomatoes, the mayo knife sweep, and cup-slice of iceberg. For its simplicity, it's a sandwich that remains untouched by the foodie deconstruction era and Dallas' best are all mightily bucking overcooked trends. You'll find no truffle oil here.

Finding Dallas' best BLTS requires some binoculars: You have to try to look past some of the sparkling gems on these local spots (in other words, MAN it was tough not to order the burger at half of these spots). A couple of years ago, Food Critic Guy said the best BLTs are made during the summer and at home. Here are the BLTs of Dallas that'll make you think twice about staying in. Also included: a bacon meter that measures bacon crispness on a 1-10 scale (1 being floppy; 10 being Frosted Flakes crispy). So, bacon:

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The Highland Park Soda Fountain - $5.49
Bacon crispness - 7
If you know the spot, you know the feeling when you first walk in: Marty McFly after time travel in Back to the Future. I always expect to see Biff parked outside in his pristine car, or George McFly murmuring, "You're my density" by the marbled green counter. When you order this BLT, the loaf of Sun Beam white bread is quickly pressed. Bacon gets microwaved. It's simple, cheap as hell, crisp and delicious. Two please, with a Pepsi Free.

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Maple and Motor - $5.50
Bacon crispness - 8
This was last year's Best BLT winner. Jack Perkins' well-known spot nails the combo of crunch-to-soft bread, and the bacon is (rolls tongue back in) griddled. The "put an egg on it" trend is not news at this point, but you really should do it here. Consider your stomach joy. It's important. Also, is there anything that beats a sandwich cross-section that has yolk?

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Off-Site Kitchen
- $4.95
Bacon crispness - 6
Muster all of your meat strength and try NOT to order the perfect Off-Site Kitchen burger. Their BLT is enormous and the thick toast is buttered up to Bruce Lee roundhouse kick crunch-level. What makes this one is the zippy dressed lettuce. OK, full disclosure: there's an egg on this too.

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Foodspotting
All Good Café - $6.99
Bacon crispness - 9
All Good's version won an Observer Best of Award back in ye olde 2001. It comes with peppered bacon, which gives it a noticeable twist (it marries perfectly with All Good's bright green chips and salsa) and an herb mayo. It's always good.



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22 comments
kspradlin
kspradlin

Angry Dog!!! Has had the best BLT in Dallas for at least the last 15 years!

KEVINK8
KEVINK8

DUDE!
How can you not have tried or reviewed the BLTA at Lee Harvey's? I swears this the best one you can munch on, absolute nummers.

NewsDog
NewsDog

Nick, the Keller's at Abrams and NW Hwy is not the original Keller's. The original was on Gaston but, alas, is no longer there.   

ragetweets
ragetweets

It's nice when you stick to articles like this instead of your insane left wing propaganda.

MikeyLu
MikeyLu

The BLFGT or bacon, lettuce and fried green tomato at Oddfellows in the Bishop Arts District is the best I've ever had.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Nothing like a home made BLT or BLTA in the summer time; but gotta use the good bacon from Sprouts or Whole Foods or Central Market

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

This is so non-foodie, I'll probably get flamed to pieces for it, but my guilty pleasure is the BET (bacon, egg, tomato) sandwich at Grandy's.

(I think their bacon crisp-o-meter goes up to 11)

The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley
The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley

I love BLTs and I'm sure each on this list is remarkable is its own way.  Ordering a BLT out reminds me of seeing something crafty at a flea market.  It may be cool, or even a little unique, but chances are I can make one just as well myself. 

hiccup
hiccup

The BLT at Katy Ice House is a must-try.  

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

A remarkably good BLT is at Malarky's Tavern on Trinity Mills.

plsiii
plsiii

@KEVINK8  There was a time when this was true, but I feel the BLT&A has lost its way. The bread change then the bacon... granted I haven't had it in a couple years now, but I remember back when I would have it weekly if not more 5 or so years ago.

nickrallo
nickrallo

@NewsDog My fault there. Thanks for the heads up. I got lost in its coolness. 

KEVINK8
KEVINK8

@plsiii @KEVINK8I've been recreating the sandwich - no, wait,scratch that, been improving on it - at home - the bacon I slow cook with rosemary, oregano and nutmeg, the doneness being not crispy but browned and soft and flavorful and little chewy. Nice thick tomato slices, if you can find any kind of weird heirloom tomato, the better, but not watery, the bread I've been experimenting, everything from toasted baguettes, multigrain thick slices, tome thick white Texas Toast slices, and on and on - it has to be soft on inside and toast on one side - the avocado, instead of slices, just mash it up with salt, lemon juice and sour cream , then spread it on, the lettuce is fresh crisp Romaine but what do about dressing? Fierce arguments over real mayo vs Miracle Whip, but mixed with deli mustard and hint of horseradish.  It's fun playing around, seeing if I can best the kitchens around town.


TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ChrisYu @TheCredibleHulk 

I once made the fantastically fortunate mistake of ordering "extra bacon" thinking they would toss a few extra strips on to the sandwich and instead received a foam clamshell veritably stuffed with Grandy's crispy, delicious bacon for like, a buck-fifty.

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