Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Phil's Texas Barbecue

HOUSTON: Phil's Texas Barbecue
110 South Heights Blvd

Houston, TX 77007

Open Sun-W 11-10, Thur-Sat 11-1am


Update: This joint is CLOSED.

2010: Phil's a new place in Houston that offers a BBQ in either a sit-down portion of the restaurant, or in the expansive bar. We stayed at the bar which proved to be a great place to watch a game with plenty of options to quench your thirst. Based on the how dry the brisket was, you're gonna need a drink.

The meat had little flavor, and no smokiness. All of the fat had been trimmed, and the meat was bone dry. Ribs were a bit better, but suffered from just the opposite problem. The meat was overly moist and bordered on mushy. The sauce slathered on top didn't help the texture. The flavor from the rib lacked smoke, but they were well seasoned. Beans and cheese grits on the side were superb.

Not pictured is the best item sampled. Bananas foster bread pudding was outstanding. A nice blend of spices and sweetness from the caramelized bananas. If they deliver barbecue as good as their sides and desserts, then they may start living up to their tagline "It's why Texans brag."

Rating **
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Sunny said...

wow. how ironic b/c usually it's the sides at most places that suck and dessert is an afterthought... a brownie or a cookie at best.

Anonymous said...

Most BBQ joints that serve mediocre BBQ serve a wide range of good sides.

Most BBQ joints that serve good BBQ don't serve much in the way of sides, and those they do are very simple.

Lando said...

Went 2 weeks ago, place is absolute garbage. Wont be returning especially for the price.

Doug Zedler said...

I've never understood why folks who own a barbecue joint located in Texas feel like they have to preface "barbecue" with "Texas" in the name of the business. If someone opened a Kansas City-style barbecue joint in Texas, I'm sure they'd want to call it "SoAndSo's Kansas City Barbecue". But, Phil, you're in Texas - the "Texas" is implied. It just highlights that you don't know what the hell you're doing.


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.