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Baby Back Shak

Map & Directions 1800 S. Akard St.
Dallas, TX 75215-1901
  • Barbecue
  • Mon-Thu 11am-5:45pm, Fri-Sat 11am-6:45pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • None
  • Not Accepted
  • Free, Lot Available


Dallas Observer's Description

With ribs as tender as the restaurant's namesake, which conjures lascivious imagery of naughty bits, this Dallas stalwart has successfully enchanted customers for more than 15 years. But not with Texas-style 'cue. Oh no, here you're served barbecue of the Memphis variety. The black-painted brick exterior of Baby Back Shack evokes a back-road biker bar. The interior, well, let's just say it ain't about the décor, baby! It's about the meat, the Cornish hen, the sausages, the ribs by the pound, all done up with the Shak's house-made rub. A Dallas Observer Best of Dallas favorite.

Member Reviews

  • TheBarbecueFiend
    TheBarbecueFiend wrote a review for Baby Back Shak
    on 03/07/14

    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 hard to resist their... More >>

  • Mallory19 wrote a review for Baby Back Shak
    on 05/24/10

    great ribs!

  • on 05/06/09

    What started out as a backyard barbecue for family on Sundays has emerged into the best place to gnaw on a slab of ribs in Dallas. Clarence Cohens just couldn't keep it all in the family, so eventually he began selling it just south of downtown in a two-room dive known as Baby Back Shak. His Memphis-style herb-rubbed ribs are so moist, tender and flavorful you don't even need any... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • Angel D. on 01/14/11

    The ribs are where it's at!

  • Sam S. on 05/06/10

    excellent spicy beans

  • Mo T. on 07/23/10

    Best ribs in Dallas!

  • @IamMrHall on 03/01/14

    I always grab the Shak platter with extra boudin!!

  • Terence C. on 12/02/13

    The ribs are the only saving grace here and only because I've had worse. Came based on the 4.4 stars on Google but was not that impressed. The brisket was tasteless and not fresh. I give them 3/5 star

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