I got into a flame war on another site with my claim that there is no good barbecue in Dallas. A bystander came in to suggest Carter's. I wouldn't call it great but it is very good. I got a combination order of ribs and brisket. I think this is East Texas style, served bathed in sauce. It's good sauce too. The meat was a tiny bit tough but overall had very good texture. Lots of meat flavor and a fair amount of smoke -- not as smoky as I prefer but hey, I wasn't up all night cooking it. I didn't try the sausage but rumor is that it's from Rudolph's.
And the place just screams chowhound, a little bitty building all by itself next to the railroad tracks, an oven door that looks like a prop from a movie about barbecue. I thought it was carryout only but my interlocutor says there's seating.
Best barbecue joint in Dallas. (214) 428 9461. Just south of Deep Ellum, on the right if you're headed south, right before the big viaduct over the railyards. Convenient to downtown, Baylor, Fair Park.