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Gore
03-08-2013, 04:14 PM
In another week, I'm heading for Houston (Woodlands, actually) and driving to/from College Station. Houston comes up periodically and the consensus is that the BBQ is pretty bad, ... but I have a car and will be driving. Any recommendations? I'm tempted to head to Luling and/or Lockhart and/or Shiner, but figure there must be something decent closer.

Gore
03-08-2013, 04:20 PM
... I was interested in going to Shiner to visit John Mueller's new place, but it appears he's moved back to Austin.

http://austin.eater.com/tags/john-mueller

Who knows where he'll be next week. :noidea:

gtr
03-08-2013, 04:22 PM
Well, just ask what would g...oh. Nevermind.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
03-08-2013, 04:40 PM
The New Zion Missionary Baptist Church BBQ in Huntsville is only 40 minutes north of The Woodlands. I don't know if it is as good as it was, but I sure would be tempted to sneak up there and see.

Jorge
03-08-2013, 05:08 PM
Visit Buc-ees:)

Gore
03-08-2013, 05:11 PM
Visit Buc-ees:)

It's a rental car. I don't think I'm going to get a car wash. :crazy:

frognot
03-08-2013, 07:01 PM
Not just a carwash. It's a Texas size convenience store. Trust me, stop at one. Get the Beaver Nuggets.

Since in the College Station area, maybe a side-trip to Snook, TX?

Chicken Fried Bacon (Texas Country Reporter) - YouTube

caseydog
03-08-2013, 07:16 PM
Not just a carwash. It's a Texas size convenience store. Trust me, stop at one. Get the Beaver Nuggets.

Since in the College Station area, maybe a side-trip to Snook, TX?

Chicken Fried Bacon (Texas Country Reporter) - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfbTO0GlONU)

Other than really nice restrooms, the place is overrated, IMO.

The New Zion Missionary Baptist Church BBQ in Huntsville is a place I have been itching to try, just to see if it is as good as people say.

From College station you could run up to Taylor, Texas and eat at Louie Mueller Barbecue, which has re-opened after their recent pit fire. Thats about an 80 mile drive.

Be careful in College Station -- that town can suck the intelligence right out of a man. :becky:

CD

caseydog
03-08-2013, 07:25 PM
BTW, if you get hungry for Steak in the Woodlands, Perry's Steakhouse and Grill cooks a good prime steak.

Oh, and crawfish are in season now, and easy to find all over Houston.

CD

Gore
03-08-2013, 07:53 PM
Well, with such rave reviews, I checked the map and it looks like Huntsville is right on the way to College Station. :thumb:

And it looks to me like Taylor is on the way back! How convenient is that? :shock:

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
03-08-2013, 08:12 PM
Taylor is on over northeast of Austin, east out of Roundrock. Not really on the way back. And, yes you can go through Huntsville to get to College Station, but it not the fastest route.

I say go for it anyway!

Just so you know, I once drove 400 miles out of the way to eat at Oklahoma Joes in Kansas City, so you can trust my judgement on such matters.:wink:

Gore
03-08-2013, 08:15 PM
Taylor is on over northeast of Austin, east out of Roundrock. Not really on the way back. And, yes you can go through Huntsville to get to College Station, but it not the fastest route.

I say go for it anyway!

Just so you know, I once drove 400 miles out of the way to eat at Oklahoma Joes in Kansas City, so you can trust my judgement on such matters.:wink:

Nope, checked the map again, and Taylor looks right on the way back. :becky: I believe we drove about 800 miles our of our way to get Olympic T-shirts in Atlanta once. :loco:

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
03-08-2013, 08:22 PM
I believe we drove about 800 miles our of our way to get Olympic T-shirts in Atlanta once. :loco:

You ARE da man! :becky:

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
03-08-2013, 08:45 PM
In case you aren't already aware of it, many of these Texas joints have unusual business hours. Not open on Sundays, close at six or earlier if the meat runs out and even open only Saturday. Be sure to check their hours as you develop your itinerary.

caseydog
03-08-2013, 08:49 PM
Nope, checked the map again, and Taylor looks right on the way back. :becky:

I like the way you think. :heh:

BTW, while in Huntsville, check out the giant plastic statue of Sam Houston, and the Texas Prison Museum. :becky:

Actually, you won't have a choice on the statue. It's pretty farking hard to miss driving from the Woodlands to Huntsville. :rolleyes:

CD

Gore
03-08-2013, 10:42 PM
I like the way you think. :heh:

BTW, while in Huntsville, check out the giant plastic statue of Sam Houston, and the Texas Prison Museum. :becky:

Actually, you won't have a choice on the statue. It's pretty farking hard to miss driving from the Woodlands to Huntsville. :rolleyes:

CD

Ooooo, I love to stop and take pictures at roadside attractions! This is great! Sounds like there's a lot to do in Huntsville. Should I stay one night or two?

caseydog
03-09-2013, 12:22 AM
Ooooo, I love to stop and take pictures at roadside attractions! This is great! Sounds like there's a lot to do in Huntsville. Should I stay one night or two?

A lot of people spend years in Huntsville, some of them spend twenty-to-life. :shock:

Some lucky "residents" of huntsville get treated to a triple chemical intra-veinous cocktail, courtesy of the Governor. :shock: :shock:

Five years ago, you could have spent a weekend about 30 miles East of Huntsville at a lake house, watching deer wander through the yard with your morning coffee, boating and swimming in the afternoon, and grilling dinner, followed by a soak in a hot tub, while more deer wandered through the yard.

The lake house and boat are no longer a part of my life. :sad:

These days, Huntsville is just a town I pass through on my way to Houston.

I recommend lunch, and move on. Nothing to see here. :tsk:

Oh, don't pick up any hitchhikers.

CD

Gore
03-09-2013, 12:32 AM
I was thinking that when I noticed they didn't have a Marriott. :tsk:

JazzyBadger
03-09-2013, 06:08 AM
Ah, Huntsville. Always makes me think of my father, and nickels.

gruene smoke
03-13-2013, 12:31 PM
If you are going to be around on Saturday morning I'd drive west from B/CS on Hwy 21 to Lexington and visit Snow's GREAT BRISKET, less than an hour drive from Aggieland but they are only open on Saturday mornings until the run out of meat and they only take cash.

Gore
03-13-2013, 12:34 PM
Wow, one day a week. Sounds like a great job.

@JB: nickels?

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
03-13-2013, 12:42 PM
Wow, one day a week. Sounds like a great job.

@JB: nickels?

Well, Tootsie Tomanetz the pitmaster, is the full time head of maintenance and custodial services at the local school in her spare time.

gruene smoke
03-13-2013, 01:35 PM
Wow, one day a week. Sounds like a great job.

@JB: nickels?


They put in a full week at their regular jobs then show up Friday afternoon to BBQ all night long to feed the masses that show up Saturday morning.

Pitmaster T
03-13-2013, 02:49 PM
my film

NEW ZION MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH BBQ - YouTube

Gore
03-19-2013, 11:03 PM
Got in yesterday afternoon and been pretty busy so far. First thing's first. I finally got to meet up with High Q. He's been one of the many I've admired from the Throwdowns, not only in his cooking, but also in his write-ups. Hopefully, he'll find the time to post more. We met at the Haven in Houston. Had a fabulous dinner and beer. It was really like meeting up with an old friend. We had some nice appetizers and the best quail I can remember. I had the taste in my mouth the entire drive to College Station.

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Houston/IMG_0165.jpg

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Houston/IMG_0164.jpg

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Houston/IMG_0166.jpg

Just as I got in, I got a call to meet a friend for a couple of beers, then back to the hotel to prepare my talk.

It was a busy day. My plan was to go to Rudy's for lunch, but they brought in pizza. Then the plan was to go to Rudy's for dinner, but they took me out to some seafood restaurant. So after dinner, I called up my buddy to see about him meeting me for a second dinner. Unfortunately, he said it probably wasn't safe for him to drive anywhere, so I ended up going to Rudy's for some brisket myself. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it wasn't bad. Brisket was just a bit on the dry side, but good otherwise. Fark, it was nearly 9:30, I felt lucky to get getting anything. This is 1/2 pound of cutter's choice. It looked much better in real life. I thought their sauce was good, but I really didn't like it on the brisket. The flavors didn't mesh. Would've preferred it on ribs. The brisket was fine without sauce, so really no loss.

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Houston/IMG_0168.jpg

High Q
03-19-2013, 11:53 PM
Gore and I sure did pass a good time last night. We both got the quail for dinner. After the shrimp corn dogs and the chicken liver on a biscuit, it was quite a meal. My wife gave me the stink eye (again) when I got home because we went to her favorite

I had a really nice dinner with Gore and many good laughs. I also now understand the polarization of scattered light and its relation to squirrel behavior. Very enlightening.