Walking into Barbecue Inn is like entering a time machine. It takes you right back to the early 1970s with quirky waitresses who are not about to stand for any silliness. They’ll tell you if you’re acting up – in the nicest way. Generations of Houstonians grew up eating Barbecue Inn’s food. Now they’re bringing their children and grandchildren.
We’ve heard that the barbecue here is good. But we can’t say firsthand. We can’t seem to get out of the habit of ordering the fried chicken. So few places make it from scratch these days. It takes about 25 minutes after you ordered for these bronze beauties to arrive at your table. Barbecue Inn takes their fried chicken seriously. The hand-battered fried shrimp defines good Gulf Coast cooking. The chicken fried steak, which has been written about nationally, is decent enough. Some days are better than others. As for the barbecue, our friend, Calvin, raves about the barbecue sandwich. “Give it a try,” he says. Maybe next time.
The Barbecue Inn opened in 1946. It’s still operated by the same family. Other than the prices, little has changed by the look of the original menu on the wall.