The basics: This family-run fan favorite from pit boss Greg Gatlin underwent a bigger, better facelift when it moved from 19th to its new location on Ella. Current kitchen master and Executive Chef Michelle Wallace (who you can catch on this season of Food Network’s “BBQ Brawl”) is not just keeping the ship afloat, she’s elevating it to a whole new level with specials from Sausage, Chicken, Shrimp & Crab Gumbo to Smoked Oxtails. Order the trio of Smoked Ribs (there’s a short and meaty baby back varietal, a St. Louis-style spare rib, and a giant beef number) to engage your inner-caveman as you gnaw ‘em straight down to the bone or keep it slightly more civilized with a fully loaded "Kitchen Sink" Sandwich, Biscuits & Gravy, and giblet-laden Dirty Rice so filthy you’ll need a cold shower afterward.
What the pitmasters say: “There are few bridges to the BBQ of a bygone era left in Texas.
None of them have been able to bring that style of BBQ into the current landscape better than Greg, his family, and Head Chef Michelle Wallace. Their importance to the History of Houston BBQ should never be understated.” - Joseph Quellar, JQ’s Tex Mex BBQ
“The breakfast! Brisket tacos! Chicken and waffles! And the Sink sandwich—so good. Southern hospitality and BBQ at its finest. Their breakfast program is delicious. Especially the made-from-scratch biscuits.” - Don Nguyen, Khói Barbecue
“All three have flavorful and out the box product offerings that distinguish these joints in their own right as doing BBQ uniquely and consistently. Not only is their BBQ awesome, but the pitmasters are also as well! We are honored to be in their company!” (On Blood Bros., Feges, and Gatlin’s) - Karen Fain, Fainmous BBQ
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.