Another Texas Monthly Top 50 joint on Scott's hit list he can now scratch off the list. On ordering I noticed they had an ingenious way of sending their food orders to the back room for preparation. They have little plastic coated cards with all their food items on them and they simply circle with a dry erase marker and hand them back. Easy peasy. After waiting a few minutes and admiring the cool reproductions of Republic of Texas currency embedded in the table, a nice lady brought our food and the eating began.
Straight away we noticed the brisket was undercooked. It failed a pull-apart test and was definitely springy and tough. No smoke flavor, either. The ribs were much better with nice smoke flavor, tender, moist, and with a nice bite mark. The sausage had nice flavor but was a bit dry. I had french fries as a side and they came out nice and hot with a coating of seasoned salt with a bit of sugar added. Interesting! I think I will experiment with that at home. The ribs were the winner here but the brisket was a disappointment.
It was interesting to note this was the first BBQ joint where we had seen James Dean on the wall. Usually it's John Wayne, Gary Cooper, or Hank Williams.
I love barbecue. I always wanted to spend some vacation time sampling the best BBQ joints in Texas. A few years ago, my friend Scott and I started doing just that and we've been doing it every year since. We call it the "Calories and Cholesterol Tour". Since so many people were asking me about our experiences, I started writing them up. We are not expert eaters or writers. We just do this for fun and because we LOVE Texas BBQ. A note about our reviews. We tend to be "stealth" reviewers. We don't ask for pit tours or cooking techniques and we try to be discrete about taking photos til after we are done. We want to experience each meal as an average customer. If you know a great Texas BBQ joint we need to try, e-mail me at donotemp AT gmail DOT com. CLICK ON THE PHOTOS FOR A LARGER VIEW! I also have a separate bass fishing blog.