Friday, September 25, 2009

Adam's Rib

FT. WORTH: Adam's Rib
1506 Miller Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76105
Open Thur-Sat 11-6

Update: This joint is CLOSED, and has reopened as Uncle Willie's BBQ.

2009: I've read other reviews that claim service here is rude an impersonal. I couldn't disagree more. The owner has been dishing up good 'cue with a smile for over 40 years. In this economically depressed area of Fort Worth, that kind of longevity is no small feat. Some of it may be attributed to their ridiculous deal of three chopped beef sandwiches for $1. That's not some marketing ploy that's only good for the first hour of every other Saturday...that's three sandwiches for $1 everyday. As I toured around this neighborhood looking for other BBQ options, I found no less than five in the immediate area that had closed down within the last few years. I'm just glad this one was open.

A combo plate of brisket and ribs arrived heavily sauced with potato salad and beans. The ribs were huge and well smoked. Some unrendered fat remained and the meat was bit chewy, but the flavor was deep with smoke. It coupled well with the sweet and savory sauce. Brisket was decent, but needed the sauce to kick up its waning flavor. There was hint of smoke, but the roast beef flavor was more apparent.

Both sides were excellent. The homemade potato salad was mashed a bit with plenty of sugar and hint of mustard. Beans had a bold smokey BBQ flavor reminiscent of Mac's beans, which I love. Overall, this was good meal for a good value, and I'll return to try that $1 trio of sandwiches.

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.