Sunday, July 4, 2010

Lyndon's Pit Bar-B-Q

HOUSTON: Lyndon's Pit Bar-B-Q
5320 Hollister Street

Houston, TX 77040


Open Daily 10-9

From the great personable service we received while dining, it was obvious that the owners of Lyndon's are really trying hard at what they do. We were asked sincerely if we enjoyed everything, and felt obliged to offer the generic answer that everything was fine. To be more honest, it was all pretty average barbeque.

As we ordered, the knife man laid a dry flat of brisket on the cutting board and began to slice into the fat free meat. After an earnest request for some fatty brisket, the knife man twirled around to grab a slab of the good stuff out of his secret vault. We were momentarily saved from bland meat. Waiting to pay at the register, I could already tell the pulled pork was bone dry. Back at the table the meat proved to be both dry and bland. A quick dip in their pork specific sauce remedied the issue. I was happy to see that a joint would offer a different sauce based on the meat it was to be paired with, and even happier that the pairing worked. I just wished that the meat could have shined on its own.

The brisket was a step up from the pork. The meat was smokey, flavorful and very moist. The fat had been well rendered, but the meat was slightly caramelized from a long storage time creating a sticky texture in the mouth. Ribs were also moist. The big meaty spare ribs were well cooked and far from dry. They needed more seasoning and more smoke, but they were definitely a step in the right direction. While I've seen a few other reviews, and people seem to either love or despise this place. If you stick with the ribs and request the fatty brisket, you can get a pretty decent meal of 'cue here.

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.