This was my 2nd shot at this place. Not sure how this place gets the great reviews it gets, especially for the food. I do like the atmosphere and decor. It's a decent place to listen music out back away from the staff. I found the staff far from helpful almost to point of rude. If I ever go back, I'll see if I can't sneak in the back with some Bill Millers or Rudy's.
Turkey was good, for bbq. Nice and tender. The brisket left a lot to be desired and a lot of fat too. Cole slaw was just a mix put through a grinder til it was mush, very bland to the taste. "Pinto beans", tasted like no pinto beans I'd ever tasted. My date said they tasted like ranch beans with extra pepper. The "German Potato Salad" was not German. Not sure it was even potato. I lived in Germany for 6 years and it's usually warm and delicious. This was straight out of the fridge with no taste. I wanted to try their seasoning that was at the cash register, it looked good. When I ask where to get some and why they didn't put it out with the other condiments I was told it was to expensive and it was only for sale by the container. I wasn't about to take the gamble. I did complement one of the staff on their bread. Tasted just like the bread out of the Butter Crust bag, which is what it was. I was starved when I went there but didn't finish any of the sides and left a good amount of brisket fat on the paper that they serve it on. The butcher paper is put in a hard plastic tray like little milk cartons were stored in when I was in elementary school as a kid. Cute but greasy, at least both of ours were.
This may sound like I'm just a complainer but I call them as I see them. Basically this is fast food at a higher cost. Not a place I would take out of town guest to for good Texas bbq.
So, So Disappointed.
I don't think I have ever disliked a restaurant more than this one. The service was extremely slow and slightly rude. After we got our food, it took ten minutes of waiting in line to pay, so by the time we got to eat the food, it was cold. (There were only two other couples in front of us.)
You cannot order a cup of water, even if you order a beer or another drink. They only serve pricey bottled-water.
Although all the food was cold, the meat was tender. But it grossed me out that the trays that we used had others peoples greasy BBQ sauce and food on them. When I started to eat I had to first wipe the grimy previous eaters sauce off my hands. And flies were everywhere inside. Out of the 30-something napkin holders in the dining room only 2 had napkins. The "fork machine" was out of forks, and the BBQ sauces were down to just drops of sauce.
I am a pretty easy to please person when it comes to eating out. I can't even think of another restaurant that I don't like, but this was one time I was really disgusted.
Way to proud of their BBQ. For a place that considers itself great, the bbq was mediocre at best. Ordered the brisket and the young girl cutting it was unaware of how to cut brisket across the grain. The portions were small and the price is exorbitant! If your passing through sure check it out. Its not worth the drive if your going out of your way to eat there. Stay in town and try Auggies or The Bbq Station if your wanting bbq.
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives was so wrong.
We ordered the hungry farmer? Got the beans, mac & cheese, german potato salad and cole slaw. The beans and mac were good the german potato salad and cole slaw not so good. The sausage was pretty good but the ribs were so salty I couldn't eat them and the brisket was dry and had no seasoning. One was overly seasoned the other nothing. Crazy I would give the tenderness of the meat a 5 stars too bad the taste wasn't there.
The bbq sauce was terrible it was catsup with a few spices in it. The spicy sauce was even worse(it's not spicy). I'm truly disappointed in Guy Fieri and DDD recommendation. They must have paid him off to say they had good bbq. Don't think I'll trust his opinion again. DEFINETLY NOT WORTH THE PRICE OR THE DRIVE.
One BIG problem.
Bottomline- I don't care how good the mac and cheese was, I'm not going back. Those were the biggest roaches I've ever seen in a restaurant or ANY sort of kitchen- one was frolicking in the inside dining area, one was hanging out in the bathroom.
That said, ribs and sausage were good, pork was good (tho' I'd swear it was turkey), and the brisket was exceptionally dry. Mac an' cheese and beans were good, cheesey potatoes were boring, and the German potato salad tasted like plain mashed potatoes. No issues with the staff; friendly and polite. Pricey for the quality and quantity.
Great Place for BBQ.
Food was outstanding. Ordered the brisket dinner with green beans and cheesy potatoe sides. My wife ordered the baby-back ribs. Both dinners were excellent.
The location is less than 10 minutes off I-10 and not hard to find. Well worth the few minutes driving time if you are traveling thru.
I recommend this to all BBQ fanatics.
over priced....sauce is gross. Again, we made the mistake of trusting Guy from DDD on this place. We ordered our food for pick up, and were not at all pleased. I ordered a jumbo sausage sandwich, to share with my children...it came with 6 thinly sliced stips of sausage....For $7.99...my kids had all the sausage, and I just ate the roll...the only good thing from the place. They were out of mac and cheese..so we opted for cheesy potatoes...the potatoes we hard, under cooked basically. My husband's coleslaw was warm, he did not eat but one bite. He ordered a two meat combo, and didn't finish any of it.. and my husband can throw back some b-b-q..The sauce tasted like tomato sauce..we had to use sauce we bought from another place. The kids and my husband ended up eating cereal...and to think I spent almost $30...There are far better places to enjoy some real Texas b-b-q.
I also went to Texas Pride after seeing Guy Fieri's show. I can't complain about the food at all and I think the bad review here was from someone who is used to tasting more spice than meat...which usually means the meat is poor quality and someone is trying to hide that.
I ordered the four meat combo with ribs, sausage, chicken and brisket and it was more food that I could handle. When the server picked up the ribs one of the bones actually slid right out of therack, amazing! The ribs were incredible...not overpowered with rubs or sauce, just a good classic barbeque flavor that you could eat if you didn't have teeth. The brisket, sausage, and chicken were also great, but the ribs were by far the thing that made it worth the drive.
For sides I had pinto beans and cole slaw, the cole slaw was good not great, but the beans again were amazing. They had a flavor in them that I can't place, but that I'd never had in pinto beans (almost like a chipotle smoke?).
All in all, worth the drive and worth what I paid since I'm getting two full meals out of it. Only big critique I had was that the sauces weren't my favorite...one was two sweet and the other (The spicy one) I couldn't quite cage myself to. On the upside, you don't need the sauce...just leave it alone and enjoy the meat with a Lone Star beer.
Better BBQ other places. My husband & I ate lunch here on 10/4/08. There's plenty of parking & outside seating. However, the inside dining area is small. I saw this place featured on the Food Network's show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Therefore, I was expecting the BBQ to be great, but it wasn't. We ordered a combo meal with ribs, turkey, German potato salad and pinto beans. The only positive thing I can say about the meats is they were tender. The turkey was on the dry-side while the rib meat almost fell off the bones. However, both lacked in flavor (we didn't taste any seasoning) and were a BIG disappointment to us. To be honest, my hubby does much better BBQ at home. Their BBQ sauce isn't anything special. The German potato salad was really good. But this was our very first time to have any, so we can't compare theirs to others. The pinto beans were seasoned well and tasted great to us. We found the portion sizes of everything to be small. Therefore, we did NOT got our money's worth. This is a family restaurant, which has been passed down to future generations. With the decor (inside and out), coming here was like going way back in time. The history and nostalgia of this place is cool. However, their BBQ itself should be more the focal point here. My hubby & I were both born and raised in Texas, so we know good BBQ and this AIN'T it! We don't plan on ever going back.
barbecue,bands and bikes. Texas pride barbecue is out there, but totally worth it. Especially if you want to make a night of it! We bring our kids (who can be as loud as they want) for a sit down. The outside covered area is huge with juicy and spicy food . We can order the two meat special and feed all three kids with it. They have picnic tables with lots of napkins and a lighted playground for the kids to play while my husband and I look at the awesome bikes(there are always some cool ones to look at) and listen to the live band on stage. We can chill out, let the kids be as loud as they want, (the band is always louder,so noone complaines) the atmosphere is casual, security and service is great. They have the nicest guy who comes and cleans up your table, very polite. The bands are all local and so far they have always been good. I highly recommend anyone going there.(whether you own a bike or not)
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