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Re: “Hard Rock Cafe

I ate here a couple years back and the food was fantastic. Nice atmosphere at that time, too.

Posted by Gary Pugsley on 07/27/2015 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint

The smell of delicious pit smoke caught my attention before I'd even set foot outside my truck. This was a good sign. In true "barbecue joint" fashion, Martin's has a really lively and fun atmosphere. I don't think they could have possibly stuck more crap on the walls, although it didn't really feel that junky. I was tempted to make use of their great outdoor patio space, but it was far too hot and muggy for that today.

My eyes immediately zeroed in on the Big Momma Sampler, which the menu says feeds two people. That sounded like more of a challenge than a suggestion, and I was up for it. The Big Momma comes with four ribs, a quarter-pound of pulled pork, and a quarter-pound of brisket, as well as two sides. Hushpuppies were a no brainer, and for some bizarre reason I picked broccoli salad as my second side dish...on purpose.

The broccoli salad was pleasantly sweet, with a good tartness from the cranberries. Pine nuts were a welcome addition in terms of texture. I was also glad to see that the broccoli wasn't overrun with mayonnaise. The hushpuppies definitely looked homemade. They were crisp on the outside with an amazingly fluffy center. Each bite had the right amount of seasoning, too.

As a native Texan, I instinctively went for the brisket first. It had a nice dark crust and a beautiful smoke ring to match. There was also plenty of smoky flavor to go around, though the bark was especially good. A simple rub was all that was needed to enhance the natural beefiness. My slices were lean, but by no means dry.

There were smoke-kissed bits scattered throughout the huge pile of pulled pork. I also found a fair amount of black pepper mixed in, with a decent smoke level to boot. The pork was very tender, but the fattier portions were definitely my favorite. I considered adding some sauce for fun, though it didn't really need it.

I generally leave my ribs for last during barbecue outings, which was difficult since these looked incredible. The third-rack cut apart with ease, but still had just the right amount of bone retention. The juicy rib meat was beautifully pink and was definitely the smokiest of the three. While the ribs were great on their own, the awesome dry rub took things to a whole other level. It added some nice heat, too.

Martin's met, nay exceeded, every expectation that I had.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend
http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2015/07/…

Posted by The Barbecue Fiend on 07/18/2015 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Starlite Club

Met my wife of 30 years at starlight! Keeley worked in the back washing glasses for Sis on weekends she was 17 at that time! It's great to see this place still going strong! Some of the waitress then was Angel/Donna and Sheila were sisters/ Rosemary was in charge of thing pretty much back then! Starlight is a place that changed my life Sis rest in peace!!
From George Young in Kentucky!!

Posted by George young on 07/01/2015 at 10:37 AM

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