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Dec 8, 2011 07:51 PM

Best bbq in houston

I am in town for one more night. I want to find the best bbqin town. I know it's not Goode Company, because I went there last night and it was very mediocre.

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  1. You are correct. There are many many posts on this topic if you search.

    So here's one:

    All the best places are not in Houston. I have heard in this forum that Rudy's BBQ (various locations) is surprisingly good, though I haven't been yet. My favorite is in Richmond, a far suburb, The Swinging Door (closed M&T).

    This topic is quite weary on this board so I would suggest that search. Let us know if you find anything fantastic!

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    1. re: Lambowner

      I ate at the original Rudy's a couple of weeks ago west of San Antonio. The brisket was not very good. The sausage was real good. The negatives are adding up against it once again. You have to pay for pickles, you have to pay for onions (2 separate charges). I don't eat them but hubby does and no one else I know charges for that. I got a pound of chopped beef to go for sandwiches for the next day and it made 2 sandwiches. No sauce with the to-go (half pound of brisket and the chopped beef). Have to pay extra for that too. When we get a pound of chopped at the Tony's near my house, it makes 2 meals for us. Or at least 1 meal for me, 2 for him. I'm going to avoid the original Rudy's again.

    2. Within the loop, I like Gatlin's. Outside the loop, I like Rudy's on 290.

      1. My personal opinion is that BBQ is a tough call for dinner. Usually it was smoked hours before and held, and often it turns mushy and fairly unappetizing. I try to eat bbq for lunch, (or in the case of Snow's in Lexington - for breakfast).

        That said, the best place in Houston has been closed recently. Pierson's has a recording noting that Mr. Clarence has had some knee surgery but that they would be reopening. <knock, knock, knock>

        For good Texas bbq, you have to go to Luling, Lockhart or Lexington, or to Franklin's in Austin.

        You would think that you could find good Texas bbq in Houston.

        (...but I don't think you can right now...)

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        1. re: DoobieWah

          But for the best of the worst that is IN Houston, what do you recommend? I haven't been to Gatlin's either. Hickory Hollow in the Heights gets love from some of my friends. Demeris caters a lot, they have a restaurant on Shepherd. Pappa's was okay last time I tried it. Gabby's? I'm traveling in the "way back" machine to the last time I actually ate BBQ IN Houston.

          1. re: Lambowner

            We've now been to Dozier's out in Fulshear quite a few times. I buy a whole brisket and bring it home. Although that's definitely pricey, at about $80, I can carve it however I like it and, even reheated after freezing, it's tasty.

            When we eat there, if we can convince them we want our brisket off of the deckle/point/fat cap/high end/moist/fatty, etc., it's pretty good.

            It's thanks to you, DW (I think it was), we found Dozier's. It's been the best brisket I've had since we moved to Houston. Although it's not up there with the Central Texas iconic joints, it's not bad, and we're glad we have it.

            1. re: Jaymes

              I used to go to Dozier's quite a bit when I would troll for trains before they ripped the tracks up. The brisket and ribs were always good, as was the pepper bacon to go. I haven't been in probably ten years. Also out of town is Galvan's Sausage House in Richmond, fatty brisket wit good bark, and delicious beef sausage. They have other varieties now, but I stick with the beef.

              1. re: Jaymes

                I had Dozier's at a party last year, and the brisket that day wasn't great. But it's not IN Houston either! What would we all say is the best inside the city limits? Or at least inside Beltway 8?

                1. re: Lambowner

                  I'll go with Pierson's, inside the city limits and Beltway 8.

                  1. re: James Cristinian

                    And now you must explain, "trolling for trains!" Pierson's is still closed for owner surgery. OP needs tonight!

                    Hey, my email notification is working again! It was suspended for a month or a year.

                    1. re: Lambowner

                      Ok, if he must have BBQ tonight, then I'd call Gaitlin's, doubting they'll be open, or something that is open, Luling City Market. I know it takes a lot of flack, but it meets the criteria, not Goode Co. and open. I've had some very good ribs there and above average brisket, but it is late, so as Doobs pointed out, it is not optimum BBQ time. Trolling for trains is looking for trains on the railroad, and before they ripped out the tracks down Westpark and Westheimer to Fulshear and Wallis, was the old Southern Pacific Bellaire Branch, a lightly used line so a train was a real treat. If I had to see a train I'd drive to Wallis, pick up the Santa Fe to Rosenberg, and follow SP's Sunset mainline into Houston, pretty much a sure bet of multiple trains from Wallis on. I am a mild train nut job, but believe me there are those much more afflicted with the hobby. A stop in Fulshear at Dozier's was always part of the regimen. Now, it is a trip down Alt. 90a to Richmond and Galvan's Sausage House, mentioned above, with a front row seat on the railroad.

              2. re: Lambowner

                Gaitlin's is really good but they suffer from tortoise like sevice. It shouldn't take 25 minutes to make the guy in front of me's plate, and my three meat a la carte, this with three people in the kitchen and one at the counter. I found the brisket and ribs to be on par with Pierson's, the sausage not as good. I agree with Doobs on the dinner part, BBQ is for lunch.

            2. Rudy's is consistent and good.
              Luling City Market on Richmond (not to be confused with City Market in Luling) is good often.

              Pappas and Goode are just crap

              Neither are on the level of Franklin's or Louie Muellers... but not many places are.

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              1. re: paleogeek

                Has anyone been to or heard anything about Stockyard BBQ on Westheimer? It's getting great reviews on other sites. Live nearby and am very curious!

                1. re: scw

                  Just a follow-up. Went. The most disappointing meal of my life. Avoid. Make the trip to Luling or Lockhart. This was probably the worst BBQ I've had in Houston to date!

                  1. re: scw

                    Funny, Doobs was just asking if anyone had been to Stockyard. I'm sure he'll stumble across your comments here. Thanks for the tip. Houston remains a BBQ-free zone.

                    1. re: scw

                      Hadn't seen this before - not the worst I've ever had in Houston, alas, but not worth a revisit. I found out about it on the Houston BBQ Project site and have been given a bum steer on a couple of places by that site.

                      1. re: scw

                        Has anybody been to the Brisket House on Woodway? The Press has given it good reviews but the pictures don't impress me much.

                  2. #1 Gatlin #2 Luling on Richmond

                    Your right Goode is complete crap. Rudy's is not so hot either. Gatlin is by far the best in Houston.

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                    1. re: Schumacher

                      Umberto did not reveal his choice. :( I like it when people report back.

                      1. re: Lambowner

                        Yeah, me too. Way to go Umberto. There's still time for you to save face and post your decision and review. Or maybe he ate some really bad bbq and is still in the hospital - yikes!!

                        1. re: texasredtop

                          Thanks to everyone who replied! I only had time to go to Shorty's in Willowbrook with some co-workers for lunch. It was really good. We had ribs and chicken, I don't remember what else. I strongly recommend it, since they are good people and need some love. When I return for work I am going to Gaitlin's, Luling, and Rudy's. I need to decide if my friend, who claims that Podnah in Portland, OR is the bbq around, is wrong. Cheers!

                          1. re: Umberto

                            The last time I ate at the original Rudy's on I-10 just west of San Antonio, it wasn't very good at all. That was Thanksgiving Day 2011 so not that long ago.

                            Thanks for reporting back. You may continue your life now without worry that we will be hunting you down :-)