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I’m just going to start by saying it would take a lot to make me forget about Ali Baba. That’s the Mediterranean-flavored deliciousness that used to reside at the end of my street in Lakewood. But I have to admit the folks who also own Three Stacks BBQ in Frisco have done a pretty sweet redecorating job with the former “baba” space, and there is plenty to work with to induce a meat coma, which could possibly make me forget about that sweet, sweet baba ganoush. If even for a little while.
One thing I really appreciate about Lakewood Smokehouse is its bar program. Most barbecue joints have beer, and maybe a bar, but Lakewood Smokehouse has lots of hand-crafted cocktails, too. Check out this smoked old fashioned:
Another thing I really appreciate is the selection of vegetables. Like, green ones. Green beans that are (likely) flash fried to perfection. Salads on the menu. Just lots of good stuff to enjoy with your meat so you don’t feel like you ate meat, meat, meat, meat and a spoonful of mac and cheese at the end of your night. Honestly, that’s what makes it a place I can go back to more often. That, and its creative menu that features flatbreads, sandwiches that are more than just chopped beef and sauce, tacos, the aforementioned salads, and more.
But you probably want to see the meats. Here you go.
Overall I think there’s lots to love at Lakewood Smokehouse. Stick to moist brisket because the lean tends to be dry (moisture is just a casualty of being exposed to air on its way to your table, I’m told), but otherwise the menu is quite solid. See you there.
DISCLAIMER: The menu selections pictured above were comped for myself and my dining partner so we could provide a first look account of the food at Lakewood Smokehouse for your reading and viewing pleasure.
Foodbitch is an expert eater and published food writer who lives in Dallas, Texas with her exceptionally well-fed twin daughters, husband and their dogs. She’ll tell you what to eat and you’ll like it.