Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Shady Oak Barbeque & Grill

FORT WORTH: Shady Oak Barbeque & Grill
6364 Sandshell Drive

Fort Worth, TX 76137
Open Sun-Thur 11-10, F-Sat 11-11

Just north of Fort Worth sits the Old Stone Barn, built in 1937, which houses Shady Oak BBQ. This is the final remaining location of Shady Oak which is part of the Spring Creek chain. Rather than cafeteria style it's a sit down place with full service and grilled salmon on the menu. While waiting for my order, I sat at the bar and watched the flat screens while I enjoyed a Bud on draft.

Along with my plate of ribs and brisket came a loaf of steaming hot fresh bread. The bread and sides might be the best part, so I was glad was included. The brisket was devoid of any smoke and had barely any flavor at all. It needed a jolt from the salty sauce that was heavy on the worchestershire. The ribs had more flavor in the form of an overly salty rub. They were drenched in the sauce which added to the mushy texture of these overcooked ribs that fell from the bone when I lifted one.

In addition to the tasty bread, the cole slaw was fresh and crispy without too much dressing while the beans were spicy and thick with great flavor. The bland corn rounded out the plate, but it was complimentary anyway. Sure they have cold beer, decent sides and the good fresh bread, but there's no need to bother searching for fine quality 'cue here.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think this is the same chain that opened a location near the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington several years ago, now closed. If so I'd have to agree it's not worth the drive. Picture looks right, and they did drench everything in sauce.


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.