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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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Newsflash: The Nodding Donkey Opens at 10:30am on Saturdays this Fall for College Football

Can you feel it? 

College football season is here and we couldn’t be more excited!


Doors Open at 10:30am on Saturdays

At The Nodding Donkey, we don’t ever want you to feel like you don’t have a place to watch the game – especially those early football games.  So for the entire college football season, we’ll be opening our doors at 10:30am each and every Saturday so you can catch the game AND enjoy the best brunch in Dallas while you’re at it!


Dallas Drink Specials

As the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas, we pride ourselves on having the variety of drink specials you crave. We have a huge selection of beer on tap – local craft brews, domestics, imports, etc. – there’s something for everyone. Or just order up a bucket of Bud Light for only $20! During brunch hours, enjoy fabulous deals on Bloody Marys and mimosas. Of course, we also have our extensive menu of handcrafted cocktails and wine if that’s more your thing. We are a Dallas sports bar after all; we’ve got pretty much anything you could want. 


Bar Bites

There’s something about watching a football game that just gives us the munchies. You too? Look no further than The Nodding Donkey’s appetizer menu to satisfy. The Brisket Queso is always a hit, or order one of our fried delicacies – fried pickles (aka Willy’s Wagon Wheels), fried jalapeno skins, fried cheese (Donkey Balls), and more. Our appetizer menu hasn’t changed much in the last few years and for good reason. Everything on the menu is just that good. And when paired with a few beers and a good college football game….it’s heaven.

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Remember: doors at The Nodding Donkey open at 10:30am on Saturdays this Fall for college football so come see us! We’re conveniently located in Uptown Dallas as the intersection of Allen St. and Thomas Ave. 

Specials and menu items subject to change at any time. Ask your server for details.

Reservations & Delivery with a Click of a Button

We know…It’s just too “peopley” out there. 


If you’re not in the mood to chat with anyone, it’s easy to snag a reservation or get food from The Nodding Donkey! Follow these simple steps and you’re well on your way to a delicious lunch, dinner, or brunch at the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas.


Book Your Next Event at The Nodding Donkey!


Did you know that The Nodding Donkey has an amazing Dallas party room? The great thing about The Donkey is that we’re casual and completely flexible. You decide what types of food to be served, how to set up the room, whether or not you need AV capabilities, etc. – and our event team will handle the rest. 


If you’re interested in booking your next event in our Dallas party room, simply visit us here and fill out our online information request. After supplying a few basic details about your event, press “submit,” and one of our hostesses will contact you soon to iron out on the details. We’ll handle the heavy lifting so you are free to focus on your guests and enjoying the party. 

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Order Online for Free Delivery!


You’re in the middle of a big Netflix binge session, and you simply can’t bring yourself to stop for food. What do you do? You order food from The Nodding Donkey of course! Visit us here to get started on making your order. Delivery is completely free to zip codes within a reasonable distance from The Donkey, so it really doesn’t get much easier to get a delicious burger, tacos, salad, etc. from The Nodding Donkey brought right to your door. 


Whether you need to reserve an event, order food delivered to your home, or just want to check the menu, our website is your one stop shop! 


Watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Us at The Nodding Donkey Dallas!

It has been 4 years since the last one, and frankly, we’re pretty stoked it’s back!

If you are a soccer fan – or even if you’re not! – visit your favorite Dallas sports bar (The Nodding Donkey for course!) to catch all the action.


When is it on?

When the games are on, you can guarantee we’ll have our TVs set to watch! The tournament – pitting 32 of the nations best soccer teams against each other – began last week and will run into the middle of July, with the final being played on July 15. While the United States is sadly absent this time around, there are still many great teams to get behind. Brazil is currently the favorite to take it all (which would be the 6thtime they’ve won), but you just never know what can happen. 


FIFA World Cup Drink Specials

We wouldn’t be the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas if we didn’t offer drink specials! Visit us any day of the week to get discounts on all your favorites. Our drink specials change daily, but we have a wide selection of ice cold craft and domestic beer, wine, handcrafted cocktails, bourbon, and more to suit your fancy. And on Sundays this summer – it’s $20 buckets of Miller Lite time! 

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Best Bar Food in Dallas

And while you’re watching the big game, order an entrée or a starter to munch on. The Nodding Donkey takes the term “bar food” to a whole new level, using gourmet ingredients and scratch kitchen techniques to whip up only the best. Whether it’s a burger or you’re here for our amazing brunch, expect the best.


So who are you rooting for? Join us at The Nodding Donkey in Dallas, Texas for the 2018 FIFA World Cup! We’ll save you a seat!

Dallas Lunch Specials to Get You Through the Week! 

Ever wondered where you can eat something better than fast food that isn’t going to break the bank? 


Sure – we’re your local Dallas sports bar – but we’re also a great place for weekday lunch specials! Join us Monday – Friday, 11am-4pm, for these amazing deals:


Monday - $7.95 Burgers

Move over fast food: The Nodding Donkey has the best burgers in town! Juicy and delicious, it’s tough to decide whether you want the Saloon Burger, Bacon Blue Cheese Burger, or the Mushroom, Onion, & Swiss Burger. Each one is just $7.95 and comes with a side of your choice and you can even specify gluten free buns if you’d like!


Tuesday - $8.95 Salads

While it’s hard to pass up the mighty Silver Bowl Salad, the Mediterranean, Miso Tuna, Texas Cobb, and Texas Baja are also wonderful salad choices. Choose one of your homemade dressings and you’ve got a gourmet salad on the cheap.


Wednesday - $8.95 Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

If you’ve ever had our buffalo wings at The Nodding Donkey and loved them, then don’t miss an opportunity to get the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich at a great price! Chicken is grilled or fried – your choice! – then tossed in our signature sweet cayenne sauce and served on a spongy brioche bun. Of course, blue cheese dressing is also on the side.


Thursday - $8.95 Fajitas

Not many places where you can get fajitas this good for this price! Order a margarita or craft brew, then enjoy our flavorful fajitas to kick the weekend off right.


Friday - $7.95 Chicken Strips

Who can resist crispy, crunch chicken strips? And at a price this good, why should you?! Each is rolled in 9 herbs and spices; fresh cut fries are served on the side.

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Visit us at The Nodding Donkey this week and say no to overpaying for lunch! We can’t wait to see you at the best lunch spot in Dallas, Texas!

*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. 

Baseball & Burgers: 5 Reasons to Love the Burgers at The Nodding Donkey

Opening Day was this week and we’re pretty excited to ring in spring with America’s pastime.


If you come in to The Nodding Donkey and join us for a game, you may just want to grab a burger while you’re at it! Ice cold craft beer, a burger, and baseball – what’s not to love?! Here are 5 reasons why we love the burgers at The Nodding Donkey:


Seared All-Beef Patty

Each burger is made with fresh with 100% all natural beef patties. We sear each one and cook it medium well, creating the perfect balance of a juicy burger and beefy flavor. Don’t like your burger medium well? No problem! Each burger is made-to-order, so ask your server to cook it just the way you like it.


Brioche Bun

The bun is a critical part of the burger and we only use the freshest, homemade brioche buns. They are spongy and toasted, creating the perfect balance of crunch and softness. It’s just one of the things that makes our burgers some of the best burgers in Dallas.


Gourmet Burger Options

We have paired down our burger menu, leaving only our most popular customer favorites. Three great burgers, each with their own flare:

·      Saloon Burger: Smoked onions, pepper jack, and chipotle mayo.

·      Mushroom, Onion, and Swiss Burger: Sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and Swiss cheese.

·      Bacon Blue Cheese Burger: Blue cheese crumbles, bacon, and crispy onions.


Your Burger, Your Way

While we have some Dallas gourmet burger options on the menu, it’s totally up to you if you want to change it up! Lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard, etc. – tell us what you want! On a celiac diet? We have gluten free bun options – simply ask your server.


Variety of Sides

It’s hard to pass up our fresh cut French fries, but if you’re looking for something different, you can also order a side of potato salad, the house side salad, or fruit instead. Lots of options just for you.


So with baseball season in full swing, it’s time to join us at The Nodding Donkey for baseball and the best burgers in Dallas, Texas! Just don’t forget a glass of ice cold draft beer to go with it! 

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Dallas Drink Specials: All Week at The Nodding Donkey!

You don’t have to wait for a big game or event to get great Dallas drink specials at the best sports bar in town.


Nope – The Nodding Donkey has drink specials every day of the week. Here’s a rundown on our regulars:


Mondays: $6 Crown Royal

Start the work week off right with $6 Crown Royal all day long. Getting it on the rocks, or make it a Crown and Coke – the choice is yours. Want to change it up a little bit? Order our Vanilla, Regal Apple, or Deluxe Crown, all for just $6/glass.


Tuesdays: $5 Margaritas

Texican Tuesday is complete when you order a $5 margarita, specially created just for you with Altos Tequila. Altos Tequila is 100% agave tequila, handcrafted in small batches in Los Altos, Mexico, With Maestro Tequilero Jesus Hernandez at the helm for the last 17 years, this tequila is smooth and makes a mean margarita.


Wednesdays: $4 Donkey Punch & Purple Nurples

We’re asked all the time what makes our Donkey Punch and Purple Nurples so great, and well, the secret stays with us! Both are our own signature cocktails, and can be ordered as individual drinks or as pitchers. And at $4 a glass on Wednesdays, you can afford to order a round to celebrate Hump Day!


Thursdays: $5 Three Olives Vodka

Oh how we love vodka. And on Thursdays, your favorite vodka drinks are just $5, made with Three Olives Premium Vodka. So order up your favorite vodka tonic, martini, or Moscow Mule, all at one amazing price.


Fridays: $4 Captain Morgan Loconut

Grab a shot of Captain Morgan Loconut for just $4 on Fridays! What’s that you say? You aren’t familiar with Loconut? Captain Morgan’s Loconut is a blend of their signature rum, spices, and a coconut liqueur. It will make you dream of summer on the beach.


Join us this week at The Nodding Donkey for Dallas drink specials everyday!

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Happy Hour Specials at The Nodding Donkey

Feel the need for a little pick-me-up after a long day at the office? Yep, us too.

Each weekday from 4-7pm, join the folks at The Nodding Donkey for our Dallas happy hour specials! Each day we offer a wide assortment of specials to whet your whistle. Draft beer, wine, cocktails, and more are all waiting for you at The Nodding Donkey- at a fraction of the price during Happy Hour! Here’s the rundown:

1.     Draft Beer

Grab a glass of ice cold draft beer for a mere $3 a glass for domestics or $4 a glass for imports/local craft beer! As the best sports bar in Dallas, we pride ourselves on having a wide selection of beer. Variety is the spice of life and we’ve got it in spades when it comes to our available draft beer. And at $3 a glass, you can afford a few! Don’t forget to check back often to see what's new.

2.     Wells

Have a hankering from something stronger? Order up a $3 well during our daily Dallas Happy Hour! Lots of favorites to choose from – rum, bourbon, tequila, etc. – just order up a mixed drink and we’ll get it fixed for ya in lighting speed.

3.     House Wine

Calling all wine-os… Happy Hour is the perfect chance to relax and unwind with your favorite house wines. $4 gets you a glass of house chardonnay, cabernet, merlot, etc. Plus snag a spot on the patio for great people watching as you sip the evening away.

4.     Appetizers

We wouldn’t want you drinking on an empty stomach…so grab an order of appetizers – half off during happy hour! Here are a few of our recommendations: chips and salsa, brisket queso, jalapeno skins, wagon wheels (aka fried pickles), or stacked nachos.

Can’t wait to see you for Dallas Happy Hour at The Nodding Donkey! 

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Spring is Here: Time for Dinner & Drinks on the Patio!

With this glorious Dallas weather, we can’t help but yearn for dinner and drinks on the patio!

The Nodding Donkey may be one of the best sports bars in Dallas, but it’s also a great restaurant! Our chefs pride themselves on steering clear of the typical bar food, creating delicious, fresh meals that can please any palate.

Most of the food inspiration at The Nodding Donkey comes from an infusion of Texan style barbeque and authentic Mexican food, creating what we like to call “Texican food.” Weird name. Amazing food.

Not sure what to try?! Here are a few of our favorites:

·      Allen Street Tacos: The Allen Street Tacos are made-to-order tacos served with your choice of succulent beef brisket, chicken, fish, or pulled pork. Top them with sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, and bacon, and you’re in heaven.

·      Chicken Fried Steak: In the mood for some southern comfort food? Then try our chicken fried steak. Juicy steak, breaded and fried, then topped with traditional gravy and served with a side of mashed potatoes, homemade biscuits, and fresh corn. It’ll rival your grandma’s best home cookin!

·      BBQ Brisket Grilled Cheese: One of our most popular sandwiches! If you’re looking for a guaranteed hit, then go with this one. Tender, chopped brisket, ooey gooey melted cheddar cheese, and bacon all sandwiched between two thick, toasted pieces of Texas toast. Is your mouthwatering yet?! Get a salad or a cup of fruit on the side to finish out the meal.

So join us this week at The Nodding Donkey Uptown to catch a game, have a few drinks, and then eat dinner. Our menu is full of something for everyone – sandwiches, burgers, enchiladas, and salads – all fresh and made to order. We hope to see you on the patio this week at your Dallas neighborhood restaurant and bar!

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Visit The Nodding Donkey this week for Basketball and More!

It’s March at The Nodding Donkey, which only means it’s madness around here! March Madness that is!

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Over the next month, we’ll have all the games from your favorite teams airing on one of our 17 flatscreen TVs – with 3 over 70”! Starting this week, the college basketball championships will take place. Here’s the lowdown on the next games from some of your favorite college teams:

·         Wednesday, March 11

o   TCU vs. Kansas State – 2:30pm: First round of the Big 12 Championship

o   University of Texas vs. Tech Tech – 8:00pm: First round of the Big 12 Championship

·         Thursday, March 12

o   SMU vs. UConn – Time TBD: First round of the American Athletic Conference Championship

o   Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State or Auburn – 2:30pm: Aggies will play the winner of Game 1 in an SEC Championship Round 2 faceoff

o   Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State – 8:00pm: First round of Big 12 Championship

Plan to spend your entire weekend at The Donkey to catch all the games from all the conferences. Then on March 19, the fun really begins with the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Like we said, it will be madness!

And of course, we can’t forget about our hometown favorites, the Dallas Mavericks. Currently third in the Southwestern Division, they’ll play their next game this Tuesday evening, March 10.

Lots of basketball, lots of fun, and lots of Dallas drink specials. No matter which night of the week you join us, you are guaranteed to find some of the best Dallas drink specials! Happy hour specials each day from 3-7pm, $2 Donkey Punch on Wednesdays, $3 Bloodys and Mimosas on the weekends, and more; there is something for everyone at The Nodding Donkey Uptown!

So plan to campout at The Nodding Donkey Uptown for the month of March as we cheer on your favorite teams! Let the madness begin!

Dallas Fall Bucket List

We love Fall. Pumpkins. Football. A reprieve from 100 degree days. It just may be our favorite season of the year! Here are a few things on our Fall Bucket List:

·         Watch Football! You’ll find us at The Nodding Donkey Uptown every Saturday watching the best of college football with all the like-minded folk, sipping some craft beers, and playing a little cornhole. The Donkey opens its doors every Saturday at 10am so you’ll never miss a pregame show or early game. And then on Sundays and Mondays, we’ll be back to watch the Dallas Cowboys wreck havoc in the NFL. We’re pretty sure Fall was made for football season.

·         Go to the State Fair of Texas. The fair is fun. Big Tex, carnival food, rides, great people watching; it’s all good fun for the whole family. Try this year’s Big Tex Award Winners: Best Taste - the Fried Gulf Shrimp Boil; Most Creative – Funnel Cake Ale. And once you’ve had your fill of fried food, then head over to The Nodding Donkey for a lighter salad and some Texas-sized drink specials.

·         Take a date to Autumn at the Arboretum: Each year, thousands flock to the Dallas Arboretum to see over 65,000 pumpkins and gourds on display. Stacks of pumpkins. Rows of pumpkins. Pumpkin houses. All create the perfect setting for Fall portraits and conversation. After enjoying the Arborteum, bring your date over to The Donkey for dinner and drinks on the patio. Our patio is spacious and perfect for enjoying great Dallas Fall evenings.

·         Attend the State & Allen 10th Anniversary Bash: Have you heard about State & Allen’s 10th Anniversary Bash?! It’s this Friday evening, October 17, at State & Allen. Come celebrate 10 great years with dancing, a DJ, shot luge, and more. It’ll be the biggest party in Uptown and you won’t want to miss it! All your friends from The Donkey will be there as well.

What’s on your bucket list this Fall?!

Dallas Arboretum's Pumpkin Patch

Dallas Arboretum's Pumpkin Patch

Fall is in the air...can you feel the FOOTBALL fever?!

Football season is right around the corner, and there’s nothing better than enjoying a College Football Saturday at The Nodding Donkey Uptown. Like minded patrons, rooting for their favorite teams, enjoying their favorite brews and lawn games - fun times are had by all, yall!

We’re deep in the heart of Texas – Dallas, TX – so we’ll be airing all your favorite Big 12 and SEC football games every Saturday: Texas A&M, UT, Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor, OU, and OSU, just to name a few. And of course we can’t forget our hometown favorites, the SMU Mustangs! In fact, most of the team schedules are up on our website here, so you can stay up-to-date on when your favorite team is playing. But really, just plan to stay parked at The Nodding Donkey every Saturday because we’ll be showing pregame shows and all the big games from open – close. Season openers are coming in a week and a half! Some of the big games to join us for are as follows:

·         Thursday, August 28

o   5PM – Texas A&M @ #9 South Carolina

·         Saturday, August 30

o   6PM – Texas Tech vs. Central Arkansas

o   6PM – TCU vs. Stamford

o   6PM – OU vs. Louisiana Tech

o   7PM – Texas vs. North Texas

o   7PM – OSU vs. #1 Florida State

·         Sunday, August 31

o   6PM – SMU @ #10 Baylor

Or if NFL Football is more your thing, then join us on Sundays to watch our beloved Dallas Cowboys duke it out each week! Hosting a Fantasy Football Draft? Come on out to The Nodding Donkey Uptown, and we’ll give you 20% off your entire group’s bill! How’s that for a fantasy of a good deal?!

In Texas, football is king. And there’s no better tailgate party than at The Nodding Donkey Uptown!

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