Fort Worth, TX 76107
My fondest memory of Chef Love was watching him compete on "Next Iron Chef," despite getting the boot on episode one. In a moment of complete awesomeness, Chef Love began the competition by pounding white wine and taking tequila shots from a soup ladle. He then proceeded to grill himself a steak, whilst serving the judges a delightful "screw you" kale salad. At least he went out... More >>
My fondest memory of Chef Love was watching him compete on "Next Iron Chef," despite getting the boot on episode one. In a moment of complete awesomeness, Chef Love began the competition by pounding white wine and taking tequila shots from a soup ladle. He then proceeded to grill himself a steak, whilst serving the judges a delightful "screw you" kale salad. At least he went out in style.
My tablemates were quite anxious to sample some of Woodshed's appetizers. First up were their Crispy Smoked Brussel Sprouts, which are prepared with lemon, chili, and pecorino. The crispy sprouts had a flavor similar to oven roasted potatoes and had a texture that reminded me of artichoke hearts. Basically, eating them made me forget that they were brussel sprouts, and that's a good thing.
I also got to sample the Crispy Potatoes, along with a well-paired smoked garlic aioli. The potatoes were similar to large Southern-style hashbrown potatoes. I'm a fan of mayo-based sauces in general, and the creamy garlic aioli was excellent.
Just before the waitress started to clear away our appetizer plates, I snagged the one remaining bite of Smoked Hummus. There was a surprisingly high degree of smoke here, which I'm assuming was of the liquid smoke variety. I like a lot of garlic, and this stuff definitely had a garlicky bite to it.
Once we had polished off the vegetarian appetizers, I couldn't help but add on an order of Brisket Stuffed Piquillo Peppers, which come with bone broth and cojita cheese. The peppers came swimming in what I assume was the advertised bone broth. The piquillo pepper added no heat whatsoever, but did add a nice sweetness to the meat. The chopped brisket was very tender, though a tad greasy and oily.
Their traditional barbecue entrees are available a la carte, so I ordered a half-pound of Beef Ribs and a quarter-pound of Lamb Brisket.
At $2.50 an ounce (that's $40.00 per pound), the lamb brisket is a bit pricey. These meager slices didn't have near as much bark as I'd hoped for. There was a slight smoke ring, but despite visual suggestions I only caught a mild smoke flavor. I wish the fat had been rendered a little better though. My slices also had a touch too much salt. All in all, it was more like a pot roast than barbecue.
The beef ribs came complete with a massive amount of bark, some of which was too solid and hard to actually eat. I found a good smoke level at least. It seemed like most of the weight here came from the bone rather than from meat, which even then was a bit gristly. Though I'm not 100% certain, I think these were beef back ribs. Perhaps some meaty plate short ribs would have been a better choice.
Much as it pains me to say, I found myself somewhat underwhelmed by this place. I think Woodshed tries too hard to think outside the box and has forgotten the basics of barbecue in the process.
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Tim Love's shrine to smoked foods is a must-visit for out-of-towners; don't miss the camp bread with "pit master fat" or the brisket-stuffed piquillo peppers. [Eater 38 Member]
One of the coolest outdoor restaurant venues in Fort Worth
Order up the bourbon-/Coke-marinated pork shoulder tacos with pickled chilies. Seriously...just do it.
Great food, music and times... All on the Trinity River!
I don't agree with everyone I thought the food had a weird taste, few menu choices, and it was too hot and there was only outdoor seating. Only good thing was that it's by the river. Never again!
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