Taylor’s cafe, Taylor Texas

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What a dive!! But I like it!! This place is basically underneath the overpass in a small run down red building that looks more like a bar when you come in. The service is fast an pleasant and the atmosphere reeks of authentic Texas BBq. Even the toilets are very old school :)

Brisket: The brisket is not as blackened like Muellers but the taste is amazing and the smoke flavor is abundant. I really liked it Alot. The BBQ sauce is good but actually takes away from the natural taste of the brisket. The brisket is just that good and the BBQ sauce really isn’t.
4 Stars


Pork ribs:
Ok I’m a rib man an dang it I’m disappointed again. These ribs were good but not great, tender but not tended enough. I’d eat them occasionally of I lived closer but not all the time. I guess a little better than par. They fell off in places and stuck in others where they should have fallen off. The flavor was decent and enjoyable but it didn’t blow my mind.
2.5 Stars

Sausage: The sausage is decent. The pop was there but not distinct and I noticed a slight dryness to the meat. Though better than average, I’d say just barely. I can’t think of a word but I’d also say it was a bit grainy. The sausage is actually really improved by the BBQ sauce. The sauce backfired on the two previous choices but hit home on the sausage and really made it better.
3 Stars

Chopped Beef Sandwich: The chopped beef Sandwich is ok at best but that’s because of the BBQ sauce. This sauce really reminds me of sloppy joe sauce instated of deep Texas BBQ sauce and it hurts tha sandwich. The sandwich is still good but just not up to par with others.
2.5 Stars

Over All: I really like Taylor Cafe. The hole on the wall feel is real, it is a hole in the wall. Usually a place that looks like this and has this kind of reputation doesn’t disappoint & it didn’t, but it didnt blow my mind either. I’d come back for sure but would focus on the Brisket and have to stay away from my beloved ribs.


Overall Experience:  4 of 5 possible stars =  3.5 Star Experience

Louie Mueller Barbecue, St. Taylor, Texas

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Located in this building since 1959 you cant help but realize your part of Texas BBQ history when you’re here. I ABSOLUTLEY loved the atmosphere because of this but I can tell you the 90 degree temperatures on the inside had my blue Texas Rangers T shirt looking like I just went swimming. BBQ is served as I believe it should be on white butcher paper and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I wish I had gotten a better view of the pit but maybe next time. On to the three meats I tried:

Brisket: The brisket was the best I have ever had up until this point. It was peppery & black crusted and held all the smoke flavor in perfectly. I couldn’t get enough and I’m a rib man not a brisket man. I loved the texture and the flavor literally popped when it hit the taste buds. I could go on and on but this was easy to rate:
5 Stars


Pork ribs:
The ribs. Oh man the ribs were a straight letdown after that brisket. They were on the tough side and stuck to the bone. The flavor was lackluster and just basically the exact opposite of the brisket. I don’t know what else to say except I was let down.
2 Stars

 

Beef Sausage: Ok, ok, ok, we just made a comeback after the ribs. I loooooved this sausage. 100% beef and man was it good. Muellers really knows how to do beef and this sausage is another testimony of that. The crust popped perfectly and the juices exploded out of the meat. It was literally perfect an I would recommend to anyone.
4 Stars

Over All: My experience here from first arriving was excitement and I was not let down. Even though ribs are my preferred BBQ choice and I was disappointed the sausage made up for that and the brisket blew me away. I’m still sweating as I write this but I don’t care as I really like authentic old school BBQ joints and if I ever had to paint one this ranks right up there with some of the other best. All said and done Louie Mueller gets a……….


Overall Experience:  4 of 5 possible stars =  4 Star Experience

 

Woodshed Smokehouse, Fort Worth, Texas

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Located in the TCU area of Fort Worth Woodshed has a cool location right on the Trinity river across from the Zoo and Colonial Country Club. This is a sit down BBQ joint on the nicer end of most BBQ’s I’ve been too and by far the most modern. It’s funny because as I walked in it had more of a Dallas feel which in Fort Worth can be considered a bad thing. It is very modern and open aired. Luckily I visited on a Texas August day when the temps somehow are about 80, that is NOT ordinary and I wonder how it would be to eat here in a deep heated sweat. I can imagine this being a real cool place to hang in the Fall or Spring.

Beef Tenderloin: Served cold and loved the flavor. This was by far the best thing I ate. I ate it dry and with some of the Woodshed bbq sauce. Both the meat and the sauce were very very good. This was a very good piece of meat and I would highly recommend it. Is it worth coming here just for this? Maybe if you toss in a comfortable night and a few cold beers.
4½ Stars


Pork Ribs:
Very disappointing. Smoked with pecan wood & heavily rubbed the Woodshed ribs are on the tougher side. It’s hard to compare against the other Fort Worth BBQ establishments, but pork ribs which are my favorite aren’t close to the rivals in town. Tough, and rubbed too heavy. The flavor is decent once you get the meat off the bone into your mouth. But at times it was a chore to do so.
2½ Stars

Atmosphere: 3½ Stars

Woodshed BBQ sauce : 2½ Stars

Beef Ribs: Very tender for beef & rub was very good on initial taste.I’m not a huge beef rib fan but I liked this and it’s tenderness. One rib is fine even though I’m a big eater, not bc of its size but the rub sets in differently and is a bit strong in the long run. It seems this is a constant at Woodshed, they seem to be focused on rubs instead of smoke.
3½ Stars

Over All: All in all I feel woodshed is a great place to come drink a beer on a comfortable summer night and eat some of the tenderloin served cold. As for the ribs they are tough and don’t compare to the places down the street. Woodshed is also a bit on the pricey side. You definitely pay for the atmosphere. If your looking for a fancy modern BBQ place and don’t fancy flavor as much, Woodshed is the place.
3½ Stars


Overall Experience:   of 5 possible stars =  Star Experience

 

Natty Flat Smoke House, Lipan, Texas

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Natty Flat Smoke House, 19280 U.S. 281, Lipan, TX 76462

Brisket: A hair dry, needed sauce to get it down. The taste and smokiness was mediocre at best. It was very bland almost tasted boiled with no solid smoke ring. Very disappointing.
2 Stars


Sausage:
Good taste but lacks crunchy outer crust. The taste was good but I really like to get that cruch when I have a goos bite of sausage. Its not spicy but very flavorful.
3½ Stars

Atmosphere:
Very unique & cool
Very kid friendly
Lots of candy, cookies, ice cream, & fudge for sale Unique outhouse restrooms
4½ Stars

Ribs: Great rub and decent tenderness but a little too sticky to the bone. I was expecting more and that might have been the problem. Again, I wonder what their procedure with the ribs is and I wish I had taken a look at the smokehouse.
2½ Stars

Regular BBQ sauce : Regular bbq sauce was delicious, though I’m not a BBQ sauce lover. Natty Flat sold their sauce in mason jars and I would have bought some if I really liked sauce.
2½ Stars

Hot BBQ Sauce:  Sauce was subtle to be called hot, but who cares what it’s called if it’s good and this BBQ sauce is. Like I said previously I don’t like BBQ sauce much, especially very hot sauces but this hot bbq sauce was to my liking. Subtle when tasted with a subtle spark of heat a moment later that was tasty but hard to detect. I’d rename it tasty but Luke warm bbq sauce. I’d usually rather not use bbq sauce but brisket was dry enough to give it a shot & it was good. Condiments were available on a condiment bar and were fresh & plentiful.

Over All: All said and done, wonderfully fun atmosphere to eat at. I had my kids and they loved the old time feel and I enjoyed the quaintness. The three meats that I focused on overall disappointed. The BBQ sauces were some of the best I have had and I particularly liked the “hot” bbq sauce because of its taste and lack of heat. On any family roadtrip where Natty Flat crosses your path, I’d give it a shot. It’s a fun place to stop if your expectations aren’t too high.


BBQ Meats:  2½ of 5
Overall Experience:  4 of 5 possible stars = 3.5 Star Experience