Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

Co-owner Lance Kirkpatrick's barbecued beef ribs made judges swoon at the Chronicle's inaugural beef rib smackdown in January, but the restaurant's peppery brisket and spicy, coarse-ground sausage have also earned this family-friendly dining spot a solid reputation among the pit bosses. Sides here go beyond the standard potato salad and coleslaw to include excellent corn casserole and mac and cheese. – Rachel Feit

6610 N. Lamar

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