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Skip the Tex-Mex. Order Texican at The Nodding Donkey!

We all know Dallas is the Tex-Mex capital of Texas. Around every corner, you’ll see another restaurant boasting amazing tacos, chips and salsa, and the like.


So what makes The Nodding Donkey any different? One word: Texican.


What’s Texican?!

Glad you asked. “Texican” is traditional Mexican food infused with elements of good ol’ southern barbecue made right here in the great state of Texas. When you try our dishes off the Texican menu, you’ll take in the flavors of smoked meat, slow cooked the way your favorite barbecue joint does it, combined with your go-to Mexican food favorites. Our Executive Chef Rhett Dukes prides himself on mixing flavors in new, unexpected ways, and he’s knocked it out of the park with The Nodding Donkey’s Texican menu.


So what should I order?

Here are a few customer favorites to get you started:


·      Allen Street Tacos: A house favorite! Choose between juicy, slow-roasted brisket, chicken, or pulled pork tacos, each topped with homemade pico de gallo, lettuce, and cotija cheese. The meal comes with 3 tacos, so choose one of each to experience them all!


·      Marias Enchiladas: Not your run-of-the-mill enchiladas. Each enchilada is stuffed with mouth-watering brisket and Oaxaca cheese, then smothered in our house ranchero sauce and topped with lettuce, pico de gallo, and more cheese. The smoky flavor of the brisket balances the ranchero and adds a new twist to your old favorite!


·      Fajitas: Looking for a dish you simply can’t go wrong with?! The Nodding Donkey fajitas are always a winner. Tender chicken or beef, fresh tortillas, and all the fixins. Don’t miss the homemade fire roasted salsa – it’s perfect with fajitas!


Each of our Texican entrees comes with refried beans and chipotle rice. And don’t forget to add a local Dallas craft beer or a pitcher of Donkey Punch. No meal is complete without the best drinks in town at the best restaurant and bar in town!


See you this week at The Nodding Donkey for the best Tex-Mex – errr Texican – in Dallas!

Have You Picked Up Your Donkey Swag?


If you’re anything like us, you live in a good t-shirt. Something soft, comfortable, and perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon or Sunday brunch. Oh and it needs to be stylish.


Did you know that The Nodding Donkey has a full selection of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and tank tops, perfect for occasions such as these?! Here’s the scoop:


Tons of Choices


So maybe you don’t need “just another t-shirt.” The Nodding Donkey has a full range of options including tanks, sweatshirts, and yes, super amazingly soft and stylish t-shirts. There are tons of choices – both for men and women – so you are sure to find something perfect for showing off your love for The Nodding Donkey.  And the styles aren’t bad either. Plenty of unique graphics, so it’s something you are proud to wear, not just another bad graphic tee. Our staff has fallen in love with these shirts, and we know you will too.


Top Notch Quality


We love The Nodding Donkey swag because it just feels better with each wash. Constructed of premium quality cotton, our gear just feels good. And when it comes to t-shirt, no one wants a scratchy, bulky cotton shirt. Lightweight yet durable, that’s what you’ll get with gear from The Nodding Donkey.


Show off your Donkey Love!


Grab some gear today, and show some love for your favorite restaurant and bar in Uptown! There is nothing more fun that being around Dallas on the weekend, and seeing someone sporting a Donkey shirt. Did we mention how easy it is to effortlessly look good when you through on a Nodding Donkey shirt, jeans, and a pair of flip flops?! 


See you this week for March Madness Final Four basketball, lunch specials, daily drink specials, and more! And while you’re here, do yourself a favor and pick up a shirt or two. Your wardrobe will thank you.


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New Local Beers on Tap at The Nodding Donkey

At The Nodding Donkey Uptown, we never want you to get bored of our drink offerings. Of course we’ll always have your favorites, but there’s also something to be said for mixing it up and trying new things. That’s why we rotate the brews on tap periodically to keep the rotation fresh and guarantee the best beer selection in Uptown.

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That’s why we recently added 6 new taps to our lineup, 4 of which are local brews right here from the great state of Texas!

·         Lakewood Lager: A product of Lakewood Brewing Company right here in east Dallas, the Lakewood Lager is a classic Vienna style lager. Its makers call it an infusion of “old and new,” just like Lakewood itself. Bitter hops flavor paired with a subtle, malty sweetness, this beer is rich and universally delicious. Bonus - it pairs with just about everything on our menu.

·         TAP Fire Ant Funeral: An Amber Ale, product of the Texas Ale Project. Texas Ale Project is the first Dallas brewery since the late 1800s to be built from the ground up. They are committed to the craft of creating the best beer around, and the Fire Ant Funeral is no exception. This traditional Amber Ale is complex and well-rounded, created with 7 different malts and American grown hops.

·         Revolver’s Blood & Honey:  Truly unique and delicious, Revolver’s Blood & Honey beer is created with local Fall Creek Farms Honey, spices, and hints of Blood Orange. It’s an unfiltered American Wheat Ale straight from our friends in Fort Worth at the Revolver Brewing Company. We know you’ll love it as much as we do.

·         Community Mosaic IPA: Regarded as quite possibly the best IPA in Dallas, Community Beer Company’s Mosaic IPA will impress. While being robust and hoppy in nature, it balances the malts, alcohol, and hops to precision. Fruity undertones and a golden brown color round out this incredible beer.

Join us for the best happy hour in Dallas – or anytime! – to enjoy these amazing new beers on tap!