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1800 South Akard, Dallas, TX 75215
+1 214-428-7427
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11:00 am - 5:45 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 5:45 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 6:45 pm
Dining options: Takeout
Description: Great Memphis style BBQ south of downtown Dallas.Great selection of dry...
Great Memphis style BBQ south of downtown Dallas.Great selection of dry rubbed meats.Tasty veggies,meat salads,and more!
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  • 13
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    Very good
  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Baby Back Shak captures the true essence of slow smoked BBQ. The ribs are always tender, juicy, wrapped in a wonderful dry rub. BBQ sauce is optional because these ribs really don't need it. This restaurant offers a wide veriety of meats and sides. The service is great. When in Dallas Baby Back... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
Carylumley
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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101 reviews 101 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

Baby Back Shak captures the true essence of slow smoked BBQ. The ribs are always tender, juicy, wrapped in a wonderful dry rub. BBQ sauce is optional because these ribs really don't need it. This restaurant offers a wide veriety of meats and sides. The service is great. When in Dallas Baby Back Shak is not to be missed.

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Springfield, Missouri, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We saw this restaurant showcased in the television show Hungry Investors and since we were visiting the area we decided to venture downtown to taste the wonder. Unfortunately, Shak wasn't there, but it was still fun to go. I'm not used to very large cities so I was a bit apprehensive at the location and the bars on the door,... More 

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Irving, Texas
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65 reviews 65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Run down exterior, but looks are deceiving. Walk up ordering and self serve drinks. Friendly and helpful staff. Very clean, small seating near counter, but bigger dining area through doorway. Order brought promptly. Ribs were extremely tender, great rub and delicious. The brisket had good bark and was tasty but was a little tough, maybe it was an end piece.... More 

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Shady Side, Maryland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

The ribs, brisket and sides at this restaurant were delicious. We had people recommend fancy places to get barbecue but I'm glad we listened to our hearts and opted for the smaller less travelled establishment. If you want good authentic Texas barbecue try this place...just like home cooking!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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252 reviews 252 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Apparently both the Shak's interior and exterior recently got a complete overhaul. It has a hoppin' jazzy atmosphere. The dining room is clean and open and slightly trendy, which is par for the course in Dallas, but not necessarily for barbecue joints in general. This all seems to fit with their stated slogan: "Taste the sound of Memphis BBQ." It's... More 

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Pie Town, New Mexico
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64 reviews 64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We waited in line to order for about 20 minutes. A lot of the slowness was because people kept popping in to pick their phone-in takeout orders, and the sole cashier had to stop to ring them up. Maybe takeout's the way to go here. Anyway, I got a three-meat platter with brisket, links, and ribs. The links were good,... More 

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Abilene, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Ok from the outside its not much to look at. Ok from the INSIDE its not much to look at, but it is without a doubt some of the best BBQ this side of Memphis. They don't just do brisket which is what most folks in Texas call BBQ. It's ribs poultry and some of the most amazing fresh smoked... More 

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Cape Haze, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Ask for Clarence and tell him Jimmy sent you. Nothing will change and he will wonder who Jimmy is. Food is great still with some of the best brisket around

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Dallas, Texas
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160 reviews 160 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

Found this place by accident but always enjoy searching out new BBQ places. The smoked meets were very good. The ribs were very meaty and flavorful. The chicken was moist and the sausage tasted great. A huge disappoint were the sides! The cole slaw was the vinegar type and was horrible. The green beans were out of a can and... More 

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Arlington, TX
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

I have to say that Baby Back Shak is probably the best barbq that I've tasted in the DFW metroplex. When I found out that the owner is originally from Memphis that made a-lot of sense. I'm a critic of bbq and in some cases prefer my own before others but this restaurant is at the top in the Dallas... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1800 South Akard, Dallas, TX 75215
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Dallas
  • Phone Number: +1 214-428-7427

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Description

Great Memphis style BBQ south of downtown Dallas.Great selection of dry rubbed meats.Tasty veggies,meat salads,and more!
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 5:45 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 5:45 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 5:45 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 5:45 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 6:45 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 6:45 pm

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