Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Avery's Bar-B-Q

ARLINGTON: Avery's Bar-B-Q 818
SW Green Oaks Ste 520

Arlington, TX 76017


Open Tues-Thur 10:30-8, F-Sat 10:30-9


With three kinds of sausage available at various prices, navigating the intricacies of this menu can be tough on the fly. The menu says the homemade sausage plate is $9.25 and a rib plate is $10.50. When I tried to order a, $11 three-meat combo plate with ribs, homemade sausage and brisket, I was told that the house sausage would count as two meats. I wasn't quick enough to ask if it would also count as both meats of a $9.75 two-meat combo, and just got a brisket sandwich on the side. With all that meat, there was no more room for anything from their dollar menu. Yes, Avery's has a four item menu that costs only $1 including a chopped beef and pulled pork sandwich.

This joint in about intense flavors. The mac & cheese recipe boldly adds jalapenos to the mix. Sweet potatoes are achingly sweet, and the glaze on the ribs was so salty I needed a sip between each bite. The meat was well cooked on these thick spares, and they were incredibly moist without turning to mush, but the flavors were too intense to detect any smoke or even pork flavor. The homemade sausage had that 'custom' look to it. There were meatless pockets scattered below the casing, probably from the fat melting away from a mixture to rich in fat content. The meat was finely ground, and it fell from the casing as I bit away a chunk. The meat had intense heat and saltiness with some herbal notes reminiscent of breakfast sausage.

The only area lacking that intense flavor profile was the brisket. The meat was dense, gray, chewy and tasteless. There was no evidence of smoke or seasoning, and one shouldn't have to pay more than a dollar for it.

Rating **
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Anonymous said...

This review pretty much mirrored my experience at Avery's. When I was there, the sausage was tasty, the ribs were good, the tea was WAY too sweet, and the "brisket" was, to
put it as nicely as I can, not fit to eat.
I saw a review on another site that said Avery's was "one of Arlington's best kept secrets". It had to have been posted by the owner or one of his buddies. And if they were talking about their brisket, they should keep on keeping it a secret. I'm just sayin'....

B Cel

Anonymous said...

dollar menu is a dollar for a REASON


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.