I had high expectations for CSS because of the rave reviews in Trip Advisor. Sadly, I can't join in.
(I should mention my standards for comparison: Places in Dallas like Dickey's (where I ate my first BBQ 60 years ago at the origninal Knox/Henderson place), Sonny Bryan's, the late Red Bryan's in Oak Cliff; the Salt Lick near Austin; and many other places around Dallas, Fort Worth and Texas.)
The first disappointment was service. You place your order at a cafeteria-like counter. But even when dining-in, food is delivered in take-out containers and in take-out quantities. How many ribs, how many pounds of beef do you want; a half-pint or pint of beans? You are given a tray and a styrofoam plate; the food is in paper and plastic containers, ready to take home, so you dump the food on the styrofoam plate and sort it out, then collect plastic-ware from dispensers to eat it with. Want water? No tap water available, only house-branded bottled water at $1 ea.
That might be tolerated if the food were outstanding, but it's not. I had pork ribs, sliced brisket, bbq beans and cole slaw. None were memorable. The meat is served without bbq sauce; sauce is in bottles on the tables. I found the regular sauce bland, flavorless. The ribs and brisket were dry, flavor was OK, nothing special. By dry, I mean not juicy. Good ribs are juicy; the meat tends to fall off the bone when picked up. These ribs didn't meet that standard. Beans were bland; cole slaw was OK.
If you need a BBQ fix but can't get to Dickey's in Las Cruces or over to Texas, CCS might suffice until you can..
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