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My friends and I at the Swinging Door

Full disclosure, although I was raised in Houston, I was born in Kansas City, Missouri, which is known for it’s barbecue.  For me, the pinnacle of barbecue will always be Kansas City barbecue.  Even with my limited expectations, I still venture out to Houston barbecue spots from time to time.  Before heading to Braman Winery, we stopped down the street to Swinging Door Barbecue for a birthday dinner.

First rule, when you pull up to a barbecue spot, you should be able to smell it outside. Swinging Door passed this test. Then good barbecue always brings a crowd.  Swinging Door is pretty much in the boonies, but the parking lot was full at 6pm.  Another good sign. My mouth was already watering before walking in.

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Once inside,  at our table, they gave us these simple handwritten menus that were cute and to the point. I loved them. Then our waitress brought out a basket of bread with their signature sauce for the table.  I love soggy white bread dipped in barbecue sauce, so again points for them.  For my entree, I ordered the baked potato with a side of brisket.   Now I know that all the little plastic containers make for a less appetizing picture, but I love that they let ME apply my fixings how I want.  So often when I get a barbecue baked potato it comes with the butter piled on top of the sour cream.  That’s just wrong.  Anywho, I mixed it all together just the way I like it and it was perfect! I tried a friend’s sausage and it was good as well.   Also, I would recommend sharing the bowl of brisket with someone else.  It was enough for my friend and I both to use on our potatoes.

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My cute menu! 

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The Food! 

If I am every out in Richmond again (most likely visiting the winery), I’ll make a point to get another potato to go.