Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Highland Grocery

SAN ANGELO: Highland Grocery
1001 South Chadbourne St.
San Angelo, TX 76903

We noticed Highland Grocery across the street from a donut shop while we were eating breakfast. The letters B.B.Q. on the side of the building secured its place in the day's itinerary. We came back for an early lunch and the interior was that of a convenience store with a barbecue counter in the corner. Brisket and hot links sat under a warmer, and the hot links were most definitely of the commercial variety, so we skipped them.

Out at the car I unwrapped the sliced brisket sandwich to find some slices that looked pretty good. There was a black crust and a deep smokering, but the smoky flavor was missing. A little seasoning would have helped bring out some barbecue flavor, but they just ended up tasting like a decent slice of roast beef. With a good sauce and a warm buttered bun, it would have been a good sandwich, but alas they served it on a cold bun with a boring sauce. I left hoping I would have tasted more than solid potential.

Rating **

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I live in San Angelo and I love San Angelo but when it comes to barbecue the quality seems to correlate directly with the availability of good wood. As one goes further west, the wood becomes scarcer and the barbecue, with some exception, becomes unremarkable.


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.