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The Baby Back Shak

1800 South Akard, Dallas, TX 75215
214 428 7427
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Ranked #415 of 3,033 restaurants in Dallas
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Takeout
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Dining options: Takeout
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17 reviews from our community

76% Recommend
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English first
Irving, Texas
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
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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Dallas, Texas
Top Contributor
207 reviews 207 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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
45 helpful votes 45 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

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
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Dazzling Dallas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

Ok we were going to go to "0ff the Bone" which is in the same area. Its a very small place and today the temp in Dallas is 108°F and this little shack A/C was not working. We decided to place our order to go. We got 2 rib plates which included to sides, so we got green beans and... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

Genuine bar b q prepared as it should be. Real smoke flavor and tremendous side dishes. A nice variety of items on the menu. Only complaint is that there are no soft drinks, only tea and lemonade.

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