A Poor Excuse for BBQ. I really don't have anything good to say about this place anymore. A few years back it was a great place to go but now I wont even go there at all. The staff is rude, sloppy, and downright mean; they couldn't care less about the customers. Beyond that the food is very dry, seasonings are either way overdone or underdone as far as composition-for example we had beef that tasted like it was simmered in vinegar and served but beans that were cold, dry, and tasteless. The dining area was a mess, with paper plates and used napkins on the floor and overall it was perhaps the worst dining experience I have had in recent memory.
Worst barbeque place. How in the world does this place deserve four and a half stars??? Maybe once upon a time, but surely not these days! God knows, I've eaten more than my share of GOOD bbq at many places in many states, including Texas, and this was HANDS (thumbs) DOWN the very worst that I've ever had. The beans were so plain that they truly had NO taste, whatsoever. The "spicy" sauce was anything but spicy to me... very bland, and the meat had some (small) raw spots. And yes, I know the difference between raw and "smoked pink". That being said, I actually thought the cornbread was pretty good, the berry cobbler was ok, and my girlfriend said the red velvet cake was "different, but good". All in all, however, the food was most definitely NOT WORTH THE PRICE PAID... $48.00 (plus three bucks in the "tip jar") for two 2 meat combos (we each got one smallish chicken breast and a five-rib "chunk"- can't use the proper term on this site- w/coleslaw and beans), one slice of cake, one berry cobbler, and one Coke. The service wasn't too bad (we were getting take-out, though), but the grub sure was... we won't be coming back for more.
What happened to this place? We have enjoyed it in the past, and we are from Texas and know good barbecue. We went the other night, though, and the food was literally inedible. The brisket sandwich I had was so dry I couldn't swallow it without the barbecue sauce, but unfortunately, the sauce was so bitter (too much cayenne?) that I couldn't swallow it, either. My husband had the three meat plate, he managed to eat his chicken and the (boiled) ribs, but his brisket was left uneaten. He didn't care for the his coleslaw or cornbread either, he especially complained about the amount of celery seed in the coleslaw. We left with a great deal of food left on both of our plates. I guess we should have complained to the manager, especially considering we spent almost thirty dollars for a sandwich and a plate!
We ended up going to Theno's Dairy for some pumpkin ice cream afterwards, so the evening wasn't a complete waste. I definitely recommend Vivian's Pride Pumpkin ice cream!
Discover an Eastside barbecue joint with sauce so good, folks ask for it by the glass..
Locals mosey on up to the counter and ask what's good that night, knowing the staff won't steer them wrong. The low-key atmosphere is loaded with Southern hospitality. The sliced pork loin, the pork sandwich loaded with sauce-dripping meat or the slow-roasted chicken are all wise choices. The Texas spud holds loads of butter, sour cream, cheddar, chopped beef, chives and plenty of the succulent sauce.
User review by weekly.
This is the worst barbeque my family and I have had anywhere in any state-bar none. The baby rib meat was red (not pink as the counter person insisted) and actually crunchy not to mention tough. Yet the surly staff insisted it was "just the way it should be..." The sides were hardly better. I guess I can say one good thing-the beer was cold but guess it would be hard to ruin bottled beer.
Because we heard the reaturant was under new ownership, this was our second trip to this establishment. There will be no third strike out.
Great Tasting Barbecue. We didn't know what to expect and was a little surprised with what this restaurant was all about. This is not a table service restaurant, which didn't bother us. There was a lot of plates, but not a full blown menu. I guess that's what barbecue is all about! I got the baby back ribs and they were extremely tasty and not very messy. I thought the serving was small, but would probably have been the same value if we went to another rib restaurant and paid more.
They have Messed with Texas. The food is HORRIBLE!!!!!!!The 3 guys working the counter were unfriendly and could have cared less they had customers in their otherwise empty restaurant. (Which of course should have been our first clue.) I lived in Texas and that is what BBQ is all about. TSH BBQ is some Washington wanna be with absolutely unedible food. The brisket was dry and tasteless. The beef ribs were fatty and dry. The corn bread was some dried up flour concoction. They have some gall dressing themselves up as Texas and calling this "Texas" Smokehouse. Save your money and time and seek another BBQ joint that would appreciate your business by delivering a palatable and friendly experience.
Things are bigger in Texas Smokehouse! :). This place just has Great BBQ and fixins. The ambience is true Texas flavored. The interior is filled with texas momentos and has a certain down-home charm. I would highly recomment ANY of their BBQ offering and espeically the Texas Spud which is a large baked potatoe with all the usual fixings topped with cheese and a LOT of pullled BBQ meat. MMMMM-mmmm-good. You will not be able to fit any more in ya after that.
User review by cherisev. We have eaten at BBQ joints all over the Seattle area and honestly have nothing positive to say about the food at Texas Smokehouse. The brisket was dried out and chewy, the beans tasted just like Van de Camps and the potato salad tasted like vinegar and pickles. A huge disappointment and not worth the money paid even with our half off coupon. The staff refused to answer questions about food and charged an arm and a log for 4 slices of a hot link which wasn't any good. Try Stan's in Issaquah!
The Real Deal!. Excellent BBQ. Decent surroundings; slightly better than average for a BBQ joint. I've eaten here and at Milt's in the past 2 weeks. This place is vastly better than Milt's on every level. Texas Smoke House had all the flavor I expect from BBQ. In contrast, I was astonished that Milt's ribs tasted like they had been baked in someone's home oven.
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