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BBQ in San Antonio? Yup: Harmons Basement BBQ

Branden | Apr 25, 2006 11:52 PM

Recently opened downtown, Harmons (Basement) Barbecue (on Alamo, I think). Started in Cibola, where their pit is, but has now opened this new place. The nutshell version is: this is the real deal. Dry 'cue, the meat is beautifully smoked, tender, and lean. The brisket is excellent--a tad dry but holds together well and is wonderfully tender and smoky--perfect with their sauce! They smoke it for a loooong time. I also got beef ribs, and turkey. I ate half of everything without sauce, half with. It was so good either way, I couldn't decide. The turkey is not a regular menu item, so if it's in, get it. The ribs were meaty, tender, with a little crispiness on the outside and moist and tender inside--they were great naked, nirvana sauced. Now let's talk sides. They've got the classics. The cole slaw is perfectly scripted, in a creamy sauce, crisp and sweet. But that's just how I like it. Potato salad, also creamy and smooth (my preference again)--no vinegar base here--is quite passable. The beans are certainly a solid fare though not my preference stylistically--pintos, I think, with lots of sauce and some pork (I think) for flavor, but I prefer mine tangy and sweet. Nothing against 'em, I'll bet they could be someone's favorite, just not mine. They are definitely not boring or standard chain fare. The green beans, and cream corn, well, they are the STARS of the sides. The green beans are really rich, seasoned with smoked meat and could very well be addicting. Top all this off with the fact that Harmons has both iced tea AND sweet tea (I didn't find much in town, though a limited sample set) and you've got yourself a perfect bbq trip. As for ambience, this is classic ribshack--concrete floor, plastic trays and styro plate with plastic silverware. Clean, and comfortable, though, I highly recommend a visit if you need a fix. This place is the real deal.

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