Monday, March 21, 2011

Woody's Bar-B-Q

ARLINGTON: Woody's Bar-B-Q
405 N. Fielder Plaza

Arlington, TX 76012


Open Sun-Thur 11-9, F 11-10, Sat 11-11

This Florida chain opened about 30 years back, and I guess they felt like what was missing from Arlington, Texas was some Florida style BBQ. The building anchors a nondescript strip center, and the interior is full of collected kitsch. Servers work the tables inside, or as I did, you can order to go directly from the bartender. He suggested the fries when I ordered the two-meat plate, and I opted for the beans alongside the sliced beef and ribs.

Beans were sweet and tasted from a can, and the fries were standard issue crinkle cut. This joint seems to shoot for a crowd pleasing level of mediocrity, and they hit that target squarely. Nothing was off putting, but as with the sides, the meats were certainly forgettable. Lean as could be brisket had little smoke, and barely any flavor besides a roast beefiness. Ribs were adequately cooked, and came from the bone easily. Again, these bones lacked smokiness, but had a bit more kick than the beef from a hearty rub. I may have gone in with some expectations that Florida BBQ wasn't going to wow me, but I came away with the clear affirmation.

Rating **
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This joint is closed.

Rib Bone


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.