Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Soda Springs Bar-B-Q

FT. WORTH: Soda Springs Bar-B-Q
8620 Clifford Street

Fort Worth, TX 76109


Open M-W 11-2, Thur 11-2, 4-8, F 11-8:30, Sat 11-8

Soda Springs is an out of the way place just west of the Ft. Worth Naval Air Station. Meats are served from a somewhat hidden cafeteria line to the right of the main entrance. Meats are ordered through a window, and sides are dished up by a friendly staff. I got mine to go.

In the car, I could smell the smokiness. I opened the container to find two handsome rolls atop a pile of meat. While eating massive amounts of meat, I generally stay away from the bread, and eat the sides sparingly, but these yeast rolls were soft, buttery, and a perfect compliment to the meat. Spare ribs were large and meaty with a sweet rub and well formed crust. The reddish meat inside was smoky, but could have been a bit more tender with more well rendered fat. Brisket needed a bit more smoke, but the slices were moist while lean and tender with a nice smokey crust.

So this is a bit off subject, but I had to make a pit stop in the men's room, and the decor wasn't drab, dirty or dingy, but it was rather odd. The metallic gold striped wall paper set of an antique looking globe lamp, and all of it was topped by a black popcorn ceiling with bright red registers. I'm glad I wasn't the architect.

Despite the trippy bathrooms, this place serves some solid 'cue with good sides and good service. Altogether that translates into a return trip for me if I'm around there again.

Rating ***
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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.