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.
The environment was fairly good. You get to see a steer head hanging over the wall and lots of old antiques. However, there is a lack of down home country atmosphere that you might expect—especially from a restaurant and a company that has been around for so long. This one was built in the 1980s.
The main course selection was good. To be honest, I didn’t really think much of the sides. I ordered potato and green beans, but they were not even close to the quality of the meats. The side of potato salad was so-so. Still, I do have to give props to the ribs. They were juicy and had a really good sizzle to them. The sauce will definitely save the meal and you will eat plenty. The only complaint about the meat was that there wasn’t more of it for the money. Of course, Colter’s is probably one of the cheapest places to get real Texas BBQ meats, so you can’t complain too much about serving size.
I just think they really ought to add more to the sides, which kind of make the meat selections really “come to life.” (Er, excuse the expression) The seasoning is not the best I have had, but I did eat every last bite, so take that for what it’s worth.
I think in the end, I did like my experience here. The service was nice enough and the ribs and brisket were really lacking nothing in texture and juiciness. I just don’t think it’s really authentic Texas BBQ. I’d recommend it as a pretty good lunch place, since the entrees are cheap and contain quality meats. When you want to sit down and undo your pants and want real BBQ steak dinners and ribs, then head down south for some better recipes.
I give Colters a 2 out of 5 stars.