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“Great brisket in Goodyear”

Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q
Ranked #1 of 142 Restaurants in Goodyear
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue
Description: Just north of San Antonio, at the edge of the Texas Hill Country, sits the small community of Leon Springs. Founded in the 1800s by Max Aue, Leon Spring's cityscape changed when Max's son, Rudolph, opened a one-stop gas station, garage, and grocery store. Bar-B-Q was added to the operation in 1989, and Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q has been serving up tasty food ever since. The same original recipes that built Rudy's Leon Springs' reputation are now available throughout the Southwest. Our pits are 100% wood fired with oak, a slower burning wood than the mesquite used by others. Along with time and oak, we cook with a dry spice that ensures each plate of Rudy's Bar-B-Q is perfectly ready for you. Apply some of our famous "Sause" and dinner is served.
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Description: Just north of San Antonio, at the edge of the Texas Hill Country, sits the small community of Leon Springs. Founded in the 1800s by Max Aue, Leon Spring's cityscape changed when Max's son, Rudolph, opened a one-stop gas station, garage, and grocery store. Bar-B-Q was added to the operation in 1989, and Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q has been serving up tasty food ever since. The same original recipes that built Rudy's Leon Springs' reputation are now available throughout the Southwest. Our pits are 100% wood fired with oak, a slower burning wood than the mesquite used by others. Along with time and oak, we cook with a dry spice that ensures each plate of Rudy's Bar-B-Q is perfectly ready for you. Apply some of our famous "Sause" and dinner is served.
Reviewed July 22, 2014

Finally a very good barbecue place without the drenching of bbq sauce! Smoke is what it's all about at Rudy's. This is some of the best brisket I have had in many years. You'll get a choice of lean or wet, though I could hardly tell the difference as the 'wet' was very lean (the leanest brisket I have had. Hope it's not a fluke because I plan on going back very soon). The pulled pork was very good, as well as the turkey and chicken. (Didn't try the ribs, but will next time)
Coming here is like having a picnic indoors. You'll order at a window, then pick up. There are long tables instead of many individual ones, however there are separate booths. You'll have a choice of spicy or not as spicy bbq sauce to add as much as desired. The cole slaw and potato salad are decent; nothing outstanding. They offer white or wheat bread if you want to make your own sammie. (I was hoping for corn muffins, but only bread is offered.) Pickles, onions, jalepenos, and sweet peppers are also available on the side at no charge.
If you want good smoked meat at very good prices this is the place to go. We ordered ours to take home, and for $53 fed 5 of us with enough leftovers for lunch the next day.
It's very busy and there is a wait on weekends and prime times during the day so schedule properly and enjoy!

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Reviewed July 21, 2014

Went to Rudy's for takeout brisket.
We had eaten at one in El Paso prior and it was great, meat was very tender and moist.
This location near Phoenix is new only open 45 days or so, so maybe it was just not broken in yet. Brisket was tough, wife loved the three bean salad. Ribs, were dry and not up to what I would expect. Overall not sure If we would return, if your ever near Cardinal Stadium in Glendale AZ-try Shane's Rib Shack at Westgate Mall
much better.

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Reviewed July 13, 2014

We went to Rudy's with 4 of our friends Friday evening at 6:30. There was a long line but it moved along pretty well.
I had the Moist Brisket and the Green Chili stew. Both were pretty good. My wife had the Chop Brisket and Creamed Corn both of which she thought were good. One of our friends had the Ribs which he said were tender but lacked any smoked flavor. We were all suprised at this since you can really smell the smoke as you walk from the parking lot to the entrance.
Everyone thought the food was good but maybe not the best barbeque they'd ever had.

Thank Rick H
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

A friend and I stopped at Rudy's to try it out since it had recently opened and seemed always busy. It was the lunch hour so the place was very crowded. We stood in the line to order our food at the counter. There were big metal bins full of bottled drinks so you could pick your own or you could get a cup at the counter and fill your own iced tea or soda at a drink area. If you wanted a dessert or side, you could select your own out of a cooler as you got closer to the counter to order your food. I ordered a turkey sandwich and a friend ordered the beef. You are given your food very quickly while standing at the counter. It's placed on a tray and off you go to fill your drink cups and find your seats at picnic style tables. The sandwiches were nothing special. The table has the sauces on them so you can select your own BBQ sauce to add to your sandwich. The turkey was good and my friend proclaimed her beef to be good also but we've had better. It's not a place I would go out of my way to eat at again but if circumstances required me to eat there, I would do so. It's not bad - just average.

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1  Thank Tbisca
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Reviewed June 19, 2014

The "you only get one chance to make a great first impression" adage comes to mind especially considering we made our first visit to this growing chain restaurant during its grand opening week. The desire for a good bar-b-q place in the Phoenix area was evident in the waiting line extending out the door in triple digit temperature but the conversations at our communal family picnic table seating was unanimous in that the food was mediocre at best. Our first clue should have been that for a self-proclaimed Texas style pit bar-b-q establishment serving literally hundreds of customers in a barn-like minimalistic decor restaurant no one could smell that familiar wafting of slow smoked meats permeating in the air...none! The overall concept of this restaurant is a semi-fast-food order at the counter and proceed to seat yourself and eat your meat selection off of a sheet of butcher paper with slices of bread and plastic utensils kind of place. Everything is served a la carte with meats sold by weight with prices set by the half pound. While you're waiting in line you can pick up a variety of bottled soft drinks or beers that are being chilled in stainless steel iced tanks along the route and then as you pass a cooler cabinet you can pick up any desired "cold sides" such as coleslaw or potato salad by the individual, pint or quart size. Once at the ordering counter you can place your entry order and your meat selection is called out and sliced before your eyes and placed on paper to be weighed. You can also order your hot side selections, (i.e., pinto beans, corn on the cob, green chili stew, etc.). At this point all is piled into a large plastic reusable tray and you then pay. Our foursome ordered the brisket (moist), brisket (lean), turkey breast, pulled pork, green chili stew, coleslaw, pinto beans, along with the provided cheap store bought white and/or wheat bread. Yes, I'm being critical of the bread because the menu states it to be "fresh bread" not the cheapest packaged bread that can be bought at any retail supermarket. If you are going to call something "fresh" in a restaurant it really should be "fresh" as in made on premises. As for the main attraction (i.e., the meat) the brisket (moist) was so fatty that it was really inedible while the brisket (lean) was as described but not all that tender. The turkey and pulled pork were tender as one would expect, but all were tasteless...what "smokey" flavor one would expect seemed to come from the use of liquid smoke...not slow pit roasted natural flavoring. As for the sides, the pinto beans were good but the coleslaw was not at all creamy and in fact rather dry and all you could taste in the green chili stew was the green chili although supposedly there was some sort of meat in it but no one could tell exactly what meat was used. As for the bar-b-q sauces, two flavors are provided at the table...a sweet or spicy, each served in a liquor bottle with a liquor bottle pour spout that is guaranteed to wear you out while trying to get the sauce to pour out of the bottle...ridiculous! While this restaurant is reasonably priced, save your money...sad to say, but, it's just not worth it!

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