There are a handful of spots in Houston that come up again and again in conversations about local barbecue. There are the classics like Gatlin's, of course, and Virgie's, and then there's newcomer Killen's, which has taken the city by storm.
But I've found that I notice a new (or new to me) barbecue joint weekly while driving around Houston. I discover little hole-in-the wall joints that I've never heard of and that don't appear to get any publicity. Perhaps they're terrible. In my experience, though, these unassuming spots can sometimes surprise and turn out to be the best-kept secrets in town.
In the last discussion of underrated pizza, a few of you brought up a good point: What constitutes "underrated"? I touched on that briefly in the first post query underrated restaurants, but allow me to clarify.
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We consider an underrated spot or dish to be something that isn't often covered by local or national media. Instead of underrated, perhaps "under-recognized" is more appropriate. We want to know which places make really good food, but may not get their fair due because they're overshadowed by other, more media-friendly spots or because, simply, not many people know about them.
Alternatively, you could consider something underrated if many people know about it, but you think it's better than anyone gives it credit for. In the case of barbecue, that might be a spot like Rudy's. It's a chain; everyone knows about it. But a lot of people discount it because it's a chain. Maybe you love it, though. That would make it underrated in your book.
Leave us a note in the comments here or on Facebook, or Tweet at us to let us know what you think is the most underrated barbecue in town and why. If your comments are particularly eloquent, we might feature them in the final roundup. We'll then tally the votes and put it to a runoff poll.
So holla at us, Houston. Where's the beef?