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The neighborhood might be a little sketchy, being on "the other side of the tracks" from The Shops at Park Lane and a short distance from NorthPark Center mall. This 'cue joint even sits next to the abandoned Cowboy Chicken, yet it has persisted since 1975. It might have something to do with the Dallas police department squad cars parked outside, as officers enjoy the cafeteria-style offerings. No matter. Once inside, Greenville Avenue fades into memory, thanks to the bric-a-brac interior filled with Texas and sports memorabilia. Back Country's menu runs the standard smoked-meat line of brisket, sausage, ribs, ham, chicken, etc., which can be combined with the traditional sides like beans and greens for meat combos. Burgers, po-boys, chili and various pies are also available.
The name "Back Country" fits this place perfectly. I ordered the Three Meat Combo with ribs, hot links, bbq chicken, potato salad, fried okra, and Texas toast.
My fried okra came straight out of the fryer, and had a nice crispy batter to it. You can imagine my disappointment when I bit in and realized that the okra was pretty much devoid of any flavor whatsoever. The potato salad had a great mustard flavor. Oddly, the potatoes were very finely diced, so the consistency was much more like egg salad.
When I first looked at my combo plate, I was a little upset that it only came with two small ribs. Although, after I started eating them, I decided that they had probably given me two too many. The bbq chicken was cooked perfectly. My favorite meat of the trio was definitely the hot links. They had a nice char on the outside, so there was a good snap to the casing.
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