Imagine your friendly neighborhood block party has moved to a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Well, that’s essentially the story behind The Meat Up, which opened in the fall of 2022 just a few blocks from Denton Square in a historic church building.
Steve Riney has been cooking and smoking barbecue for his cul-de-sac neighbors for years. For the last 10-15 years he has dreamed of opening The Meat Up. He even had a shirt made with that name ten years ago!
Much like backyard barbecues, Steve got the whole community involved. He is an active member of the Denton Chamber of Commerce. He sources ingredients from local vendors, including locally grown sausages. And he really became a ‘meetup’ for local students, workers and residents.
At The Meat Up, you’ll find a unique selection of burgers, tacos, and sandwiches. And the “Chick Norris” Chicken Sandwich, with a name that made me fall in love with reading the menu. “Porky’s Revenge” burger stuffed with pulled pork. And “Fatty Melt”.
What menu items did you try while we were there?
Steve’s selection of smashburgers is top notch and can be customized to your heart’s content. 1/4 lb or 1/2 lb. Gluten free bread or no bread. Two of his top sellers are “Got Beef,” topped with smoked brisket, caramelized onions, smoked his cheddar, and BBQ sauce, and, you guessed it, “Shrooms & Swiss,” topped with his cheese and sautéed mushrooms. “am.
His tacos are equally unique and delicious, from breakfast tacos to vegan tacos, to “Frito Bandito” tacos, which are locally sourced frito pie sausage wrapped in a crunchy cheese shell and topped with barbecue sauce, jalapeños, and barbecue sauce. am. ,sour cream.
If you love good Cuban sandwiches, try The Meat Up’s sandwiches. Steve is very picky about the pickles he uses on his burgers and sandwiches, and it turns out they get their chance to shine as part of a Cuban sandwich.
And if you have a sweet tooth like us, you can’t go wrong with either of Steve’s desserts. I tried the funnel cake fries with a perfectly sour strawberry dipping sauce. But I’ve also heard amazing things about churros.
We can’t wait for you all to make this restaurant your new “Meat Up”. We have already brought back some family and friends. what are you looking for try it!
*The Meat Up is located at 529 Bolivar St, Denton, 76201.