Sunday, June 10, 2018

Ten50 BBQ

It's been on my radar to swing by sometime and today I was able to visit Ten50 BBQ today.

Ordered about 1/2 lb each of brisket, pulled pork and ribs, two brisket torpedoes and sides of two dinner rolls, mac n cheese, brisket beans, potato salad and key lime pie.

Brisket was very good and tender. I do prefer a little more moist, it wasn't dry by any means, but didn't think to ask if that was an option as I was just too hungry after four hours of tennis to fully focus.

Pulled pork, ribs and brisket torpedoes were all good but I felt they needed a little more flavor.

Dinner rolls were very good. I think the butter had a sweetness to it.

Mac n cheese was just okay.

Brisket beans could be better if they drained the liquid. I didn't like the flavor of it and it felt more like eating soup than beans and brisket.

Potato salad was very good. I'm not a sides person but this was a good side to order.

Key lime pie was very, very good! So good that I almost purchased one for to-go.

Barbecue sauce options are house sauce and Carolina sauce. The house sauce was very good!

I'd go again if someone wanted to try it but I'm not jonesing for it. It is a good option though if I'm in the area. So there you have it.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Baker's Ribs

Was craving some barbecue this evening so decided to give Baker's Ribs a try. It's been a long while since I last ate here, at least five years and probably longer. I do know the last time I ate at Baker's they were located on Greenville Avenue between University Blvd and Lovers Lane. That location apparently has now moved to NW Hwy and Skillman.

I got there around 7:15 p.m. and the place was mostly empty. There was a group of ladies who looked to have gathered for some meeting and were finishing up. There was an older couple sitting on the opposite side of the area. For all intents and purposes, it was dead! Not a positive outlook to start.

I ordered the three meat plate. It comes with a choice of two sides and either Texas toast or dinner rolls. I chose brisket, pulled pork, ribs, mac-n-cheese, green beans and dinner rolls.

I guess the ease of ordering was the best part of my visit. Here's my thoughts on the offerings I was served:

  • Dinner rolls look to have been pre-purchased versus baked in-house. They were soft but had no butter or any kind of flavoring added. They were served at room temperature in saran wrap.
  • Green beans tasted like they came straight from a can. No seasoning or anything. I mean simply adding salt and pepper would have made a flavoring difference. Instead it looks like there were white onions and almond slices which added nothing to the flavor.
  • Mac-n-cheese was quite runny. Watery cheese is not desirable. It too had no seasoning or even a cheesy flavor. After 7-10 minutes on my plate, the "cheese" started to show clumps which is a sure sign of too much water and not enough cheese.
  • Pulled pork was fairly dry. It had a little bit of smoke flavor but nowhere near enough to make it tasty or overlook the dryness. I had to add in quite a bit of barbecue sauce for some taste.
  • Ribs were tastier than the pulled pork. The meat pulled off the bone with ease. Ribs seemed to have a kind of peppery rub because I could feel the "burn" on my lips after eating one.
  • Brisket was much drier than the pulled pork, if that was possible! Marbling was nonexistent in the slices of meat I was served. The same slightly smoky flavor of the pulled pork was present. Due to the dryness, I tried adding, almost drowning, the brisket in barbecue sauce. However, it was still difficult to swallow the bites of brisket because of how dry the meat was.
  • Free soft serve is still offered. Many comments I've read speak of this as a final "blessing of the good eats" to have the free soft serve. I went to the soft serve machine and when I raised the lever, liquidy white stickiness sprayed all over my cone and hand. I guess my time was just not meant to end on a good note!

Things I take away from my visit:

  • It really reminded me of sub-par, quick, catering barbecue meal that serves hundreds at a big corporate meeting or company picnic because no one is paying attention to or cares about the true quality of the meal anyway.
  • The addition of a drive-thru window should have been a flag of expected quality. Quality cannot be served in a fast, drive-thru manner. To me, a drive-thru is for producing quantity.
  • Another flag. Even though the 'cooks' are right behind the 'cashier', they write my order in pen on the edge of the styrofoam plate so the 'cooks' know what to put on the plate. I was the only customer in line so how difficult was it to just tell the 'cooks' to add brisket, ribs and pulled pork to the plate? I'm not a freak about germs and poisoning but some people might be. As you can see in the photo, the brisket is splayed over the ink writing on the plate. If the meat was hot, it could cause the ink to run and/or seep into the food. This just shows me a lack of presentation and care from the business.
     
That's my experience. Take it as you will. I'm no "food expert" but I know what I like and what tastes good (to me) and there are too many other barbecue joints serving a better quality and much better tasting product, especially for $18.00! Therefore, I will not be returning to Baker's Ribs (at least the NW Hwy @ Skillman location) to fulfill my barbecue craving.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Peggy Sue's BBQ

It's been a while since I've had Peggy Sue BBQ. So long that I cannot remember the quality of the meats that I ordered. I do remember that it wasn't horrible but it was also not memorable (obviously). I had heard that new management has taken over so I thought it was worth a newer visit since I was in the area.

I ordered one of the take out meals. I believe it was a pound each of brisket, pulled pork and ribs (or I may have added ribs, I can't remember for sure) with three sides (green beans, mashed potatoes and mac n cheese).

I was surprisingly impressed by the taste and quality of the meats.

The brisket was fairly moist, tender and very flavorful.

The pulled pork wasn't too shabby either. Had good flavor, tender and plentiful.

The ribs were good but nothing spectacular that made them stand out over other places.

The green beans, mashed potatoes and mac n cheese we've always liked so no disappointment there.

I don't remember the exact cost but I believe it was just a little pricier than some BBQ places I've had with better meats. That being said. I would not hesitate to order from Peggy Sue again.Brisket and baby back ribs.


Friday, February 02, 2018

Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ

Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ. We've been talking about it for a couple of weeks so today, my coworker and I decided to take action.

According to Google Maps, Ferris Wheelers is 7.4 miles from our work place but because there is no major highway straight to their front door, it says it's a 21-minute drive. We questioned our desire to go for just a second before we decided to just do it!

So, with that, here's the lowdown from my perspective:

  • The mac-n-cheese was cheesy and mostly good but nothing to get amped about. I think it had BBQ Lays crunchies on top.
  • I got the moist brisket but also comes in lean or chef's cut. Brisket was tender and flavorful, especially the bark, but IMO nowhere as good as Cattleack's. I think it needs a little more marbling.
  • The ribs were pretty darn good. You can taste a hint of the brown sugar glaze and the meat easily pulls off the bone. Very tasty. I would go back for the ribs instead of the brisket which is a first for me. Again, the brisket isn't bad. I just know there is better elsewhere.

I ordered the two meat with a side meal and a fountain drink. I brought back four ribs because I had to return to work and would be uncomfortable or sleeping if I powered through it all.

One thing to note: YOU HAVE TO TELL THEM THE TYPE OF BRISKET YOU'D LIKE: MOIST, LEAN or CHEF'S CUT.

If you read the menu or paid attention to my mentioning of it above, the brisket comes in three choices. The default choice they will give you is chef's cut which is a bit of lean and moist. I know this because I read the menu and I also saw a brisket cut ordered by someone else that I do not like (dislike the cut of lean not the someone else). I asked the cashier about the meat choices and she explained what I just explained.

FINAL VERDICT: I think it's definitely worth a visit or two. There IS a ferris wheel but only runs on the weekends I think.


Monday, January 01, 2018

Peet's Coffee Decaf House blend K-Cup

I bought my wife a Keurig as an anniversary present a month or two ago. If I remember, maybe I'll write a post aboutt it.

Anyway, she has to drink decaf due to a health issue. Her sister brought some k-cups of Peet's Coffee Decaf for testing. She liked it. A few days later I went to Tom Thumb to purchase a box. I believe it was a box of ten, on sale with my Rewards Card for $4.99. It's normally $10.69 so I guess half price isn't too bad. That makes it $.50 per k-cup. That's still above what I'd pay for a pot of coffee in the normal kind of brewer.

So, I did some Googling. I found Amazon had the best price for the most product. I ordered Peet's Coffee Decaf House blend K-Cup 88 count for $62.74. Two-day shipping was a bonus but I ended up getting it in three at no fault of Amazon or the seller. It was because the United States Postal Service sucks ginormous balls! They said the mail receptacle was full. However, they delivered it to my door the next day so my assumption is that the postal carrier was just a lazy ass.

The 88 ct is broken down in four boxes of 22. Not a problem, as it makes it easier to store in my pantry.

The wife is satisfied. The pocketbook is happy.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Bad Batch (2016)

The Bad Batch (2016). Just finished watching this movie...over two days. It took me this long not so much because it was tough to watch (though it was a little) but because I started it at work and then I had to go home for the day and didn't start watching it again until I was halfway through the next day at work.

So, I got this email that said something like "We've added a movie you might like." I clicked on it and added it to my queue for possible viewing later. I then saw a few random trailers that popped up on the internet about this movie being released. I didn't really know the concept of the movie but figured it couldn't be too bad since it had Jason Momoa, Suki Waterhouse, Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves and Giovanni Ribisi.

I was wrong!

This movie was slow, boring, terrible and mostly without a very good story. I don't know who thought this would be good to make, who thought this was good after making or why the 'bigger-named' actors would have chosen to do this movie unless they thought it was 'indie'. I don't know. I just wasn't feeling it!

FINAL VERDICT: Pass. I'm not sure that I remember anything of relevance that would make me want to revisit this movie and watch again. Not fully or in parts.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cattleack Barbeque in Dallas, Texas

Visited CattleAck BBQ today with a coworker. What you see is my order of an individual side of beans with burnt tips, a pint of mac-n-cheese with green chile bits, a pound of pork ribs and a pound of brisket. After adding two 20oz soda bottles and a small tip, the total price came to $61.11.

Also, the wait to order, pay and eat was one hour and thirty minutes.

Yes, we waited...in line...for thirty minutes.

Insane? Yes. Somewhat ridiculous? Yes.

Worth it? Yes!

The brisket was mainly the reason it was worth it. It was so tender and juicy that one could cut it with a plastic fork. A PLASTIC FORK! Now, to clarify, maybe not all the brisket is this juicy but the option I chose was. When you get to the counter, they ask do you want marbled or lean? I've never heard of these options before but I knew lean was not the choice anyone that wants real barbecue would choose. They do automatically use the lean option for someone who orders a brisket sandwich. Waiting the time that I did, I was NOT getting a freaking sandwich!

 
Here are some recent and not-so-recent articles about Cattleack while the links last:
Texas Monthly (2017)
Wide Open Country (2017)
Dallas Observer (2017)
GuideLive (2017)
GuideLive (2015)
Dallas Observer (2014)
10Best.com (????)


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Silence (2016)

Silence (2016). I had a coupon for a free Redbox movie and thought it would be a good thing to try this movie with it so I wouldn't have buyer's remorse if I actually spent money to rent it. The movie trailer and poster both have Liam Neeson prominently shown in/on them in his Jedi-esque form. However, Liam plays a very quiet and limited role. The main roles are portrayed by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver. Garfield's beard looks incredibly sad and fake. Driver's beard is much better but his physique is very gaunt and that's before he endures trials and tribulations later in the movie.

The synopsis on both IMDB and Redbox do not fully introduce what this movie is about. The Redbox version is way better though. I guess I just didn't read it very well or pay attention while I read it. It just wasn't what I expected. The movie is VERY long and I endured it to watch in one day but my wife was pretty much done after the first forty-five minutes. There are definitely parts that could have been edited down/out to make watching less of an endurance challenge.

VERDICT: I did not totally dislike this movie but I cannot recommend it to anyone. Like I said, it's long and drawn out. If you are really interested in the story and want to occupy two and a half hours of your time with a slow-moving movie, then by all means rent it. Otherwise, find a highlight reel somewhere.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Trolls (2016)

Trolls (2016). Watched this movie today...all by myself. My kids have gotten to an age where they don't really care to watch too many “kid” movies anymore. I try to just enjoy the entertainment value of the movies versus look at them as child, kid or adult.

Anyway, this movie has the voice-over talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Baranski,, Jeffrey Tambor, Russell Brand, Gwen Stefani, John Cleese, James Corden and others.

So the movie has a similar story line like many other animated movies or “family” movies in general: something happens bad; someone has to step up and save the family/village/day, someone(s) learns something special about themselves along the journey and in the end everyone (mostly) lives happily ever after. You get the gist.

The songs are poppy and relevant. The movie is mostly on the happy end of the spectrum (as it should be since they’re ‘happy’ trolls) with the occasional glum-turns to-glad scenes.

VERDICT: It is worth a $1.50 rental from Redbox or free if you can get it. I wasn’t wowed but I wasn't disappointed either. If you have young children about 9 and below, they’ll enjoy it for the sheer entertainment value from the bright colors and singing.


Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Velvet Taco - Dallas

I don't know how long it's been in Dallas but I got a chance to eat at Velvet Taco for the very first time.

We have a new employee in the office and as an office, we all went out to lunch to celebrate his birthday (even though his actual birthday was a week or so ago). I didn't really care to celebrate his birthday as he hasn't made the best of impressions upon me but I felt like I could use it as an excuse to try Velvet Taco as that was his choice for dining.

As you can see from the photo, I ordered the Grilled Flank Steak and the Cuban Pig. There was a little bit of a wait after ordering but both were pretty good. They aren't something that I would make a long drive to get but I will probably make a few more trips just to get a chance to try other options for a better assessment.

One thing to note about this location is there is limited seating and even more limited parking. I would definitely time a visit around their busy hours.