Since opening its doors in October 2015, 18th & Vine has been shaking the Dallas BBQ scene up. Why, you ask? Well, first of all, it’s real, down-home, finger-licking-good, Kansas City Style BBQ! Secondly, the restaurant offers a sexy, sophisticated feel with some of the most beautiful decor you will find in town.
If you haven’t already had the opportunity to stop into 18th & Vine located off Maple Avenue, I’m going to go ahead and do my best to convince you of why you should go…immediately. Now, I’m no BBQ expert, especially when it comes to Kansas City Style, but I do know good food and 18th & Vine has just that.
Upon sitting down, I immediately noticed how delicious EVERYTHING looked. Burnt ends? Okra? BBQ Cauliflower Steak? Ribs? How does a lady even begin to narrow down her options in this situation? Well, it was a tough go but someone had to try all these delicious goodies in order to report back to you all!
We started with 18th & Vine’s Burnt Ends as well as the Fried Okra. True BBQ staples! The Burnt Ends were perfectly crispy and crunchy on the outside with tender, melt-in-your-mouth meat candy on the inside. The flavor of these burnt ends was spot on and the portion size was quite impressive for just $13. After sharing it with my partner in eating crime, we still had some left take home.
As if the burnt ends weren’t great enough, I then bit into the Fried Okra. I’m fairly certain the pearly gates of heaven opened up and welcomed me inside as I spaced out from reality and shoved my face with these delicious morsels of fried goodness. I am a huge okra lover and order it whenever I see it on the menu but never in my life have I had any as delicious as the ones at 18th & Vine. They literally have the perfect fry on them and the hint of black pepper balances out the mild taste of the okra. I popped these puppies like candy and practically cried when the bowl was empty. There is absolutely nothing like this okra in town!
Call me crazy but with the perfect starters that I had just experienced, I decided to change it up a bit and throw my tastebuds another curveball by NOT ordering BBQ for my main dish. I know what you are thinking – this chick must be nuts but let me explain myself and why I’m not completely off my rocker in doing so. The burnt ends were delicious, the okra insane so I knew that 18th & Vine had their shit together when it came to traditional BBQ and Southern dishes but, I wanted to make sure that people who maybe don’t eat BBQ or whatever the case may be could still be convinced to check out 18th & Vine and that is why I went with the Wood Kissed Salmon. $25 will get you a perfectly cooked and flavored filet of gorgeous salmon accompanied with mashed split peas and warm frisee. Sounds fancy huh? It tasted like it, too! Never did I think I would get such a fabulous piece of fish from a BBQ restaurant but 18th & Vine has changed the game with this one.
Naturally, no meal is complete without having some dessert and even though my pants were about to bust at the seams, I just had to try the Fried Pies. With flavors that rotate seasonally, you should probably order these each time you go. You know, just to make sure you get to try all of them. Perfect flaky crust encases piping hot fresh fruit fillings leaving you with the best ending to a picture perfect meal.
As if they need to get ANY better at life, 18th & Vine also has a killer happy hour from 4pm to 6pm that includes $2 off well drinks, beer and wine as well as $5 bites that are sure to be just as delicious as everything else that is offered here.
With an incredible set up like they have going on here at 18th & Vine, I may just become a BBQ pro after all and I invite you to do the same!