Barbec’s remains an East Dallas institution, doing a big breakfast business with omelets, scrambles and pancakes, plus home cooking at lunch and dinner. But the quality has tanked since its ’90s heyday, and the service feels like it’s descended from terse to listless. The big draw is beer biscuits with sausage cream gravy; they’re fluffy and doughy, good with butter or honey, but they've lost the buttery heft and gravity they once had. Luckily for Barbec’s, there isn’t much competition in the area. Residing in an old Howard Johnson’s, the restaurant benefits from its proximity to the Arboretum and White Rock Lake, and the fact that East Dallas is under-represented on the dining front. Long waits at breakfast on the weekends.
Barbec’s doesn’t do credit cards, so bring cash or your checkbook (assuming you still own a checkbook).