When Food Network celebrity chef Guy Fieri roams the country in search of down-home eats on his show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, he follows his gut. Rarely, though, does he stumble upon a “culinary compound.” But such was the case when he and his film crew visited Texas Pride Barbecue, where “It’s all about Texas,” as owner Tony Talanco told the San Antonio Express-News.
The haven of Texas-style barbecue juts out from the tall grasses, mesquite trees, and barbecue-sauce waterfalls that fill the surrounding fields. As an old filling station, Tony’s restaurant not only greets guests with the smoky scents of slow-cooked brisket, ribs, and sausage, but also with waves of nostalgia surging from antique gas pumps, jukeboxes, farm equipment, and artifacts from the 1920s through ‘60s that Tony has salvaged. In the kitchen, Tony and his cooks lavish time on their two most popular items: the brisket and the homemade barbecue sauces. After dry rubbing the brisket with seasoning, they cook it for 12 hours in a pit fueled by mesquite wood. This smoky flavor comes to life when dipped in hot or regular sauce, both of which begin with onions caramelizing in bacon fat.
Texas Pride Barbecue continues celebrating its state heritage with live music and special events that include a Bike Night and a fish fry. Such activities may have been part of the reason the San Antonio Express-News declared Texas Pride Barbecue its “Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests”—one of many awards the eatery has racked up.
Just a touch crooked, the timbers that hold up New Braunfels Smokehouse's awning impart both a rustic and timeless look, which hearkens back to the smokehouse's 1940s beginnings. The Dunbar family bought five local ice plants including one in New Braunfels that formerly housed a brewery. With limited storage options, farmers brought their meats to the ice plant for refrigeration. Then employee Benno Schuennemann had an idea: he'd help the farmers preserve their meats even longer by curing and smoking them using old German recipes. As word grew of the smoked meats coming from the icehouse, the Dunbars found a whole new business on their hands. They added a restaurant in 1952, and by the 1960s, they fielded smoked-meat orders from across the United States.
Today, the Dunbars continue running New Braunfels Smokehouse from a new location, producing hickory-smoked beef, chicken, pork, and turkey using Benno's methods at their USDA-inspected facility. They also bake their own bread each day, plus insist that their chefs craft every side from scratch and smith every utensil by hand. The restaurant surrounds visitors in rustic style with decor that incorporates old-barn siding and knotty-wood paneling—many of the materials salvaged from the original smokehouse. After savoring meals ordered from the counter, visitors can peruse the country store for sausages and other packaged meats fresh from the smokehouse.
When the New York Times highlighted the ribs, brisket, pork, and sausage at Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, it called the feast a "life-changing experience." That's just one press mention from a veritable briefcase full of articles that vouch for the barbecue destination's food. The menu isn't complicated: it catalogs 15 core barbecue meats as well as apple, blackberry, peach, and pecan cobbler. On the side, servers bring beans, corn on the cob, whole baked potatoes, or salad tossed into a bowl by a major league pitcher.
Hailed by the San Antonio Express-News for ?giving customers what they want,? Sausage Hauze?s owner Joaquinn Arch and his team of culinary wizards whip up savory dishes brimming with Texas barbecue. The restaurant specializes in sizzling up sausages from across the state, while the Come Here Baby sauce renders meals as tender and rich-tasting as a kiss from the Monopoly man. According to the San Antonio Express-News, the restaurant, once home to the historic Grandview Food Center, features an in-house meat smoker that envelops guests in aromatic clouds of wood smoke, much like a beaver's humidor.
Meat-eaters in San Antonio will fall in love with Bobby G's Old School BBQ and Catering — this barbecue joint is a tasty destination for Palm Heights residents. The menu at Bobby G's Old School BBQ and Catering does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. Complement you meal with a beer or wine from Bobby G's Old School BBQ and Catering delightful drink menu. Bobby G's Old School BBQ and Catering is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu. Sit outside when the weather is fine — Bobby G's Old School BBQ and Catering has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day. For those big group gatherings, Bobby G's Old School BBQ and Catering provides plenty of space to have a good time.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Bobby G's Old School BBQ and Catering offers catering.
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Your wallet will be happy with a visit to Bobby G's Old School BBQ and Catering, too, where prices are generally under $15. Bobby G's Old School BBQ and Catering accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards. The menu at Bobby G's Old School BBQ and Catering includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at County Line, a down-home barbecue joint in San Antonio. No need to miss out on County Line just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has plenty of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Enjoy a drink with your dinner — County Line has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more. Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — County Line has kid-friendly food and seating. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, County Line has all the room you'll need to be comfortable. Eat outdoors County Line (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation. Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back County Line is come-as-you-are. If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have County Line cater for you. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
The menu at County Line is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30. County Line accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.