Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Taylor Cafe

TAYLOR: Taylor Café
101 N. Main
Taylor, TX 76574

Open M-F 10-10, Sat-Sun 10-11

This joint is more of a bar that serves decent BBQ. The ramshackle wooden building lies in the shadow of the concrete bridge spanning the railroad tracks in the middle of town. Walking through the screen door, I received the proverbial simultaneous head turn of every patron at the bar, all of whom were over 50. I ordered a plate of brisket and ribs and a cold one. Beers here are only $1.75 which is cheap for a Dallasite, and a paper menu on the wall reminded those who cannot add what the total cost should be for any amount of beers ordered, up to 20. The 'cue camed out sauced. I pried some clean brisket from the bottom of the pile, and it had little flavor beyond the well defined and impressively smoky crust. The fat was well rendered making it moist and tender, but it needed more flavor. The ribs were almost too tender, falling of the bone into a heap. It was hard to separate the taste of the sauce from the meat, but the crust had an intense smoke flavor much like the brisket. Also like the brisket, the flavor disappeared with the crust.

Rating ***

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Much better than Muellers up the street. Cheep beer....Better than Muellers in more than one way.


Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.