Way to go Bluemaxx. The following is with apologies to David Letterman s writers: According to data compiled by the US Census Bureau for the 2000 Census, 98% of the people who think Goode Co. is the best barbecue in Houston have never been to Williams Smokehouse [:D][;)]. It isn t well known even among Houstonians and some selfish people, myself among them, would just as soon keep it that way [}:)].
Williams is the best and belongs in the pantheon of the best in Texas and is the only place in Houston that does. Go for the ribs and brisket at Williams, sides are only so-so. Home made deserts are good. It s closed Sunday and Monday so that may affect your choice.
Another one I like that I’ll mention is Otto s, which is reviewed on this site. Before any of the above even existed, Otto s was long considered the best Q in the city limits and it s comfort food to me after 40+ years. I didn’t go for years but Michael Stern’s review posted a year or so ago prompted me to visit it again and find I like it still.
Of the 100s of times I ve been, only once have I ordered anything other than a sliced beef and sliced link sandwich. I load up on the pickles and onions at the condiments bar, have a feast and leave perfectly content with life. BBQ snobs never mention this place any more but I still like it. Go only to the Memorial Drive location, the only place they actually have a pit.