Jambo’s BBQ Shack
2502 Little Rd
Arlington, TX 76016
Jambo’s BBQ Shack Website
December 23, 2015
Jambo’s BBQ Shack is a locally owned and operated BBQ restaurant with locations in Rendon and Arlington, Texas. Originally started in the Rendon location where owners Paula & Ashton Lovato purchased the Rendon location from pitmaster Jamie Geer the couple opened a second location in July 2015 in Arlington where the couple resides. It is safe to say Arlington is grateful for this new addition to the local dining landscape. This is evidenced by the daily “Sold Out” signs on many of the offerings.
The BBQ here ranges from sandwiches to plates to meat served by the pound. Most mainstays are offered in all formats including sliced and chopped brisket, pulled pork, sausage and bologna. Porks ribs are offered daily as well. Half chicken is a Wednesday special, pork a Friday special. The Signature Dishes are “The Jambo Texan” ($15.00) consisting of all of their standard meats piled high between two pieces of Texas toast and “The Sadie” ($9.00) which is a large baked potato piled high with brisket, sausage, onions, beans, butter, sour cream and cheese. The Sadie along with the two daily specials as well as some of the popular meat items such as the pulled pork are regularly sold out on a daily basis. So come early if you’re looking for something in particular.
I’ve visited Jambo’s several times as of this writing including for both lunch and dinnner, dining both on site and carrying out. I’ve enjoyed every single meal from pulled pork to the brisket both ways to the sausage to the ribs as well as every side dish in addition to the jalapeno starter. Everything has been good to excellent with favorites being the pulled pork and ribs.
If I had to grasp for a couple of negatives I’d say first up always try to go for an early lunch whenever possible. The meat always seems to be a bit moister and fresher at lunch than at dinner. My two cents worth. Also, the standard side dishes are a bit light on seasoning for my personal preference. I tend to skip them and order the fries instead. Makes for a perfectly satisfying meal for me served that way.
Service is quick and fairly efficient. Each visit things get smoother than the last.
Jambo’s does not serve alcohol so I believe you can BYOB. I have not to date but I believe I have seen a wine bottle or two on occassion so I believe BYOB is allowed. Obviously bring your own stems if you do.
Parking is free in the lot in front. Be forewarned at peak times the lot is always filled to maximum capacity. Happy hunting. Attire is casual. Shorts and a t-shirt are A-OK. Major credit cards are accepted.
Conclusion: Jambo’s is a welcomed addition to the Arlington dining scene. We’ve needed another locally owned and operated BBQ restaurant and to have one that is turning out good to really good fare is a blessing to boot. Jambo’s is recommended to highly recommended in my book.