Most of us have heard of and visited his other ventures, Jasper’s and Abacus. Chef Kent Rathbun, the man behind the new concept, Hickory, is definitely not new to the restaurant scene. He has created this new modern roadhouse specializing in burgers and barbeque sure to be a favorite for family dining or date night.
Between the cocktails, plethora of meats, sinful sides, sharable desserts served in cast iron and more cocktails.. we got a taste of many delicious, diverse offerings on the menu.
Specialty craft cocktails are always a great way to start a meal.
Makers, lemon juice, ginger beer, mint, Angostura bitters
Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned
Makers 46, orange zest, Angostura bitters
The meat presentation for our tasting was magical meat porn for a foodie, ESPECIALLY a meat-lover. Our sampling included: Hickory smoked turkey, St. Louis Style Pork Spare Ribs with ancho chili bbq, thinly shaved roti pork shoulder with a mustard-brown sugar glaze and smoked pepper crusted wagyu brisket. All of it was delicious but my favorite was the pork shoulder, which I enjoyed a lot! (#meatsweats) If you’re a pork fan, it’s a must try as you don’t get pork prepared like this everywhere. The sausage links which are made in-house daily are worth mentioning as well.
Eats are provided a la carte to allow you to create your own meal at a reasonable price. Why yes I’ll have a side of crispy brussels sprouts with my burger. And the crispy brussels sprouts are caramelized with crispy bacon? Even. Better.
Don’t worry, light eaters or health conscious peeps…you weren’t overlooked. The salads were created to enjoy as an entrée or to share. Be prepared, the portion is way more than you’ll expect. The local goat cheese and baby beet salad is worth a try. The smoked turkey cobb is a great light option as well and you get a taste of the tender smoked turkey made in-house.
Hickory is located in the growing area of Granite Park at 8100 Dallas Parkway in Plano. (Southeast corner of service road off 121 & North Dallas Tollway)
They officially opened their doors for dinner service on Monday, June 15.
Dinner starts at 5 p.m. Lunch service will be offered and announced in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned for the possibility of breakfast to be offered down the road.
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(Disclaimer: Meal was complimentary. All delicious thoughts are my own.)