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Ozona Bar and Grill is named after the tiny, unincorporated West Texas town of Ozona. A town that happens to be the one-and-only town in all of the vast expanse that is Crockett County, and whose motto happens to be "The Biggest Little Town in the World." So Ozona's a fitting name for a bar and grill with "The Biggest Little Award-winning Patio In Dallas." With trees, vegetation and fencing separating the multi-level patio from Greenville Avenue, it's no wonder that the place is a popular happy hours (and beyond) spot for such a great cross-section of Dallas. Naturally, the patio's typically hoppin' in the summer months. The menu offers everything from Tex Mex to steaks to burgers and chicken-fried steak.
Ozona is right down the street from my apartment, which makes it perfect for an easy low-key dinner. One of the best things about Ozona is their massive outdoor patio. There are multiple sections and big picnic tables that are great for large groups. As you can imagine, Ozona is very popular with the nearby SMU crowd, particularly on weekend nights.
I got a full rack (you don't have the option for a half) of baby back ribs. The menu offers the ribs with either a bourbon barbecue sauce or a Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce. I find that the soda-based sauces rarely taste like their namesakes, so I opted for the bourbon sauce. I picked their homemade fries as my side dish.
The fries definitely tasted homemade, but they were extremely flaccid and limp. If they used a deep frier rather than an oven, they'd be spectacular.
When my order came out, I was a little confused by the sliced onions and jalapenos scattered on top of the ribs. It just didn't make sense. I did notice a nice lingering spiciness from the jalapenos. There was no discernible bourbon flavor on my ribs. It made me wonder if they had used the wrong sauce, although it didn't taste like Dr. Pepper either. The ribs were most likely baked in the oven and finished on the grill. I used my knife on the first rib or two until I realized that my fork was enough. Actually, a dull spoon would have been enough to cut apart the completely overcooked rib meat. They weren't the worst ribs I've ever had, although I certainly wouldn't call them good either.
My wife said her chicken quesadillas were really good. I'll probably go back to try some quesadillas or maybe a burger, but I won't be ordering their ribs again.
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