tried Gatlin's today for lunch after reading about the place in last week's Chronicle....must say, the brisket and the homemade sausage are definite winners, along with their barbecue sauce...the dirty rice is a 10!...the potato salad was okay, nothing special...I got some ribs too, but saved them for dinner tonight, so the jury's out of those...too some time (40 minutes to get our order, but they were busy probably from their newspaper article...I'll be back, especially after seeing someone chowing down on some fresh-out-of-the-oven bread pudding!!...Get to Gatlin's!
Best Barbecue Restaurant - 2010
As much as Houston loves barbecue, it's hard to find a consistently great spot for it. After all, it's fairly easy to mess it up. It's gotta be moist and tender with a smoky flavor, nice smoke ring and solid fat cap. Lose any of those components, and your smoker is sunk. Fortunately, Gatlin's BBQ is off the charts in every category. Housed in a tiny converted house on 19th Street in the Heights, Gatlin's is a Houston Proud kind of place. Owner Greg Gatlin is a graduate of St. Thomas High School, and he played football at Rice University. Now he mans the pits at Gatlin's, turning out incredible barbecue with gracious flair. The smoky brisket exudes flavor, gently pulling apart with the prodding of a plastic fork. It is meaty and moist, with a gorgeous smoke ring and obvious fat cap. But the ribs...Lord, the ribs. A lightly charred outside encases a tender, meaty interior. Sausage, too, is praiseworthy. Coleslaw and beans are standard fare, but the dirty rice is outstanding. And just to reinforce that homey feeling, be sure to get a hug from Mama Gatlin after your meal on your way out the door.