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ssweeney's Review of The Swinging Door | "Show us your pits"

...saying that labor costs can be held down by not having it cooked slowly over a wood fire by a sullen man with a squint was like saying that a symphony orchestra would be cheaper without the violins.

— Calvin Trillin

Feeding a Yen

ssweeney's Review of The Swinging Door

  • Brisket: Good bark and smoke ring. Firm & lean; doesn't pull apart as easily as it should. A little tough.
  • Quotable: 'This beer is so cold, it'll hurt your teeth when you drink it.'
    -- Wildman
  • Sauce: Tangy with Worchestershire.
  • Sides: PS is creamy with dill. CS is very good with raisins... somewhat sweet. Beans feature chili powder and onions; good but a little strange with the 'Q. Not a good compliment to the rub.
  • Sausage: Good flavor! Although it is near store-bought consistency.
  • Atmosphere: We're back in pecan country again! Pecan grove across the street. Quaint, ranch-style place. Nice folk, but... loses points due to aggie signs featuring a steer with cut horns. Table service.
  • Spare Rib: Great texture. Needs a tug to separate from bone. Really nice blend of smoke/meat.
Main Fare: 
6.5
Other Fare: 
6.9
Atmosphere: 
8