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From Kebabs to Satay, The Best Meats On a Stick in Dallas

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Teppo, home to many delicious meats on sticks. [Photo: Teppo/Facebook]

Shish, satay, kebabs, kabobs, skewers, anticuchos: Practically every culture has their own version of meat on a stick, and they're all pretty delicious. Here are 10 meats on a stick to try next time you're in the mood for something a little more exotic than a corn dog — just be careful where you point that stick.

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1. Afghan Grill

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17370 Preston Rd, Ste 490
Dallas, TX 75252
(972) 818-0300
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Afghan Grill has many meats-on-sticks options -- lamb, beef, chicken -- but the beef kofta (ground seasoned beef) is a favorite. All are served over a bed of fluffy saffron rice, so pick your protein and get to feasting.

2. Fadi's

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3001 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 528-1800
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Fadi's is like the Luby's of Mediterranean food, if Luby's was actually good. The chicken kebabs here are way more delicious than boneless chicken breast has any business being -- nicely charred from the grill and incredibly juicy on the inside, they're served with charred onions, tomato and zucchini and pita bread, plus a side of very-necessary garlic sauce.

3. Jonathon's Oak Cliff

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1111 N Beckley Ave
Dallas, TX 75203
(972) 788-4443
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Two words: brunch kabobs. As far as we know, these exist only at comfort food haven Jonathon's Oak Cliff, and yes, you want them -- a trifecta of breakfast meats (sausage, bacon and ham) threaded on skewers and glazed with a sweetened coffee syrup.

4. Joyce & Gigi's

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1623 N Hall St
Dallas, TX 75204
(469) 334-0799
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Joyce and Gigi serve the South American version of kebabs known as "anticuchos." Tender garlic-marinated hunks of beef are skewered with onions and peppers and served with garbanzo puree (think hummus except uh, not).

5. Malai Kitchen

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3699 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 599-7857
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Malai's satays make a mighty fine bar snack paired with one of their tasty cocktails (hello, Vietnamese Limeade). Choose from peanut-marinated chicken or sweet soy pork -- or both -- served with a chili relish that would probably taste good on just about anything including cardboard.

6. Meddlesome Moth

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1621 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 628-7900
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This Design District gastropub has an entire menu category devoted to "Stick Meats." The bacon lollipops served over funnel cake are the stuff dreams are made of, and for something lighter the yogurt-marinated tandoori lamb skewers are also a winner.

7. Pera Turkish Kitchen

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17479 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX
(972) 267-4444
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This North Dallas gem has many meats-on-sticks options, but their signature offering is the lamb adana: freshly ground lamb mixed with a bevy of spices and formed into a long skinny kebab, it comes flanked with a perfect dome of rice and fresh bread.

8. Tei Tei Robata Bar

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2906 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 828-2400
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Robata refers to things cooked on a charcoal grill, and many of these items just so happen to be threaded on sticks. Tei Tei's menu is heavy on the seafood but there are also some meaty options, including the very unique prosciutto-wrapped cherry tomatoes, infused with plenty of smoky flavor from the grill.

9. Teppo

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2014 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-8989
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Teppo is known for its yakitori, grilled skewers of just about everything imaginable including beef tongue, boiled quail eggs, duck breast and bacon-wrapped asparagus. Observer critic Scott Reitz recently gushed over the chicken wings on a stick.

10. Ziziki's

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4514 Travis St, #122
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 521-2233
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The Greek version of meats on a stick is called souvlaki, and Ziziki's has several different varieties including vegetarian and chicken, but best is the lamb: Chunks of tender marinated meat are left rare in the center, and served over fluffy housemade pita with creamy yogurt sauce and a side of roasted potatoes.

1. Afghan Grill

17370 Preston Rd, Ste 490, Dallas, TX 75252
Afghan Grill has many meats-on-sticks options -- lamb, beef, chicken -- but the beef kofta (ground seasoned beef) is a favorite. All are served over a bed of fluffy saffron rice, so pick your protein and get to feasting.
17370 Preston Rd, Ste 490
Dallas, TX 75252

2. Fadi's

3001 Knox St, Dallas, TX 75205
Fadi's is like the Luby's of Mediterranean food, if Luby's was actually good. The chicken kebabs here are way more delicious than boneless chicken breast has any business being -- nicely charred from the grill and incredibly juicy on the inside, they're served with charred onions, tomato and zucchini and pita bread, plus a side of very-necessary garlic sauce.
3001 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205

3. Jonathon's Oak Cliff

1111 N Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75203
Two words: brunch kabobs. As far as we know, these exist only at comfort food haven Jonathon's Oak Cliff, and yes, you want them -- a trifecta of breakfast meats (sausage, bacon and ham) threaded on skewers and glazed with a sweetened coffee syrup.
1111 N Beckley Ave
Dallas, TX 75203

4. Joyce & Gigi's

1623 N Hall St, Dallas, TX 75204
Joyce and Gigi serve the South American version of kebabs known as "anticuchos." Tender garlic-marinated hunks of beef are skewered with onions and peppers and served with garbanzo puree (think hummus except uh, not).
1623 N Hall St
Dallas, TX 75204

5. Malai Kitchen

3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Malai's satays make a mighty fine bar snack paired with one of their tasty cocktails (hello, Vietnamese Limeade). Choose from peanut-marinated chicken or sweet soy pork -- or both -- served with a chili relish that would probably taste good on just about anything including cardboard.
3699 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

6. Meddlesome Moth

1621 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 75207
This Design District gastropub has an entire menu category devoted to "Stick Meats." The bacon lollipops served over funnel cake are the stuff dreams are made of, and for something lighter the yogurt-marinated tandoori lamb skewers are also a winner.
1621 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75207

7. Pera Turkish Kitchen

17479 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX
This North Dallas gem has many meats-on-sticks options, but their signature offering is the lamb adana: freshly ground lamb mixed with a bevy of spices and formed into a long skinny kebab, it comes flanked with a perfect dome of rice and fresh bread.
17479 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX

8. Tei Tei Robata Bar

2906 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Robata refers to things cooked on a charcoal grill, and many of these items just so happen to be threaded on sticks. Tei Tei's menu is heavy on the seafood but there are also some meaty options, including the very unique prosciutto-wrapped cherry tomatoes, infused with plenty of smoky flavor from the grill.
2906 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

9. Teppo

2014 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Teppo is known for its yakitori, grilled skewers of just about everything imaginable including beef tongue, boiled quail eggs, duck breast and bacon-wrapped asparagus. Observer critic Scott Reitz recently gushed over the chicken wings on a stick.
2014 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

10. Ziziki's

4514 Travis St, #122, Dallas, TX 75205
The Greek version of meats on a stick is called souvlaki, and Ziziki's has several different varieties including vegetarian and chicken, but best is the lamb: Chunks of tender marinated meat are left rare in the center, and served over fluffy housemade pita with creamy yogurt sauce and a side of roasted potatoes.
4514 Travis St, #122
Dallas, TX 75205

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