David recently heard that several of the top barbeque places in Texas are right here in our neck of the woods. So, on a trip home from Port Arthur, we made it our business to drive through Lockhart to put our taste buds to the test. One snafu, he couldn't remember the names of any of the places. We opted for the most advertised, which was Blacks Barbeque. It was ok, but definitely nothing earth shattering. After arriving back in Kyle, we did a little research and found that we were off the mark on picking the right place. That ended up being a relief, since we didn't necessarily agree with the rave reviews. So we headed back out to Lockhart this week to visit Kreuz Market, only to find an empty parking lot with a "closed" sign. Plan B...head on over to another ranked place on the list, Smitty's Market in Lockhart's town square. We entered the premises to be met with an overpowering smokehouse aroma that was burning David's eyes and making me nauseous. I think the smell would have overtaken us before we could have made it through the very long line. We stepped out for a breath of fresh air and I spotted Henry's Diner across the street. It looked to be more my cup of tea, anyway...quiet, laid back, unassuming with sound country food. While we were eating I looked over at Smitty's and spotted an old man taping a hand written sign on the door which read, "Sold out of Meat". Uh, ok. Bottom line: We may never find out about the famous Texas barbeque that lurks in our country back roads. Not to worry, Railroad Barbeque just down the street in Kyle ranks pretty dang high at our house.
Something Like That ~ Tim McGraw