First things first... The menu. If Cal himself hadn't translated it for me, I wouldn't have understood. He said this was a "catering menu". I wondered how many people who walk in to order lunch are secretly wanting to cater an event? The place needs a menu that says Plates - One Meat, Two Meat, etc. with two sides = X price. Instead, I have to determine how many ounces of this or that I want and figure out what comes with what. Cal...it's just too complicated. Print up a catering menu for your catering people. This is Kerrville, TX, not Sedona...people like it simple.
I had the Prime Rib and it couldn't have been better. I'm glad to see a BBQ place have something a bit different. The potato salad...it was ok (barely), not near enough mustard for my taste - I'll pass next time, PLUS it's $2 for a scoop.
Cole Slaw - excellent, this ain't no normal cole slaw. Homerun.
Roasted Pepper Soup...incredible, but I found myself wanting "something to chew on". Maybe adding something with some body would help, even if it's just bits of the peppers themselves. Another Homerun.
Pork Butt - Another thing you don't see in BBQ places and again, glad to see something different. It was excellent. Tender and flavorful. Homerun.
The ribs...well, they were ok. These aren't your standard Texas pork ribs. They have a different look and while tasted pretty good, they aren't "brown and smoky" enough for my taste. Cal says he wraps them while cooking at 225 then unwraps for some time at the end. I like 'em better when they are cooked unwrapped the entire time. But maybe that's just me. Folks who don't like a lot of smoke flavor and like a more "sanitary" rib will like them.
Desserts - Had the Tootsie Cake and the Banana Pudding. They read better than they taste. Not bad, but I enjoyed reading about them more than I enjoyed eating them. The banana pudding (like the potato salad) just isn't southern style. Not that that's bad...just not my thing. The Tootsie cake...well, it's a coconut cake, nothing special. But then again, I don't look to BBQ places for dessert, so next time I'll just skip that part and get more meat!
Service - Exceptional, personal and friendly.
Location - Sucks. You have to be going there to get there...you won't just pass by and stop in.
Cal reports he has had BBQ places "all over the country" including Sedona, California and Idaho. I never got to ask how he came to Kerrville. But it is apparent from the offerings of the restaurant that his BBQ cooking style is rooted more in places outside of Texas. That's not meant to be a negative, just an observation.
I'm glad to have a BBQ place that does things a little different. And if one is careful with selections, it's easy to have a great meal...IF you can decipher the menu.
I'm looking forward to going again soon!