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“Pit stop”

Woody's Smokehouse Shell
Ranked #2 of 16 Restaurants in Centerville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Pit stop”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

Great stop. I have four kids and they all found something to make them happy. Employees are great. Very friendly and helpful. We stopped in the weekend before Thanksgiving and they were very busy. Parking was a little tight, but worth it. The jerky is great and so were the bathrooms. Would definitely stop again. :)

Thank Traci S
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English first
Modesto, California
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Good Eatin' In Texas!”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

We knew we were in Texas when we saw the gun-shaped smoker outside the store. Yep, nothing less than a smoking gun. Smoke comes out of the barrel as your brisket cooks to a rich, smoky tenderness. John and I were with my sister, Patti, driving north toward Fort Worth. We had decided to look for a place to stop and get a soda, and we got a lot more than we bargained for!

The first thing we saw when we walked in the door was a long cold case with at least a hundred different kinds of jerky, smoked meats and cheeses. Captain Too High of the Gypsy Motorcycle Club was manning the counter.

When he saw me taking a picture of him the action began. “First time here?” he barked.


“Okay, raise your right hand and repeat after me…”

We all obediently raised our right hand. “I, (state your name), do solemnly vow…”

I don’t remember exactly what we solemnly vowed. We were laughing too hard. But it had something to do with telling the world about the best jerky we ever tasted, and that it is to be found here at Woody’s Smokehouse, the self proclaimed Jerky Capital of the World.

Captain Too High handed us each a generous sample of moist tender beef jerky. “Now stay right there,” he warned, hurrying off to a back room.

We stood there chewing our jerky and marveling at the array of choices in the case. The store had much more than jerky and meat. Long shelves were lined with every kind of pickle, jam or jelly you can imagine. Pickled okra, boiled peanuts, and the strangest thing of all - jars of pickled quail eggs. (They told us they have a hard time keeping them in stock.)

Captain Too High returned carrying a huge tray with samples of smoked brisket, buffalo jerky, elk jerky, turkey jerky and who knows what else? It’s a blur in my memory. We tasted them all. Then he gave us samples of smoked swiss cheese and smoked quail breast wrapped in bacon.

As we munched he kept us in fits of laughter, telling us story after story. When we could get a word in edgewise, we complimented him on the taste of their delicious bacon, and he even had a story about that. “Ah was standing here one day and these four big black fellahs walk in the door. They was covered with bling, and they was so tall they had to stoop to get in. Ah was thinkin’ ‘uhoh, what’s this?’ Well one of them hands me a cell phone and says, ‘Somebody wants to talk to you.’”

He went on to tell us the cell phone caller was a very well known rap singer who had tasted Woody’s smoked bacon. He sent his “boys” to pick up 100 pounds wrapped in one pound packages. “He said he never tasted bacon so good in his whole life.”

Neither had we.

After we had eaten the equivalent of a pretty good sized steak – I’m not exaggerating –

Captain Too High urged us to go look at the Wall of Fame at the back of the store. It was a long hallway lined with letters of appreciation, photos of American servicemen and their families, and United States flags that have flown over various military camps and forts.

We found out that this patriotic company sends 4000 packages of jerky to our troops twice a year.

A big sign on the wall proudly proclaimed that we are “One Nation Under God.”

We left Woody’s with the soda we stopped for. We also had packages of jerky to take home as gifts. As we continued north toward Fort Worth we were stuffed with good meat and goodwill. We couldn’t stop laughing and talking about Captain Too High’s stories and shenanigans, and we just felt proud to be Americans.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank PaladiniPotpie
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Houston, Texas, United States
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Gas, food, bathrooms, and a catalogue”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

I recently traveld from Houston to Dallas and saw thagt I needed gas, so I stopped in to this place. Several things stood out. First, the gas was resonably priced. Second, the bathrooms where spacious and clean. Something I was actualy worried about. Third, I was hungry so I bought a BBQ sandwhich and sat at one of the wonderful tables they had and ate. Bread and BBG sauce where provided free of charge, yummy indeed. Fourth, this place sells BBQ sauce and practicaly any kind of jerks one could imagine so KI asked for a catalgue. What I recieved was a catalogue and a free hat, score!!! Please go here if your travaling, its worth a stop.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank Sam779
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Plano, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
152 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great Stop--Nice folks and Good Food”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

I love the idea of this place. There is a huge variety of vegetables, relishes, preserves and cobbler neatly arranged in mason jars. I particularly like the friendly people. About the german sausage, just wonderful. Prices are very reasonable and it is just a homey place. Very happy to arrive at exit 164..

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank O T
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Houston, TX
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“You had me at Hello!”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

I-45 exit 164; no matter from South or North; it has two Woody’s located on each side of highway to serve you!
I visited both Woody’s. The one located at Southbound is older and the one at Northbound is much newer.
My suggestions:
• You just want to use the restroom and get some refreshment; stop by the Northbound.
• You want to sit down and enjoy the sausage and brisket; stop by the Northbound.
• You want to take the best brisket and sausage in town, maybe in the world, go to the Southbound.
• Both stores provide lots homemade items and refreshment for locals and travelers.

1021 W St. Mary, I-45 Southbound:
Don't be fool by its look; the store might look old, it doesn’t provide you dining area but the brisket was juicy, tasty and not much fat. The smoked sausage was seasoning enough that to make you want to try more. I saw fewer customers in this store than the new one. I tried both locations for the same food just want to see the difference; this original Woody's Smokehouse has my vote. Here comes another 2 lbs of brisket for me.

947 W St. Mary, I-45 Northbound:
The store is huge with lots things to choose from. The dining area is super. We had the sausage and brisket. Its self service and bread was provided on the each table. On the way out, we bought additional 2 lbs of brisket home. The Coffee and fountain drink area near the restroom was supper. I made myself a cup of cappuccino at the way I love and only $1.89.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank sweetmarch
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