Eats Beat: Crossroads barbecue on way to a winning season

09/04/2014 7:33 AM

09/04/2014 7:34 AM

Quietly and patiently, Eddie Deen Crossroads Smokehouse has built a good barbecue reputation.

Dinner hours are back at the North Collins Street restaurant near AT&T Stadium, and the menu now also includes fried catfish.

Crowds of 3,000 and more come on game weekends to fill party tents in the back along Randol Mill Road.

But more importantly, diners are now sending notes about how much they like Crossroads’ barbecue.

Deen, the owner, is an East Texas restaurateur and caterer known for serving barbecue in large quantities, particularly to corporate parties and inauguration events.

He opened Crossroads to host football parties but kept tinkering with the restaurant menu.

Now, Crossroads opens at 11 a.m. daily except Mondays and serves barbecue, catfish, brisket tacos and a choice of seven side dishes, plus buttermilk pies.

At lunch last week, Crossroads was busy. The pork ribs were thick, and the jalapeño sausage was a standout.

After experimenting with an a la carte menu, Crossroads has restored regular platter prices: $9.99 for a choice of meat and two sides, up to $18 for a four-meat plate or $28 for a family “ultimate sampler.”

The brisket and ribs may run out before dinner, but now there’s catfish. The new platters cost $8, or $12 with two fillets.

Crossroads is at 1004 N. Collins St., behind Panda Express; 817-795-6900.

Another location is at 11139 S. Texas 205, halfway between Rockwall and Terrell; 972-563-3722,

A new Feedstore

Keller’s new Feedstore BBQ is scheduled to open by midweek next week; 134 S. Main St., in the former Up In Smoke, 817-562-5955.

The Southlake location is being remodeled and will reopen in October.

Friday night pies

This public-service announcement:

The Joe’s Coffee Shop in Watauga is now open for dinner Fridays, serving all-you-can-eat catfish and more Joe’s fruit, meringue and cream pies.

All three Joe’s in Watauga, Mansfield and Irving have an afternoon “pie happy hour” special offering pie and coffee or tea for less than $4.

The Joe’s in Watauga is in its 20th year, now serving breakfast and lunch daily and dinner Fridays at 5912 Denton Highway (U.S. 377), about a mile north of Loop 820, 817-788-9583,

New Ridglea Mex

Mi Cocula Mexican Grill, new in Ridglea, has a wide-ranging menu including steaks, fish, chamorrito and other specialties, and egg dishes such as huevos divorciados (with red and green salsa).

It’s open for lunch and dinner daily; 6550 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-708-2895.

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