Where do I get my brisket on?
July 16, 2007 8:19 PM   Subscribe

I'm going to be in Houston for one night. I'd happily receive any suggestions for how to spend that night in a way that won't leave me too knocked out for my presentation the next morning, but after giving the matter some thought, I think the most important question is this: Where's the best authentic Texas BBQ within a reasonable distance from the Medical Center?
posted by j-dawg to Food & Drink (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Everyone will say Goode Co. (easily accesible if you take Bissonet west from the Med Center then turn north on Kirby) but I'm gonna tell you to go to Demeris instead. Demeris is north of I-59 on Shepard, even closer to the Med Center than Goode. Their Greek salads, with bbq chicken or brisket are fan-effin-tastic. So is everything else.

Be absolutely sure to drink a St. Arnold's brew no matter where you eat.
posted by Brittanie at 9:28 PM on July 16, 2007

Ditto Brit.

Goode is only mediocre BBQ, in my opinion.
posted by chrisfromthelc at 10:54 PM on July 16, 2007

I've never been impressed by Demeris. Goode Company gets my vote. If you're willing to drive a little farther and a mustard-based bbq sauce sounds appealing to you, try Luling City BBQ, over near the galleria.

Seconding the St. Arnold's beer, and also recommending Shiner Bock, if you've never had one.

Also take a look at this previous thread in which Brittanie and I also disagree on the best BBQ in town :)
posted by chrisamiller at 12:56 AM on July 17, 2007

You're going to have to drive west of Houston to find authentic, slow-cooked beef brisket, ribs and sausage (what I consider to be "real" Texas BBQ).

None of the BBQ I've had in Houston compares to central Texas BBQ. The original City Market (in Luling, and not connected with the one in Houston) is the closest place I know of that serves the real thing. Unfortunately, it's about a 3 hour drive from the medical center.
posted by syzygy at 6:01 AM on July 17, 2007

I haven't been there, but Jane and Michael Stern's review of Williams' Smokehouse has me ready to get on a plane.
posted by lukemeister at 7:04 AM on July 17, 2007

Just to follow up, due to time/geography/transit, we ended up going to Goode. I can't compare it to other Texas BBQ, but I thought it was decent, but it didn't blow me away. The pecan pie, however, was fantastic.

Good call on the St. Arnold's. I'd had Shiner Bock before, but had one of those as well. Never a letdown.

posted by j-dawg at 12:47 PM on July 19, 2007

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