visited 7/2/11 about 7 pm
This is a small but expanding chain that I have heard mostly negative reviews about. Hence, the lack of a previous visit. On this night they had booked a good blues performer and that added just enough oomph to spur a trip to nearby Coppell through the tortuous DFW Connector construction project. Many folks had complained to me that this place was very overpriced but I found their meats to be very competitively priced at $11.99/pound. I think the trick is to watch the portion size. Two slices of brisket was easily 3/4 of a pound tonight.
This is a big joint and it was hopping. We had to park around on the back side and walk around to the pits in the front. It is laid out like a central Texas BBQ place with the pits and warming pits up front. You choose your meats and hot sides from the warming pit, pay by the pound, then move inside for cold sides and drinks. They even have a separate bean pot in the back with complimentary pinto beans. We loaded up with brisket, pork ribs, jalapeno sausage, and "brush poppers", plus a side of tater salad and some beans.
The sides were better than your average fare. The tater salad was skin on with bits of onion and a mustard base. The pinto beans were perfect consistency, not mushy, not chewy, and had plenty of spicy flavor with bits of ham and peppers. The beans ranked right up there with the best of central Texas joints.
I would be happy to go back if they book some more good blues, but I'll be sticking with the brush poppers instead of the BBQ.