The website City Traveler bills itself as "a top resource for savvy travelers on a budget".
Their website boasts that they cover towns as diverse as Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston and a handful of other major North American destinations. So when I read they're doing a piece entitled "The Top 12 Texas Barbecue Spots You Have To Visit" I get real interested.
Until I read the article.
Riddled with inaccuracies and laughable to anyone who's ever sat down to eat a plate of barbecue in the great state, I wonder if the author Dan Patterson has ever actually set foot in Texas?
Right off the bat any credibility on the part of Patterson is shoved to the side as he ranks Luling City Market of Houston in the number one spot.
While they may have put out a good plate of meat back when they had legendary pit boss Roy Jeffrey on the fire, those days are long passed.
I'll hand the mic to Robb Walsh on this one as he tears them a new one in his fine article exposing how the company utilized the name and reputation of one of the finest smoke houses in Central Texas; City Market of Luling, to set up shop in Houston and pull the wool over the eyes of the eating public.
Mr. Patterson rambles on for a bit through Houston [ which according to him is in Central Texas ] and of course Lexington before settling down in Lockhart [ ! ] where he describes the lineage of Smitty's, which gets ranked and then goes on to mention "Kruez" yes, "Kruez".
We know spell check can give even the most seasoned writer fits but it's Kreuz. The mammoth barbecue house might not be our favorite but they do deserve the decency of having their name spelled correctly.
Elgin, Houston and Llano are then gone over with varying degrees of accuracy but then City Traveler commits two fatal errors so egregious that they might as well close down shop and never venture into journalism again:
They recommend two barbecue houses that are closed and have been closed for ages.
First they somehow visit Rudy Mikeska's in Taylor which shuttered and is now a Mexican restaurant.
Best quote "Rudy's motto of never turning away anyone hungry continues to this day."
Yes, Rudy, who passed away in 1989, will gladly feed you even though his heirs closed the barbecue business years ago.
And lease the space to another restaurant.
Crosstown Barbecue in Elgin is then trumpeted. It's been closed since 2007, the pit boss passed in 2004 and while it was incredible barbecue in its day, we feel like recommending it to hungry travelers on a budget is not the best idea.
Since it's closed. Like Rudy Mikeskas's.
Here's a link to the original article. It is a depressing little piece of "journalism" that made our hearts heavy the more we read.
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