Friday, November 30, 2012
Bar-B-Cutie (Allen, TX) - CLOSED
The wife and I were up in Allen doing some Christmas shopping at the outlets, and we decided to check out Bar-B-Cutie for dinner. It wasn't really on my radar, but a quick Internet search told me it had been voted Nashville's best barbecue 4 years in a row. We both went to college in Nashville, so I was willing to give it a try.
The place wasn't exceptionally busy, although that's probably because the Allen Eagles were playing high school football just down the street. The staff was mostly high school kids, but they were surprisingly pleasant and hard-working. Despite the scandalously sexy cowgirl on their logo, Bar-B-Cutie had a very family-friendly feel to it. It definitely seemed more like an actual restaurant than a smokehouse.
I ended up ordering the Two Step Platter with pulled pork, sausage, potato salad, and fried pickles, while my wife tried the beef brisket sandwich.
The potato salad was good, but definitely nothing to write home about. The fried pickles, on the other hand, were amazing. I got a pretty big portion of each with my platter, but I didn't want to fill up on vegetarian nonsense. I set that aside and turned my attention to the meat.
I'm always up for some good sausage (I know, I know), so I dug right in. The sausage had decent seasoning and a fair amount of smoke, but the sauce selections helped tremendously. I tried both the sweet sauce and the mild sauce and left the hot sauce for another day. Oddly enough, the mild sauce had a sweeter flavor than its sweet counterpart, but they were both welcome companions.
The pulled pork was juicy and tender, but again the sauce definitely helped on the flavor. My wife almost inhaled her brisket sandwich, so I'm guessing it was pretty tasty. Looking back, I wish I had ordered the brisket on my platter instead of the pork, or maybe just opted for the Texas Trio Platter and added a third meat.
Bar-B-Cutie was a good offering all in all. I would probably go back if I was in the area, but I wouldn't make a special trip.
208 N. Greenville Ave.
Allen, TX 75002