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Mar 10, 2011 06:21 AM

Barbecue Inn

OK, just saw a(nother) mention of this place on the Best Wings thread.

Never been there.

Intend to fix that Saturday for lunch.

I plan to hit Alamo Tamales on Berry around 11ish, (bringing a cooler) and then immediately on to Barbecue Inn.

Jaymes? Got any plans?

Anyone else wanna have a CH chowdown?

(Wish you were here DSG!)

Alamo Tamales & tacos
809 Berry Rd, Houston, TX 77022

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  1. I do now!

    I'll definitely remember to hit the Alamo on Sat around 11ish. Looking forward to it!

    1. Re Barbeque Inn:

      Three comments:

      1) Be prepared to wait a long time for your fried chicken. They make all fried chicken made to order from scratch, so it's usually about a 45 minute wait after sitting down. But when it comes out piping hot, it's worth it.

      2) Bring your own honey because they don't provide it. Barbeque Inn's fried chicken was FANTASTIC, but I've heard some say that it needed some sweetness and it was a little flavorless (though incredibly juicy/crunchy). The owner told me that regulars bring their own honey sometimes.

      3) Flying Saucer Pie Company is right up the street and delicious!

      6 Replies
      1. re: sethnavajo

        Do they have biscuits? I don't put honey on my fried chicken.

        But if they have biscuits, that's another matter entirely.

        Maybe I'll swing by Central Market and pick up a little Tupelo.

        1. re: Jaymes

          Mine is the same experience as sethnavajo, very crunchy chicken with a huge crust but a little bland. After the long wait for it, you'll wait some more because it's way too hot to eat right away. I used to eat there all the time twenty years ago or so when I worked in the area and I don't remember ever having anything bad there. I think I remember them having really good fried shrimp. I found this -

          1. re: texasredtop

            Yes, really good fried shrimp, plus good chicken fried steak and the chicken. One thing most overlooked are the fried oysters, I find them to be among the best in the city. The seafood platter is also a good bet, shrimp, oysters, catfish, and stuffed crab. The catfish is perfectly cooked. They have no biscuits, they bring out a cracker basket and plain white bread is served with the entrees. I'm not sure if you can order just wings, as it's usually served white or dark, but you might be able to specify wings. While I wait for my chicken, I usually order an appetizer of ribs, nothing great but something to do while you wait, along with the salad they give you. They also serve the fried shrimp and oysters by the piece, and I suggest trying them if you they are not on your order.

            1. re: James Cristinian

              Thanks for the heads-up, but I'm not really going for the wings; it was just that post that forced me to finally act.

              It seems that the very "best" they offer are fried chicken, fried shrimp and fried fish and chicken fried steak.

              Anyone know what they're doing vis-a-vis the fry basket that is so superior to everyone else's deep fryer? Is it the quality, type or temperature of the oil? The batter?

              Frankly, I will probably have the CFS.

              Thanks for the hint about the shrimp and oysters by the piece; they will both definitely find a spot on my platter.

              Care to join us?

              EDITED TO ADD: I just looked at the photos in the link that redtop posted and I'm having a serious Pavlovian response.

              I. Can't. Wait.

              1. re: DoobieWah

                I had the fried chicken the last time I went, about a year ago. But I was wishing I'd had the fried shrimp. Shrimp have a great taste without a lot of seasoning and chicken lacks that. Chicken needs brining or at the least, seasoning on the chicken, not in the batter. When I fry shrimp, I lightly salt them after they come out of the oil and that is the only seasoning they get.

                I remember the salad being very crisp and cold. The pies there are also very very good. I think we shared a piece of coconut cream the last visit. I rarely eat more than one fried food in a day but at Barbecue Inn I would not pass up their french fries. They are great. If they had an on-line menu, it might jog my memory a bit more.

                Barbecue Inn
                116 W Crosstimbers St, Houston, TX 77018

                1. re: DoobieWah

                  The cooks here have been here for ever I talked to one that had been cooking for 37 years at the bbq inn and they have the menu down pat. all the cooks are great here.

        2. Was at BBQ Inn today for lunch! Salads are good too. Skip the BBQ I hear, although I've never ordered it.

          1. OK Jaymes, we're still on. My little brother and I plan to be at Alamo around 11 and, (just in case you're running late), :-) , we will head directly to BBQ Inn immediately thereafter.

            See you there.

            4 Replies
              1. re: Jaymes

                So whadya eat at BBQ Inn, Doobs and Jaymes??

                1. re: Lambowner

                  Sorry for the delay.

                  Check the other thread.

                  1. re: DoobieWah

                    Congratulations to the barbecue inn they made Food and Wine magazines top 25 fried chicken places in america in their latest edition.