Restaurant Review: Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill in Dallas

Gas Monkey's Richard Rawlings. (Photography  by Kevin Marple)
Gas Monkey’s Richard Rawlings. (Photography by Kevin Marple)

For those who don’t know, Fast N’ Loud is a wildly popular (with men) Dallas-based Discovery Channel show whereon a guy named Richard Rawlings buys old cars, and the boys from his Gas Monkey Garage rebuild them. My 14-year-old son makes me watch it, and I must confess that I don’t mind doing so. Nor did I mind taking him to a watch party at the new restaurant that shares the garage’s name. Rawlings opened it in September in the old Firewater space, near Northwest Highway and I-35, bringing in a GM, Alex Mendonsa, from the Las Vegas House of Blues, and chef David Hollister, whose previous post was Yucatan Taco Stand in Fort Worth. GMBG is a big boisterous place—exactly as it should be. A large outdoor stage backs up to a pond. They book decent bands on ticketed nights (Dale Watson, The Derailers, The Reverend Horton Heat). And the food? It’s large portions of man stuff served on metal trays. On a subsequent visit with my wife, we started with grilled artichoke hearts tossed in lemon oil and red chile, and covered with smoked Gouda. They were too spicy for her; I loved them. She chose the brisket, which is smoked on-site for 15 hours over post oak. It had a nice, pink smoke ring and peppery crust. It surprised us both. Continued here.