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Pictures of Goode Company Texas BBQ, Katy Freeway, Houston ~ A Feast for Kings or Cowboys
Generally speaking, meat lovers relish a good plate of barbecue with all the fixin's to accompany one's choice or choices of meats. For those people fortunate enough to be living in or passing through Houston, Texas there is a noteworthy small chain of restaurants originated by owner and entrepreneur Jim Goode that have grateful patrons of his barbecue locations smacking their lips with gusto and returning often for his finger-lickin' mesquite smoked and grilled items on the menu. Whether a king, cowboy or city slicker.....this is a meeting place sure to please everyone!
My husband and I recently stopped in to the Katy Freeway location for one of their delicious sandwiches for a mid day lunch. The full address is 8911 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024. We have been there many times and also to their other barbecue locations on Kirby Drive and the Northwest Freeway.
With my handy small Panasonic digital camera I thought that perhaps you readers might like to see what this particular Texas barbecue place looks like. Many pictures were taken and can credibly refute the perception that shacks are the only places that turn out tasty and succulent brisket, ribs and the like.
The very minute one passes through the etched glass window pane doors the most tantalizing aromas immediately assault one's senses. Then it is decision time!
What to order today? Will it be the hand seasoned and mesquite smoked brisket? The fall apart tender and spicy pork or pork ribs? How about the hand crafted sausages...either the Czech sausage or the jalapeño?
Any desire to have some honey-smoked ham? How about some chicken, turkey or duck? Will it be a dinner plate with one or more meats accompanied by a choice of sides?
Is a stuffed baked potato that one wishes to enjoy today topped with the usual choices or perhaps some chopped meat? Or is it a sandwich that one desires?
And the sides...they have many of the usual accompaniments like beans (baked and also jalapeño), coleslaw, potato salad, jambalaya and green beans.
For those who like a bit of extra spice their homemade jalapeno cheese bread offers that extra punch of flavor whether eaten as is or used as a sandwich instead of the more usual type of bun.
The desserts...there are many choices including their famous pecan pie the recipe of which came from Jim Goode's grandmother.
Those of you who regularly follow my posts know that neither my husband nor I are huge dessert eaters so these have not been personally tasted. But I will say that they do look delicious and many people add them to their trays as they progress through the lunch counter type of line.
Goode Co. Barbecue - Katy, Freeway in HoustonClick thumbnail to view full-size
Just on the other side of a glass divide one watches one's meals being assembled.
Want extra sauce? No problem! One can easily direct the food preparer who is slicing or chopping one's meats or dishing up a side dish to add a little extra of this or that to meet one's expectations and desires.
At the end of the line and after paying there are more choices at another bar area filled with sliced jalapeños (I always add more of those), sliced onions, lettuce and pickles, etc. of which you help yourself.
So far you are probably thinking that it seems like many other barbeque places from the description. Correct?
If the enticing aromas and delicious food was all there was that would be good enough or even great. But the physical surroundings of this particular barbeque place (this by no means could be considered a barbeque "joint" or "shack") make it really something special.
How many of you eat Texas barbeque with a spectacular chandelier overhead?
Chandelier at Goode Co. Barbecue, Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas
Rustic and Refined
My husband knew Jim Goode from the days before he ventured into developing this very successful chain of local restaurants which include seafood and Mexican offerings in addition to his barbecue places.
Jim Goode was a commercial artist working for an ad agency which might help explain the care and expertise that went into decorating his restaurants.
Suffice it to say that with his artistic talents combined with culinary prowess, the attention to detail regarding décor in his restaurants does not take a back seat to the flavors of the food offerings.
They are both stellar achievements combining rustic as well as refined elements as one can readily see by looking at the photos of his Katy Freeway Goode Company barbecue location.
Too bad that you cannot smell the wafting aromas of the delicious food. You will just have to use your imagination as you look at these accompanying photos.
Of course if you just feel like you have to taste some of this delicious Texas barbecue, you can always order it to be delivered!
Your home or office may not have that unique Texana décor but at least you can experience some good 'ole Texas flavorings and will know why Goode Co. Barbecue has become one of many Houstonian's favorite barbecue restaurants.
BBQ Emeril Live (re: Goode Co)
To see an example of some of the old nostalgic photos and posters utilized in decorating Goode Co. Barbecue on the Katy Freeway in Houston, Texas take a look below. This is but a sampling of what one would find inside of this restaurant.
Old Western Photos and Posters Used in Goode Co. Barbecue Décor / Katy Freeway Location in Houston, TexasClick thumbnail to view full-size
Levi Goode (Son of Jim Goode) Discusses How the BBQ Restaurants are Decorated.
Saddles, Ropes and Blankets
Liberal use of constructed boxes adorned with colorful woven blankets, saddles and ropes are mounted above many of the wooden booths and tables around the perimeter of the rooms.
It certainly brings back images of cowboys roping cattle and doing the business of herding them, branding them and the like. Combined with the many western type photos the days of the Wild West seem not that far distant.
Mounted Saddles, Etc. Above Some of the Tables and Booths at Goode Co. BarbecueClick thumbnail to view full-size
From fine etched glass windows to bronze sculpture to a carved wooden Indian and even a silver saddle...that and more is on view and makes for an eclectic but very interesting décor inside of Goode Co. Barbecue. Have a look at these photos which follow.
Other décor inside of Goode Co. Barbecue on the Katy Freeway in Houston, TexasClick thumbnail to view full-size
Prior to entering the back room of Goode Co. Barbecue one passes between two beautifully rendered American Indian carvings attached to the support columns. This is a beautiful feature just one of many such things within this restaurant which sets it apart from numerous others serving up Texas barbecue.
Homage to Texas Statesmen
The risers on the steps going up to the top floor give homage to many important statesmen and people important to the history of Texas in one way or another.
Birth and death dates are below the names of such people as David Crockett who is probably best known for his valiant fight at the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.
Others include such luminaries like James Bowie, William Barrett Travis and Sam Houston (the latter of whom was the first President of the Republic of Texas).
Climbing the steps and looking at these names which are memorialized is a very special token to their importance and what they each achieved with their lives when they were alive.
Stairs Inside of Goode Co. Barbecue / Katy Freeway in HoustonClick thumbnail to view full-size
Hopefully these pictures and descriptions of what there is to see inside of Goode Co. Barbecue located on the Katy Freeway in Houston, Texas will entice you to visit and order some great tasting Texas barbecue if you are ever passing through this city.
Note: One does not have to have a horse, spurs or even a cowboy hat to feel comfortable here. The food and décor make this place truly a feast for kings, cowboys or anyone in between which includes most of us. So just saddle up your appetite and we will be seeing you there!
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© 2011 Peggy Woods