Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse


We didn't live in Texas very long, but long enough to know that people take their bar-b-que seriously.   And the best place to go for bar-b-que was the Salt Lick  located out in the country in Driftwood.  The Salt Lick was in a dry county so people could be seen bringing their spirits to the restaurant in coolers.  Then they were seated at a picnic table where they were served generous portions of brisket, sausage, ribs, pork, bread, potatoes, baked beans and coleslaw.  For about 15 dollars the food kept coming as long as a person could keep eating.  This popular eating establishment was even featured on the Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food."



The Salt Lick has become our bbq litmus test.  The big, scientific question: Is this as good as the Salt Lick? Sonny Bryant's Smokehouse is a franchise from Dallas so it had promise.  Was Sonny Bryant's as good as the Salt Lick?  Yeah, almost.

The ambiance wasn't nearly as "country" and down-to-earth. But it was comfortably casual and clean.  The food was great.  My husband's platter consisted of brisket, jallepeno sausage, and turkey.  They were all tasty but the turkey was the best.  I had a pulled pork sandwich with mac and cheese and green beans.  Did you know mac and cheese is considered a vegetable in the South?  The only slight disappointment was that my green beans weren't appropriately melt-in-your mouth soft as they were in the South.  


My sandwich, on the other hand, was fantastic.  Now let's talk buns y'all.  They can either make or break a sandwich.  So many restaurants use stale grocery store buns.  Theese were not store buns but buttery, soft, fresh buns that really added to the sandwich.  I wish they had topped the pork with a little coleslaw as is also common in the South, but the sandwich could stand on its own merit.

One of our dining companions is lactose intolerant.  We were all impressed how the manager personally oversaw the preparation of his food to make sure it was prepared correctly.  Now that is good service.

4 out of 5 stars.


By the way my Utah friends, bbq is not grilling! Go to Sonny Bryant's Smokehouse and try the real deal! Don't forget to try the fried pickles.  You won't regret it!

1 comment:

  1. Fried pickles? That's a new one on me! I'll be sure to take your advice and try some if I ever get a chance.


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