Danny's Little Taste of Texas
19 Oakland Road
South Windsor, CT 06074
(860) 310-1053

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Best Barbecue Restaurant in Manchester CT

True, authentic Texas barbecue can be found in the heart of New England at Danny’s Little Taste of Texas in Manchester, CT.

Danny’s is the best barbecue restaurant in New England with dine in, barbecue take out and barbecue catering services. Danny’s is committed to serving real Texas-style barbecue with meat that is dry rubbed and mixed with special spices. Danny’s meats are then wood smoked in their smokehouse grill for over 12 hours.


Barbecue Catering Services Manchester CT

Get food to go with our barbecue take out service!

Best Barbecue Restaurant Manchester CT Serving Manchester, CT, Danny’s barbecue catering services includes a full service, on-site chuck wagon ho down that can bring Texas barbecue to any meeting or event. The chuck wagon ho down includes a full smokehouse grill along with a full buffet set up and music and karaoke. Danny’s also offers full delivery and set up services along with barbecue take out.

View Danny’s full menu here!

Danny’s Little Taste of Texas features delicious, Texas-inspired appetizers, build your own burger or hot dog, sandwiches and wraps, Tex-Mex, and, of course, Texas barbecue at the best barbecue restaurant in the region.


Entrées include barbecue ribs, smoked chicken, chicken fried steak, pot roast, pork chops and more.

Barbecue Take Out Manchester CT For starters:
Texas-style wings in a choice of sauces
Smoked wings
Potato skins
Pork Nuggets
Onion Rings
Jalapeño Poppers
Mini Tacos
Quesadilla Roll Ups

Soups and more:
Chili bowl
Rancher and Tortilla Salads

Meals and Entrées:
Baked Potato Meals • Make Your Own Burger or Hot Dog
A variety of sandwiches and wraps • Grilled Favorites
Tex-Mex Specialties

Entrée Specialties:
Pulled or sliced beef brisket or pork shoulder
Baby back ribs • Beef or Pork Ribs • Half Chicken
Chicken Fried Steak • Texas Pot Roast
Fried Chicken • Chicken Tenderloins

Barbecue Catering Services Manchester CT Contact Danny’s Little Taste of Texas

Danny’s Little Taste of Texas is located at 19 Oakland Road in South Winsdor, CT, just a short drive from the Shoppes at Buckland Hills in Manchester and the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor. 

Call them for a reservation or catering services at 860.310.1053. Don't forget about our quick and easy barbecue take out!

For the best barbecue restaurant around, stop in!

For more information, email ltot@ltot.necoxmail.com.

Hours of operation:
Wednesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m.-9 p.m.

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"It's so good they should have lines out the door." Hartford Magazine 2014

Danny's Little Taste of Texas offers authentic Texas style BBQ right here in your backyard! 

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Danny's Little Taste of Texas

Thank You for your feedback!
Thu Apr 17 10:54:00 EDT 2014

We've gotten so many postivie responses about our Easter BBQ Buffet that we have decided to host it afterall! Thank you to all those who took the time to let us know if you would be attending or not! We hope to see you there :)


Thu Apr 10 21:24:41 EDT 2014

We would love to host a great, big, greasy, and delicious "All You Can Eat BBQ Buffet"!!!... But we need to hear from you guys! We want to make sure we are giving our customers what they want! Now, how can we know what ya'll want when we can't hear you? ...

Are You Hungry Yet?
Wed Apr 09 20:14:04 EDT 2014

Here at Danny's Little Taste of Texas we take our bbq seriously. 

We always have big bertha (our ole faithful smoker) locked and loaded low smoking our meats to perfection! 


BBQ is NOT the sauce!!! BBQ is what the sauce goes on!!

Attending our All You Can East BBQ Buffet on Easter Sunday (20th April 2014)
Sat Apr 05 13:46:23 EDT 2014

We would like to see a decent amount of responses for our BBQ Buffet coming up on Easter, this is because many people go see family on Easter and are too busy to go out and eat. We would like to make sure that our BBQ Buffet will be a success. If you are interested in attending, OR if you would like to attend but are busy with a family function please take a minute to fill out our survey to let us know. We need your input!! We will be hosting an All you can eat BBQ Buffet if we get a decent...

All You Can Eat Easter Buffet!!
Fri Apr 04 13:32:00 EDT 2014

Come into Danny's Little Taste of Texas between noon and seven at night on Easter Sunday (April 20th) for our all your can eat Easter buffet! Come in, pig out and enjoy your Easter Sunday with well deserved gluttony, lent has passed. :)...

Tue Apr 01 12:25:00 EDT 2014

Seeing as that dreadfully long winter seems to be behind us, the crew is getting ready to hitch up our chuck wagon to help make a hell of a day out of your special event! Be it a wedding, a family reunion, a graduation or a company party, we will try our darn hardest to give you a personalized experience and make your catering experience a pleasent one :) ...

Spring has Sprung!
Fri Mar 21 12:06:00 EDT 2014

Come into Danny's Little Taste of Texas and talk to Daniel Bell yourself about scheduling your special date for our chuck wagon catering services! Fun for the whole family, we assure you that no one will leave your event unsatisfied with our services! The weather is getting warmer and the season for catering is almost upon us! Come snag your date before someone else does!!...

Easter All You Can Eat BBQ Buffet!
Thu Mar 20 13:21:58 EDT 2014

You've been asking for it, and finally your calls have been answered!! We are going to be celebrating Easter the best way we know how! With an all you can eat BBQ Buffet of course! But, there's a catch! We won't be setting up this fabulous buffet for your face stuffing unless we get some feedback on just how excited this news makes you! So please, like this, retweet, reblog, share or whatever it is you do to show us that you are gonna be there! :D (one month and counting!)

This Foodie Loved us!
Tue Mar 11 11:34:30 EDT 2014

Man, oh man, this food critic did not hold back and we're glad he didn't! You can feel the love radiating off this article, almost like the sweat aroma wafting off our ribs!! http://hartfordmag.com/article-1574-texas-barbecue-connecticut-style.html

An Answer To Your Questions!
Thu Mar 06 12:00:00 EST 2014

We want to answer any questions you may have about the services we provide whether pertaining to catering, dining options or the Big E. Any and all questions are welcomed and encouraged!! Just call: (860) 310-1053 to gain some insight from the Southern New England BBQ Masters (self-entitled)!  

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By Spencer Caldwell

Delicious Ribs and more!


The phrase Connecticut barbecue might never have the ring to it of, say, Memphis barbecue, Carolina barbecue, Kansas City barbecue or Texas barbecue. Sadly, much of our barbecue might be of the "remove the rack of ribs from the sleeve and slather it with BBQ sauce" variety.

However, good barbecue has popped up in places like Stamford, Moodus, Vernon, Uncasville, Hartford, and even briefly on College Street in New Haven, where an elderly couple opened an authentic Texas-style barbecue joint and then had such health problems they were rarely open.

The best barbecue I’ve found in the Northeast is a dive called Bub’s BBQ in Sunderland, Mass. And yes, it’s well worth the hour drive straight up I-91. Even the gator’s great. But as long as we have Danny’s Little Taste of Texas in South Windsor, we can let some considerable Lone Star pride swell in our collective chest.

Of the four main regional varieties of barbecue, I have always strongly favored Texas (just as I favor Texas chili over Cincinnati) — because it’s all about the meat. Sauce is a secondary consideration. Properly done, Texas-style barbecue is so flavorful you’d never need sauce, except eventually all that richness requires some acidity for balance and coleslaw alone just ain’t gonna cut it.

From the outside, the most compelling thing about Danny’s Little Taste of Texas, which is in its 14th year, is the chuck wagon used for catering and events like the Big E. But when we set foot inside Danny’s, which has a small front room and a big back room whose walls are festooned with Texas kitsch, any doubts we might have entertained dissipate as the incredible smoky aroma of great barbecue is carried to our nostrils. We’re as stoked as the gas-fired, hickory-log-burning smoker that produces all that flavor.

Brought to you by owner Danny Bell, who lived in Houston for nine years, Danny’s barbecue is so good that the restaurant should have constant lines out the door, up until the day that he and his chuck wagon decide to clip clop, clip clop off into the sunset. But the reality is, times continue to be tough in the food industry, and many restaurateurs find themselves looking for secondary income streams. In addition to its extensive regular menu, Danny’s is featuring a two-page “new menu shootout” with the most popular items apt to be retained. Normally, I wouldn’t consider such experimentation a good sign. Let a great barbecue place stick to barbecue. But the tomato soup ($3.99) we try is vibrant and fullflavored, the crab cakes ($7.99) a little mushy but beautifully crabby, and a Texas mushroom burger which we have made with buffalo meat ($7.99) a juicy, flavorful revelation that could hold its own with Connecticut’s top burgers.

Owner Daniel Bell

Nevertheless, the barbecue menu is the reason we’ve made the trip to Danny’s. Accompanying our food with Hosmer Mountain sodas ($2.25) and Long Trail Pale Ale ($3.95) and Harpoon IPA ($3.95), we begin with terrific house-made potato chips and addictive corn bread ($2.49). The barbecue meals come with a dinner roll and French fries or coleslaw, all well and good, but sides of the sort you might really crave, like our pork and beans and mac and cheese, are a little extra ($2.49). But the barbecued meats rule, and given Danny’s is Texas-style, beef rules above all. The real flavor comes not from sauce but from dry rubs (“If the rub tastes good on your fingers, it will taste good on the meat,” Bell says) and from cooking the meat low and slow with plenty of smoke. It’s not about the quality of the meat either, as barbecue has always been about making use of unwanted cuts. “I could make your shoe taste good,” he boasts.

Barbecue dinners range from $11.99 to $18.99, with servings of additional meats an added $4.95 each.

Danny’s baby back ribs and pork ribs are smoky and tasty. Pulled pork is moist and delicious. Cajun sausage is a spicy delight. Although obviously a different preparation, a quarter chicken packs as much flavor as its Peruvian counterpart. But the revelations are the meaty beef ribs (good gracious, they’re wonderful) and the amazingly moist, fatty and flavorful beef brisket (simply the best we’ve ever encountered).

The dessert menu could use a little beefing up. Deep-fried Twinkies ($4.99), Oreos ($4.99) and a deep-fried apple ($4.99) that might be better without its skin are tolerable, but barbecue would seem a perfect platform for Southern standards like chess pie, sweet potato pie and red velvet cake. It could be time for a “new dessert menu shootout.”

Nevertheless, this little barbecue joint is doing Greater Hartford a tremendous service. Danny’s Little Taste of Texas delivers BIG flavor.

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