Bartley’s Barbecue, Grapevine, Texas

By husband calls me a “foodie”, as I am always on the lookout for the next great restaurant to try.  For a while, I was obsessed with all the food trucks popping up in Dallas, but then my tastes moved on to barbecue.  I was searching around the Internet for the top barbecue places in Texas, and Bartley’s Barbecue kept coming up.  It is in Grapevine, not that far away from where we lived, so I convinced my husband one Saturday and we were off to try it for ourselves.

I must say that the place isn’t impressive on the outside, but the smells inside will soon make you forget all about that.  The service is friendly, and the menu is vast for a barbecue place.  They had things like Cajun turkey, fried catfish and giant baked potatoes on the menu.  I went for the old stand bys, however, as I normally do my first time eating at a new place.  I tried the ribs, brisket, hot links and chicken.

I totally pigged out and from all I tried, I would recommend the ribs the most as they were just succulent.  The sides were surprisingly delicious too, as normally they are an afterthought at most barbecue places I have been to.  The jalapeno and cheese tater tots were fantastic and the baked beans were spicy and sweet.  A nice change of pace is the fact that they don’t give you old slices of white bread, but a warm buttery roll with your meal that was perfect for dipping and soaking up the leftover juices.  I had sweet tea, as I always do with my barbecue, and followed it all up by trying some of their much-hyped pecan cobbler.  Hubby and I were both so stuffed that we had to play rock, paper, scissors to see who got to slip into a food coma and who got to drive home.

I thought everything was really good, but I guess I was a little disappointed in the fact that I found their cobbler better than the barbecue meats.  When I go to a barbecue joint I want to love the meat so much that I can’t be bothered with any extras.  Still, I found myself really loving the cobbler most of all.  Is there something wrong with this picture?

Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely worth trying and worth the trip out here.  Just try the cobbler and you’ll understand.

I give Bartley’s 2.75 stars, but 4 stars for the cobbler:)

4 comments on “Bartley’s Barbecue, Grapevine, Texas

  1. You are right. On the outside this place doesn’t look so good. But I can assure you that when you come inside you will feel like in heaven.

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  3. Ohhhh so yummy. I’m stuffed beyond belief. This place had everything, so I just couldn’t resist. I ate the ribs, chopped beef, sausage, turnip greens, beans, dinner roll, a brownie, and a Dr. Pepper – all for about $15. INCREDIBLE! Tasted great, and got great value. Plus, I got great service. Thanks Bartley’s & Texas BBQ Guide !

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