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Texas Smokehouse BBQ on 2nd Ave and 25th

jab287 | Oct 20, 2004 12:06 PM

I am very excited that Texas Smokehouse opened up in my ‘hood and I’ve eaten there twice and will continue to go until I try everything on the menu. I’ve been to the original Pearsons in Queens, Bluesmoke, Waterfront Ale house, Virgils, Dukes and any/all other bbq shops I can find.
Below is my objective review of the food. I think there is room for improvement on some of the dishes but the value proposition cannot be beat. The prices are right and the staff is helpful. Most sandwiches are huge and are under $8 bucks. The full rack of ribs was $17 bones.

Memphis Pulled pork – tender and tasty, nice flavor, just the right amount of sweetness/tangyness. My favorite dish and I could eat a mountain of this. Note: This is not North Carolina pulled pork, which typically has a black vinegar sauce.

Onion rings – average. The onion rings were coated in a generous batter (buttermilk?), not to greasy, but they did not have the sweetness I like. Suggestion; maybe a different type of Onion – Vidalia?

Baby back Ribs – full rack. DISAPPOINTING – I was excited for these and I really wanted to like them and they did fall of they bone, but they were dry, without much flavor. I added some of the house bbq sauce (great stuff) and that added the flavor they needed. I checked with my dining partner – he agreed with my call.

Side orders:

Beans – top notch! Flavorfull and loaded with strips of bacon. Not to sweet, just right. ORDER this everytime

Cornbread – boring, bland and dry. Cornbread should be moist with a touch of sweetness. Definitely pass on this. I hope they improve this – good cornbread can make or break a bbq meal.

Grilled Sweetpotatoes – good, nice flavor
French fries with parmesian – good, but I had these for takeout and when I got home they were a little soggy. I will try them again the next visit for a better evaluation.

Waitstaff/barstaff/owner

All very nice and offered suggestions on what to eat. It’s a pleasant surprise to get waitstaff and an owner who care about the customer. Barstaff was very friendly and entertaining.

I will be back to try the brisket and other menu choices.

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