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Enjoy Taco Tuesday at The Nodding Donkey!


Raise your hand if Taco Tuesday is just about your favorite day of the week!!


At The Nodding Donkey, we absolutely love tacos and love any opportunity to celebrate our favorite Texican entrees. Sure, we’re a sports bar – so we’ve got craft beer, cocktails, and amazing appetizers - but did you know we also have a full menu of Texican entrees – including our fabulous Allen St. Tacos? Read on to learn more about what you should order on Taco Tuesday at The Nodding Donkey:


Allen Street Tacos

Let’s start here, shall we. Our signature tacos named for one of our cross streets, the Allen St. Tacos are everything a taco should be. When you order the Allen St. Tacos, you get your choice of 3 delicious tacos – brisket, chicken, or pulled pork. In addition, you’ll get each taco topped with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, and soft cojita cheese. Fire roasted salsa is on the side. 



If you aren’t feeling the tacos, the fajitas are your next best bet. Our traditional fajitas can be ordered with chicken, beef, or a combination of both. And of course, you’ll get all the fixins: bell peppers, grilled onions, guacamole, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and fire roasted salsa are all served with warm tortillas so you can fix your fajitas how you like them.



There are 2 types of enchiladas on the menu, just depends on if you’re interested in chicken or beef. Enjoy our chicken enchiladas with your choice of queso, sour cream, or green chili sauce. The beef enchiladas come with ranchero sauce. It’s hard to go wrong with either. 


Come spend Taco Tuesday with us at The Nodding Donkey and enjoy these and other delicious Texican favorites! We can’t wait to see you at the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas

Which Appetizer will You Enjoy While You Watch the Game?

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It’s Football Season at The Nodding Donkey and that means we’ve got games galore! Join us Saturday or Sunday to enjoy your favorite college football games or NFL games. Plus – there are plenty of games on during the week too! 


While you’re here…you’re going to get hungry. Sure – you came for the beer (we’ve got the best craft beer selection around btw), but now you’ve got the munchies. Which appetizer will you pair with that beer? Here are a few customer favorites!


Brisket Queso

Brisket + ooey gooey queso = YES! This dip is perfection with melted cheddar cheese, brisket we smoke in-house, fire-roasted Anaheim peppers, corn pico, jalapenos, and chow-chow all combined into one flavorful dip. If you’re feeding a group (or just really hungry) you can also order this as part of our Triple Dip starter that gets you this awesome brisket queso, guacamole, and salsa. 


Willy’s Wagon Wheels

This is just our fancy name for fried pickles and they’re so good! Enjoy the best fried pickles in Dallas, as we lightly batter each slice and then deep fry it until golden brown. Served with ranch.


Loaded Cheese Fries

French fries are better when you top them with all the goodness. Our loaded cheese fries come with queso, shredded cheddar, green onions, and crumbled bacon all piled high and ready to enjoy.


State & Allen Chicken Strips

This chicken strips hail from our sister restaurant – State & Allen – and are a huge hit here as well! If you’re looking for more than an appetizer and need a light lunch or dinner, the chicken strips are a great choice. Each tender strip is marinated in a blend of 9 herbs and spices before hitting the deep fryer. Served with fresh cut French fries and your choice of sauce.


So what will it be? Join us this week at The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas – for football, beer, and great appetizers! 

4 Reasons We Love Local Craft Beer

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At The Nodding Donkey, we serve it all: domestics, imports, craft beer, and even yes, local craft beer. 


But we’ll admit, we’ve got a soft spot in our heart for those local craft breweries, the ones that hail from the great state of Texas, many of which are right here in Dallas-Fort Worth! Craft breweries have popped up all over the place in the last few years, and we love supporting them. You’ll find many of the local breweries on our menu – both bottled and on tap. 


So what’s the big deal with drinking local? Here are 4 reasons we love drinking local craft beer:


1.    Shopping Small

Small businesses are the backbone of this country (heck we’re a small business!) and we love supporting like-minded folks. In fact, studies have shown that most Americans live within a 10 mile radius of at least one craft brewery! Shopping these local breweries and supporting them keeps money in our local economy and allows it to flourish. 


2.    Fresh Ingredients

We are not here to say that others aren’t using fresh ingredients, but when you shop-small, you are normally met with people who’ve personally shopped these ingredients. Whether they are buying organic, or even adding local ingredients also sourced from your area, fresh ingredients matter to the overall taste of the beer. 


3.    Sustainable Practices

We love “going green” when we can, and sustainability matters to us! It matters to many small business owners who care about more than just the bottom line. We’ve met with many craft brewery owners and operators and love hearing their stories of ingenuity and resourceful uses of energy.


4.    People Behind the Beer

Most of these small craft breweries have a story. They started somewhere. And if you support them, chances are, you’ll get to know them. You make connections. You get to be a part of something bigger than yourself. What’s not to love?! 


Come see us at The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas – today and let’s raise a glass of local craft beer together. Cheers!

Stay Skinny. Eat a Salad. 

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We’re in the height of summer, a time when you’re spending your weekends at the lake or poolside with friends. And when it’s swimsuit season, what better way to keep your figure than with salads at The Nodding Donkey?!


Mouthwatering Dallas Salads

Whether you’re here for a game, lunch with friends, or an early dinner and happy hour, The Nodding Donkey’s salads are always the right choice. We offer a variety of mouthwatering favorites, including the Famous Silver Bowl Salad, Mediterranean, Texas Cobb, Texas Baja, and Miso Tuna. It’s hard to choose which delicious salad you’re going to go with today!


Gluten Free

We love loading our salads with tasty toppings that create a filling and delicious salad. It’s just one of those things that makes our us have the best salads in Dallas. But if you’re in need of a gluten free option, simply let our servers know. Any of our salads can be made gluten free since each is made to order and can be customized however you wish. In fact, all but the Texas Baja are naturally gluten free. 


Made-from-Scratch Dressings

No pre-made dressings here! Each of our 8 dressing options is made in-house for a freshness you can taste. And yes – we did say 8 dressings! Choose between the Ranch, Red Ranch, Champagne Vinaigrette, Honey Mustard, Balsamic, Mango, Blue Cheese, or Caesar. 


Pick Your Protein

Each of our salads can be ordered with veggies only or with an added protein. Protein options include chicken breast, pulled pork, brisket, or tuna. Just check our menu to see which options we recommend pairing with each salad. 


When you’re in the mood for something lighter, don’t forget about salads at The Nodding Donkey! We are open 7 days a week and conveniently located at the corner of Thomas Ave. and Allen St. in Uptown Dallas, Texas. The best salads in Dallas are at The Nodding Donkey

What Summer Cocktails Should I Try at The Nodding Donkey?

As the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas, we commonly change up our cocktail menu. Don’t us wrong – if you have a favorite – we can whip it up for you! But we do have a seasonal list full of delicious offerings that our bartenders have perfected. Maybe they include new flavors you wouldn’t have thought to mix. That’s the fun of trying something new!


Our summer cocktail list is out, and it has some great summer cocktails to wet your whistle. So what summer cocktails should you try at The Nodding Donkey? Here are a few of our favorites:


Donkey Punch

Our signature “party punch” is perfect for a hot summer afternoon! Grab your buddy, start a game of cornhole, and order up a pitcher of Donkey Punch! This “trash can punch” has Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum, Veev, and an assortment of secret ingredients we refuse to divulge. Once things for sure, you’ll love this punch!  


Summer Beer

Who doesn’t love summer beer? At The Nodding Donkey, we make ours with Grey Goose L’Orange vodka, Shock Top beer, and tangy lemonade. Summer in a glass, I tell ya.


Botanical Bubbly

Ladies – this one is for you! Fresh and floral, our Botanical Bubbly combines Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit and Rose Vodka and Club Soda for a refreshing summer cocktail. You’ll love the crisp finish. 

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Espolon Paloma

Paloma lovers, where are ya? This one is delicious and perfect for a hot summer day, combining Espolone tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda. 


Gilligan’s Island Hurricane

Who needs to get off the island when the drinks are this good? Come try our version of a hurricane with all the rums – dark, spiced, and coconut – combined with juice and grenadine for a fruity favorite worthy of your affections. 


Ready to enjoy a summer cocktail? Come see us at the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas, The Nodding Donkey! 

The Best Sports Bar in Dallas has the Best Appetizers Too!

As the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas, you’d expect us to have an amazing selection of beer, wine, craft cocktails, and the like. 


You’d expect us to have TVs galore so you can see the big game with ease. 


But did you also realize we have some of the best appetizers in town too?!


The Nodding Donkey takes pride in all of our scratch kitchen creations, and nothing about our menu is straight “bar food.” Whether visiting us to watch the game, grab a quick bite to eat, or just to grab a drink with friends, don’t forget to try some of these amazing appetizers we have at The Donkey as well:


Brisket Queso


Let’s getting something straight: you do not want to miss the brisket queso here at The Nodding Donkey. Delicious queso melted cheddar cheese, fire roasted Anaheim peppers, corn pico, jalapenos, chow-chow, and the finishing touch, our in-house smoked brisket. Want to really kick it up a notch? Then, you can also order our Texas Triple Dip, complete with brisket queso, guacamole, and salsa. (Of course – chips are included too.)


Willy’s Wagon Wheels


We don’t know Willy, but we love his Wagon Wheels! Our Wagon Wheels are simply The Donkey’s version of fried pickles. Hand battered. Crispy. Served with house ranch. So delicious you’ll need two orders!


Loaded Cheese Fries


Few things say “I mean business” like an order of cheese fries. Whoop and holler for your team, all while chowing down on these fresh cut French fries loaded with bacon, queso, shredded cheddar, and green onions. 


Chicken Wings


The great thing about our chicken wings is that they’re served your way. We prepare them just for you! Each order is smoked, then fried and served with your choice of sauce: S&A buffalo, bbq, spicy bbq, lemon pepper, or just classic buffalo. 


Homemade Jalapeno Skins


Stuffed jalapenos never tasted so good! At The Nodding Donkey, we stuff them with Oaxaca cheese and chorizo, wrap them in bacon, then deep fry them to perfection. Wowza. 

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So the next time you think about visiting us at The Nodding Donkey, don’t hesitate to order one of these mouthwatering appetizers! We know you won’t regret it!

Summer Vibes: How to Make the Perfect Skinny Margarita

Summer has arrived and you’re either thrilled you get to lay by the pool – or terrified to wear your suit on your upcoming vacay.


Summer isn’t summer without a cold drink in hand, and one of our favorites that’s easy on the waistline is the skinny margarita


What is a Skinny Margarita?

 A skinny margarita is simply the flavorful cocktail you love, made a little lighter. But don’t think of it as a “diet margarita,” stripped of flavor and substance. No – a skinny margarita is simply low in calories – not flavor.


What’s the Secret to the Perfect Skinny Margarita?

The secret is fresh ingredients. Many margaritas – and cocktails in general – are loaded with heavy mixes made with artificial flavors and colors. Instead, the perfect skinny margarita uses fresh ingredients for a margarita that is guilt-free and tastes great. 

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How to Make the Perfect Skinny Margarita 


Use Premium Tequila 

 When opting for fresh, perfect skinny margaritas, don’t settle for anything less that 100% pure agave tequila. Surprisingly, one shot of tequila has less calories than a shot of vodka, so you’re already on your way to a lighter cocktail. 


Substitute Orange Juice for Triple Sec

 If you want that fresh citrusy flavor in your margarita, you can get it with freshly squeezed orange juice, adding less calories than a traditional orange liqueur like Triple Sec. 


Add a Splash of Water

If you feel like your margarita has too much bite, cut the sour with a splash of water. The water works as a perfect complement to the lime juice and tones the flavor down, bringing out the sweetness instead of extreme tart flavor.


Skip the Blender

 Your skinny margarita will taste better over the rocks than blended frozen. While we love a frozen margarita as much as the next person, it tends to numb your tongue, making it difficult to enjoy the full spectrum of flavor in your cocktail.


Fresh Lime Every Time

 Again, always use fresh lime juice instead of a mix or even the bottled lime juice for the fullest flavor. 


Agave Nectar Sweetens Without the Guilt

 Many traditional recipes will have you use simple syrup, but substitute agave nectar and you’ll get that same sweetness you crave – at a fraction of the calories. Plus, agave nectar helps regular blood sugar. 


So before you start believing you’ve got to cut all indulgences out of your diet asap, make a skinny margarita at home and enjoy the fresh flavors of summer that are also easy on the waistline. And if you’re looking for the best cocktails and craft beer in Dallas, you can always come see us at the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas – The Nodding Donkey. 

The Mystery Behind the Copper Mug

What makes that copper mug so special anyway? 

 You know…the one that holds the Moscow Mule? 


At The Nodding Donkey, we pride ourselves on being the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas, and with that comes a killer drink menu. A few years ago, the Moscow Mule took off as a customer favorite and continues to be extremely popular today. But why the copper mug? Here are a few reasons why the copper mug and the mule go hand-in-hand:


1.   It’s Science Baby.

Here’s the thing – copper is a natural insulator. Even in the heat of summer, that drink will stay cooler in the mug. And yet at the same time, the copper quickly takes on the ice cold properties of your mule, giving you that icy, frozen sensation every time your lips meet the metal. Not to mention, the handle is perfect for keeping the heat of your hand away from the cool drink, allowing the drink the opportunity to stay at optimal temperatures longer. 


2.   They Taste Better.

Okay, this one is subjective, but many experts believe that when copper reacts with vodka, it creates an oxidation effect, boosting the flavor profile of the mule. Also – copper increases the carbonation in the mug, simply by keeping the drink colder than other glasses can do. And maybe it’s just us, but it seems like the citrusy lime flavor gets a boost too when met with the chill of a copper mug. 


3.   It’s Timeless. 

Ever since the Moscow Mule was invented in the 1940s, the copper mug has been a part of the experience. Whether you believe that the copper enhances flavor or not, you can’t argue that there is something timeless about holding a Moscow Mule in a copper mug. 

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Thirsty for a mule? Come see us at the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas, Texas – The Nodding Donkey – today for Moscow mules, beer, wine, and more! 

What Makes The Nodding Donkey the Best Sports Bar in Dallas, Texas?

A few years ago D Magazine dubbed The Nodding Donkey the best sports bar in Dallas and it’s a reputation we’ve been striving to live up to ever since! We know you have options when it comes to where you watch the game, and we’re thrilled you choose to come hang out with us at The Donkey. 


For those of you who haven’t caught a game or joined us for happy hour at The Nodding Donkey, here are just a few reasons why we’re the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas:


20 Massive TVs

Want to watch the game? Want to watch a game others aren’t watching? With 20 huge TVs we make sure there isn’t a bad seat in the house to catch all the action. And if you’re interested in watching a game that others aren’t watching, just let our staff know. We’ll get it going on one of our big screens, with options available for both indoor and outdoor viewing. 


The Best Parlor Games


Life-Sized Jenga. Cornhole. Giant Connect 4. These are just a few of the parlor games you can find here at The Nodding Donkey. We want to create an environment that is fun for all, so take in the indoor/outdoor space and play a few games during halftime or commercial breaks. Not really into the game but along for the fun? Then our parlor games help pass the time (craft beer and cocktails help too). 

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Cooled Patio – All the Way Around


One thing our guests truly love about The Nodding Donkey is the wrap around patio, offering an indoor/outdoor vibe that’s just perfect for a cool Spring evening. And for those Summer evenings when it’s a balmy 100 degrees in North Texas….The Nodding Donkey has misters to cool you right off! 


Best Bar Food in Dallas, Texas


Bar food is hardly a thing here at The Nodding Donkey because ours far suprasses the typical offerings. Sure, we might offer appetizers such as fried pickles and chicken strips, but the also come with a difference you can taste. Hand-breaded, fresh never frozen, scratch kitchen cooking….these are the types of things that set our menu apart and make our food the best bar food in Dallas.


Come see us this week at The Nodding Donkey in Dallas, Texas for hockey, baseball, and more! 

The Weekend isn’t Complete Without Brunch at The Nodding Donkey!

If you love eating at The Nodding Donkey during the week, then don’t miss the opportunity to try our weekend brunch as well!


The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas – is open on weekends and serves Dallas brunch from 11am-2pm on Saturday and Sunday. It’s a great chance to catch an early game and eat some amazing food. 


Brunch: Tex-Mex Style

As is the case with most of our menu items at The Donkey, our brunch menu looks like it’s been hit by the Tex-Mex train. Each of our traditional brunch offerings has been infused with a little bit of Mexican…or maybe a little bit of southern bbq. Either way, you’re gonna love it. Here are a few of our customer favorites:

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Brisket & Scramble Tacos

Each of these breakfast tacos is stacked high with hickory smoked brisket, fluffy scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, and a green chili sauce, all wrapped in warm corn tortillas. Frankly, this is a meal we’d eat any time of the day, it’s just so good.


Backyard Benedict

Traditionally fussy and stuffy, our eggs benedict gets a makeover! Think biscuits and gravy – but better! – as each of our fresh biscuits is toasted and topped with Canadian bacon, fried eggs, and tasso ham gravy. 


Salsa’d Eggs

We frequently get requests for Gluten Free menu items in Dallas, and this one is perfect for brunch! Fluffy scrambled eggs get sautéed with salsa, then served with sliced avocados, pico de gallo, and corn tortillas. 


Brunch Drink Specials in Dallas at The Nodding Donkey

As you’re contemplating which menu item to order, don’t forget to save room for Dallas drink specials! Bloody Marys and Mimosas are just $4 during brunch! Or get $20 buckets of beer! 


Got weekend plans? Join us at The Nodding Donkey for Dallas brunch

Register NOW: 9th Annual Nodding Donkey Charity Golf Tournament

It’s that time again…time for one of our favorite events of the year! Can you believe we’ve been doing this for 9 years?! 


It’s time to register for the 9th Annual Nodding Donkey Charity Golf Tournament. A great day of fun where we drink too much, laugh too much, eat too much, and oh yeah – we play some golf too.


When and Where?


The Dallas charity golf tournament takes place on Friday, June 7, 2019. Work until noon, then join us at noon, as the tents will open at that time, and then the actual tourney starts at 1pm and lasts until around 7pm. We will be at The Golf Club of Dallas this year, located at 2200 West Red Bird Lane, Dallas, Texas, 75232.


What Can I Expect?


Tents open at noon for event registration, lunch, and beverages brought to you by your favorite Dallas sports bar – The Nodding Donkey of course! Next, you’ll move on to the course, where we’ll compete 4-man scramble style. After the tourney, dinner and drinks are served and winners are announced. Basically – you’ll have tons of fun with friends new and old, what’s not to love?!


How Much Is it?


The 9th Annual Nodding Donkey Charity Golf Tournament is $150/player, and that includes your cart, day of golfing, driving range access, lunch, dinner, and beverages. When you register online, your fees come with a charity receipt, so support a good cause and get a tax break while you’re at it. 


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Register Today for our Dallas Charity Golf Tournament! 


Registration is already filling up fast, so visit the link here to reserve your space. Find a few friends to complete your foursome - or register alone and we’ll place you with a team who will be your new best friends by the end of the day. 


What are you waiting for? Register now! In the meantime, visit us at The Nodding Donkey for March Madness, MLB Baseball, and all the games you’d expect at the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas.   

Super Bowl Sunday and More: Upcoming Events at The Nodding Donkey

At The Nodding Donkey, there is always a cause for celebration. 


As the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas, we’ve always got a game on – which means there’s something to cheer about, right?!


That being said, one of our favorite events of the year is coming up this weekend and you’ll want to get in on the action! Plus, there is more fun to be had throughout the month of February! Let’s celebrate together!!


Super Bowl Sunday – February 3


Buckets of beer, brunch, and more! Grab your friends and get here early for Super Bowl Sunday at The Nodding Donkey! The New England Patriots take on the New England Rams and we’re hoping for a good game. And if not, there are always the commercials to fall back on. Check with your server for Super Bowl Sunday food and drink specials in Dallas.


Valentine’s Day – February 14


Whether you’re spending it with someone you love, or just flying solo, come celebrate at The Donkey! It is a great place for a casual date and a game of cornhole or life-sized Jenga on the patio. Or grab a handcrafted cocktail, glass of wine, or craft beer for pre-drinks at The Donkey, then head to State & Allen Kitchen + Bar for a fine dining experience in Dallas.


National Margarita Day – February 22


Yes, it’s a thing. And we’re excited! Any excuse to offer drink specials and eat Tex-Mex is fine with us! The Nodding Donkey makes an amazing top shelf margarita, with Tres Agaves tequila, agave nectar, and fresh lime juice. No mixes here! Pair it with chips and queso, enchiladas, tacos, or fajitas from our Texican menu. 

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February is going to be a great month at The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas! We’ll save you a seat!

Specials and menu items subject to change. Please ask your server for details on current offers from The Nodding Donkey.

Stick to Your New Year's Resolution and Bring on the Salads!

Did you set a New Year’s Resolution?


Did it have anything to do with eating healthier and losing weight?


We can’t help you exercise, but we can point you to our delicious salads. Loaded with deliciousness and by far healthier than an order of fried Donkey Balls, our Dallas salads are the perfect way to kick off 2019.


Delicious Choices


Just glance at our salad menu and your mouth will be watering for the best salad in Dallas. We have everything from the Mediterranean with olives, feta, cherry tomatoes, and artichokes – to Texas Baja with grilled chicken, black beans, and Oaxaca cheese – to Miso Tuna with its own miso peanut sauce – and more. Each salad is carefully crafted by our chefs for maximum flavor in every bite. Not to mention, the highest quality ingredients for a difference you can taste. Here’s the full rundown on our salads available:


·     The Famous Silver Bowl Salad

·     Texas Cobb

·     Texas Baja

·     Mediterranean

·     Miso Tuna

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Made to Order


Each salad is always made to order, so if there is something you don’t like on a particular salad – or something you want to add – feel free to as your server. 


Scratch Dressings


Each of the salad dressings offered at The Nodding Donkey is made from scratch in-house. That means we skip the unnecessary fillers and preservatives and give you something that is simply made with quality ingredients. What are the choices? Blue Cheese, Balsamic, Mango, Champagne Vinaigrette, Caesar, Ranch, Red Ranch, or Honey Mustard. 


Ready to try some of the best salads in Dallas, Texas? Join us this week at The Nodding Donkey, Uptown Dallas’s favorite sports bar. Watch the game, grab a salad, and save your calories for a delicious craft beer or cocktail. We have a huge selection of drinks and specials change daily. Just ask your server for details. 

Special Thanksgiving Day Hours at The Nodding Donkey

Once you’ve had enough turkey and family time and are ready to watch a few of your favorite Thanksgiving Day games, then head on over to see us at The Nodding Donkey!


Special Thanksgiving Day Hours: 3pm – Midnight


Yes – we’re open on Thanksgiving! No, we won’t be early for brunch, but we will open our doors at 3pm so you can catch your favorite afternoon and evening games, or grab a bit to eat before heading out to early Black Friday shopping. We’ll be open 3pm until midnight, so plenty of time for your to grab a craft brew, munch on some delicious crispy fried appetizers, or follow up that turkey dinner with one of our delicious Texican entrees.



The Game is on at The Nodding Donkey!


With over 17 big screen TVs, you know your favorite games are always on, and Thanksgiving Day is no exception. Here are a couple of the games we’re looking forward to this year:


·     Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins - 3:30pm CST: We’ll be open just in time for you to grab a seat for the annual Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game. This year, they face off against the Washington Redskins for a chance to get into the playoffs this year. 

·     Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State – 7:30pm CST: This annual rivalry game is always interesting, and you never know who is going to come out victorious in this year’s Egg Bowl. Our bets are on Ole Miss, but it will be a fun one to watch for sure!


Join us Thanksgiving Weekend!


Can’t make it in on Thanksgiving? No problem. We’re open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, giving you plenty of opportunities to watch football, discuss your favorite Black Friday Weekend steals, and just hangout at the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas – The Nodding Donkey!

When It’s Gotta Be Fried... Football & Fried Food at The Nodding Donkey

Fried food lovers rejoice! The Nodding Donkey has a large selection of delicious fried options sure to hit the spot. Whether you’re joining us for lunch, dinner, or just to watch a game with your buddies, a fried food fix is what you need. Here a few gameday favorites to get your mouthwatering:


Willy’s Wagon Wheels


Definitely one of our customers’ favorite appetizers! Willy’s Wagon Wheels are really just fried pickles, battered and deep fried for deliciousness that oozes out of every bite (okay, maybe that’s grease, but whatever! It’s good!). Served with our homemade ranch dipping sauce. And bonus: these can be made gluten free. Just ask your server.


S&A Chicken Strips


Our signature chicken strips are great for a snack, lunch, or dinner. Each chicken strip is marinated, rolled in 9 herbs and spices, then deep fried to make one of the best fried foods in Dallas. Each batch is served with French fries. And now on the menu…Wicked Chicken Strips! They are just like the original, but tossed in buffalo sauce! Yum!


Fried Buffalo Chicken Sandwich


Speaking of spicy…another customer favorite is the Fried Buffalo Chicken Sandwich! Our crispy chicken breast is tossed in a sweet cayenne sauce, then served with your choice of toppings on a brioche bun. 


Donkey Balls


Yeah, the name is funny, but these balls of fried goodness are no joke! Our Donkey Balls are fried balls of Oaxaca white cheddar cheese, with just a hint of jalapeno mixed in. Dip them in ranch or marinara; we dare you to order just one plate! 


So the next time you’re in the mood for some delicious Dallas fried food, come watch the game with us at the best sports bar in Dallas and order up one of our tried and true customer favorites! The Nodding Donkey is open 7 days a week; hours vary daily. 

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Guiltless Indulgence – Salads at The Nodding Donkey

No such thing as a guiltless indulgence? 


Think again.


Salads at The Nodding Donkey are so delicious, you’ll forget that they’re actually good for you! Let’s run through a few of our customer favorites:


Miso Tuna Salad

 Unique and totally delicious, our Miso Tuna salad features sesame tuna, perfectly seared rare, piled on top of shredded Napa cabbage, grated jicama, cucumber, cilantro, carrots, and a homemade miso peanut sauce. Yum!


Texas Cobb Salad

Looking for something a little bit more traditional? The Texas Cobb is loaded with all your favorites. We start with crispy romaine lettuce, then add grated jicama, boiled egg, crispy bacon, candied Texas pecans, and your choice of meat: brisket, pulled pork, or chicken. Oh – and let’s not forget the dressing! It’s your choice of any of our made-from-scratch dressings: ranch, red ranch, blue cheese, honey mustard, balsamic vinegar, mango, champagne vinaigrette, or Caesar. 


Mediterranean Salad

 The Mediterranean Salad is always a good choice when looking for something low in calories and healthy. We make ours with artichoke hearts, olives, red peppers, and cherry tomatoes over a bed of fresh lettuce with feta vinaigrette. Need a protein? Add chicken for just $4. 


Texas Baja Salad

 Staying true to our Texican roots, we’ve got a salad for you! It’s like a taco in a bowl with blackened chicken breast, avocado, black beans, corn, cucumber (okay that’s not really in a taco), red bell peppers, Oaxaca cheese, and romaine lettuce.

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Silver Bowl Salad

 The famous Silver Bowl Salad started it all for us! Our original salad has grapes, oranges, bacon, red bell peppers, spicy glazed chicken, and 2 dressings mixed – Caesar and Balsamic vinaigrette.  


Ready to indulge in something delicious and healthy?! Visit us at The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas -  this week for lunch or dinner and order one of the best Dallas salads! You won’t regret it. 

What’s For Dinner? Order Online and Get Dallas Food Delivery from The Nodding Donkey!

Dallas has been getting buckets of rain over the last few weeks, and it makes it hard to want to get out and get motivated to do…well…just about anything!


When it’s pouring, the last thing you want to do is get out in the weather and scrounge up some dinner. Well, The Nodding Donkey is here with two excellent options: online ordering and/or fast Dallas food delivery.


Online Ordering


Whether you’re in a crunch for time or just want to grab and go, The Nodding Donkey’s Online Ordering system has you covered. Anything you want from The Nodding Donkey is available on this easy to use, intuitive interface. Starters, burgers, sandwiches (like that ooey gooey brisket grilled cheese), salads, Texican entrees, and more are all available to order. You’ll also see pictures of most menu items so it’s easy to see what you want and what you can expect from your order. Once you’re ready to checkout, simply submit your order and you’re set! Let us know when you want to come by and get it – or if you want it delivered – and we’ll get it prepared fresh from our scratch kitchen.

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Free Dallas Delivery


Want to hear one of the best kept secrets in town? The Nodding Donkey delivers – and it’s FREE! Simply follow this link on our website to get to our Online Ordering and Delivery interface. Complete the order and then sit back and wait. Your order will be delivered in no time, so you’re got plenty of time to watch the game and stay out of the rain, all in the convenience of your home! How’s that for service?!


The Nodding Donkey is not only the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas, but we’re your ally when it comes to getting a great lunch or dinner – fast – without even lifting a finger or going out into the elements. Call on us for Dallas food delivery today! 

Join The Nodding Donkey for Texas/OU Weekend in Dallas, Texas!

It’s that time again folks…


Time for the biggest football game in Dallas – the Red River Showdown – and we can’t think of a better place to watch it (well than the actual game of course!)


The Nodding Donkey welcomes Longhorn and Sooner fans to join us all weekend long for drink specials, great food, and an amazing gameday atmosphere.


Texas/OU Weekend Drink Specials

 As the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas, drink specials are a given here at The Nodding Donkey. On college football Saturdays, enjoy $20 buckets of Miller Lite beer or grab a glass of local craft beer on tap. When it comes to beer, The Donkey is well stocked with local Dallas favorites, imports, and plenty of other domestic beers too. 

 If beer isn’t really your thing, then surely one of our handcrafted cocktails is! Enjoy a margarita, mule, vodka tonic, and more. Our selection of scotch is pretty top notch too. Case in point: The Nodding Donkey is your one-stop shop for the best drinks in town. Specials rotate often, so ask your server for the full list of Texas/OU Weekend drink specials!


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Gameday Fare at its Finest

 When it comes to watching football, we’re partial to a great burger, a few appetizers, and an ice cold beer, but The Nodding Donkey truly has something for everyone if you’re in the mood for something else. Sure, the burgers are awesome (try the Bacon Blue Cheese Burger topped with crispy onions, smoky bacon, ,and blue cheese crumbles), but we also have salads, tacos, sandwiches, Tex-Mex entrees, wraps, and BBQ. Plus – our amazing weekend brunch is now available every day of the week!  

The Texas/OU Game is coming Oct. 6 at 11am, so come see us at The Nodding Donkey for the best party in Uptown Dallas! Our doors will open at 8am, so get here early to reserve your table. 

Product Spotlight: Crooked Fox Bourbon Whiskey

As the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas, we’ve got an eye out for the best whiskies, tequilas, vodkas, wine, and craft beers around. One of our new favorites is the Crooked Fox Bourbon Whiskey, founded right here in North Texas.


About Crooked Fox Bourbon Whiskey

What began as a master’s thesis project, turned into budding business venture and a decision to make the best bourbon whiskey around.


We’ve come to love Crooked Fox for its smooth blend of whiskies, creating a balance and unique flavor. Crooked Fox blends are distilled and aged in America’s finest whiskey regions – Tennessee and Kentucky. What makes them unique is that each batch matures in wooden casks, and after that process is complete, each batch is carefully taste tested and blended based on the taste profile. The result: delicious, smooth flavors within each bottle, with hints of oak, vanilla, nutmeg, smoked maple, malted barley, and rye seeping through in each bottle. 


This distinct approach to bourbon whiskey has made Crooked Fox an award-winning brand, winning Gold and Silver medals the last 2 years in various competitions including the North American Bourbon Whiskey Competition, MicroLiquor Spirits Awards, and the International Wine & Spirits Competition, among others. 

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$7 Crooked Fox Cocktails on Tuesdays! 

Interested in trying Crooked Fox bourbon whiskey? Sure, you can visit us any day of the week, but visit The Nodding Donkey on Tuesdays and we’ll sweeten the deal by offering $7 Crooked Fox cocktails all day long! Try it on the rocks or mixed in your favorite cocktail. 


We look forward to seeing you this week at The Nodding Donkey for a glass of Crooked Fox! NFL pre-season is just now gearing up, and it’s the perfect time to catch a game. And don’t forget Rangers baseball! We’ve got it all on at the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas – The Nodding Donkey! 

Join us for the August Pub Run at The Nodding Donkey Uptown Dallas

In case you haven’t ever heard about it, Pub Run is a fun local, Dallas event that visits a different Dallas watering hole each month. And for August, The Nodding Donkey is excited to be the pub of choice! So what does that mean? Read on to learn more about the August Pub Run at The Nodding Donkey!



The August Pub Run will take place on Thursday, August 16, the 3rd Thursday of the month. Meet us at The Donkey at 6pm, run will start at 6:30pm, and we’ll go from there!



So here’s the deal. The Pub Run is essentially a great way to gather with friends, socialize, get a light run in, and drink some beer (the first beer is FREE). Yes, the run is 3 miles long, but don’t let that deter you if you aren’t a runner! You are welcome to walk it or run/walk it – and again – there’s a FREE beer in it for you afterwards! Even the true runners keep the speed light and easy. We haven’t determined the route yet, but we’ll keep you posted. 

There will also be a raffle for some great prizes including a $20 Nodding Donkey gift card. When it’s all over, stay awhile and enjoy great Dallas drink specials (think handcrafted cocktails and ice cold craft beer) along with some delicious food! Delicious Tex-Mex, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and more – The Nodding Donkey isn’t your typical bar food. 


How Much?

The Pub Run at The Nodding Donkey is $10 if you register online now – or $15 at the door. 


The August Pub Run at The Nodding Donkey – conveniently located at the corner of Thomas St. and State St. -  is sure to be a fun time with friends old and new! Register now to reserve your spot! 

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