What Your Brunch Order Says About You

It’s time for a little reminder: brunch at The Nodding Donkey is epic! Who doesn’t love a hot breakfast and morning cocktails after a long week or late night out?!


Brunch is served at The Nodding Donkey in Uptown Dallas, Texas each Saturday and Sunday, 11am-2pm. (We’re actually opening our doors even earlier on Saturdays this Fall for college football - 10:30am!) We’ve got a full menu of all your favorites, and we think what you order says a lot about you. Here are a few of our completely unscientific thoughts on the matter:


Brisket & Scramble Tacos

Perfect for: The Tex-Mex Junkie


You live in Dallas solely so that you can have close proximity to more Tex-Mex restaurants than anywhere else! You’ll eat tacos three meals a day, and make no apologies for it! Our Brisket & Scramble Tacos are right up your alley with hickory smoked brisket, green chile sauce, scrambled eggs, and freshly grated cheddar cheese on corn tortillas. 


Lounge Eggs & Bacon

Perfect for: The Traditionalist


You don’t like change. You can’t handle it when the latest iPhone update makes you relearn how to use your phone. You like things the way you like them, and your personal motto is, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” When it comes to breakfast, you like the traditional favorites: bacon and eggs. And that’s why our Lounge Eggs & Bacon, served with a slice of toast on the side, are the perfect Dallas brunch entrée for you!


The Giant

Perfect for: The Southerner


You take a lot of pride in your southern roots – particularly those that are from the great State of Texas! You likely went to a state school in Texas, or maybe an SEC school somewhere else in the South. Either way, you believe the only way to make breakfast is the way mama did – with lots of grease and goodness! You’ll love our southern sausage gravy, drizzled over fluffy homemade biscuits, then served with bacon on the side. The Giant is sure to win your heart! 


So what do you think? Do you agree with us? Either way, come join us for the best brunch in Uptown Dallas at The Nodding Donkey!

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Brewery Spotlight: Revolver Brewing Company

As you know, The Nodding Donkey loves celebrating our Texas heritage and great Texas craft beer. We have many local, Dallas-Fort Worth area craft beers available on tap, including a couple from Revolver Brewing Company.


About Revolver

Travel just about 30 minutes southwest of Fort Worth and you’ll find the picturesque little town of Granbury, Texas. Granbury is home to many shops, wineries, and small town Texas fun, but our favorite stop is the Revolver Brewing Company.

The Revolver Brewing was founded in 2012 by a father/son duo, Ron & Rhett Keisler. In a few short years, folks in North Texas and beyond have taken notice of Revolver because they make delicious craft beer. What makes their beer special? We all know the flavors of the beer start with the water, and we love that Revolver uses it’s own well water from the Trinity Aquifer. It’s the minerals in the water – along with the highest quality ingredients – that give Revover it’s distinctive taste. And their brewery doesn’t use run-of-the-mill equipment either. Revolver’s equipment was all custom produced in the U.S. by a master craftsman. It’s the little things that make this beer stand out!


The Nodding Donkey’s Top Picks


At this point I’m sure you’re wondering, “Okay, so what about the beer?!”


The Nodding Donkey has two of our favorite Revolver Brewing Company craft beers on tap right now:


Revolver Blood & Honey: It’s the beer that put them on the map, and if you haven’t tried it yet, get over to The Nodding Donkey and give it a try! It’s an American Wheat Ale that’s smooth and perfectly crafted with gourmet ingredients including Texas honey, Blood Orange zest, and spices. It goes great with appetizers, burgers, Tex-Mex – just about anything you want to pair it with!


Revolver High Brass: The drinkability is strong with this one. This American Blonde Ale goes down ultra smooth. We love that it’s got a mild pilsner malt that’s flavorful without being overbearing. Another unique thing about this beer? It uses Saphir hops imported from Germany.


Head over to The Nodding Donkey this week for a craft brew from Revolver Brewing Company – or any of our other North Texas Craft Breweries! We love supporting local beer! Don’t forget to join us Monday-Friday, 4-7pm, for Happy Hour Drink Specials every day!

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North Texas Beer Week is Here! – The Nodding Donkey Uptown Dallas

The annual tradition continues…and this year it’s bigger than ever!


North Texas Beer Week runs Friday, Oct. 27 – Sunday, Nov. 5, with plenty of amazing beer tastings, pairing classes, parties, and more to enjoy along the way. Read more from The Nodding Donkey to learn what NTX Beer Week is all about!




Basically, North Texas Beer Week is a week jam packed with events to educate, inspire, and open your eyes to new and amazing craft beers you may not have tried otherwise. The NTX Beer Week website is an awesome resource with search tools available to narrow down your search for the types of events you are looking for – because there are a lot of events! From Dallas, to Addison, to Lewisville, and Fort Worth – there is bound to be an event near you!


Our sister restaurants – State & Allen and Ross & Hall – are both hosting various events during NTX Beer Week:

·      Fri. October 27

o   Ross & Hall’s Lakewood Brewing Company Beer Tapping

·      Sat. October 28

o   State & Allen’s Avery “Rumpkin” Beer Tapping

·      Mon. October 30

o   State & Allen’s Deschutes “Abyss” Beer Tapping

·      Tues. October 31

o   Ross & Hall’s Cobra “Nitro Dawn of the Dank” Beer Tapping

o   State & Allen’s Halloween Happy Hour

·      Wed. November 1

o   Ross & Hall’s Night with Peticolas Brewing Co.

·      Thurs. November 2

o   State & Allen’s Prairie Artisan Ale Beer Tapping

o   Ross & Hall’s Alesmith “Speedway Stout” Beer Tapping

·      Sat. November 4

o   State & Allen’s Founders “Highly Acclaimed KBS” Beer Tapping


4th Annual Brewer’s Ball


Wrap the week with an unforgettable night at the 4th Annual Brewer’s Ball on Friday, November 3 from 7-10pm. 500 VIP guests will enjoy amazing craft beer and scratch kitchen food offerings from Dallas’s best restaurants – including State & Allen and Ross & Hall!


And as always, if you aren’t interested in any of these events and just want to drink some of the best craft beer in Texas at the best bar in Uptown Dallas, then head over and visit us at The Nodding Donkey! We’ve have our own North Texas Beer Week celebration! 

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Remember Folks – The Nodding Donkey Delivers!

Whether you’re trying to decide what is for dinner on a weeknight or want to order in on game day so you don’t miss any of the action, The Nodding Donkey has you covered with free delivery!


Easy Ordering!


Ordering your favorites from The Nodding Donkey has never been easier! Simply find the link on our website for Free Delivery and you will be transported to our ordering page. Our delivery service is powered by Amazon, and on their site, you’ll see our entire menu – brunch, sandwiches, burgers, starters, entrees, and more – along with pictures so you can make sure it’s what you really want. Just click to add whatever you like, then wait! A friendly delivery person will have your order to you in no time – hot and ready to enjoy.


Are you on the go? You can even get the Amazon Prime Now app and order your food there instead of on the website. Same food, same features, but easy ordering when you aren’t in front of a computer screen.


Absolutely Free Service!


There is really no downside to ordering our free Dallas food delivery from The Nodding Donkey, because it’s just that – FREE! Stay home in your PJs and still enjoy a delicious brunch. We won’t judge! It will be the same price as it you were dining with us.


What Food is Available for Delivery?


As we said earlier, our whole menu is right there for you to peruse. Burgers, Texican entrees, salads, sandwiches, and even sides – all your favorites from the best sports bar in Dallas are waiting for you right there.


So even if you can’t make it into The Nodding Donkey this week, don’t forget about our Free Delivery services that bring The Nodding Donkey’s delicious food to you! Fast, easy, free, and delicious – what more could you want?!

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Spend NFL Sundays at The Nodding Donkey

Sunday Funday is even better this time of year because you can catch all of your favorite NFL games right here at The Nodding Donkey. Whether it’s an early game or the primetime evening special, The Nodding Donkey has you covered!


Noon Game? Join us for Dallas Brunch!


So your team is playing at noon. Perfect! It’s a great excuse to join us for the best brunch in Uptown Dallas! The Nodding Donkey’s brunch menu is centered on simple dishes cooked well, with quality ingredients and unique flavors you can taste. Everything has a little Texican flare to it because who in Dallas doesn’t love great Mexican food?! Try our Brisket & Scramble Tacos, made with hickory smoked brisket, scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar cheese, and a homemade green chile sauce. Or maybe you’re looking for something a little more southern – like our Backyard Benedict. A playful twist on the traditional Eggs Benedict, our version uses fluffy biscuits, layered with fried eggs and Candadian bacon, then drizzled in tasso ham gravy. Comfort food at it’s finest. Whatever you like, The Nodding Donkey has a brunch offering for you!


Primetime Game? Join us for Dallas Drink Specials and Dinner!


So what if you have to work Monday? Plan to spend the afternoon and evening watching football with your friends at The Nodding Donkey! Our juicy burgers make the perfect lunch or dinner, and our Texican menu is jam-packed with creative, mouthwatering dishes that bring out the best of Tex-Mex. Burgers, soups, salads, sandwiches, tacos, etc. – The Nodding Donkey has you covered! Just don’t forget to order your favorite beer or cocktail to go with it! We keep the bar stocked and the menu full of the best craft beer, so you’re biggest decision will be deciding what to order!


Join us this week for NFL Sundays at The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas

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Game Day Ready: Don’t Miss these Appetizers at The Nodding Donkey!

When you’re sipping your favorite craft beer, playing a game of corn hole, and watching your favorite team on one of our giant TVs, it’s only natural you’ll want something to munch on too.


You’re in luck. Part of what makes The Nodding Donkey the best sports bar in Dallas is the delicious appetizers you can get to accompany the game. Here’s a rundown of a few crowd-pleasing favorites:


Donkey Balls

Say what you want about the name…the result is delicious. We start with a ball of Oaxaca cheese – the mozzarella of Mexico if you will – add a dash of jalapeno, then deep fry it until nice and crispy. Dip it in marinara or ranch, and you’ve got the perfect game day appetizer.


Brisket Queso & Chips


Yes, we know this is Dallas, and just about everyone serves some form of queso, but do they start with brisket smoked in-house? Add fire roasted peppers, corn, pico, jalapenos, and fresh chow-chow, and you’re got a killer queso made only by yours truly – The Nodding Donkey. And here’s an insider tip: want 3 dips instead of just one? Go for the Texas Triple Dip, where you will get our brisket queso, smoky guacamole, and homemade salsa all in one.

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Loaded Cheese Fries

These aren’t your average French fries folks. Fresh cut fries are piled high with that delicious queso we just mentioned, plus cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions. Just do yourself a favor and order two orders because they are that good.


Willy’s Wagon Wheels

When it comes to fried food, we just can’t resist the fried pickles. Hand battered and then deep-fried, these pickles can’t be beat.


Hungry yet? Join us for game day and order any one of these incredible Dallas appetizers, along with your choice of craft beer, shots, cocktails, and more at The Nodding Donkey! 

Dallas Drink Specials: All Week at The Nodding Donkey!

You don’t have to wait for a big game or event to get great Dallas drink specials at the best sports bar in town.


Nope – The Nodding Donkey has drink specials every day of the week. Here’s a rundown on our regulars:


Mondays: $6 Crown Royal

Start the work week off right with $6 Crown Royal all day long. Getting it on the rocks, or make it a Crown and Coke – the choice is yours. Want to change it up a little bit? Order our Vanilla, Regal Apple, or Deluxe Crown, all for just $6/glass.


Tuesdays: $5 Margaritas

Texican Tuesday is complete when you order a $5 margarita, specially created just for you with Altos Tequila. Altos Tequila is 100% agave tequila, handcrafted in small batches in Los Altos, Mexico, With Maestro Tequilero Jesus Hernandez at the helm for the last 17 years, this tequila is smooth and makes a mean margarita.


Wednesdays: $4 Donkey Punch & Purple Nurples

We’re asked all the time what makes our Donkey Punch and Purple Nurples so great, and well, the secret stays with us! Both are our own signature cocktails, and can be ordered as individual drinks or as pitchers. And at $4 a glass on Wednesdays, you can afford to order a round to celebrate Hump Day!


Thursdays: $5 Three Olives Vodka

Oh how we love vodka. And on Thursdays, your favorite vodka drinks are just $5, made with Three Olives Premium Vodka. So order up your favorite vodka tonic, martini, or Moscow Mule, all at one amazing price.


Fridays: $4 Captain Morgan Loconut

Grab a shot of Captain Morgan Loconut for just $4 on Fridays! What’s that you say? You aren’t familiar with Loconut? Captain Morgan’s Loconut is a blend of their signature rum, spices, and a coconut liqueur. It will make you dream of summer on the beach.


Join us this week at The Nodding Donkey for Dallas drink specials everyday!

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Burgers & Football: Saturdays at The Nodding Donkey!

Opening weekend for college football was a doozie, wasn’t it?!


Texas lost.

Baylor lost.

We’re not even going to talk about what happened to Texas A&M.


It wasn’t a great first week for the great State of Texas, but good news: THERE’S PLENTY OF FOOTBALL LEFT! And it can only go up from here, right?!


The Nodding Donkey Opens at 10:30am on Saturdays for College Football!

Join The Nodding Donkey every Saturday this Fall for college football in Dallas! We’ll have all the games from all the teams, so you won’t miss your favorite. And with over 17 big screen TVs throughout our Dallas restaurant and bar, there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. Sit outside and enjoy some lawn games while you watch, or enjoy a cozy seat at the bar inside. Your choice! Lots of options and lots of fun.


Burgers + Football = Good Times

Forget about heating up your grill. Grab the gang and head to The Nodding Donkey for the best burgers in Dallas! Get our classic Saloon Burger with chipotle mayo, smoked onions, and pepper jack cheese. Or maybe you’d like to try our personal favorite, the Bacon Blue Cheese Burger. Loaded with crispy fried onions, blue cheese crumbles, and of course, bacon, it’s pretty close to burger perfection. Burgers are always made to order, so be sure to tell your server what you like, and we’ll make it just for you.


Dallas Drink Specials!

The Donkey is not only the best place in Dallas to watch college football, but it’s also the best place for Dallas drink specials! Enjoy one of the many great craft beer on tap, everything from local brews to mainstream favorites. Don’t forget about our full menu of craft cocktails, shots, wine, and more.


Join us this weekend at The Nodding Donkey as we usher in a new season of college football! Doors open at 10:30am, and we’ll be here all day to rejoice in the win or drown our sorrows in a pitcher of Donkey Punch.

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New Dallas Restaurant: Ross & Hall to Open Soon!

The folks that brought you The Nodding Donkey – your favorite sports bar in Dallas – are proud to announce another sister restaurant: Ross & Hall!


Ross & Hall is coming to Dallas this Fall and will be located just outside of the Deep Ellum/Downtown Dallas bubble. As its named would imply, the restaurant will be located at the corner of Ross Ave. and Hall St. Sound familiar? It should! State & Allen – our big brother in Uptown – bares a similar name.


What Kind of Cuisine Can I Expect at Ross & Hall?

Ross & Hall will be an American scratch kitchen and beer garden. Expect to see a laid back menu full of eclectic entrees, pizza, burgers, and of course DRINK SPECIALS! Ross & Hall will be a full beer garden, planning to have a massive selection of craft beer on tap. Everything from your everyday Miller Lite to local craft brews from Lakewood Brewing Co. will be available on tap, ice old and ready to enjoy! Not that into beer? Then be on the lookout for huge chalkboards throughout the restaurant, showing off our daily Dallas drink specials ranging from impeccable bourbons to fine wines. Says owner Jonathan Calabrese, “We want people to come in and enjoy a scotch or a Miller Lite.” 


So Ross & Hall will be just like State & Allen?

No we’re not saying that! The beer garden, for one, is going to be epic and unique to Ross & Hall. We also want to honor the historic nature of Ross Ave. and create something that expresses the area. Our team is bringing the best of State & Allen, The Nodding Donkey, and Social Pie and bringing it to Ross & Hall. Ross & Hall, while only 3 miles from State & Allen, is a totally different neighborhood with a different vibe. We’re altering the menu to cater to your needs and wants! In the months to come, feel free to provide feedback on the menu as we cater to the area and make this the best new restaurant in Dallas.


Stay tuned for more information to come, but we’re excited to share this new location with you! As always, join us at The Nodding Donkey for your sports bar fix. You know we’ll always have the game on and amazing Dallas drink specials. You know, we wouldn't want anyone to go thirsty around here! ;)

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Reserve Your Table Now for Mayweather vs. McGregor at The Nodding Donkey!

Who’s ready for the Money Fight?!

Join The Nodding Donkey and all your friends on August 26 at 8pm CST to see Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor face off for the fight of the year!

Reserve your table now by emailing mweatherall@calwink.com. Tables are filling up fast, and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to get the best seats in the house!


Is it in the bag for Mayweather?

Many analysts believe the fight is in the bag for Mayweather – the undefeated, eleven-time five-division professional boxing world champion – but McGregor is going to be a tough opponent in his own right. McGregor – the current UFC lightweight champion - brings power behind each of his hits, something Mayweather is not accustomed to do. Plus – McGregor is tough, able to take quite a few hits without going down. That’s a good quality to have, since he’s going to need it against heavy hitter Mayweather who has stamina and speed on his side. Mayweather has been pushing for this fight, so we’ll all see whether or not he can come out victorious.


What about Dallas drink specials?!

As always, you can expect the best Dallas drink specials at The Nodding Donkey! With our wide selection of ice cold craft beer on tap (much of that being local Dallas favorites), handcrafted cocktails, cheap wells, sippin’ whiskey, and of course our famous Donkey Punch, you’re sure to find a drink for you. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to get an order of fried pickles (wagon wheels as we call ‘em), loaded cheese fries, or brisket queso for the table.


Mayweather vs. McGregor: Dallas Watch Party at The Nodding Donkey

Tables are filling up fast for our Mayweather vs. McGregor Dallas Watch Party, so email mweatherall@calwink.com today to reserve yours for Aug. 26 at 8pm! Until then, come on by and join us for lunch, dinner, late night pizza, or a nightcap.


Want 20% off your Tab? Book a Fantasy Football Party Today! 

Want 20% off your tab at The Nodding Donkey?

We figured you might.

And it is easier than you think! Call your friends, find out who is in for Fantasy, then host your Dallas Fantasy Football Draft Party at The Nodding Donkey. Everything on your tab – craft beer, shots, pitchers of Donkey Punch, specialty cocktails, wine, etc. – it’s all 20% off during your party! Yeah, we know it’s a steal of a deal, but it’s our way of saying thank you for making us the best sports bar in Dallas.


When Should I Book My Party?

The Nodding Donkey is taking reservations now for Fantasy Football Draft Parties, so call today to get on the calendar and get the best dates available. Or you can book by visiting our website and making a reservation here.

Each fantasy league is a little different in terms of dates and rules, but the first NFL game of the season starts on Sept. 7, so you’ll need to have your picks ready by Sept. 6, with all drafts completed by Oct. 15. That’s a little over a month to do your research, book your party, and make this the best season of fantasy football yet!


Who Should I Draft?

Everyone’s got their strategy and opinion on how to draft, who to draft, etc….and frankly we’re keeping our strategies to ourselves…but we can offer up a few of our favorite articles for a little light reading to get you started:






So go on and do yourself a favor: look at your calendar and book your Dallas Fantasy Football Party at The Nodding Donkey today!

It’s fast. It’s easy. You’ll get some great deals on the best appetizers in Uptown. And with 20% off your entire tab, it just doesn’t get much better than that! 

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Celebrate the Weekend with Half Price Brunch All Summer Long!

Yes you read that right!

Every Saturday and Sunday, The Nodding Donkey puts together one of the best brunch menus in Dallas. Everything from eggs, bacon, breakfast tacos, fresh fruit, and more. After a crazy week, it’s one meal you simply can’t beat!

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, The Nodding Donkey sweetens the deal – and makes brunch half price all summer long! What the what!

Want a little refresher course on what’s on the menu so you can gear up to join us this weekend? Here are a few of our customer favorites:

·      Brisket & Scramble Tacos: Breakfast tacos never tasted so good! The Nodding Donkey adds a little flare to the run-of-the-mill breakfast taco with brisket smoked in-house and green chile sauce, paired with sharp cheddar and scrambled eggs. It’s breakfast taco heaven.

·      Salsa’D Eggs: These eggs are just what they sound like. Fluffy, scrambled eggs are scrambled in fresh salsa, then topped with avocado, freshly made pico, and tortillas.

·      Backyard Benedict: It’s Eggs Benedict with a twist! Ours features homemade biscuits, layered with Canadian bacon and fried eggs, then drizzled in tasso ham gravy. Let’s just call it Eggs Benedict, southern style.

·      The Giant: Speaking of southern, The Giant is a southern-style breakfast just like your mama made! Biscuits, sausage gravy, crispy bacon, and eggs cooked just how you like ‘em!

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Each of our brunch menu items is served with purple potato and bacon hash, a house favorite. And don’t forget to order a Bloody Mary, mimosa, or screwdriver to start your morning off right!

Join us at The Nodding Donkey for one of the best brunches in Uptown Dallas! Served from 11am-2pm Saturday and Sunday, and BONUS – it’s HALF OFF ALL SUMMER LONG! See you this week at the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas!

Have You Seen the All-New Cocktail Menu at The Nodding Donkey?!

With summer in full swing, those in charge here at The Nodding Donkey decided it was time to give our cocktail menu a kick in the pants.

A little refresh if you will.

Out with the old, in with fresh, light, refreshing tastes of summer. Sure, we left the old time favorites like the Purple Nurple and Donkey Punch, but replaced the stale, tried options with some you’re sure to love.

So what’s on the menu? Here are a few of our favorites from The Nodding Donkey’s all-new cocktail menu!


Lemonades – with a Twist!

Lemonade is the unofficial beverage of summer, so why not offer some delicious spiked varieties? The Nodding Donkey has the Scottie Palmer, lemonade mixed with delicious Hendrick’s Gin. Or the Blueberry Lemonade, a fruity variation made with Stoli Blueberry Vodka, but watch out, this one will get you! And then there’s our favorite of the lemonade family: Summer Beer. Lemonade, Shock Top beer, and Grey Goose L’Orange Vodka never tasted so good.


Copper mug and all, the tangy and refreshing mule is always a hit. Go for the best Moscow Mule in Dallas made with Grey Goose Original Vodka and ginger beer or get twisted with the Twisted Mule, Absolut Lime and ginger beer. We’re also fans of the Irish Mule, where Jameson Irish Whiskey is substituted for the vodka.

The Best Cocktails in Dallas are at The Nodding Donkey!

The Best Cocktails in Dallas are at The Nodding Donkey!

Ladies Night Favorites

Ladies – we know you love your fruity cocktails and wine! Join us on Wednesdays for half price wine by the glass, or order one of our delicious new cocktails! The Solerno Cosmo is getting rave reviews – Solerno, Cranberry, and Triple Sec. The Bombay Sour is also a new favorite, featuring Fleur Elderflower Liqueur.

Want to see the rest? View the full menu here.

Join us this week at the best sports bar in Dallas, The Nodding Donkey! Yard games, indoor/outdoor patios, great food, and drink specials await!

What Makes a Great Burger?

Burgers are the quintessential food of summer. Sure, hot dogs are a close second, but burgers are numero uno.

And while anyone can whip up a burger, not everyone can make a great burger.

So what makes a great burger? The Nodding Donkey – your favorite sports bar in Uptown Dallas – is here with our thoughts:


The Patty

It all starts with the meat. Start with subpar meat, and you’ve got a subpar burger. Lucky for you, The Nodding Donkey uses only the highest quality 100% beef patty. We cook it to medium-well, as we’ve found this optimizes the flavor of the beef and really lets the burger shine. Want it cooked differently? No problem. All burgers are made to order, so we can easily make your burger how you like it!


The Fixins

The Nodding Donkey has 3 signature burgers on our menu, each with fixins that make our mouth water.

The first: the Saloon Burger, topped with smoked onions, pepper jack, and chipotle mayo.

The second: the Bacon Blue Cheese Burger, which is just as it sounds with crispy onions, blue cheese crumbles, and smoky bacon.

And the last: the Mushroom Onion & Swiss, complete with caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, and sautéed mushrooms.

Of course, you can always add lettuce, tomato, mustard, etc. – you tell us what you like!


The Bun

The bun is just as important as the patty, and The Donkey does it right. All this goodness is sandwiched in soft, fresh baked brioche buns. Need a gluten free bun? Just ask your server; the Nodding Donkey a gluten-free friendly restaurant!


The Sides

Yeah, these play second fiddle to the burger, but it’s worth noting that we serve pretty delicious homemade, fresh cut fries, potato salad, or a salad on the side. Your choice of side (but we’ve got a weak spot for the homemade fries!)


Ready to grab a great burger in Dallas? Then head over to The Nodding Donkey today! 

Summer Specials: Taco Tuesday at The Nodding Donkey!

In the summer, we just crave simplicity.


And what’s more simple than a fresh taco and an ice cold beer?


What if we told you that you could get just that – at one helluva price?!


Introducing Taco Tuesday in Dallas at The Nodding Donkey!

Tacos and beer are hard to beat, but they get better when you can get them on the cheap. Get your choice of taco – plus an ice old Dos Equis – all for just $5!

First, choose your meat! Do you want pulled pork, chicken, or juicy brisket? All cooked in-house for a freshness you can taste.

Next, choose your toppings! Our tacos generally come with pico de gallo, lettuce, cotija cheese (that’s delicious Mexican cheese people), and our homemade fire-roasted salsa, but you are welcome to pick and choose the toppings you prefer on your taco. It’s your taco, so order it like you like it!

Lastly, sip your beer! Now with your taco and a Dos Equis in hand, enjoy a great meal for a fraction of its normal price. You can even pretend you’re in Mexico, enjoying it on the beach…watching the waves roll by. You’re not – you’re stuck in Uptown Dallas - but there’s nothing wrong with a little daydream!

This deal is available all day on Tuesdays, all summer long! Join us for lunch, dinner, Dallas happy hour, or a late night snack. Even better, plan your visit around a game and enjoy the game day atmosphere at the best sports bar in Dallas.

If for some reason a great taco and a beer is not your thing, browse the rest of our Texican menu to see if there is something you like! Your choice of enchiladas, fajitas, flautas, or quesadillas is sure to hit the spot.

See you this week at The Nodding Donkey for Taco Tuesday in Dallas! 

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Come Watch the College World Series with us at The Nodding Donkey!

Anyone else been engrossed in the Super Regionals this past weekend?

Lots of great baseball and more to come because the College World Series is coming this weekend!


The College World Series at The Nodding Donkey!

As the best sports bar in Dallas, you can guarantee we’ll be showing the College World Series, especially since two of our Texas teams will be representing the Lone Star State: Texas A&M and TCU. Who else made the cut? Here’s the list of eight:

·      Texas A&M

·      TCU

·      LSU

·      Oregon St.

·      CSU Fullerton

·      Louisville

·      Florida St.

·      Florida


What’s the College World Series Schedule?

Games start on Saturday, June 17 at 2pm and continue through June 27 when the championship game is played. That’s over a week of great college baseball at The Nodding Donkey. And with 20 huge screens throughout our Uptown Dallas restaurant and bar, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. And even if you aren’t into the game, come for the party! Our huge, wrap around porch (by the way, it’s completely cooled!) is the place to be with parlor games and more. Come play life-sized Jenga, giant Connect 4, or Cornhole with us!


What about Dallas Drink Specials?

Have you ever known The Nodding Donkey not to offer amazing Dallas drink specials?! We didn’t think so. Join us for the College World Series and get amazing deals on craft beer, pitchers of Donkey Punch, perfectly crafted summer cocktails, and more. Just be sure to order some of the best bar food in Dallas while you’re at it. Stacked Nachos or Brisket Queso, anyone?! And let’s not forget about the fried favorites: Donkey Balls, Chicken Wings basted in one of signature sauces, fried pickles, and more.

The College World Series is coming to The Nodding Donkey this weekend, and we hope to see you there! Whether you’re an Aggie or Horned Frog – or a fan of another school - come root for your favorite team with us!  

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It’s a Wrap – Order a Wrap at The Nodding Donkey!

Looking for a light lunch that’s easy to handle? Maybe you need lunch to go?


Did you know that The Nodding Donkey in Uptown Dallas not only has some delicious sandwiches, Tex-Mex, burgers, and salads, but wraps too?!


If you need a quick lunch on-the-go, are dining in with friends and need something light, or want to order takeout (yes –you can order online on our website!), our wraps are the perfect solution.

So is your mouthwatering yet? Order one of these Dallas wraps and you won’t be disappointed!


Baja Chicken Wrap

The classic wrap. Perfect for pretty much anyone, the Baja Chicken Wrap is grilled chicken breast, bell peppers, and onions – coated in melted pepper jack cheese – then rolled up tight in one of our warm tortillas. It’s kind of like a Philly Cheesesteak…but without the steak.


Cuban Donkey Wrap

The Cuban Donkey Wrap is one of our newer wraps and is quickly becoming a customer favorite! We combine our homemade pulled pork, black beans, crispy pickles, pico, and lettuce – layer it with some melted swiss – then drizzle on our secret house mustard. Wrap it in a jalapeno cheddar tortilla and it’s go time.


Each of our wraps comes with your choice of waffle fries, classic French fries, or a house side salad. Or if you’d like, substitute for fresh fruit or potato salad. Don’t forget to finish the meal off with the best craft beer in Dallas or one of our summer cocktails. Wraps are great for lunch, but are available for dinner, happy hour, and late night too.

Can’t get here and want FREE DELIVERY?! Order through our website here and your food will be there in a flash.

Well, that’s a wrap!

See you this week at the best sports bar in Dallas – The Nodding Donkey – for Dallas wraps, drink specials, and more.

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Why We Love the Dallas Memorial Day Brunch at State & Allen

As most of you know, State & Allen is our sister restaurant, located just down the road at the corner of State St. and Allen St. in Uptown Dallas, Texas. And like most siblings, we each have our strengths.

The Nodding Donkey is known for being the best sports bar in Dallas, while State & Allen has a killer dinner menu and hands down the best brunch in Dallas. That’s why we were pretty excited to hear that State & Allen will be offering a Dallas Memorial Day Brunch on Monday, May 29! Why do we love it? Read on –

1.    Amazing Food

State & Allen uses only the best ingredients in each of its dishes: fresh, free range eggs, local produce whenever possible, and the highest quality meats. And amazing ingredients translate into amazing food. We are partial to the Omelet Calabrese – named for The Nodding Donkey & State & Allen’s Founder Jonathan Calabrese – but the Chicken & Waffles, Mediterranean Egg White Scramble, and The Giant (aka biscuits & gravy and southern goodness) are also huge hits. Really you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu!


2.    Delicious Brunch Drink Specials

So what’s brunch without cocktails?! State & Allen is home to the only Bloody Mary Bar in Uptown Dallas, so for just $5, you can try your hand at concocting the best Bloody around. Not in the mood for Bloodys? Go for a $3 Mimosa, a $9 Sofiemosa, or an Agave Loco Bloody Maria for just $8.75.


3.    Great Patio

The weather is going to be gorgeous this weekend, and enjoying brunch on the patio is close to heaven (not to mention, pretty good people watching!).


Memorial Day Weekend is better when you spend it with The Nodding Donkey and State & Allen! Grab drinks, food, and watch a few games at the best sports bar in Dallas – The Nodding Donkey – then don’t forget to check out the Dallas Memorial Day Brunch at State & Allen!

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New Menu Items Available at The Nodding Donkey Uptown!

Before you have a heart attack – keep in mind we’re keeping all the favorites you know and love!

We have just tweaked our Uptown Dallas menu to provide even more delicious appetizers, salads, sandwiches, wraps, Texican dishes, and more for your dining pleasure.

So what’s new? Here’s a sampling of a few new menu items at The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas!

·      Willie’s Flautas: The perfect appetizer or entrée, our new Willie’s Flautas do not disappoint! Our flautas are made with chicken, then fried in corn tortillas until they come out as crispy, crunchy morsels of Tex-Mex goodness. Served with queso, lettuce, pico, chipotle rice, and our homemade refried black beans.

·       Cuban Donkey Wrap: It’s about time we added a wrap to our menu! You’ll love the melding of flavors in our Cuban Donkey Wrap, as it’s stuffed with pulled pork, melted Swiss cheese, crispy pickles, black beans, pico, lettuce, and homemade donkey mustard.

·      Sean’s Philly: No need to travel far and wide to find the best Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich around – just head to The Donkey! Ours uses our signature smoked brisket (smoked in-house of course!), a mixture of red and green bell peppers, melted cheddar cheese, and chipotle mayo.

·      Southwest Chicken: We might as well call this Smothered Chicken because it’s our grilled chicken breast covered in delicious pepperjack cheese, bell peppers, and smoked onions, served with a side of homemade refried black beans and chipotle rice. Absolutely delicious.

These are just a few of the delicious new menu offerings the best sports bar in Dallas has to offer! Visit us here for the full menu, or just come on out to The Donkey and see for yourself! Our drink menu is also in the process of getting a face-lift, so stay tuned for brand new cocktails and craft beer offerings – just in time for summer! 

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Enjoy Half Priced Appetizers During Dallas Happy Hour!

That’s right – the only place to do Dallas Happy Hour is at The Nodding Donkey! Not only will you get great drink specials, but you’ll also get half price on our amazing appetizers!

So what’s on the appetizer menu at The Nodding Donkey? Glad you asked! Here are a few of our favorites:

·      Brisket Queso: We’re a sucker for a good queso, and The Nodding Donkey’s brisket queso knocks it out of the park! Creamy cheddar cheese is kicked up a notch with our tender brisket, smoked in-house. Then add fire roasted peppers, corn, pico, chow chow, and jalapenos, and you’ll want to order two! And at half price during Dallas Happy Hour – you can!

·      Chicken Wings: When the big game is on, all you really want are some wings to go with it! The Nodding Donkey’s signature chicken wings are smoked in-house, then fried, but you can get baked wings upon request. Then douse the wings in your choice of sauce: BBQ, Spicy BBQ, Lemon Pepper, Classic Buffalo, or State & Allen Buffalo Sauce.

·      Smoky Guacamole: Are you on a gluten free diet? Then the smoky guac may be just the thing for you! Freshly made, chunky avocado is mixed with pico, roasted fresno peppers, and our secret ingredient – smoked bacon.

·      Willy’s Wagon Wheels: If crispy fried pickles are your thing, then you’ll love our version! Hand-battered then deep fried to perfection, these crunchy morsels are hard to stop eating!

Are you ready for Dallas happy hour on the patio with drinks and appetizers? Visit The Nodding Donkey this week, 4-7pm each weekday, and you’ll get our delicious appetizers HALF OFF! And be sure to ask your waiter about all of our amazing happy hour drink specials as well – craft beer, cocktails, and more are all available at discounted happy hour rates.

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