Friday, January 25, 2013
Woody Creek Bar-B-Q (Fort Worth, TX)
My office is very near Ridgmar Mall in Fort Worth, and as it just so happens, so is Woody Creek Bar-B-Q. I've driven past it several times, but today was my first time inside.
When you walk in to Woody Creek, there is a short maze to get from the door to the counter for no apparent reason. Here, you'll find several American flags and other patriotic wall hangings, as well as painted cow skulls and neon beer signs. There is a full bar, assuming you need that sort of thing with your lunch. Oddly enough, they had 90's alternative rock blasting through the speakers. Although I enjoyed eating lunch to Collective Soul, it seemed a bit out of place here. They also have a small stage in one corner, so there must be live music from time to time.
I ordered up a 2 Meat Plate of hot links and bologna, with potato salad and baked beans on the side.
The baked beans were sweet and a little spicy at the same time. They might have come from a can, but still tasted good nonetheless. I found a decent amount of pepper and spices, so maybe they just use the can for a base. I do wish there had been some bacon though. The potato salad looked like a big scoop of ice cream. It definitely needed some crunch to break up the creaminess of it all, and maybe a little paprika too. It was ok, but certainly nothing to write home about.
Side dishes thoroughly sampled, I moved on to the meat. The hot links had bright red casings that could have used more snap. The meat itself had a great flavor. There was definitely some heat here, but a few slices were much hotter than others. One slice even made my eyes water a little, so there is some issue with consistency. The sweetness of their barbecue sauce helped cool things down some, but it was still really spicy.
I had never had barbecue bologna before, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. To my surprise and delight, the bologna was really tasty. It came in nice thick slices - no deli meat here. There was a great crispy char from the pit, and a decent level of smoke too. Unlike the hot links, I preferred the bologna without sauce.
Woody Creek isn't a place you should go out of your way to eat at, but it's probably a far better alternative to the mall food court if you're doing some shopping nearby.
UPDATE (March 30, 2013): If you browse the comments below, you'll see the unnecessary battle between myself and a reader over something as trivial as paprika and its use in cooking. I recently received a picture from one of my friends depicting not one, but two different varieties of Hungarian hot paprika sitting on the grocery store shelves. I enjoy being validated, so I'm sharing that picture here.
Woody Creek Bar-B-Q
6986 Green Oaks Rd.
Fort Worth, TX 76116