Tim Byres is a Dallas star known for gutsy smokehouse flavors paired with spiffed-up Southern-style preparations–think pimiento cheese croquettes with grilled romaine. But when he leaves the kitchen, he's ready to be anonymous. "There's my life and the restaurant life," he says. "The hospitality biz is awesome and intriguing, but it can be consuming. I'm interested in family-run businesses and passed-down recipes, so that means little independent restaurants. It's fun because when you go, it's like being in someone's house."
Smoke Restaurant chef Tim Byres shares his favorite spots for the city's bargain eats.
Sometimes, only a Sausage Plate, sauerkraut, and polka fix will do. That's when Tim heads to this 44-year-old shrine to goulash and giant ham shanks. "There are no windows, so when you're there it could be noon or midnight." Adding to the surreal setting are accordion-playing musicians in lederhosen, live polka, and big steins of beer.
3801 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth; 817/735-5934; edelweissgermanrestaurant.com
2615 South Beckley Avenue, Dallas; 214/943-5214; wingfieldsbreakfastandburgers.com
5430 Gurley Avenue, Dallas; 214/821-1048; kalachandjis.com
4812 Bryan Street, Dallas; 214/826-9887
610 West Jefferson Blvd., Dallas; 214/946-4238