When husband-and-wife team Otto and Annie Sofka first founded Otto's Barbecue and Hamburgers in 1950, they never dreamed barbecue would become the meat and potatoes of the family's livelihood. The small corner grocery store specialized in canned and boxed goods—that is until Annie started cooking up hamburgers at the request of hungry regulars. As the popularity of Annie’s burgers grew, the store’s shelves were cleared out to make room for tables and chairs to accommodate the growing lines of customers. Within two years, the Sofkas were officially in the burger business. By the ’60s, they were ready to add old family barbecue recipes to the menu, and Otto’s has been a favorite pit stop for Houston barbecue lovers ever since.
Three generations have now manned the kitchen at Otto’s, satisfying customers as varied as George Bush Sr., Liberace, and George Foreman with barbecue that has been smoked in a hickory grill for 18 hours. Chefs pair seven meat choices, including beef brisket, slow-smoked pork ribs, and sausage links, with a range of homestyle sides and giant stuffed potatoes, creating full meals that showcase the flavors of the South better than an art installation built from chicken-fried steaks. The chefs at Otto’s also serve up their own line of bottled sodas, ensuring enough frothy root beer, orange soda, and cream soda to wash down the saucy eats.
The cuisine team at Brisket Bar-BQ grills up a menu chock-full of down-home barbecue fare. Ravenous guests can quench hunger with a brisket barbecue sampler ($10.25) or a plate of shred-ready ribs ($9.25), each of which arrives with a choice of two sides—beans, potato salad, coleslaw, Cajun rice, fries, mashed potatoes, or corn. Brisket Bar-BQ also concocts succulent barbecue chicken and turkey baked potatoes buttressed by a blend of butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon, and chives ($7.25), plus hearty homemade chili ($4.45), which is emphatically ladled into large, hand-warming bowls.
Texas Rib Factory’s sugarless barbecue sauce gilds the edges of beef brisket, juicy ribs, and sausage. Inside the deep fryer, catfish and chicken take on a crispy, golden-brown hue, ready to be paired with southern sides such as fried okra and housemade potato salad.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue, a down-home barbecue joint in Houston. You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge. Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal. Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue. Find ample room to enjoy yourself at Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue — this spot caters to large groups.
Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie. If time is of the essence, Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue's take-out option may be a better fit. If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue cater for you.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue, so plan your budget accordingly. You can stop by at practically any time, since Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Enjoy finger-licking barbecue year-round at BBQ Tonite Restaurant in Houston. BBQ Tonite Restaurant is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu. Decibels can approach upper limits at this restaurant, so it's best to leave quiet conversation for another time.
Wear what you like when you dine at BBQ Tonite Restaurant — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining. If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go. Throwing a big party? Count on BBQ Tonite Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
The menu at BBQ Tonite Restaurant is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on BBQ Tonite Restaurant's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Blake's Bar-B-Q, a down-home barbecue joint in Houston. Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu as well. Complement you meal with a beer or wine from Blake's Bar-B-Q delightful drink menu. Tots and tykes will be right at home at Blake's Bar-B-Q with its kid-approved food and ambience. Wifi here is on the house. Warm weather brings out Blake's Bar-B-Q's highly coveted patio seating. Find ample room to enjoy yourself at Blake's Bar-B-Q — this spot caters to large groups.
Take it nice and easy at Blake's Bar-B-Q, where casual dress is the rule of the day. Can't get enough of Blake's Bar-B-Q's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
With prices below $15 per person, you can eat at Blake's Bar-B-Q as often as you like!