You can’t ask for a barbecue recommendation while in Fort Worth without hearing the name Angelo’s. After the millionth person told me just how good the barbecue is at this place, I finally caved in, convinced the wife, and drove out there for dinner. It is located just outside of Fort Worth in a city called White Settlement. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but when my wife and I pulled up I was at first a little put off I must admit.
The building is just sort of humdrum on the outside. I almost drove right past it as it just blends in so much. The parking lot, however, was packed (which is always a good sign) so we went ahead and pulled in. The moment I opened my car door was when I first knew I shouldn’t be prejudging the place. The smell of smoky meat was thick in the air, and let me tell you, it was a heavenly scent! I wasted no time from then on out and quickly followed the scent inside.Much like the outside, the inside wasn’t what you’d consider classy, pretty much what you’d expect a BBQ joint in the Lone Star State to look like. For those of you that do care about ambiance I will tell you this is not the place to bring a date (unless she is cool like my old lady, and loves finger licking good BBQ). There are giant game heads on the wood paneled walls, the tables are decked out with rolls of paper towels, and ordering is done cafeteria style.
You walk up and pick up a pre-loaded plate that has all the sides already on it. You’ll find baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and some white bread already arranged. That means all you have to do is decide on what smoky meat you want to add to it all. I had already got the lowdown from my co-workers that the sliced brisket and the ribs were where it is at. Being the big Texas sized man that I am, went ahead and ordered both. Rarely have I made such a wonderful decision. My wife went (against my protests) with the chicken plate.
The chicken had a fine flavor and was very moist, but I must admit that she ended up stealing more than a fair amount of my brisket. The sides were typical fare, I did like the creaminess of the coleslaw, but that brisket was melt-in-your-mouth good. The ribs, if you allow me to be cliché, were fingerlicking, no, plate-licking good! Their special BBQ sauce is what barbecue dreams are made of. I stuffed myself and topped it all off with a cold beer. Desserts were cupcakes and fried pies. My wife had a cherry fried pie (a consolation for choosing the chicken) and was fairly satisfied.
Now I know why this place has stuck around for over 50 years, it really was some darn good barbecue! Listen to the recommendations of all those folks…they are speaking the truth about this one!