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Sep 25, 2010 07:37 AM

Big fatty meat- Best BBQ in Houston

I will be in Houston to watch the football game on Sunday and I would like to find a BBQ place that has big fatty meat- brisket, ribs etc.... What is the best in the city? Anything near the stadium?

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  1. Where are you coming from? What will you be comparing "the best in Houston" to? What other Texas places have you been to that you like?

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    1. re: Jaymes

      I am coming down tomorrow from Canada. Never been to Texas before.

      1. re: bigfattymeat

        Well, Howdy Pardner! (Tip: Don't pack an overcoat. October may be just around the corner, but suffice it to say that the frost is not yet on our pumpkins.)

        Don't guess you're going to be here long enough to rent a car and drive over to Central Texas, i.e., Luling, Lockhart, Taylor, etc., from whence hails the best brisket in the world. If you had time for that, I'd be full of info.

        But since I'm mainly a brisket aficionado, and haven't found any in Houston that compares with Central Texas, from whence hail I, unfortunately I won't be much help there.

        However, now that we've established the parameters, I'm hopeful that longtime Houston BBQ fans will jump in.

        In the meantime, BFM, I'd suggest you peruse this thread: "BBQ in Houston"

        (And I will add one caution. Speaking just from my personal experience, I'd strongly suggest you avoid Goode Co.)

        1. re: bigfattymeat

          Is there a game tomorrow? I thought the mighty University of Houston plays on Saturdays. I can't think of any good bbq near Reliant, maybe Thelma's downtown, but I just called and let the phone ring a zillion times with no answer. I don't think they are open on weekends, and they have no web site, apparently. There is always, egadd, Goode Co. on Kirby, coming from Canada maybe you'll like it. I know Jaymes does not. I just thought of Luling City Market near the Galleria, hit or miss, but much better than Goode Co. in my opinion,

          I would go for some good TexMex which I am sure you also can't get. El Tiempo on Richmond is reasonably close, although I prefer the Washington location. Get the Gulf crab nachos, beans on the side and beef tenderloin fajitas, washed down with some skinny margaritas.

          Oh, by the way, GO TEXANS!!!!!

          1. re: James Cristinian

            You know, I can certainly see the temptation to say, "Oh, well, he's from Canada, so he doesn't really know good barbecue from bad, so let's just send him to Goode Co, because the atmosphere is kinda fun and all Texany, and if the 'cue is subpar, he won't have anything to compare it with, so he won't know the difference anyway." And also that's the easiest thing, since they're all over Houston and they're the most famous.

            But I really kind of disagree with that.

            Because if a native Texan, very familiar with our state's barbecue tradition, visits Houston and tries Goode Co, they'll go back to Austin or San Antonio or Dallas or Lubbock or wherever and tell everybody, "I tried Goode Co, and I didn't like it at all. I think they're really putting out some bad barbecue."

            But a visitor that is unfamiliar with Texas barbecue, like BFM, will go back to Canada and tell everybody, "I tried TEXAS barbecue, and I didn't like it at all. I think they're really putting out some bad barbecue."

            So let's do what we can to give BFM a taste of the best we can do.

            Instead of sending him to the place that came in DAL (dead-ass last) at a recent Chowhound BBQ throwdown.

            1. re: Jaymes

              Fair enough, but what are your alternative suggestions? At least I offerd two, one being TexMex, the other Luling City Market, both open on Sunday. Again, go TEXANS!!!!!!

              1. re: James Cristinian

                Loved your other suggestions. Definitely he should do TexMex, and El Tiempo is a great idea.

                And while I have a few (ahem) ethical "issues" with Luling City Market, at least he'd have a shot at some good cue.

                Oh, and PS - GO TEXANS!!!!

      2. Pierson and Company on TC Jester is by far the best BBQ I have ever had in Houston (or anywhere else for that matter) It is a bit out of the way, but believe me it is worth the trip. As a bonus, these are probably the friendliest people you will ever meet. One caveat though- after eating their brisket, you will never be satisfied with run of the mill BBQ again.

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        1. re: gromada

          I love Pierson's, but I just called them, and they are not open on Sundays.

          1. re: gromada

            Are they still in business? Their website has disappeared (possible domain expiration).

            1. re: aynrandgirl

              I just called and they are open, in fact they were about to close for the day as they were running out of meat.

          2. I'm a native Texan and a very picky eater and I like Goode Company. I've eaten BBQ in many places in central and west Texas as well as all around the Houston area (all my BBQ growing up came from the Lockwood Inn) and I think Goode Company ranks way up there. Personally, I don't care for the central Texas style of BBq, especially the stuff they serve in Lockhart. Both my husband and I thought that was the worst we have ever eaten.

            Goode Company Restaurants
            2511 Bartlett St, Houston, TX 77098

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            1. re: HelenLobo

              Well, and there ya' go. Two wildly divergent opinions...

              I literally can't figger out how they stay in business, and you think they're at the top of the list!

              Part of what makes life fun, no?

              1. re: Jaymes

                Thank you all for the suggestions. I'm sitting at the dallas airport getting ready to hop on a plane to Houston. Your friends from the cold north thank you for the kind words and help.

                1. re: bigfattymeat

                  Well ooops, should have read the thread first to see that you were here Sunday. Whatever your choice was, I hope you enjoyed Houston. We're having some wonderfully early cool weather right now. It was sure nice to come home to yesterday :-)

            2. Sure hope you get back with us and let us know where you went and what you tried and what you liked and what you didn't and what you think of our fair city.

              And thank you for bringing some of that cool Canadian air down here with you. Sweet relief.

              1. I just returned from Edmonton yesterday. I made my friends gumbo and they loved it. They kept calling it jumbo and mumbo - lol. I was going to make a brisket but just didn't have the time.

                There is much better food in Houston than the bbq, so please don't judge us on that category alone. And for Pete's sake, stay away from Goode Co. BBQ, it is awful. I think it was over 10 years ago that I had a decent plate of meat from there. Today it's like eating shoe leather.

                When my friend from Edmonton visits, she loves El Tiempo for mexican food - we always split the crab quesadillas for our meal because it's huge. Two of us can't finish it. Mardi Gras Grill would be good for a taste of cajun that serves fresh seafood dishes.

                Let us know how it works out for you and what you end up eating. And have fun in Houston!!

                Mardi Gras Grill
                1200 Durham, Houston, TX 77007

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                1. re: texasredtop

                  I couldn't help but think of this thread yesterday while perusing "The Guardian's" (a UK newspaper considered by many to be one of the finest newspapers/informational websites on the planet) list of "50 Best Things to Eat in the World."

                  While such lists are, of course, silly on many levels, I couldn't help but note that they mentioned Central Texas-style barbecue - the exact thing that Helen & Hubby think is so awful. The Guardian singled out Snow's in Lexington, primarily because of the Texas Monthly praise (and I'm sure I don't have to mention that Central Texas-style always tops Texas Monthly's "Best BBQ in Texas" lists).

                  So Helen may love Goode Co and strongly dislike "Lockhart" (maybe she went to Chisholm Trail; she doesn't say - just condemns the whole town) as being "the worst she has ever eaten," but I take comfort in knowing that she's in the distinct minority.

                  Even the Brits know better.


                  1. re: Jaymes

                    That's some pretty auspicious company that Kerry and Tootsie are keeping. Thanks for posting that list!

                    1. re: Jaymes

                      I honestly don't get all the hate directed at Goode Company. Awful? I guess that's why they've managed to stay in business for over 30 years and why Jim and Levi Goode were nominated for the James Beard Award this year. I'll agree that there may be better brisket in Houston, but Goode's is good, and for an overall meal from start to finish, Goode Company is pretty exceptional. I can't think of another bbq joint in Houston that can compare to the variety of meat choices, the made-from-scratch sides, their fresh homemade lemonade, the fluffy jalapeno cheese bread and the justly famous pecan pie that you find at Goode's. And I prefer their sauce to any other in the city. Others tend to be too vinegary or pasty and overwhelm the meat.

                      Goode Company Restaurants
                      2511 Bartlett St, Houston, TX 77098