Get Outta Town: Foodie Reasons to Venture Outside the Beltway
Photo by John McAdams Faithful customers queue up for Que at Corkscrew BBQ.
Houston is no doubt a killer place to get your eat on. From the Heights to Midtown, from Rice Village to the Galleria, there are more foodie fun spots than you can shake a stick at. But what do you get when you move away from the hustle and bustle? Are the suburbs nothing but a wasteland of chain restaurants and big-box grocery stores? Or course they aren't, and there are some hidden gems out there.
I'll be regularly highlighting some well known (and not so well known) places outside the beltway...and beyond. So whenever you have a little time on your hands, hit the road and get yourself something good.
Here we go...
Corkscrew BBQ, The Woodlands
What a way to start. Lately there's been quite a bit written and said about the Corkscrew, but in my opinion, it's not enough, and I'll tell you why. Four words: "Brisket of the Gods."
That's right, I said it. It's the brisket I've been waiting my entire life to eat: Moist, salty/smoky, and, unlike the case at most other places serving it, it can be ordered either fatty (recommended) or lean. My go-to is the two-meat plate, but one of those two meats MUST be brisket. Try as I might to break free, I'm but a slave to my fatty beef master.
If you're a lover of all things barbecue, this is definitely the place for you, because the deliciousness doesn't end with the brisket. There's also sausage, chicken, pulled pork and, by the way, did I mention they also smoke a mean pork rib? Hell, even the turkey is moist.
Photo by John McAdams The two-meat plate at Corkscrew BBQ is an excellent choice.
As far as sides go, they're pretty good as well. The beans are tasty, but don't quite make it to the top of my list (that belongs to Goode Co.). Be forewarned that the potato salad is not mustard-based, which can be a bit off-putting to Texas traditionalists. I personally don't mind it, but I will admit that having some tangy mustard would help to balance out some of that meaty richness. For dessert eaters there's usually a daily cobbler, so be sure to ask if you don't see it posted.
Here's a word to the wise: GET THERE EARLY. They open at 11 a.m., but by that time a crowd has already started to form, and when the food's gone, it's gone (usually around 2 or 3). It's actually kind of funny (and sad) to listen to people groan with disappointment as items run out while they stand in line, inching toward the order window.