Smoke is mysterious, fire is uncertain, and pit men are expensive. So the mystery, uncertainty, and expense of taking the chance to make great barbecue is being replaced by the quantifiable methods of always making pretty good 'cue.

— Jim Shahin

Austin Chronicle

ssweeney's Review of Railhead Smokehouse

Tour: 
  • Beans: Fairly standard pinto-based fare... but they feel as if they are 1000 degrees - OUCH! Must let them cool or risk burning the taste buds off my tongue.
  • Atmosphere: College co-ed hangout by TCU campus. There are some regulars here too, but the college kids are louder. $1.70 schooners. More 'citified' than I like, but overall a comfortable place.
  • Sauce: Almost as good as I remembered. This is an excellent sauce.
  • Spare Rib: Good rib. Nice color, rich meat. Probably not the best they've ever made, but these are darn good.
  • Bologna: Don't bother
  • Salami: Good with sauce
  • Sausage: Mmmm. Flavorful. Good spices with a nice finish! Very good.
  • Brisket: Like this cut! Fatty & lean together in each slice. Good.
  • Atmosphere: College co-ed hangout by TCU campus. There are some regulars here too, but the college kids are louder. $1.70 schooners. More 'citified' than I like, but overall a comfortable place.
Main Fare: 
7.1
Other Fare: 
6.2
Atmosphere: 
6.5