Texas barbecue comes to Alhambra

By Glenn Barnett

In 1941, Travis Dickey opened a family-run barbecue joint in Dallas, Texas. His smoked and seasoned meats were so popular that he was soon called upon to open another restaurant. But he didn’t stop there. Today, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is still family owned and has grown to include 500 stores across the country.

Now this tasty brand of Texas style barbecue has arrived in Alhambra. Dickeys offers up all your favorite meats, including pulled pork and pork ribs, beef brisket, Polish style kielbasa sausage, tender chicken breast, and even turkey. All the meats are slow-smoked overnight at low temperature to assure they remain moist and warm while imparting that delicious smoky flavor. The barbecue sauce complements the taste.

Longtime Alhambra restaurateur Kerry Lam is the owner-operator of the new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at 8 W. Main St., just west of Garfield. Mr. Lam was most recently the manager of The Boiling Crab for seven years. To learn the art of barbecue, he flew back to Texas to undertake four weeks of training in how to do barbecue right. Mr. Lam knows how few barbecue joints there are around and said, “I want to share this Texas style barbecue with the people of Alhambra.”

I took him at his word. For my first visit to Dickey’s, and I will be back, I went straight for the beef brisket plate, the gold standard for bbq lovers. (Note: opinions may vary). Two sides came with the order, so I chose creamed spinach and barbecued beans, both of which I can recommend without hesitation. The BBQ plate also comes with a roll, perfect for dipping. I also recommend ordering more brisket, or any of the barbecue meats, than you plan on eating so that you can take some left-overs home to cook up with your eggs the next morning. Seriously, it is good.

Your favorite barbecue is also available in sandwich form to enjoy there or take out. Stop by and thank Mr. Lam for bringing Texas style barbecue to Alhambra.

For more information, phone the restaurant at 626-831-9797.


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Jan 2019


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