Pot Luck

Texas-Thai BBQ

If there's anything I like as much as Texas BBQ, it's wacky only-in-Houston fusion cuisines. So imagine my glee when I noticed the sign in front of Mai Thai restaurant at 3819 Kirby advertising "Texas BBQ Thai Fusion." I pulled over immediately. The special BBQ menu listed beef, chicken, spicy pork and sausage. I asked for a beef and sausage sandwich, but they only had beef.

The BBQ brisket sandwich I got came on toasted white bread with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onions for $3.95. The beef wasn't smoked, it was actually braised in the oven in a tangy barbecue sauce seasoned with mysterious Asian spices. (Purple basil? Five spice powder?) Goode Company BBQ is not in danger, but the Thai brisket sandwich tasted pretty good, all things considered.

"Our customers love our Thai BBQ chicken, so we decided to do all kinds of Texas BBQ Thai-style," the owner explained. "We have to do what the people want," he said looking across a completely empty dining room. The BBQ menu also included BBQ plates, BBQ on baked potatoes, and side orders including coleslaw, yams and potato salad.

-Robb Walsh

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Robb Walsh
Contact: Robb Walsh