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Hands Down the Best Appetizers in Town! – The Nodding Donkey

Don’t take our word for it…just ask your friends! 


It’s not really a scientific poll, but we’re pretty sure if you start asking around, everyone will agree that the starters at The Donkey are out of this world good. They aren’t fancy. Or elaborate. Just good food and quality ingredients, cooked well, for a delicious flavor that just tastes better. Yeah…we’re pretty sure they’re the best appetizers in Dallas.


When it’s Got to Be Crispy…


Want a crispy appetizer? Who doesn’t?! Fried foods are our specialty and we’ve got that crispy, golden brown crust down to a science. Willy’s Wagon Wheels (fried pickles), Donkey Balls (fried Oaxaca cheese), S&A Chicken Strips, Homemade Jalapeno Skins, and more… you can’t go wrong with any of these fabulous appetizers. Can’t pick just one? Order the Texas-Sized Sampler for your table, providing an array of fried food with 3 dipping sauces. Add a couple buckets of beer and it’s the perfect accompaniment for bowl game watching.


Yep…We Cut the Cheese…


Some of our most popular starters are loaded with ooey gooey cheese, including our ever popular Brisket Queso. Cheddar cheese, shredded brisket (cooked in-house of course), fire roasted Anaheim peppers, corn, pico, jalapenos, and chow chow are all combined for the perfect queso. Don’t be surprised if you’ve got to order seconds… Another cheesy favorite? The BBQ Brisket Grilled Cheese. While not a starter, this amazing sandwich has been getting rave reviews since we opened our restaurant doors. 


It’s Hip to Dip


Queso isn’t our only popular dip. Order your favorite craft beer or cocktail, then pair it with chips and salsa or chips and the triple dip. The Triple Dip is perfect for a crowd, as it’s a combination of guac, salsa, and our brisket queso, served with chips.


Join us this week for bowl games and the best appetizers in Dallas, Texas! We can’t wait to see you at The Nodding Donkey – Dallas’ best sports bar

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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! 

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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