Monday, September 28, 2009

Bailey's Bar-B-Que

FT. WORTH: Bailey's Bar-B-Que
826 Taylor St
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Open M-Thur 10:30-5, F 10:30-4

This sandwich only, lunch only joint is in a tiny building in the heart of downtown Ft. Worth. Taller building's surround this one that's been around since 1931. Unlike most joints in DFW, pulled pork is an option here. It's a spicy mixture of truly "pulled" pork, and an orangish sauce. Little crust is in the pork mixture, so the texture is one dimensional, but the flavor was good.

Sliced brisket is a good option here as well. The meat was a moist enough but firm with a good crust and decent smokiness. The fat needed more rendering, but the slices were satisfying.

Buns here are not buttered and grilled, my guess is that speed takes precedence over this time consuming step. As I sat on the attached patio during my visit, there wasn't a time during lunch when the line evaporated.

This joint is worth a stop if for no other reason than to see the oddity of this tiny building amongst the high rises. The meat's not too bad either.

Rating **
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1 comment:

Doug Zedler said...

The last few times I've been to Bailey's (I work downtown), the brisket has been dry to the point that it was difficult to eat without the sauce. Your rating is accurate. By the way, you can order meats by the pound if you ask for it; it's just not on the menu.


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.