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Want the Best Burgers in Dallas? Join us at The Nodding Donkey Pronto!

So we might be biased…but we’re pretty sure the burgers at The Nodding Donkey just can’t be beat! Here’s why:

 

1.    The Bun 

 Yall – our bun is not your standard sesame bun that you can get just about anywhere. Instead, we use fresh baked brioche buns that are soft and absolutely delicious to sink your teeth into! Oh – and don’t think you’re out on a bun because you have a gluten free diet? We offer gluten free buns too! Just ask your server.

 

2.    The Patty

 Each patty is made of 100% all-natural beef and then seared to lock in the juiciness. Our chefs know how to cook it just long enough to get that perfect medium-well patty for maximum flavor. Of course, each burger is made-to-order, so if you’d prefer it well done, we can happily oblige. 

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3.    The Fixins

 We offer 3 amazing burgers, each with carefully selected fixins to make one helluva burger. Let’s start with the Saloon Burger. It’s your classic burger with kick, complete with spicy chipotle mayo, pepper jack cheese, and smoked onions. Want something oozing with flavor? The Mushroom, Onion, and Swiss is probably right up your alley. Enjoy your burger with sautéed mushrooms, perfectly caramelized onions, and all-natural Swiss cheese. And lastly, you can’t go wrong with the Bacon Blue Cheese Burger. Smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles, and crispy onions make this burger positively delicious. But don’t take our word for it!

 

4.    The Sides

 What burger is complete without an order of fresh cut fries? Each burger comes with your choice of fries, potato salad, fruit, or side salad.

 

So if you’re looking for the best burger in Dallas, join us at The Nodding Donkey in Dallas, Texas to see what you think of ours! Just don’t forget to order one of our ice cold craft beers to go with it.  

New Year's Resolution: Eat More Salads.

If you’re anything like us, we’re feeling the “Holiday 15” and it’s time to get back in the saddle when it comes to eating healthy and getting fit.

 

So one of our resolutions this year: eat more salads.

 

And you want to know a great place to get some of the best salads in Dallas, Texas... The Nodding Donkey of course!

 

Not Your Ordinary Bar Food

 

As you well know, food at The Nodding Donkey is no ordinary bar food, and our Dallas salads are no exception. You can expect fresh, gourmet ingredients washed, chopped, cooked, and assembled right here in our kitchen daily. It’s whole food with the nutrition you need to get healthy in 2018!

 

Delicious Options

 

Worried you’ll run into run-of-the-mill options at a Dallas sports bar? Well you’re wrong! Here are a few of our delicious salad options:

 

·      Mediterranean Salad: Cherry tomatoes, red peppers, olives, and artichokes are tossed in a feta vinaigrette and layered on top of a bed of fresh, crisp lettuce. Served with a side of hummus and pita bread, you just can’t go wrong. Need protein? Just ask your server to add chicken breast!

 

·      Texas Baja Salad: We call it the Texas Baja because it’s loaded with Tex-Mex goodness! Black beans, cucumber, corn, red bell peppers, onion, avocado, crumbled Oaxaca cheese, and blackened chicken are served on a giant bed of romaine, then sprinkled with tortilla strips.

 

·      Famous Silver Bowl Salad: You don’t have to go to our sister restaurant, State & Allen, to get the delicious Silver Bowl Salad. Just pop into The Nodding Donkey and we’ll serve one up! Spicy glazed chicken, bacon, oranges, fresh grapes, red bell peppers, and romaine lettuce are drizzled in not one – but two! – amazing homemade dressings! You really can’t go wrong.

 

Ready to eat more healthy in 2018? Visit the best sports bar in Dallas for delicious salads, made fresh for you with homemade dressings and gourmet ingredients.

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Grab a Hot Lunch at The Nodding Donkey This Week

In between rushing around to get last minute gifts, wrapping up work at the office, and the hustle and the bustle of the season, don’t forget to grab a bite at The Nodding Donkey!

 

Our casual atmosphere is perfect for a quick drop-in for lunch, dinner, or even happy hour. Here are a few of our favorite lunch entrees to try now:

 

BBQ Brisket Grilled Cheese

This has been a customer favorite for years and continues to be a winner. Ooey gooey cheddar cheese is melted with house smoked brisket, topped with homemade bbq sauce, pickled sweet jalapenos, and bacon. Come see what all the fuss is about, and it might just become your favorite too!

 

Cuban Donkey Wrap

All the protein and carbs you need to get you through your day are wrapped up in this delicious wrap. We take a jalapeno cheddar tortilla and stuff it with our homemade pulled pork, black beans, crispy pickles, melted swiss cheese, donkey mustard, pico, and lettuce.

 

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Skip the drive-thru lines and get a chicken sandwich at The Nodding Donkey that’s just a cut above the rest. Delicious chicken – breaded or grilled – is served in a brioche bun with avocado, pepper jack, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo. You’ll love the hearty – and healthy – spin on the classic chicken sandwich.

 

All of the sandwiches and wraps at The Nodding Donkey come with your choice of fresh cut fries, waffle fries, salad, fruit, or potato salad. We can also do gluten free buns; simply ask your server!

 

So this week as you’re finishing up the last of your holiday to-do list, be sure to pop into The Nodding Donkey for one of the best lunches in Dallas! We are conveniently located at the corner of Thomas Street and Allen Street in Uptown Dallas, Texas.

Sean's Philly Sandwich at The Nodding Donkey - YUM!

Sean's Philly Sandwich at The Nodding Donkey - YUM!

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:

https://www.fantasypros.com/nfl/articles/

 

https://sports.yahoo.com/news/yahoos-2017-fantasy-football-draft-kit-study-win-league-172432711.html

 

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2723439-2017-fantasy-football-draft-guide-the-ultimate-blueprint

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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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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Keep Valentine's Day Simple at The Nodding Donkey

Sometimes Valentine’s Day just gets a little overcomplicated. You have to think through the perfect gift, the perfect dinner, and the perfect ensemble. And sometimes it’s just too much.

 

At The Nodding Donkey in Dallas, Texas, we keep things simple. We’re your laid back neighborhood restaurant and bar, where great food meets a great atmosphere. Whether you’re solo on Valentine’s Day, going out with a group of girlfriends, or just in the mood for a relaxed Valentine’s Day, you’ve come to the right spot.

 

Flying Solo this Valentine’s Day?

Join us at The Nodding Donkey! We’ll save a spot for you at the bar where you’ll have a great view of one of our huge flatscreen TVs and easy access to the bartender for Texas craft beer, $5 Crown & Down on Mondays, and a robust selection of wine.

 

Celebrate Girls Night at The Nodding Donkey!

Grab your posse and head over to The Nodding Donkey because love is in the air! You never know who you might meet…but in the meantime, enjoy some time with your girlfriends at the best sports bar in Dallas. With a delicious Texican menu, plenty of parlor games to keep you occupied, and the best bar food in Dallas, you’re sure to have a fun night. And don’t forget to order a pitcher of Donkey Punch or Purple Nurples!

 

Perfect Casual Date Night

Want to skip the fussy, crowded restaurants this Valentine’s Day? The Nodding Donkey is the perfect place for you to celebrate with the one you love! Delicious burgers, salads, sandwiches, and more are all prepared fresh in our scratch kitchen. It’s gourmet food in a casual, fun atmosphere – what more could you want?! Or order online to enjoy in the comfort of your own home!

Make reservations for Valentine’s Day at The Nodding Donkey today!

4 Reasons to Join The Nodding Donkey for Super Bowl Sunday!

Super Bowl Sunday is February 5, and although our beloved Dallas Cowboys won’t be playing (anyone else still bitter about the tough loss?), it won't stop us from being excited for the big game!

 

Anyone else ready to party?! At The Nodding Donkey, football and beer is what we do, and no one does it better that us. Here’s why:

 

1.     Drink Specials

Let’s just put this one out there …you don’t become the best sports bar in Dallas without having amazing drink specials! Pull up to the bar and order a few Texas craft beers, fresh from the tap, or grab your girl a specialty cocktail. Wine, sippin’ whiskey, scotch, or maybe a shot or two – The Nodding Donkey has you covered. The specials change daily, so be sure to ask the bartender for details.

 

2.     17 Giant TVs

There really isn’t a bad seat in the house at The Nodding Donkey! If you want to watch the game, seats are aplenty in front of one of our giant TVs situated throughout the bar.

 

3.     Games and Mayhem

Not really into watching the game, but want to be a part of the party? No problem! Head to the patio for life-sized Jenga, jumbo Connect 4, or catch a game of cornhole. There’s something for everyone at The Nodding Donkey!

 

4.     The Best Bar Food

The Nodding Donkey doesn’t serve up the average bar food. Our menu is stocked with fresh, delicious entrees, appetizers, sandwiches, and salads that will please even the pickiest eater. Need some recommendations? Grab an order of our brisket queso for the table or Willy’s Wagon Wheels (aka: fried pickles). Everything is made fresh to order.

 

Super Bowl Sunday (or any Sunday!) is a great time to catch a game at The Nodding Donkey! See you February 5 at 5:30pm as we watch the New England Patriots face off against the Atlanta Falcons! It's a party you won't want to miss!