Same! I almost never buy BBQ out. its always a let down. Honestly, we barely eat out at all. Wife says everything i make is better than what get out, and out costs 10X as much. its a great compliment - I can tell when I made things right - the plate is clear. if she doesnt clear the plate - i know to make it better next time.I rarely buy bbq anymore as often I get garbage not as good as mine.
Is it still there? I don't live too far away and love trying the unheard of spots like this.Daughter and son in law used to stop at a strip mall between Houston and Katy, TX for a platter of smoked meats. Quality wasn’t too bad but the portions more than made up for quality. Enough meat for 8 people plus leftovers for $60 if memory serves. That was my first impression of dining out in Texas, I was impressed, coming from the bush in northern Canada to Texas.
I couldnt imagine it would be Texas Roadhouse. That place will disappoint u. I couldnt believe at how much Texas Roashouse (based out of Ohio I think) had changed from like 2005 to 2011.Texas Roadhouse maybe?
I'm usually not one to complain, but I vote with my feet and never go back. The waiter asked how we liked the food. My buddy and I looked at each other. I answered, "The grits were great." The uneaten food on our plates spoke the rest, which the waiter noticed. We sat there for a while talking business but the manager never came over. And I never went back.That crap was Day Old reheat! I hope you sent it back and pitched a bitch. Years ago, went to a highly rated restaurant. Paid $25 for the Fried Fishermans Platter. I freakin lost it when they brought it out and the seafood was all commercial convenience Frozen Seafood. Long John's is Ultra Fine Dinning compared to that crap...JJ
Surprised no mention of Pecan Lodge downtown. We ate there a couple years ago when we were in town and I was definitely happy with my meal.Wow that BBQ looks poor.
I'm fortunate that I live in a good food city and state for that matter but I still run into BBQ that is very sub par. It helps that in TX many people make very good BBQ in their back yards but you figured more restaurants would get it right but they don't. Also good luck finding very good pulled pork in TX.
If you are ever in and around Dallas TX here is a quick guide of BBQ joints so u don't waste too much time:
I hope this info is interesting for anyone traveling to the Dallas area and forgive my random tangent of just listing places off... been sick in bed all week and still a little foggy headed but the antibotics are kickin in lol
- Pappa Bros BBQ - best quality bbq overall, brisket is good, and wow best BBQ chicken u will find at any bbq joint and their weekly lunch special with a giant half chicken and <insert other meat option here> and 2-3 sides is enough food for 2 people or to eat once that day lol
- Hard Eight BBQ - my favorite place because they have a HUGE variety of food though I don't care so much for their brisket, they carve off all the bark! The chicken brush poppers are a must, pork ribs are pretty good, jalapeno sausage is usually fantastic, get a vew small pieces of smoked sirloin, and if u get the smoked turkey when it is fresh or get the end of it WOW. Also order jalapeno bread and dont get any other sides because its all u can eat free pinto beans made with onion, bacon/sausage, and jalapeno.... there is more variety but u gotta make like 3 trips to try it all hahaha
- Hutchins BBQ (McKinney kinda far north of Dallas) - good brisket, well fried catfish (though could use more seasoning), good sausage, good sides, AND u can get all you can eat of all that meat and more for like $25 a person! The chicken was good but wasnt what I would really call BBQ chicken, was more of a Tex-Mex seasoned hybrid kind of thing... not bad but kind of a outlier
Fast Food-like BBQ
- Dickeys, Spring Creek, and Sonny Bryans - basically what I call "fast food" bbq joints but really are a few notches above your fast food burger and chicken joints. All about the same where Sonny Bryans is the least memorable, Dickeys is the most widely available, and Spring Creek may be the leader ONLY because they make fresh dinner rolls that people go nuts over. If u order chopped brisket (its chipped and already mixed with bbq sauce), some standard sides, and a drink it will make a turd and you don't feel overly joyed nor overly disappointed and u can get back to work or running errands lol
The last time I ate at Pecan Lodge it was still in the Farmers Market area (years ago). At that time it was great. It has since moved to Deep Ellum and I haven't eaten at it since it has moved. That is the only reason I don't mention it. I'll need to hit it up but I'm RARELY in the Deep Ellum area these days so it would be a trip specifically to try it out.Surprised no mention of Pecan Lodge downtown. We ate there a couple years ago when we were in town and I was definitely happy with my meal.
Being on the west coast there is no real BBQ here. Everything is slathered heavily in sauce to mask the fact the meat is dry reheats. Rarely ever get real smoked food. I spend the money buying my own to do up vs eating out. View attachment 429169
Been close to 20 years since I lived in the Seattle area.There is a dearth of good BBQ in this area as well. Some exceptions were Memphis BBQ in Everett, now closed, and of course our forum member Jeff's Texas Style BBQ in Marysville. Excellent product, I try to stop by whenever I'm up that way.
Cave Man Kitchen is still there, but that's about 45 miles from me. Armadillo BBQ in Woodinville was good, too. But it's long gone.Been close to 20 years since I lived in the Seattle area.
Got to experience the original Cave Man Kitchen in Kent in the 80's & 90's. Got invited to the wood shed, too.
We noticed that you're using an ad-blocker, which could block some critical website features. For the best possible site experience please take a moment to disable your AdBlocker.