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Growing up in Texas means growing up eating barbecue; it's one of the staples of life. Your taste buds come to expect it. To satisfy them, we suggest a visit to Sammy's BBQ. The meat on their ribs almost falls off the bone; their tender beef brisket is the best we've had. For a side dish, try some of their creamy potato casserole or the incredible-yes, incredible--zucchini casserole. Top off the whole meal with a slice of pie, and then you can leave knowing what it's like to eat at a top-notch barbecue joint.
For the life of me, I can't understand why Sammy's has so many stellar reviews, although many of them seem to focus on the sides rather than the meat. I wanted to get a good feel for their abilities, so I ordered a 3 Meat Combo Plate: smoked sausage, ribs, and sliced brisket with potato salad and bbq beans on the side.
Their potato salad is mayo-based, rather than mustard. I found lots of crunch from the veggies, but almost no flavor at all. The bbq beans tasted more like pinto beans and had a distinct "from the can" taste that tends to stem from preservatives. I don't know how their other sides measure up, but these weren't worthy of more than a one-bite sampling.
I got a fairly decent helping of smoked sausage, but it looked store-bought. It was fairly monochrome and had no visible black pepper or other spices. In fact, the best way to describe it is to say that it tasted like a hotdog. The barbecue sauce certainly helped, but only as much as it helps to add ketchup to a frozen hamburger patty.
The brisket looked pretty gray and lifeless on the plate, and it tasted about the same. I noticed a slight red smokey hue on the edges, but I couldn't find the smokey flavor anywhere. The only thing that kept it from being completely dried out was the razor-thin slicing. I left more than half of it on the plate.
I saved my ribs for last, and they were just as disappointing as the first two meats: bland and almost devoid of flavor. The meat fell apart as soon as I picked up my first rib, suggesting that they were completely overcooked. The ribs themselves were small, sad, and pitiful. Of the three ribs that came with my combo, I didn't have a rib bone longer than an inch and a half. This was a very cheap cut of meat.
I struggled to find one positive thing to say about this place, but honestly the only thing I enjoyed about the meal was my glass of lemonade. This kind of bland, tasteless "barbecue" is only fit for a nursing home, and even then it might constitute elder abuse. Don't bother with Sammy's.
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