Monday, January 25, 2010

Railroad Bar B Que

KYLE: Railroad Bar B Que
107 E. Center St.
Kyle, TX 78640
Open M-Sat 10:30-9, Sun 11-8

Just down the road from Milt's, you'll find one of the two locations of Railroad Bar-B-Que. This joint's been smoking with mesquite since 1983, and they do it well inside this weathered corrugated metal building. The interior is full of long dining tables for seating, and orders are taken at the front counter. I was taking mine to-go, so I waited patiently while the order was boxed up. Meats are sliced in the back, so I couldn't get a look until I got to the car and opened the container.

The ribs had a sweet glaze and a good bark, but could have used more meat on the scrawny bones. I was expecting more smoke flavor given that they use mesquite, but it was faint. The brisket had plenty of smoky flavor in from the well formed crust, and a nice smokering. The meat was a tad dry, but it had great overall flavor. Their proprietary blend sausage had plenty of red and black pepper along with a good snap. The links were smoky and robust, if not particularly unique.

The sides and sauce were also standouts. Cole slaw was minced pretty fine with a creamy dressing. Potato salad was a mixture of smashed and chunk potatoes, and it had a nice hint of sweetness. The sauce worked very well with the meat, and didn't overpower the smoky flavor. While it was all very good, I'd have to suggest Milt's if forced to choose. But then if you're like me, just hit them both for lunch or dinner sometime.

Rating ***

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1 comment:

DrillerAA said...

Yesterday I was Milt's, so today I stopped by Railroad. I don't know if it gets any better than this. The sausage was wonderful. The brisket was excellent as well. Again, the sides were acceptable, but nothing to write home about. Thanks for the recommendations.


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.