Okay, you got me on the tourism issue [:D][:D][:D]. As a native Texan I find Jim Goode’s over-use of Texana to create ambiance crass – that’s ‘touristy’ to me; however I’ve eaten at the Katy Fwy location since this thread started and was more pleased than before. I had the duck and links; okay food but the most pleasing part was the portions. One of my issues has always been the rather skimpy portions for what you pay.
I went to Drexler’s once before the move to the new location. It’s a different type of cue, what Robb Walsh in his book calls East Texas-Urban Black I think which comes close to meaning ‘cooked until falling apart.’ I wasn’t impressed and have never been back. There are places that do that style much better but not close to DT. Thelma’s would be a much better choice but both are going to be the closest to DT. However, if skinsfan06 is also a basketball fan, the Drexler in question is the brother of Clyde the Glide and the old location, at least, had lots of basketball memorabilia.
There is also a Luther’s DT, on Walker @ Smith, a block or so from the Hyatt, if that’s where you’re staying. Luther’s is to bbq what Wendy’s is to hamburgers – a quick serve chain. However, Pappas has taken over the Luther’s chain which should result in some improvement.
I agree that are lots of ringers on b4-u-eat. I automatically discount any review which raves about ‘world’s greatest’ or ‘absolutely the world’s worst.’ You can sometimes get a clue from the screen name also; some are obviously selected just to rant one time about the new competition or rave about their new place [:o)]. Likewise take Press or Chron recommendations with a grain of salt, more so with the Press than the Chron. I disagree with both at least 50% of the time. The Press ‘best of’ named Burns BBQ (far north side) best in the city last year — perfectly laughable.
skinsfan06 – I’ve never gotten over to Big Woodrows but did find a website. I can’t get it to come up today but it did reveal the place is owned by the same folks who own the Mardi Gras, which will be much closer to DT.
Bulldozer Rectangle made a comment on another thread about Houston being a good eating city and I agree. I’m frequently amazed by visitors who come to town and eat at our local chains (Pappas restaurants, Landry’s Inc., etc.) and leave raving about the food. You can find some of those type comments here on roadfood.