Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Texas Monthly Top 50

Snow's BBQ
Snow's BBQ

So the Texas Monthly Top 50 came out Monday morning and like many out there, I have some thoughts.

10.  Truth Barbecue, Brenham, TX.  I have yet to try Truth, but have heard nothing but good things since Texas BBQ Treasure Hunt pretty much introduced them to the world. It's on my BBQ Bucket List for sure.

9.  Evie Mae’s, Wolfforth, TX.  As I have mentioned several times, they are my personal #1 as each menu item is some of the best I’ve ever had. I’m thrilled they are top 10, but shocked they are not top 5.

8.  Micklethwait Craft Meats, Austin, TX.  Located just down the road from Franklin Barbecue, this place gets a lot of traffic from folks who didn’t get in line before Franklin sold out.  While it is good barbecue, this one is a head scratcher for me as it is one of my least favorites out of all the Top 50 I have tried.

7.  Corkscrew BBQ, Spring, TX.  Another joint I have yet to try, sadly my dislike for Houston traffic is keeping me away from some great BBQ.

6.  Tejas Chocolate Craftory, Tomball, TX.  Like #7, I just haven’t visited many Houston places yet.

5.  Louie Mueller, Taylor, TX.  The fantastic beef ribs and brisket are something you will dream about.  This place has great food and is exactly what a Texas BBQ joint should be.  It’s a must visit.

4.  Bodacious BBQ, Longview, TX.  Twitter is on fire with folks wondering why a chain like Bodacious made the list, but the Longview Mobberly location is on another level from the other locations.   I really enjoyed them at the Reddirt BBQ Fest in Tyler last year and can’t wait to visit them in Longview.

3.  Cattleack Barbecue, Dallas, TX. This place is only open for lunch on Thursday and Friday as well as the first Saturday of the month and was a place I used to be able to go to on my lunch break (probably not anymore).  The brisket ribs and house made sausage is some of the best you’ll find, but I also love their Todd Father sandwich and non-traditional BBQ items such as their Que T Pies (brisket stuffed pastries).

2.  Franklin Barbecue, Austin, TX.  Franklin is the brisket master, not a single joint can compare to them for brisket and I’m always in awe when I taste it.  As for the other menu items, they are top 5 for me in each category but sausage.  Shocked they aren’t #1 again.

1.  Snows, Lexington, TX.  This place is just awesome from the food, to Tootsie, to the opening at 8 AM.  It is one of my favorites for sure and i need to get back soon.

So many have debated on social media if lists like this are good or bad for BBQ restaurant owners (mainly for those not on the list).  I personally think they are good as they open debate and you learn about places not on the list that you might not have heard of before.  I understand at the end of the day most BBQ joints are just people trying to make a living and that is why if I don’t like a joint I don’t blog about it.  These people devote unimaginable hours trying to earn a buck and I just write about BBQ because I love it and it is a hobby I can enjoy with my family.

So what are your thoughts on the list?  What place are you shocked made it and what place are you shocked didn’t?  Let me know in the comments below or on social media.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Polite Pig

The Polite Pig

The family and I spent a fun filled (though very hot) week at Walt Disney World and like all other vacations I had to find some local BBQ.  In addition to the 4 theme parks Disney also has a mixed use development called Disney Springs which boasts many shops and dining options that aren’t “Disney Themed.”  The newest restaurant is a “Modern BBQ” concept called the Polite Pig.  Walking into the joint you immediately see a J&R smoker which is used by many fantastic joints here in Texas as well as around the World so my hopes were high as I know these can put out some great BBQ.  The menu was pretty extensive with offerings of Brisket, Pulled Pork, Spare Ribs, Chicken Wings and Salmon.  Even with an extensive menu like that I heard a couple say “They really don’t have much to offer.”  I have no clue what else they would want from a bbq menu, but oh well them getting out of line helped speed things up for me.  You place your order and the food is brought to you with a table finder similar to those used at 1050 in Richardson.

Disney Springs

Since chicken wings were the only meat they would sell ala carte and they don’t have a 2 or 3 meat plate  I opted for the brisket plate and an order of wings.  Wings were fantastically oak smoked and topped with their version of Alabama White Sauce (they call it BBQ Ranch).  I was three wings in before I even went for the brisket.  The brisket didn’t look good, it appeared to have been reheated (this was 2 PM) and was cut about a half an inch thick.  The brisket was plentiful and if I had to guess it was easily a half a pound worth.  My first bite reminded me of the pot roast I had the night before at the 50’s cafĂ© in Hollywood Studios.  Overall not bad, but not what you want in bbq, it reminded me of the very first brisket I ever cooked.  I will say the brisket was moist and tasted better than it looked. The Mac and Cheese and slaw were not the best and I didn’t take more than two bites.

Disney Springs

Since the place is new I’ll give them another shot on our next visit, hopefully by then they have everything working as it should, I really do think this place has potential.

The Polite Pig Disney Springs
1536 Buena Vista Drive, B-19 Suite 101, Orlando, FL 32830