Mark Deans-Azle, TX

BAR-B-QUE REPORT CARD

 

Dining Experience: 18 of possible 25 Stars
Meat Preparation and Quality: 16 1/2 of possible 30 Stars
Overall Experience:34 1/2 of 55 possible stars = A 3 1/4 Star Experience

Colter’s BBQ in Downtown Dallas

I always remembered the name Colter’s, because I remember their TV commercials growing up. But I never actually ate at Colter’s until recently. When the family and I went to celebrate a cousin’s graduation, we decided to go to Colter’s and taste real Texas BBQ.

Well, it wasn’t quite “real BBQ” in the true sense of the word. That’s not to say that it was a bad experience, I just wasn’t overwhelmed. When we went we tried the beef brisket as well as an order of classic ribs and baby back ribs. I also snuck in a few bites of my friend’s pulled pork. Continue reading

Iron Works in Austin, Texas

People always used to tell me that I had an “iron stomach” because I have always liked a “challenge” when it comes to eating. I eat whole lobster, snow crab claws and whole fish. Whenever there’s an all you can eat challenge, I always win it. Well, the “Iron Stomach” (and his wife and son) went to the Iron Works in Austin back in November to get a taste of what was supposedly Austin’s best BBQ. I liked their message of “real BBQ” and they like to say they’re the Number #1 BBQ restaurant in Texas so I went in with big expectations.

Right off the bat it’s a very “country environment” here. It’s a bit restrained too…no “heart attack burgers” or giant 72-ounce steak “eat it all and get it free” deals. I ordered the sampler, while my wife and son split an order of baby back ribs. I wanted to try it all and I was not disappointed. I tried brisket, links and beef ribs with plenty of steaming hot sides. I really liked the links and the ribs were excellent. The only criticism I can think to say as that the brisket was a little dry. I sampled some chili and pinto beans and they were pretty good. Continue reading

Bartley’s Barbecue, Grapevine, Texas

By husband calls me a “foodie”, as I am always on the lookout for the next great restaurant to try.  For a while, I was obsessed with all the food trucks popping up in Dallas, but then my tastes moved on to barbecue.  I was searching around the Internet for the top barbecue places in Texas, and Bartley’s Barbecue kept coming up.  It is in Grapevine, not that far away from where we lived, so I convinced my husband one Saturday and we were off to try it for ourselves.

I must say that the place isn’t impressive on the outside, but the smells inside will soon make you forget all about that.  The service is friendly, and the menu is vast for a barbecue place.  They had things like Cajun turkey, fried catfish and giant baked potatoes on the menu.  I went for the old stand bys, however, as I normally do my first time eating at a new place.  I tried the ribs, brisket, hot links and chicken. Continue reading