More than 7,000 votes were cast in our poll to find Houston’s Best Barbecue. And by picking up 40 percent of the votes, Goode Co. Barbecue is the overwhelming winner. Pizzitola's was second with 16 percent of the vote. Gatlin's and Demeris were third and fourth, respectively, with 15 percent of the vote each.
Goode Co., which has three Houston-area locations, launched its barbecue empire in 1977 on Kirby Drive. In addition to its celebrated brisket, the restaurants also has three types of sausage (jalapeño pork, Czech and turkey), smoked ham, pork ribs and duck. (And we can’t help but think a couple of votes cast were thanks to Goode’s awesome jalapeño cheese bread and pecan pie.) Find the nearest location at goodecompany.com.
The winner of the $100 gift card for “best barbecue review” goes to Keith Hawkins, who writes of Gatlin’s:
Smooth moist taste in every bite. The next bite is as good as the first! The smokehouse flavor and tenderness of the meat coupled with slap-yo-mama sauce makes you close your eyes as you savor the taste! And this is just the meats! Now as you try and break away for a few seconds to the taste of the delightful and plentiful sides your taste buds are increasingly confused as to what to eat as the sides have now arrested your attention for their excellent taste and down home flavor. If you can complete the entire meal in one sitting in this small but cozy environment your only desire next is to take off your shoes, throw your legs up and lay back and enjoy some good ole peach cobbler! Oh but wait, you can!! Well not so much kick your shoes off and lay back but certainly enjoy the best homemade desserts in the city!! And the best part of all is not any of the few things I just described but the BEST part of this great one of kind establishments is the LOVE that is given to EVERY customer as they enter into this small shack of a restaurant. How could something so small create something so special you may wonder? It is all in the Love that they aspire to share with every customer one bite and one hug at a time! Gatlins is by far the best BBQ in Houston and in my opinion in Texas because of that reason alone! Go see Mrs. Mary or Greg or the cashier/waitress Kori!! You will NOT be disappointed!