Name: Dave Peterson
I eagerly anticipated the opening of a new barbecue joint that is situated very close to home. Early in the year a temporary sign went up for Rango's Barbecue. In spite of the challenging location (northwest corner of Stuebner Airline just north of Louetta Road - just north of the HEB) I had high hopes that they might be as solid as 2 Guys 1 Pit BBQ. Not long ago me and my barbecue buddy, Craig, made the quick drive from work to try them out. The interior felt nice, but was a little too dark - like they needed to open the blinds a bit or turn up the lights. We were greeted by one of my own "sons", so I was still hopeful. Then I saw the menu in his hand, and I started getting a little nervous - table service at a barbecue joint? That just didn't sit well with me. Then I noticed the distinct lack of smoky smell - there was nothing resembling a smoky smell either in or near the restaurant. I really wanted to learn more about Rango's style of barbecue, so I asked if I might get to talk to the owner/pitmaster at some point, maybe get a pitroom tour, etc. I was told that he was way too busy. Yet another sign of concern.
I went ahead and ordered a two meat plate, with fatty brisket and their smoked sausage. For details on how things went, please take a look at my blog. You can find a link to the full write-up in my bio.
I will certainly have to try Rango's again at some point. I really hope it was just an off day for them while they were in "start-up and get rolling" mode. And I will definitely report my results when I go back.
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