craft beer

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!

Too Many Choices? How to Select a Great Beer at The Nodding Donkey.

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If you’ve visited us lately (or any other bar in Uptown Dallas for that matter) , you’ll notice that the beer menus aren’t what they used to be – and in a good way! They are full of local craft beer, interesting microbrews, and varieties you may never have heard of before. 

 

How do you know what to order? 

What if you want to try something new?

 

Here are a few tips on how to select a great beer from your friends here at The Nodding Donkey:

 

Bring Friends to Bounce Ideas Around

Look, drinking with a friend is already better than drinking alone. Bring your buddies, and bounce ideas off of one another. Maybe he’s tried a new local craft beer you haven’t. Use each other’s recommendations to introduce you to new beers you may love.

 

Go Straight to the Bartender for Help

If you aren’t sure what you want, but want to hear more about what’s good, then head over to the bar. Do not ask your waiter or waitress what they recommend! While they have good intentions, their answers are going to be more open-ended and top-of-mind than if you go straight to an expert at the bar. It’s like expecting a waitress to have the same knowledge of wine as a sommelier. 

 

Don’t Start Too Strong

Beers can be all over the place in terms of flavor, and our recommendation is to start with something lighter and less bitter to start out with. Otherwise, a heavier, more bitter beer will just overpower your taste buds – leaving you with a lack of awareness for all the richness of the beer. Start with a white ale or something similar and go from there. Our bartenders can also direct you to a flight that will build and cater to your palate. 

 

Know Your Palate.

Speaking of palate, know what you love. Take time to write down notes in that handy “Notes” app on your phone about which beers you have tried. What did you like? What didn’t you like? If you know there is a type of beer you don’t like, then steer clear of that beer and others like it. The more you get to know your own personal preferences, the more you will love the beer you are drinking.

 

Ready to try some great beer?! Come see us at The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas – for the best beer selection in town! 

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.  

Basketball & Beer – Bring on March Madness at The Nodding Donkey!

We can hardly contain our excitement…

 

Patio weather is in full swing and March Madness selections happen tomorrow! It’s time to get your posse to The Nodding Donkey to partake in two of our favorite past times: basketball and beer!

 

Basketball

 

As we said earlier, March Madness selections happen tomorrow, and then games will begin this week. Take advantage of the beautiful Dallas patio weather and make plans to spend your days watching the games with us at The Nodding Donkey! With over 17 big screen TVs, parlor games, and delicious food and drinks – all in the heart of Uptown Dallas – the location just can’t be beat. Be sure to fill out your brackets and join in on the fun.

 

Beer

 

As the best sports bar in Dallas, you know we’re known for our beer! Delicious craft beers, domestics, and more – and a draft list that will make your head spin. We’ve got a few new favorites you’ll want to try this month too:

 

Angry Orchard Rosé

Get it here folks: experts are saying this will likely be the drink of summer! The Angry Orchard Rosé is a refreshing, fruity blend that uses 4 different varieties of apples – all straight from France of course. This drink is perfect for those who favor wine, but want something lighter for gameday. Get it on draft now at The Nodding Donkey!

 

Karbach Brewing Co. Weisse Versa Wheat

Do you want a Belgian white? Or are you feeling a Bavarian hefeweizen? Hey – why choose when you can have them both in a Weisee Versa Wheat from Karbach Brewing! This new beer is just what the doctor ordered, and pairs well with everything from a light salad to a burger and fries.

 

Revolver Blood & Honey

A staple here at The Nodding Donkey, the tried and true flavors of the Revolver Blood & Honey just never get old. Smooth and delicious, it’s everything a craft beer should be.

 

Join us this month at The Nodding Donkey: the only place to be for basketball and beer during March Madness!

 

*Please note that all specials, promotions, and pricing are subject to change at any time.  Please confirm with your server should you have any questions about current pricing.