By Daniel Paris
In 1941, Travis Dickey opened first in Dallas, Texas. The menu featured brisket, polish sausage, spicy cheddar sausage, smoked turkey, marinated smoked chicken, pulled-pork shoulder, and St. Louis cut smoked pork ribs. Sides include jalapeno beans, mac & cheese, criss-cut fries, and buttery rolls. The menu has remained intact even though there are now five hundred franchises throughout the country.
The several dishes I tried remain true to the roots of Texas barbeque; moist brisket with a nicely defined pink smoke ring seasoned simply with salt and pepper. St. Louis ribs are meaty and smoky and have a good firm texture and the right amount of smoke so you can still taste the meat. You can feed the whole family at a reasonable price.
Lisa Weaver, owner of the Rancho Mirage location (42452-4 Bob Hope Drive) has been stocking hard-to- find items such as masks, gel hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, bleach, and toilet paper for purchase. She is offering delivered boxed lunches to any organization at cost to help feed people and keep her employees working. A box lunch includes a sandwich, side, and dessert all for $4.80. She is offering to deliver supplies to medical workers, grocery employees, and first responders. People can enjoy a free lunch by calling Lisa directly at 760-898-5984 or the store at 760-851-0955.
I do not usually review franchise restaurants as I am drawn to the community-building of family-owned establishments. Lisa Weaver epitomizes the neighbor you are proud to have as a friend. Instead of worrying about herself during this unprecedented crisis, she is using her business acumen and resources to help those who have always served the community with little recognition and even less compensation. I encourage you to patronize her restaurant and join her efforts to aid the underserved in the Coachella Valley.