Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hall's Grocery

COLLEYVILLE: Hall's Grocery
4200 Glade Rd

Colleyville, TX 76034


Open M-F 8-5

This little gas station at the corner of Glade and 121 was hopping on a Tuesday afternoon, and it wasn't on account of Coke and Slim Jims. Hall's is positively packed with goodies including their very own line of condiments, a small farmer's market in the back, the largest selection of beer I have ever witnessed (and I like to witness beer), and a tiny counter that serves up Texas BBQ.

Choices include the standard meats served up with a side of pintos and potato salad if you're ordering a plate. I took mine to go, and the two meat plate set me back less than $7. Good thing, because the brisket was downright awful. Rather than chopped or sliced, chipped pieces of beef barely recognizable as brisket contained no smokiness and little flavor at all. These fatty slices were tepid (not good for fat) and almost inedible.

Luckily, the ribs were better. Yes, they had been basted in a sauce, but the meat was tender, not to a fault, and had a great smokiness from its time in the large smoker out front. The meat was flavorful, and the sauce complimented rather than overpowered this tasty pork. The sides were average at best with no more flavor than what they were packaged with. The rating below is based solely on ordering the ribs, as the brisket just isn't worth the space in your stomach.

Rating **

1 comment:

Kirk said...

We'll see if Charlie Hall has room for the BBQ after he finally gets his Liquor license and part of the store starts selling alcohol!

You should have tried the BBQ Chicken, it's probably the best item on the menu. Charlie catered a wake at our house last year and he brought tons of food... it was all delicious. He was very generous. The brisket did not look at all like your picture, more like what you would expect and it was devoured... the first to go. I was quite pleasantly surprised.

We often think of stopping for take home when driving by, and for some reason... never have. Not sure why not, there's not many other good BBQ places in Grapevine/Colleyvlle area.


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.