Barbecue lovers already know that some of the best smoked meat is worth standing in line for. At tiny shop Cattleack Barbeque, nestled in an office park near the Galleria Dallas, the waits can be especially long since it's open two days a week, and only for lunch.
Those times of business -- Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- won't change, but owners Todd and Misty David plan to add 100 extra seats next door in the coming months.
With more space, Cattleack Barbeque's owners also plan to smoke more meat.
That means you might have a better shot at tasting what The Dallas Morning News called "some of the best barbecue in Dallas" before it runs out. Some of the stars on the menu, according to special contributor Mark Vamos, are the brisket, the oversized beef ribs and the "crack cake."
The new seating area will be located next-door to the original Cattleack Barbeque on Gamma Road in Farmers Branch. The Davids secured a permit from the city of Farmers Branch to expand; they expect to spend 30-60 days under construction. Cattleack will remain open during construction.
The renovation will be styled like a backyard barbecue, with picnic tables.
Cattleack started as a well-kept secret among barbecue enthusiasts in the North Texas area. Quickly, word got out and meat lovers found themselves waiting sometimes an hour for lunch. When left without a seat, many customers would sit in the back of their vehicles or out on the curb. It's a jovial scene in sunny days despite eating in a suburban parking lot.
The Davids have more than doubled the amount of meat they smoke and sell since last year, says Todd David, and they're now at 1 ton of meat a week.
Cattleack will still be lunch only, but "look for more activity on Saturdays," David says. The best way to stay in-the-know about Cattleack's upcoming pig roasts and specials such as brisket "que-t-pies" and beer sausage is to sign up for the e-newsletter.
13628 Gamma Road, Farmers Branch. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday only. cattleackbbq.com.