Sunday, February 15, 2009

Richard's Rockwall BBQ & Grill

ROCKWALL: Richard's Rockwall BBQ & Grill
1407 S. Goliad St.
Rockwall, TX 75087
Open M-F 11-8, Sat 11-3

Update: This joint has CLOSED. It has moved to the other side of 30 at 4757 Highway 276 right next to Eagle Hardware.

A large "For Sale" sign out front made me worry that this joint was closed, but there was a herd of diners inside. The owner said they were looking for new digs, but was sure that it would be a while before the landlord would sell the building. His opinion was probably guided by the obnoxious road construction along Goliad which made access to this homey joint a chore.

I'm always skeptical when "& Grill" is added at the end of a BBQ joint's name. It usually means that they're trying to please the masses, and in doing so they forget to tend the smoker adequately. At Richard's, the only "& Grill" menu items were a cheeseburger and grilled chicken. I ordered a three meat plate with brisket, ribs, sausage, okra and potato salad. The ribs were coated with a sweet sauce just before serving which allowed the well formed crust to still shine through. The meat had a great red color with an intense smokiness. The texture required a little tooth, which is good, and the overall flavor was excellent. The brisket came with a sauce on the side which was spicer than the sweet sauce used to baste the ribs. The slices were lean and moist, with a decent crust and adequate smokiness. Bites without the crust were less smoky, but this was decent brisket. The sausage was from Rudolph's in Dallas, whihc supplies excellent suasage to may joints in the Metroplex. It was great as always. The sides were also good, if not excellent. Once the building sells, I'll make sure to find out where they move to get another bite of those ribs.

Rating ***
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Anonymous said...

Went to Richard's today as I do every Monday for lunch. It was closed down! But, they are moving to another location in Rockwall on the southside of I-30 near the Costco.

Jennifer said...

I just went over there and they are moving out past Rockwall to 1565 and 276. They will not be open for another 2 months. So hopefully by the end of summer.

Anonymous said...

Do anyone if they are back open and what is there address?


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.