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Fred’s Barbecue

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Fred's

As an occasional change from Austin’s, Fred’s was located just down Illinois a ways, at the east end of Wynnewood Village, 2226 S. Llewellyn. Fred’s existed in 1951, although I don’t know its original location. In the early sixties Fred’s had 7 locations, which included one in Irving and one in Richardson.

  1. Jon
    December 9th, 2009 at 05:02 | #1

    seems like I remember two Fred’s as a kid at Wynnewood Village. When I was little we went to one that was small and sit down. Then they built the new building and you went thru a line to pick up your food.

  2. Paul Amundsen
    December 18th, 2009 at 21:24 | #2

    My father owned the Fred’s Barbecue chain in Dallas from 1952 through 1990. I have a lot of information and photographs available if you are interested. There were eight locations–not seven–in the 1970s.

  3. Paul Amundsen
    December 18th, 2009 at 21:25 | #3

    My father owned the Fred’s Barbecue chain in Dallas from 1950 through 1990. If you are interested I have hundreds of photographs and a great deal of historical information.

  4. Cindy
    March 4th, 2010 at 01:45 | #4

    @Paul Amundsen

    My family enjoyed many happy dinners there in the 60′s and 70′s. If you could email me a few pics of the place, I would really appreciate it. Thanks so very much!

  5. M.E.
    July 24th, 2011 at 01:33 | #5

    My family LOVED Fred’s! In my memory it was one of the all-time best BBQ spots in Texas! We ate @ the Wynnewood location in the 60′s-70′s. I remember a waitress, think her name was Madge, who worked there for many years.

  6. Patti
    June 17th, 2012 at 00:55 | #6

    @Paul Amundsen

    Wow! I was just telling my son that Fred’s had the best barbecue sauce that I’ve ever had, and he told me to look it up on the Internet. Is the recipe for the sauce still around?

  7. Brad N.
    December 29th, 2012 at 10:04 | #7

    I would very much like more info / photos of the Fred’s that was in the Casa View shopping center in the 1970′s. My mom took me and my friends there often. Fond memories and great food!

  8. Jon
    February 9th, 2013 at 00:52 | #8

    I received my formative taste for barbecue at Fred’s in Casa View. In the early 1960s we lived nearby and shopped at Casa View. The hickory smoke hovering over the area made Fred’s an enormous presence despite its narrow storefront. On very rare occasions my family would splurge and dine on sausage and brisket covered in a deep spicy sauce that for me fifty years later is the high standard.

  9. Joe Alexander
    July 28th, 2013 at 06:02 | #9

    @Paul Amundsen
    Paul, I grew up eating at Fred’s and would love to learn more about the history and see some of the old photos. Many, many great memories.
    Thanks and best regards,
    Joe Alexander
    Cell: 972-896-5600

  10. October 14th, 2013 at 02:09 | #10

    @Paul Amundsen
    I recall the swap a Buffalo nickel for a BBQ sandwich that your Dad offered at the Casa View location. Don’t know if that was offered at other locations. I talked to your Dad once while in the restaurant and he filled me in on some of the details. As I recall he mentioned quite a crowd that spilled over to outside areas. He mentioned that police were required to handle the crowd and the event had to be shut down eventually. Did they run out of meat? Also he mentioned losing several thousand dollars. The price of a Buffalo nickel is at least 300x the 5 cents and wonder if he eventually made money on the deal. I have my 50th Bryan Adams Reunion coming up next week and was sending some info out about the Buffalo event. One class member thought there was just the Casa Linda location, but I do remember eating regularly at the one in Casa View. Do you have any pics showing the Buffalo nickel frenzy? Also what was the exact date of the event? Thanks.

    Fred

  11. marcia
    October 14th, 2013 at 15:17 | #11

    @Fred Yonley – Thanks for the great tidbit about the buffalo nickel frenzy! I did a little research and found an item by Paul Crume in his “Big D” column in the Morning News dated October 23, 1957.

    “As part of its fifth birthday celebration, the Fred’s Barbecue chain has been offering a 30 cent sandwich and a 10 cent root beer for each buffalo nickel presented. There weren’t supposed to be many buffalo nickels around, but it didn’t turn out that way. Time and again, some of the eight restaurants ran out of both meat and bread. As of Tuesday, the chain possessed 4,500 buffalo nickels. The payoff came Tuesday at the Highland Park restaurant. They discovered, in front of the place, a small boy who was selling buffalo nickels at a dime each.”

    On Oct 27 the manager of Fred’s presented a young female bison (buffalo), which had been donated by an Oklahoma wildlife refuge, to the Dallas Zoo. Fred’s provided transportation for the bison and two elk as part of their Fifth Anniversary buffalo promotion.

  12. Terry Darnell
    November 20th, 2013 at 22:31 | #12

    I remember Fred’s at Wynnewood Village in the early 1950′s. We had moved to Oak Cliff from Chicago in 1951. When our family walked in the staff would start singing “Chicago, Chicago, that bustling town…”. My dad loved it. They also had old school desks lined along two walls where you would sit and eat. I often wonder why they used those. Well, it is so disappointing that all of that is gone now and Wynnewood is so different. I think there is a Taco Bell or something like that now at the corner of Illinois and Zang Blvd where Fred’s used to be. I got married and moved away in 1965 but I wonder when the Fred’s was sold. Also, any pictures of the old Fred’s at Wynnewood Village would be appreciated. Just one of those childhood memories.

  13. Billie J. Sisk
    December 18th, 2013 at 19:55 | #13

    Paul, my mother worked for Fred’s for several years. First at the Fred’s on Forest Lane and then worked at the restaurant in Irving until she retired. Her name was Lillie Gregg and she had the utmost respect for your father.@Paul Amundsen

  14. Richard Solomon
    March 14th, 2014 at 00:53 | #14

    @Paul Amundsen Paul, I was searching for information on Fred’s Barbecue after reading about your father’s passing. Please accept my sympathies. Three generations of our family enjoyed many meals at Fred’s in Casa View and on Preston Road in the early 1960s. I’ll keep searching for photos of the signs I remember so well.

  15. Jan Spitzenberger
    July 25th, 2014 at 08:28 | #15

    I remember eating at Fred’s Barbecue in Casa Linda. He had a sandwich with I want to say ham and roasted apple slices on it. Do you have the ingredients he used to make this sandwich. It was soooo good. I have never found another barbecue restaurant that makes it. I would love to have another one.