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Gatlin's BBQ

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BBQ Joint$$$$
Shady Acres, Houston
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  • Laura
    LauraNovember 4, 2014
    Ribs that fall off the bone and very moist brisket! I don't think u can go wrong with any of the meats here. Dirty rice and cole slaw are good. Ranch beans were ok. Amazing family friendly hospitality
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeMay 21, 2014
    This is now my favorite brisket in Houston. I followed another customer's and asked for "burn ins" with the it. Also the spicy deer sausage is nice and lean. BBQ sauce is ok.
  • Liz T.
    Liz TaylorDecember 10, 2013
    Yes, the ribs are good. Yes, the brisket is good. The spicy sausage is also delicious. But I will have dreams about that dirty rice for the rest of my life. And I don't even like rice.
  • andrea m.
    andrea mehmandoostSeptember 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You might have to wait a bit to get your good (especially during lunch) so be prepared to be patient. The flavor on the rubbed ribs and the tenderness of the brisket is worth the wait.
  • Catherine A.
    Catherine AJuly 27, 2013
    The ribs fall off the bone and fatty brisket is phenomenal. Great dirty rice, as well. Sauce is kind of spicy, so I should have gotten slaw to cool things down. Sausage is ok, but brisket is king here
  • Randy S.
    Randy ShumateAugust 25, 2013
    The bbq was the best I've had in houston. If you get there after 12 you may not get any brisket or pulled pork. We arrived after 1230 and missed out but will be back again.
  • Jenn
    JennNovember 16, 2011
    The ribs & brisket are excellent. The ranch beans and hot green bean salad are tasty with a bit of barbecue sauce added. Avoid ordering turkey - it's totally dry. Small cafe, quaint and friendly.
  • Jacob A.
    Jacob AJanuary 4, 2015
    Dear god in heaven this might be the best BBQ in Houston. Ribs fell off the bone, char on the brisket was perfect, and I'm not a fan of sauce at all but DAMN!
  • Redwan H.
    Redwan HuqJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you see a line, expect 50-60 min before you get your food. Calling it in doesn't help. I love this place but the quality-convenience balance is starting to tip...
  • John C.
    John CMay 28, 2013
    Had the fatty (loose) brisket, special deer sausage, and dirty rice. The brisket was tender & moist, but really didn't have any smoke flavor. I'm a big fan of smoke. Service was pleasant and quick.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 15, 2014
    Get a chopped brisket sandwich--this is where all the juice, burnt ends, and extra fat that falls off the slices ends up.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 5, 2011
    It's barbecue, what can you say? The difference is, it's actually good barbecue. Ribs are the way to go. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressOctober 10, 2012
    2012 Best of Houston Winner: Best Barbecue Restaurant. Check out more Houston Press Best of Houston Winners here: http://www.houstonpress.com/bestof/ Or go mobile with the free Best Of app.
  • Houston Chronicle
    Houston ChronicleAugust 3, 2014
    Don't miss: sliced fatty-side brisket sandwich; homemade spicy sausage; pork spare ribs; chopped-brisket stuffed potato; dirty rice; peach cobbler. Read more
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 4, 2014
    Housed in a tiny converted house on 19th Street in the Heights, Gatlin's is a Houston Proud kind of place. Read more
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressMay 31, 2012
    2011 Best of Houston Winner: Best Barbecue Restaurant. Check out more Houston Press Best of Houston Winners here: http://bit.ly/JCaGyR Or go mobile with the free Best Of app.
  • John B.
    John BoydMarch 30, 2013
    The doors open at 11a, so plan on getting here by 10:45a to get a good spot in line. Come late; go home hungry.
  • David C.
    David CintronAugust 16, 2014
    One of my fav places for BBQ in #HTX. Mary is so sweet. Also fmr Pres Bush approves.
  • Jake F.
    Jake FochettaJune 10, 2013
    Can't really go wrong. Brisket and ribs seemed best. Dirty rice was good too. Tiny little place so you may have to sit outside.
  • Nicholas T.
    Nicholas TorresAugust 4, 2013
    My god... Get the two meat. Ribs and baby back back ribs are the best.. Their potato salad go hard!
  • David C.
    David CintronApril 7, 2012
    Everything here is good. Mary is real nice. I love this place. I could eat here a lot if I lived closer.
  • Kristina C.
    Kristina CazarezMarch 26, 2013
    Great pulled pork sandwich! Nice big bun leaves zero messy hands! :)
  • Jeff N.
    Jeff NOctober 1, 2014
    Best BBQ in Houston! Long lines, order ahead for to-go and you'll still be waiting.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressJanuary 27, 2011
    2010 Best of Houston® Winner: Best Barbecue Restaurant: To reinforce that homey feeling, be sure to get a hug from Mama Gatlin after your meal on your way out the door!
  • Lee M.
    Lee McKinneyApril 24, 2014
    Call your order in over the phone and you can cut in front of the huge line of people waiting to order.
  • Justin D.
    Justin DawJune 7, 2012
    Best BBQ I've found in Houston, hands down. Maybe best in Texas. I love the pulled pork.
  • Batiste K.
    Batiste KevinSeptember 23, 2014
    This BBQ joint is the best in town. Dry rub spare ribs awesome.
  • Candice S.
    Candice SimpsonAugust 25, 2013
    This place is amazing. The green beans are a bit spicy. Love it.
  • Joshua J.
    Joshua JagnananSeptember 22, 2012
    Great Houston BBQ. Amazing service too.! Super nice family. Get there early before they run out!
  • Russ U.
    Russ UNTMarch 22, 2016
    Bring cash and get there early or it will sell out
  • Joe M.
    Joe MuscaraOctober 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Haven't had a bad dish here yet! Sliced brisket, chopped brisket, and pulled pork are all amazing.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeJune 1, 2014
    Brisket and ribs: the legit combo
  • Kat K.
    Kat KeeterOctober 28, 2011
    Get the ribs or brisket!! And get some extra BBQ sauce. So good!!
  • Rene P.
    Rene PenaOctober 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ribs... just get the ribs and you'll understand.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeJune 1, 2014
    The chicken is just ok. A little dry unless you dunk it in sauce.
  • christine V.
    christine VuuSeptember 27, 2012
    peach tea is yummy ! be there early all the good desserts go quick!
  • Blake .
    Blake 👈October 1, 2013
    Best Barbeque in Houston. Come early before they run out!
  • Kristi C.
    Kristi ChenowethJuly 7, 2012
    Ribs (the brisket is awesome too)
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanSeptember 28, 2012
    Best of Houston 2012 - Food & Drink - Best Barbeque
  • Mike B.
    Mike B.July 11, 2013
    Get there early! Amazing ribs.
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MitchellApril 17, 2013
    Get there early as they will run out of food towards the end :(
  • Grant H.
    Grant HesterNovember 26, 2013
    Awesome fall off the bone Ribs!!!!
  • Gracie K.
    Gracie K.July 5, 2013
    Don't go hungry. Potato was dry. Bread pudding made up for it. BBQ good too. 45 min wait was a bummer but expected.
  • Jahi A.
    Jahi AdamsJanuary 24, 2012
    Check out the LilyRose Cupcakes, they're the best!
  • Oliver G.
    Oliver G.July 10, 2011
    I'm not usually a dessert person, but the peach cobbler with ice cream is delicious.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 20, 2012
    Best of Houston 2011 - Top 10 Barbecue Joints - #1
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 14, 2012
    Houston Press We Love Food - favorite Houston dishes - Ribs
  • Houston Chronicle
    Houston ChronicleAugust 3, 2014
    Inside track: As at Corkscrew, prepare to wait with grace. Read more
  • Ricardo G.
    Ricardo Glez.December 25, 2014
    Ribs are just amazing!!!
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanMay 15, 2012
    Houston Press 2011 - Top Mom & Pop restaurants - #3
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanSeptember 12, 2012
    Houston Press 2012 Favorite Dishes - Ribs
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MarfoneAugust 21, 2013
    Awesome BBQ. Favorite in texas
  • Jennifer O.
    Jennifer OMay 19, 2012
    Been waiting about 25 minutes for our food. Not sure we will ever come back. Sad given good food reviews. Hate when we try something new and get let down.
  • Josh C.
    Josh ChanJanuary 19, 2013
    Forget the BBQ. Get a tub of dirty rice!!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Grant Gordon, chef of Tony's, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Brisket. Read more
  • Mercedes P.
    Mercedes PangNovember 30, 2013
    Ribs. So good.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RochmanJanuary 29, 2014
    Best BBQ in Houston.
  • Sonia D.
    Sonia DuplechainSeptember 12, 2014
    The ribs are awesome!
  • Jennifer O.
    Jennifer OMay 19, 2012
    Update: 53 minutes to get food. Not told there was a 30 minute wait until we had already been there 20. Never going back. Don't care how good the food is. Staff did not care.
  • Jay J.
    Jay JamesonJuly 1, 2011
    Ribs are fantastic.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanOctober 2, 2011
    Best BBQ restaurants
  • Mary L.
    Mary LarsonJanuary 6, 2014
    Best in town!
  • TJ
    TJNovember 2, 2013
    Do it! Twice!
  • Phil L.
    Phil LakinSeptember 7, 2014
    Brisket. Dirty rice.
  • Jim H.
    Jim HagerNovember 9, 2011
    DAM good BBQ
  • Andres B.
    Andres BernalMarch 13, 2012
    pork ribs.
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