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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!

Newsflash: The Nodding Donkey has BBQ!

Here’s a little menu secret even some of our regulars don’t realize: The Nodding Donkey now serves BBQ!

 

For years, we’ve smoked our home meat in-house for the brisket tacos, delicious brisket grilled cheese, etc. – so we figured – why not put it on the menu?! Here are a few of the BBQ favorites available now at The Nodding Donkey:

 

Smoked St. Louis Ribs

Our ribs are smoked in-house until the meat is falling off the bone. We use St. Louis style ribs and they can be ordered in a half rack or full rack (just depends on how hungry you are!). We love the flavor and presentation of St. Louis style ribs, and we know you will too!

 

Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage

Our delicious, high-quality jalapeno cheddar sausage is another great option for BBQ lovers looking for something different. Smoked in-house for the perfect flavor, you can’t go wrong here!

 

Brisket Entrees

While we don’t offer plain brisket on the menu, we do smoke it in-house and offer it in some of our other entrees. If you’re looking for BBQ brisket, consider ordering the brisket enchiladas (Marias they are called), Allen Street tacos with brisket, or the BBQ Brisket Grilled Cheese. 

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Mouthwatering Sides

Pair these BBQ favorites with two of our top-selling sides. The list includes baked beans, tangy coleslaw, French fries, and potato salad. 

 

Best Sports Bar in Uptown Dallas

As the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas, we also have a full bar stocked with craft beer, cocktails, and wine. We pride ourselves on finding new, local microbrews and we love supporting these local businesses! You just never know what we’ll have available on tap. 

 

Join us this week at The Nodding Donkey for these BBQ favorites! We are open for lunch, dinner, Happy Hour, and late night, and at The Donkey, you can always expect a good time. 

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.   

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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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!

 

When?

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!

 

What?

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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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!

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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Announcing Dallas Drink Specials for Super Bowl LII at The Nodding Donkey!

Can you believe that Super Bowl LII is right around the corner?!

 

As the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas, we’re gearing up for one epic event! Join us Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4, as we watch the Eagles take on the Patriots in the biggest football game of the year!

 

Announcing the Best Super Bowl Drink Specials

To the sweeten the deal, The Nodding Donkey is teaming up with Miller Lite and Bud Light to offer some delicious Dallas drink specials for Super Bowl:

 

·      Beer Bucket Specials: Grab your friends and head to The Donkey because we’re offering great deals on buckets of beer! For just $20, you’ll get a whole bucket of Miller Lite or Bud Light. Pair those buckets with some pitchers of Donkey Punch and Purple Nurples, and you’ve got a party.

·      Draft Beer Specials: Not only will we have beer bucket specials on Miller Lite and Bud Light, but there will be draft specials too! Of course, we’ll also have all of the usual craft beers and local favorites available at great prices as well.

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Room for All

With over 17 huge TVs throughout The Nodding Donkey, there isn’t a bad place to watch the game! Find a table close to the bar, or plan to play some corn hole or Jenga outside. We truly have something for everyone, no matter what you’re definition is of a Super Bowl Party.

 

Amazing Party Food

Skip the trouble of making an appetizer, and come to our party where the appetizers come to you! Donkey Balls, Loaded Nachos, Fried Pickles, Jalapeno Skins, and more are waiting for you.

 

We look forward to seeing you at The Nodding Donkey for Super Bowl Sunday on February 4! Game starts at 5:30pm, but we’ll have the pregame on before. Come early to claim your spot!

 

*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.

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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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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Don't Miss Mouthwatering Appetizers at The Nodding Donkey!

We have a confession to make: we have an obsession with fried food.

 

You too?

 

Well good, then we’re in good company.

 

When it comes to appetizers at The Nodding Donkey, we have something for everyone. Lots of delicious fried options, but then lighter fare as well. No matter what you order, it’s made fresh daily in our Dallas scratch kitchen and you can guarantee it’s anything but “typical bar food.”

 

So what’s on the menu? Glad you asked!

 

·      Donkey Balls: You can’t go wrong with balls of fried cheese – can you? Ours are oh-so-right, as we deep fry balls of Oaxaca cheese in a mild jalapeno batter, then serve with homemade ranch and marinara.

·      Stacked Up Nachos: Share with friends or hoard for yourself, either way, you’ll have plenty! Our huge plate of stacked up nachos is piled high with seasoned beef, cheddar, queso, pico, lettuce, and jalapenos, all on a bed of fresh tortilla chips.

·      Smoked Guacamole: Anyone can serve guacamole, but what about “smoked” guacamole? Ours has a hint of smoky flavor, given the flecks of delicious bacon throughout the guac.

·      Willy’s Wagon Wheels: Our deep fried dill pickle chips are so addictive! Just go ahead and order two orders!

·      S&A Chicken Strips: We borrowed a recipe from our sister restaurant – State & Allen. These delicious chicken strips are battered in 9 herbs and spices, creating so much flavor in each crunchy bite.

·      Chicken Wings: Our chicken wings are smoked in house, then fried, for the tastiest chicken wings around! Pair with your choice of dipping sauce: BBQ, Spicy BBQ, Classic Buffalo, Lemon Pepper, or S&A Buffalo Sauce.

 

Ready to start munching? These are just a few of the delicious Dallas appetizers we have to offer at The Nodding Donkey. Grab some friends and join us this week for Happy Hour – 4-7pm and snag a few appetizers to go with it!

 

The Nodding Donkey's Stacked Nachos

The Nodding Donkey's Stacked Nachos

It's Not Tex-Mex - It's Texican!

You all know that The Nodding Donkey Uptown prides itself on being the Best Sports Bar in Dallas (thank you D Magazine readers for the kudos!!) We love infusing southern hospitality, good ole’ saloon style comfort food, and delicious Tex-Mex food to create something all our own. Something we affectionately call – Our Texican Menu.


The Nodding Donkey’s Texican menu is traditional Tex Mex and Texas BBQ – combined! Here are a few of the delicious offerings:


•    Tacos: A traditional favorite, beloved by many, our tacos come with your choice of smoky brisket, chicken, fish, picadillo, or pulled pork. Served up with sour cream, guac, and a little bacon, these tacos really hit the spot.


•    A Little Bit of Chicken Fried: No southern menu is complete with a few “chicken fried” items! Our Chicken Fried Chicken and Chicken Fried Steak are both crispy and tender, served with classic gravy, whipped, fluffy mashed potatoes, fresh corn, and your choice of homemade biscuit or dinner roll. Comfort food at its finest.


•    Enchiladas: Make them your way! Choose between brisket, fish, picadillo, or pulled pork, rolled in warm tortillas and topped with our special enchilada sauce. Also served with rice and beans.


•    Hot Dogs: Don’t worry; these are not your normal, run-of-the-mill hot dogs! Our hot dogs are made of 100% premium beef and topped with delicious brisket chili, a jalapeno relish, and a freshly grated cheddar. The perfect accompaniment to watching the big game!

Our amazing "Big Tex Hot Dog." Everything is bigger - and tastier - in Texas!

Our amazing "Big Tex Hot Dog." Everything is bigger - and tastier - in Texas!


Join us this week at The Nodding Donkey Uptown and take a walk on the Texican side of things! Conveniently located at the corner of Thomas Ave. and Allen St. in Uptown Dallas, we pride ourselves on being a casual, fun restaurant and bar, without compromising the quality in our food. Our chef’s pride themselves on creating unique creations that are reasonably priced and delicious.