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  • Rocinante
    Club Member
    • Dec 2019
    • 65
    • Knoxville, TN

    Good eats in Houston

    I'm going to be in Houston for a few days this week. Anybody have some good eats recommendations? I'm open to pretty much anything.

    Thanks
  • fracmeister
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 1129
    • Sprang, TX
    • Dances with lemmings

      (and smokes on a Yoder 640, raises bees and shoots a .408 WIndrunner) "come la notte i furti miei seconda"

    #2
    I assume you want Q? In order my top 3 are Tejas in Tomball, Corkscrew in Old town spring, and Pinkertons in the Heights. A lot of people put Truth in there but not me. I was underwhelmed. Friday noon try a pork chop at Perry’s. Pricey at night but a very good deal then. Lupe Tortilla is my favorite “chain” Tex mex. Rudy’s is the only good chain bbq place and it is fine. Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese all awesome.

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    • texastweeter
      texastweeter commented
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      Yeah only 2 chain BBQ joints I'll eat at. Rudy's, and Dickies

    • BFlynn
      BFlynn commented
      Editing a comment
      Pinkertons is a few blocks from my house. I think it's pretty good. But I don't think it lives up to the hype.

      I like Gatlins pretty well.
  • Michael_in_TX
    Club Member
    • Dec 2018
    • 324
    • Texas Gulf Coast
    • Grills:
      Weber 22" Kettle Premium w/Slow N' Sear 2.0
      Pit Barrel Cooker
      W.C. Bradley & Co. Char Kettle CK-115 ~1980s Vintage Grill (inactive)

      Accessories:
      Thermopop (Instant Read)
      Thermoworks Smoke

    #3
    Where, roughly, in Houston? The Greater Houston area is 10,000 square miles and is just a tad smaller than the area within the State of Connecticut.


    When we say something is right around the corner, that might mean it is a 90 minute drive.

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    • CaptainMike
      Club Member
      • Nov 2015
      • 2342
      • The Great State of Jefferson
      • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill w/SnS and DnG (Spartacus)
        Old school big'ol Traeger w/Pro controller (Big Tex)
        2 W22's w/SnS, DnG (1 black, 1 copper) (Minions 1 and 2)
        20+ y/o many times rebuilt Weber Genesis w/GrillGrates (Gas Passer)
        20 x 30 Santa Maria grill (Maria, duh)
        Bradley cabinet smoker (Pepper Gomez)
        36" Blackstone griddle (The Black Beauty)
        Fireboard
        Thermoworks Smoke and Thermapen.

      #4
      Calling Troutman , come in Troutman.....

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      • Nate
        Charter Member
        • Apr 2015
        • 3815
        • Quarantined
        • INFO
          ~Known as: Nate
          ~Location: Cornfield in Southwestern Indiana
          ~Credit Manager for an Agriculture Coop.


          SMOKERS & GRILLS
          ~Grilla Original Grilla
          ~Char-Broil Commercial Tru-Infrared Gas Grill
          ~Pit Barrel Cooker
          ~Brinkmann Trailmaster Vertical Offset Smoker
          ~Weber Kettle 22.5" Original
          ~Weber Q1000


          THERMOMETERS
          ~Thermoworks Thermapen MX4
          ~Thermoworks Thermapen
          ~Thermoworks ThermoPop
          ~Thermoworks ChefAlarm TX-1100-XX (Orange and black)
          ~Thermoworks DOT TX-1200-XX (Black)
          ~Thermoworks IR-Gun-S Industrial Infrared Thermometer
          ~Maverick ET-733
          ~Maverick XR-50


          ACCESSORIES
          ~Stanley T-Stak mobile tool box for BBQ Supplies
          ~Slow 'n' Sear
          ~Drip 'n' Griddle
          ~Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter
          ~Pro-Series Probes for Thermoworks
          ~Humphrey's Rib Spatula


          DRINKS
          ~Sweet Tea
          ~Bourbon
          ~Craft Beers or whatever is in your fridge

        #5
        Don’t some of the Astros’ have a BBQ joint there... I believe it is called Cheaters-Q!

        I heard they rigged or stole their “championship winning bbq” title sign or something like that. I think they are known for their beer can chicken and boiled ribs.
        Last edited by Nate; March 1st, 2020, 09:09 PM.

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        • Nate
          Nate commented
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          ComfortablyNumb , That’s it! I couldn’t recall exactly but it definitely seems we are talking of the same thing.

        • ComfortablyNumb
          ComfortablyNumb commented
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          texastweeter Nothing personal, in fact, I feel for the fans of Houston. If the 2017/18 roster ever gets around to offering an apology, first and foremost should be the Houston fans.

        • fracmeister
          fracmeister commented
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          Thems fighting words...
      • MBMorgan
        Club Member
        • Sep 2015
        • 6043
        • Colorado
        • > Weber Genesis EP-330
          > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
          > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
          > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
          > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
          to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
          > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
          > Thermoworks Smoke
          > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
          > Thermoworks Thermapen
          > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
          > Anova sous vide circulator
          > Searzall torch
          > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

          > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
          > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
          > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

        #6
        I’ll second fracmeister ‘s recommendation for good Tex Mex at Lupe Tortilla.

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        • texastweeter
          Club Member
          • Jul 2017
          • 2851
          • Republic of Texas

          #7
          Not BBQ but Crawfish and Noodles is good.

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          • Rocinante
            Club Member
            • Dec 2019
            • 65
            • Knoxville, TN

            #8
            I'll be staying off of Sam Houston blvd. BBQ or Texmex sounds good to me. Thanks for the suggestions.

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            • fracmeister
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 1129
              • Sprang, TX
              • Dances with lemmings

                (and smokes on a Yoder 640, raises bees and shoots a .408 WIndrunner) "come la notte i furti miei seconda"

              #9
              Originally posted by fracmeister View Post
              I assume you want Q? In order my top 3 are Tejas in Tomball, Corkscrew in Old town spring, and Pinkertons in the Heights. A lot of people put Truth in there but not me. I was underwhelmed. Friday noon try a pork chop at Perry’s. Pricey at night but a very good deal then. Lupe Tortilla is my favorite “chain” Tex mex. Rudy’s is the only good chain bbq place and it is fine. Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese all awesome.
              I don't care much for Dickies and don't see the point with Rudy's everywhere

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              • tbob4
                Charter Member
                • Nov 2014
                • 2257
                • Chico, CA
                • BBQ's
                  _____________________
                  California Custom Smokers Intensive Cooking Unit
                  California Custom Smokers Meat Locker
                  Santa Maria Grill
                  Vision Grill

                  Beer
                  _______________________
                  Sierra Nevada IPA

                  Wood
                  _______________________
                  Almond
                  Oak
                  Madrone
                  Cherry
                  Peach
                  Apple

                #10
                My son's wife is from Houston and he spent a lot of time there while he was in Galveston. His recommendations:

                Tex/Mex - Guadalajara - Escalante's (2nd is his preference, 1st is his wife's)
                Gulf Seafood - Tony Mendola's
                BBQ - The Pit Room
                Last edited by tbob4; March 2nd, 2020, 01:39 PM. Reason: Added Escalante

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                • BFlynn
                  Charter Member
                  • Oct 2014
                  • 424
                  • Third Coast

                  #11
                  I know you've already rolled through town
                  ​​​​​​But Stanton's is one of my top 3 lifetime burger joints

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                  • Rocinante
                    Club Member
                    • Dec 2019
                    • 65
                    • Knoxville, TN

                    #12
                    Originally posted by BFlynn View Post
                    I know you've already rolled through town
                    ​​​​​​But Stanton's is one of my top 3 lifetime burger joints
                    Thanks, seems like ages ago. I ended up going to Blood Brothers. They did not disappoint.

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