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The brisket is melt-in-your mouth tender, its flavor rich and smoky, and all you need to say as you approach the counter is "sliced" or "chopped," and the lightning-fire hands behind the counter will take care of the rest. The beer is cold and the mugs are huge. Who could ask for more?
I went on a previous trip to Fort Worth where I hit three places in a day, but against everyone's better advice I ignored Angelo's Bar-B-Que, on the wonderfully named White Settlement Road. On Saturda... More »
When you step into Angelo's, you're immediately greeted by a large taxidermied bear dawning an Angelo's apron. There are tons of other big game mounts throughout the restaurant: buffalo, elk, moose, caribou, water buffalo, nilgai, and many, many more from various continents.
I ordered a Combo Plate with sliced brisket and sausage, which automatically comes with potato salad, coleslaw, and beans.
The potato salad had a very pronounced mustard flavor, and it had a decent amount of pepper to boot. The beans were both cooked and seasoned quite well; they were soft, but not mushy. They also tasted more homemade than many of the other places I've been. The coleslaw started off sweet on my tongue, but the pepper and spices definitely crept up on me while I chewed. I'm still not a coleslaw fan in general, but this was pretty tasty.
I was happy to find big link segments of sausage rather than the pre-sliced variety. My sausage was pretty heavy on pepper, which I also liked. It might be a little spicy for some, but to me it was a welcome surprise. Both the texture and the taste reminded me of the sausage I get back in my hometown in Central Texas. The accompanying barbecue sauce tempered the spiciness of the sausage very nicely.
I got big, meaty slices of brisket, so initially I was worried that it might be too dry. Despite its massiveness, the brisket was very juicy and tender. There was a great char on the edges and a clearly visible smoke ring. I only had one slice that was a little salty for my liking, but it wasn't enough to ruin the meal. Much like the sausage, the brisket paired well with the barbecue sauce.
The sign out front says "Great Texas Bar-B-Que," and they're not lying. I don't know if I'll ever get a chance to go back to Angelo's, but I certainly hope so.
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I don't eat beef fajitas - I always get chicken - but I ALWAYS get them here - the best meat I've ever tasted! The way they season the meat, all the condiments, the beans, rice, tortillas -- I dream about this meal because I can't get it in L.A. They give you the best salsa and beans with your chips. All other dishes here are ridiculously good, too. They have a sand playground for the kids, which you'll need to keep them busy because the wait is always long unless you go at an off time like 3 P.M. There are a handful of locations around Houston.
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