Travel & Leisure has released its list of the top 25 barbecue spots in the U.S. It’s a bit surprising that only two Texas pits made the list. Even more surprising, are the absence of famous spots such as Franklin’s in Austin (overrated in Red’s opinion) and Snow’s in Lexington (the best there is). The only Texas pitmasters to make the list were:
No. 15 – Spicy Mike’s Bar-B-Q Haven in Amarillo.
No. 14 – Kat’s Barbecue in Santa Fe.
Red will be checking them out and letting you if T&L knows its stuff.
Red is still perplexed by the symbolism of this restaurant logo from a small establishment in West Texas.
Jessica Hamilton of the Houston Chronicle gives her opinions as to the “most Texan” restaurants in the Lone Star State. Her unimaginative No. 1 is the Big Texan Steakhouse in Amarillo famous for its 72 oz. steak challenge. Red was pleased to see that Mary’s in Strawn – a place frequented by Red y familia – was on the list. If you are driving I-20 between Abilene and Fort Worth and have a hankering for some fresh fried frog legs, Mary’s is your place. Make the short detour north to Strawn, but expect a wait on Friday or Saturday night and remarkably cold beer.