A while back, I posted a message on Texas bbq and received a few responses. I visited one of the recommended restaurants today, Texas Smokehouse Barbeque in Woodinville. (I had an Entertainment book coupon.)
My husband and I ordered two Lone Star platters: mine included brisket, baked beans and potato salad, and my husband's included baby back ribs, coleslaw and potato salad. Both came with "Texas styled" cornbread.
First I'll talk about the BRISKET since brisket is King of Texas bbq. When I approached the counter to make my order, I asked if the brisket was fatty. The server pulled out a slab of meat wrapped in plastic wrap, unwrapped the brisket and said "It looks pretty lean to me." This was a sign. I knew I would not find the brisket I've been looking for at this restaurant. The brisket was moist (since it had been wrapped up) but seriously lacked any smoke or meaty flavor. The slices of meat fell apart when I picked them up with a fork... not a characteristic of Texas brisket. Overall, it was grey and tasteless.
Second, the PORK RIBS. Good texture but also lacking in flavor. Where's the smoke?
SPICY BBQ SAUCE. Generally speaking, bbq sauce is not an important part of Texas bbq, but it was an important part of this meal. Their sauce was good tasty bbq with a little kick. I ate some jalapenos to supplement.
OTHER ITEMS. The condiment bar did have onions, but unfortunately they were the chopped frozen variety. Its a shame because fresh sliced onions and bbq are a dynamite pairing. The side dishes were all good though not exceptional, but the cornbread was downright terrible and dry dry dry.
As a Texan, I'd rate Texas Smokehouse BBQ just under Luther's. If I go back, and I may, I'll probably order the "chopped baker" aka "texas spud" since it's good just about anywhere.
I still have other bbq recommendations to explore :) My quest continues.