Monday, December 26, 2011
The Swinging Door, Richmond, TX
The Swinging Door is one of the best barbecue places I have ever been to!
Think of The Swinging Door like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Not too hard, not too soft… They strike a sort of balance in several areas that makes them, in my opinion, Just Right.
They are located about 45 minutes (good traffic) from downtown Houston in a stand-alone building on a country road outside of Richmond, TX. Still has a country feel but within a comfortable drive from the city. – Just Right
The restaurant itself is small enough to have a cozy feel but large enough to handle their large number of customers. The place looks and feels like a barbecue restaurant should. Just Right
The barbecue is smoked. This is expected for any Texas barbecue place. The Swinging Door, however, puts a slight twist on this by serving up Pecan-smoked meats. This combination of the expected with something unique, makes it,
They make their own root beer! I like root beer, especially the brews from smaller bottlers. The Swinging Door Root Beer is worth ordering and adds a nice touch to the meal.
Live music on Saturday nights - BBQ, Root Beer, Live music – Makes me want to grab the car keys and go now.
Not too commercial, not too small. Definitely does not feel like a commercial or franchise operation but still has enough indoor seating to accommodate a larger group.
If you are looking for barbecue on the west side of Houston, a trip to the Swinging Door could be,
The Swinging Door
3818 FM359, Richmond, Texas 77406