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Where’s a good BBQ dive? Some new answers to an old ‘Hey, Bud!’ question

Hey, Bud! I have family coming in town from Alaska and they’re asking me for the best barbecue. I told them about Heim Barbecue, Smokey’s Ribs and Bailey’s Bar-B-Q — but would love to wow them with a hole-in-the-wall.

—Lauren, Fort Worth

Besides Heim, Billy’s Oak Acres BBQ on Camp Bowie Boulevard West is one of the best inside Loop 820.. Don’t forget Cousin’s Pit Barbecue — the original on McCart Avenue gets high marks statewide. Outside the loop, there’s Lockhart Smokehouse in Arlington, Jambo’s in Rendon and old-timey Hickory Stick in Everman. (For a short drive, try 407 BBQ in Draper off Interstate 35W north of Texas Motor Speedway. The new toll lane makes it a quick trip.)

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Hey, Bud! What are some great places for lunch in Weatherford? Seleta, Justin

Hey, Bud! We’re going to Weatherford instead of Fort Worth to renew a driver’s license. Where’s good for lunch? Clayton, Fort Worth

Fire Oak Grill on the courthouse square for Southwestern dining, Zeno’s for Italian., Shep’s Place for burgers, Saltwater for seafood, Whistle Hill’s Downtown Cafe for an all-around menu and desserts.

Hey, Bud! Do you have a recommendation for a non-chain restaurant in Arlington? Oh yeah, but one of us is in the mood for steak! Have you been to Candlelite Inn?

—Claire, Grapevine

Just went the other night. Candlelite Inn, 1202 E. Division St., is a classic example of charming 20th-century roadside Americana, down to the enclosed booths. It serves Tex-Mex, Italian dishes and steaks, so everybody can find something to like. The top-of-the-line steak is a bargain — and no matter what you get, ask for the green salsa.

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