Food is excellent, service great, prices food, line long - should have plates though, not individual times.
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Never having been to Texas before, I was on the hunt pre-trip for places that I wanted to make sure I got to. Rudy's was very close to the hotel I was staying at and after reading other reviews, thought this would be a good place to try. First of all, walking in and smelling the smoke of the BBQ, you wish there was a perfume that you could buy so you could smell it all the time. When I got to the counter, she asked me if I'd been there before and if I knew how to order and when I said no, she turned to the kitchen crew and shouted, "I need a sample plate, I've got a first timer!" Everyone whooped and hollered!! You get to taste the different meats and sides and they are all fabulous. The staff is very accommodating and friendly and the service couldn't be better. This would be a regular haunt if I didn't live thousands of miles away. Eat. Here.
OK. First things first. If you're looking for fancy, look elsewhere. This place is in located at a gas station. That being said, it is a large restaurant with plenty of seating for the crowds. Unfortunately, most of the seating is in an indoor/outdoor area that is "cooled" with a couple dozen wall fans. All seating is on pic-nic tables, some large enough to sit 15-20 people.
Now. Let's eat. Stand in line (you will stand in line for a few minutes). It will take all of 60 seconds to take in the menu...maybe not that long. When you get to the counter, there are 8-10 cashiers to take/fill orders. Brisket, Turkey, Ribs, Sausage and choice of a few sides - that's it. That's all they need! The food is served in butcher paper and they give you another sheet of butcher paper to use as a plate (I told you it wasn't fancy!). A few slices (or more if you want) of loaf bread rounds out the meal and you walk away with your food in a big tray that resembles something you would see holding cases of soft drinks rather than a fast food tray.
So there ya go. Gas station ambiance. Stand in line. Eat in a screened in porch area. Food served on butcher paper.
And then ~ you get to eat. Sweet mother of all things good and holy - what mouth watering, delicious food. I grew up in Memphis and have had good (no, make that GREAT) BBQ most of my life. I've never had better than Rudy's. Honestly. This is some good, finger licking, grab a stack of napkins...and yes..."slap yo Grandma" kinda grub. I had the "moist" brisket and a sausage link, my wife had the lean brisket - all were mouth watering.
Go to Rudy's. Go hungry. Take your time. Enjoy.
Very casual with red checkered tablecloths. BBQ is always good and the creamed corn is a must try. Sause is available for purchase in large and small bottles.
This is by far the best barbecue I had in Texas. It is worth every visit. Beef brisket, spare ribs... I cannot get tired of eating it.