Granted, the Trinity River-adjacent restaurant offers food (and occasionally prices) over and above what most people think of as a "joint," but Men's Health has pretty good reasoning: "As the debate for what region owns the best barbecue smolders among smoked-food lovers across the U.S., the chef of this smokehouse, Tim Love, does his own thing. At Woodshed, Love's 14,000-square-foot barbecue complex, he's smoking BBQ that he and his customers think taste good. That's it. His menu includes oak-smoked red fish, game birds, and heads of cauliflower. It takes balls for a well-established BBQ baron like Love to move the world of barbecue forward. Call him a smoked-protein progressive."
The Woodshed is up against restaurants in such barbecue meccas as Memphis, Kansas City and South Carolina -- as well as Syracuse, N.Y., which may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think "barbecue," but then Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is popular with bikers, so I'm not gonna make fun of it.
The Woodshed is the only DFW restaurant to receive a nomination in any of the categories, which also include Pizza Parlor, Steakhouse, Seafood Shack, Brew Pub, Sandwich Shop, Taco Stand, Burger Spot and Adventurous Eating. For all the nominees, go here.