Brisket, hickory sausage, cornbread, tobacco onion straws and Daisy's cheesy potatoes

Brisket, hickory sausage, cornbread, tobacco onion straws and Daisy’s cheesy potatoes

I’m afraid my secret may be getting out.

Babb Bros. BBQ & Blues has been open for a few months now, but I’ve never seen much of a crowd there, and that suits me just fine. It’s way outside Lake Highlands, but if you work downtown or find yourself there, Babb Bros. is nearby serving delicious barbecue with simple, homemade sides. Their Austin-style juke-joint plays ESPN on big screens during days and evenings, live blues some nights.

Hubby and I have been making this our regular stop before Texas Ranger baseball games, allowing us to avoid both downtown Dallas traffic and Boomstick-esque ballpark-food heartburn. From Lake Highlands, Woodall Rogers becomes Singleton just after you cross the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, and Babb Bros. sits just past Beckley, in the soon-to-be-hopping Trinity Groves area, where multiple new restaurants are planned. From there, getting onto I-30 for Arlington is easy-breezy.

The ordering line at Babb Bros

The ordering line at Babb Bros

If the best fertilizer for a young business is the footprint of its owners, then Babb Bros. is bountiful territory, indeed. Founding brothers Mike, Bob and Davy can be regularly found behind the counter, schmoozing with customers and serving up tender brisket, jalapeno sausage, collard greens and cold beer. Though live artists and blues bands come in regularly to perform, the talented brothers also enjoy getting onstage to join the fun.

Since the doors first opened, Babb Bros. has steadily added to their menu, which you can view here. The cornbread and potato salad are recent additions, but I can’t lay off the pulled pork, creamed corn and cheesy potatoes. (I’m pretty sure that’s why they invented the jog trail at White Rock Lake, right?)

But – for heaven’s sake – don’t tell anyone.

Babb Bros call your visit "getting Babb-tized"

Babb Bros call your visit “getting Babb-tized”

Back patio with small stage

Back patio with small stage