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The Best BBQ in Texas

Barbecue in all its glory

DALLAS, Texas -- The Fix is en route to sunnier climes for the Thanksgiving holiday (more on that later) but we can't resist taking note of one of the best things about flying through DFW Airport: Cousin's Barbecue.

Cousin's is not your typical airport food; it's one of the best regarded BBQ joints in all of Texas that just happens to have a location in DFW.

For our money, the brisket platter with a side of green beans and macaroni and cheese (or mashed potatoes) washed down with a sweet tea and maybe a little cherry cobbler (when in Rome...) is the best thing Cousin's has going, but we are open to persuasion.

So, if you are ever flying through DFW, do not even think about going anywhere other than Cousin's to eat. Seriously.

While we're on the topic, make sure to check out Calvin Trillin's ode to Texas BBQ in the recent New Yorker (hat tip to Jonathan Martin, a man who knows his way around a smoker) and Texas Monthly's list of the top 50 barbecue joints in the Lonestar State.

Happy eating!

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 26, 2008; 12:57 PM ET
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R3...spoken like a true Carolinian....always pushing that D*** pig....Please....Carolina BBQ is best suited for old people that have no teeth and can mush that chopped up swine...

Posted by: andio76 | November 30, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse





The Clinton administration was anything but the best and brightest -

These are the people who started off claiming they were "policy wonks."

Soon it became apparent they were unable to produce any workable proposals for health care legislation - they produced a deficit-laden plan that had zero chance of passage.

Then they proved even more inept by failing to get support for their own plan.

Incredibly it was all downhill from there: the stage was set for

losing control of Congress,
the budget crisis,
the Monica affair,
the trade deals,
the Chinese money,
the Indonesian money,
the lying in a deposition,
the disbarment of a sitting President.

Do I have to go on?

The Clinton administration was the worst in the 20th century - so much promise and absolutely nothing delivered.

All the while squandering the opportunities which came at the end of the Cold War -

You people can not be serious.

History will lay responsiblity for current economic crisis squarely on the democrats in the 1990s - the money that that DNC and the Clintons took from Wall Street in order to deregulate and repeal the Glass-Steagall Act

OH Hillary did get herself elected to the Senate - coincidence that she was courting Wall Street for her run at the same period of deregulation of Wall Street ???

As history will lay the failure of US Foreign Policy in the Middle East to confront al queda in the 1990s squarely on the Clinton Administration - leading to al queda's increasing boldness until the terrorist attacks in New York.



What this nation needs most is HONESTY - we have way too many partisans spinning their own versions of history so many ways that perhaps even they have deluded themselves.





Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | November 29, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Calling Beef brisket BBQ is blasphamy and anyone who has ever traveled through the Carolinas will agree. Que is made from Pigs and Pigs only. CC, if you ever want to taste BBQ perfection you need to travel about 6 hours from DC to Lexington BBQ in North Carolina. It will make you want to slap your momma.

Posted by: AndyR3 | November 29, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Mark (_in_austin), I make it there only occasionally (last in February--I was expecting a break from Colorado cold but Austin was colder, and rained the whole week!).

Have been there often enough to understand 'Keep Austin Weird' and to eat in those, hmmmm...eclectic? restaurants.

I understand about 37th. Yes, does very little good to try to reason with them (if they were reasonable, wouldn't be necessary in the first place). And by "them" I mean he and the voices in his head.

And a very good Thanksgiving to you too Sir, and to 37th! (hmmm, when near the geographic location designated by O street and 37th, I often eat at Martin's Pub--good Maryland crab cakes and not too expensive by Georgetown standards).

Posted by: malis | November 28, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

The Salt Lick. Dripping Springs, Texas. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: cosmiccanine | November 28, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

This "This boy" 37 sounds like a schizo-paranoid to the nth degree. What ever he's smoking, he needs to STOP!!!!!!

Posted by: asclepious2 | November 28, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Malis, Happy TG -do you ever get to Austin?

StreetCorner has mastered "annoying" with his aggressive spacing coupled with irrelevant copy-pastes. He excused himself during the campaign by claiming to me that he was single-handedly balancing the blog against the paid Obama posters operating out of an undisclosed communications room in Chicago.

I suggest that we pay no attention to him unless he actually posts something on point. Oh, yes - if we report the abusive spacing and copy-pastes WaPo may or may not act, but we will feel better.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 28, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

37th, to finish up, one good thing about your characteristic ‘blank space’—it makes your postings immediately obvious, thus allowing a quick spin of the scroll wheel to bypass your posting without reading anything. I therefore only rarely read a word you write (haven’t observed anything original in months)…think I saw this only because there are so few comments in the string.

One thing continues to puzzle me. Do you actually believe that your incoherent rants—parroted from fringe websites, anonymous emails, and talk radio—have the most remote possibility of actually persuading anyone? If not, why do you continue?

I don’t think you’re entirely uneducable (after all, you did cease the repeated commercial spams for your blog—one of the things triggering my abuse reports), but I find the graffiti of your postings the equivalent of bullet holes in road signs or spray-painted obscenities on a freeway overpass—simple sad vandalism to try to leave some sort of mark on a world you don’t understand.


Back on topic for one last comment. If you ever happen to leave DFW and need to go to Ft. Worth, there's a little place just off the Northern beltway, with the greatest chicken-fried steak ever. Given a single meal, I'll take that chicken-fried steak over the best 'que (but thank heaven I don't have to make that choice!).

Posted by: malis | November 28, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

To continue 37th, for what reason do you advise me to “Read some of the postings here?” What causes you to think I don’t? You are not, of course, alone in your irrational criticisms of that with which you disagree…but you are unique in the degree of your consistent absurdity.

I’ll ask you a question in return. You are the only person here whom I’ve ever reported for abuse—why do you think that is? The answer…with very few exceptions, your primary motivation (lacking in others) seems to be a deep need to deliberately disrupt discourse, to make it more difficult for others to participate in reasoned dialog.

The unique characteristics of your postings demonstrating an objective of purposeful disruption are:

. 1) Trying to co-opt the screen with unneeded blank space (the ten blank lines above and below your postings, extra blank line between each paragraph), making you the only thing visible on the screen and causing the inconvenience of having to repeatedly scroll past these long stretches of null content (of course the nullity isn’t limited to, just characterized by, the blank lines.)

. 2) Multiple repetition of identical value-free, extra-white-space postings; both within a thread and across multiple threads

. 3) Feigning paranoia, consistently accusing anyone who criticizes your methods or (lack of) content of either conspiring to deny you freedom of speech (or violation of your civil rights?), or of being in the payroll of the Obama campaign (by the way, the campaign’s over…you really should try to come to terms with the fact of an Obama Presidency).

While these characteristics occasionally appear in others both on the right and the left, you’re at least an order of magnitude beyond any other regular poster (rufus used to come close, but haven’t heard from him in months). By the way, since you’re about to accuse me of being on Obama’s payroll, my abuse reports have all included full identification of me and my employer, and my home and office telephone numbers; I’ve never been in the employ of any politician (this cycle, not even a volunteer); all facts the Post is free to confirm.

Posted by: malis | November 28, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

37th, so at least you no longer assert that criticism of your silly, content-free postings is an attempt to deprive you of your 1st Amendment rights…that’s progress I suppose (glad I could help in the furtherance of your Constitutional education).

…but…a civil rights violation? Tell me, in what discriminated-against group are you claiming membership? Please don’t attempt to trivialize serious, adult issues by even remotely comparing yourself to a family refused housing because of their religion or sexual orientation; to a woman denied the right to compete for a position because of her gender; to the thousands lynched because of the color of their skin.

Restricting your freedom of speech? In what way? I love an America in which even your illogical, unoriginal, specious ramblings are allowed a position in the marketplace of ideas. Do not, however, confuse your simple disappointment in others weighing your contributions and finding them lacking, with an effort to restrict your freedom of speech.

You are free to broadcast your rantings, your figurative howling at the moon, across society in any way you can. Because of the 1st Amendment, no one is going to arrest you for that; no government goons are looking to rough you up because of the content of your speech (unlike many places in the world today).

But…your freedom to speak does not come with a corresponding right to force others to listen. It specifically does not include any right to force a private party, such as the Post, to provide a forum for your absurdities.

Posted by: malis | November 28, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

37 & 0 you must be oneof the biggest morons on the internet. Why do you think this group of terrorists tht hit Mumbai is so well-trained and professional? Becuase they have had 8 years of being ignored by Bush while we were mired in Iraq. They are coming out now because they now Obama will crack down on them once he is in power. This is what happens because we refused to get tough with Mushareff.

How many more people have to die before you realize that this came about because of Dick Cheney's policies?

Posted by: drindl | November 28, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse





The world is a dangerous place - I know all you Obamaniacs are all happy right now - however the Presidency is no place for an inexperience untested person who has no defense experience and no foreign policy experience.

You all should be ashamed of yourselves for being so irresponsible with your votes.

145 people are now dead. The Kashmiri Muslims decided that they wanted their issues front and center so they decided to test Obama before he got into office - other terrorist groups are lining up to test Obama next.

Al Queda can't wait to attack - just to see if Obama will "cut and run" from the region.

Russia, France, Venezuela and China are waiting for their chance too to push the limites - all set-up by the irresponsible latte liberals. HOW MANY MORE PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE BEFORE YOU REALIZE THAT AN EXPERIENCED TOUGH PERSON WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER ???





Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | November 28, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

As for Bar-BQ I invite the Fix to the great Texas Bar-BQ tour in Austin. We can head down to Lockhart, Elgin and Llano. One of the few things I agree with Bush about is the quality of Cooper's Bar-BQ in Llano. The fix can warm up for a few days of overeating at the Austin airport with some Salt Lick Bar-BQ. I am sure Mark-in-Austin will join us. PS We will have to save a day for Tex-Mex.

Posted by: bradcpa | November 28, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

As for 37thandOStreetRules comments I should remind him that we have one President at a time and this is still Bush's watch. Obama will take care of business with the tough and smart people like General Jim Jones not the idiots who have us so over extended that we have sit on our thumbs when the Russians invade Georgia.

Posted by: bradcpa | November 28, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse


You are wrong - it is like interstate commerce - a hotel is a private company however if one refuses to serve someone based upon race, it is a civil rights violation.

Again, you are seeking a way to restrict Freedom of Speech.

That makes you UnAmerican at the least. Read some of the postings here.




Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | November 27, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

37th, please tell me where anyone has advocated violating your 1st Amendment rights? The 1st Amendment is binding only on government—saying the government may not abridge your freedom of speech (or of religion, or to assemble with others, or to petition for redress of grievances, or of the press).

Everyone else is free to criticize your lack of facts, logic, and rationality to their hearts' content, without their comments being relevant to the 1st Amendment. Only if they ask the Government to shut you up, are they even getting anywhere near the 1st Amendment (even then, asking that someone else's rights be taken away is not, by itself, a violation of rights).

So, I can advise the Post that they should block your incoherent logorrhea as a service to those of us actually attempting to participate in lucid, coherent discussion of politics. That’s simply my opinion and, since the Post is not a government entity, is entirely unconnected to your Constitutional rights.


Back on topic, I’ve changed planes at DFW probably 100 times. I often stop at Cousin’s…standard order is a Brisket Sandwich and slaw, sauce on the side (point is the smoky taste of that wonderful meat, not the sauce).

Posted by: malis | November 27, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse





To the Posters who call themselves DDAWD, broadwayjoe, SeanC1 and DrainYou:


The Washington Post fought one of the most famous Free Speech battles ever against the Nixon Administration over the Pentagon Papers.

I will characterize your postings as this: an attempted conspiracy to RESTRICT THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH OF US CITIZENS.

The Nixon Administration would be proud the the Obama people have adopted these tactics, first at the Daily Kos, and now here on this blog.

One other note: the conspiracy you are attempting to engage in - which is based on THE CONTENT OF ONE'S SPEECH - should be viewed as a VIOLATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS ACTS.

In intimidation, harassment of other posters whose views you do not like - hmmm - some of this is being paid for - PAID BLOGGERS have been instructed to hit the 'report abuse" button based on the CONTENT OF ONE'S SPEECH NOT ANY REAL VIOLATION.

So, we have foreign money coming into the Obama people, unverified by simple software which has been turned off, a flood of questionable money from questionable sources - a flood of money which might be foreign money - of questionable legality - being utilized to restrict the Freedom of Speech of American citizens.

The disgraceful actions began last winter and they continue.





Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | November 27, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse


Attacking other posters is not the topic of the day either - even though you do it all the time - is there anyway we can get you to make your points and leave other posters alone - or throw you off the blog !!!




Posted by: 37thandOStreetRules | November 26, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Not sure where TexasProud1 is coming from, but in Central Texas, Rudy's is the Macaroni Grill of 'cue joints. Serviceable, but hardly worth driving 25 mile to get, like the smokehouses in Lockhart.

Posted by: ponchgarcia | November 26, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

@37th and O: Give it a rest, will ya?

The topic of the day is BBQ. Ad while I generally prefer some eastern Carolina BBQ, I'm not one to turn down good BBQ from anywhere!

Posted by: PeixeGato1 | November 26, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Chris. I will be sure to check it out if I pass through DFW.

Posted by: jameshauser | November 26, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Spent 20 years in Tx, and Cousins is quite Good, about a 8 on a 10 pt. scale...

Some of the little places in Fort Worth and San Antonio are great... and the little towns all have good BBQ..

Pass on the beans and potato salad.. double up on the meat and sauce!!!!

Posted by: spears404 | November 26, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse





Is Obama going to "cut and run" from India now? These terrorists have killed over 90 people attempting to test Obama.

Here's to the Great Latte Liberal Experiment !!!!

Are the Obama people going to comfort the families of the dead ????

Go to the funerals ???

Clearly the Obama people set the stage for this "test" of the inexperienced Obama -

The Obama people naively thought that making such an "affirmative action statement" the world would look at us differently and peace would break out all over the place.

Instead the terrorists can't wait to start to attack and see if they can get the "cut and run" Obama to pull back and allow the terrorists to make gains against American interests internationally.

The terrorists were running through hotels demanding people who had US and British passports.

This is the response of the terrorists to the latte liberals electing the inexperienced Obama.





Posted by: 37thandOStreetRules | November 26, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Texas BBQ--yuk! As a former Texan, I can't figure out why anyone who has eaten Texas BBQ thinks it's good BBQ! It's not so much the BBQ meat tastes bad--it's nasty sauce.

Posted by: txgall | November 26, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Cousins throws down some good beef brisket and a pretty decent cobbler. Nice to see a northerner who knows his Texas bbq.

Bon appetit, y'all.

Posted by: vinnyminchillo | November 26, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

My mouth is already salivating, though the top 50 list left off Rudy's barbeque, which has to be near the top

Posted by: TexasProud1 | November 26, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

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