Brothers Don and Theo Nguyen use their Vietnamese roots to create innovative dishes as well as master the basics at their pop-ups in Houston.
Articles by Daniel Vaughn
Jan 16, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Melted jack cheese, Russian dressing with onions and dill pickle, and a sweet hoagie roll nicely complement the smoky, generous pastrami.
Jan 13, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Harvey Clay has spent much of his adult life introducing the brisket, ribs, and sausage of his youth into smoked-meat deserts.
Jan 9, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus: the most influential Austin restaurants of the last decade.
Jan 7, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
Brian and Julie Wright’s restaurant and coffee shop is giving the community of Harleton a smoked meat education.
Jan 3, 2020 — By Daniel Vaughn
The twice-a-month trailer has brought a whole new class of smoked meats to Cleburne.
Dec 27, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus: Barbecue joints wind up on some impressive year-end (and decade-end) lists.
Dec 20, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
It was the best meal I’ve eaten all year.
Dec 19, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Some of the brisket you’ll find in the Austin of Oregon ranks right up there with top joints in our state.
Dec 13, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
The Seguin barbecue joint is famous for its sausage, but don’t miss this surprisingly affordable sandwich.
Dec 12, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus: Senator Ted Cruz pays off a bet with barbecue.
Dec 11, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
One last supper at the San Antonio barbecue restaurant renewed my appreciation for its legacy.
Dec 4, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
The scion of a Texas barbecue dynasty returns with his fourth smoked-meat venture in the past eight years.
Dec 3, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Forced to close for five months after the devastating storm, the joint’s owners and pitmaster committed to upping the quality of their food.
Nov 27, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus: Central Texas stalwart Terry Black’s Barbecue arrives in Dallas.
Nov 22, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Heim Barbecue’s magically sweet and savory cubes are fast becoming as beloved as bacon.
Nov 21, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Yet with disappointing business at his small-town restaurant, Tom Micklethwait hatches plans for a taco trailer in Austin.
Nov 19, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Morning hours are a natural next step for the Belton Top 50 joint, which already roasts its own coffee beans.
Nov 14, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus: highlights from Texas Monthly’s annual smoked-meat extravaganza in Austin.
Nov 13, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Korean, Tex-Mex, and Vietnamese influences hit the plates at Candente and International Smoke.
Nov 8, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
The new restaurant builds its menu around one of the hottest trends in Texas barbecue.
Nov 7, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
They’re technically klobasniky, but who cares what this Austin trailer calls them when you can enjoy brisket wrapped in sweet dough this delicious?
Nov 4, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Tim Rattray says not enough customers were visiting his San Antonio restaurant, which made the Top 50 twice for its innovative menu.
Nov 1, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
The fast-food chain is using a longtime employee of Sadler’s Smokehouse in Henderson to help sell sandwiches.
Oct 31, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
The Texas Monthly BBQ Festival is this weekend! Eater Austin shared some of their tips for the fest, as well as a few from Pat Sharpe and me. Austinot breaks down the specialties of all thirty barbecue joints that will be in attendance at…
Oct 17, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus, Riscky’s Barbeque in Fort Worth celebrates 92 years in business with 92-cent sandwiches.
Oct 15, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Greg Gatlin’s joint is serving better wings than any of the big chains.
Oct 9, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
A new technique has allowed the Houston joint to begin serving this savory lunch item twice a week.
Oct 8, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
After reluctantly leaving past methods behind, the joint now serves some of the best brisket in Dallas.
Oct 3, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus: Do barbecue joints purposefully keep their lines long as a marketing gimmick?
Oct 3, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Helberg, Guess Family, and Honky Tonk Kid have transformed the local scene and have only gotten better in their new brick-and-mortar homes.
Sep 30, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
At the joint they’ve run since 2001, Charles and JoAnn Thomas offer a great deal for good food.
Sep 26, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
The legacy of Smith McArthur Jr., the man who built the joint from the ground up, is carried on by his children.
Sep 24, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Emilio and Christi Soliz closed their beloved San Antonio joint to join forces with B.R. Anderson in Helotes.
Sep 20, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Local Yocal is a well-known brand in McKinney. Their meat market, Local Yocal Farm to Market, has been a fixture in the suburb northeast of Dallas since it opened in 2010 selling Wagyu beef. The same beef can now be found on the menu of their…
Sep 19, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus: Get your tickets now for November’s Texas Monthly BBQ Fest.
Sep 18, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
The longtime family business will offer special prices and giveaways at a party this weekend.
Sep 13, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Derrick and Kesha Walker have brought phenomenal brisket, rip tips, and sweet potato pie to their old neighborhood.
Sep 11, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Daniel Vaughn welcomes José R. Ralat into the Texas Monthly fold as they chat tortillas, culinary coverage, and what it’s like to have the best jobs in the world.
Sep 10, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
And there’s much on their menu now that Jim and Colleen Buchanan have taken over a beloved restaurant on the island.
Sep 5, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Plus: Your chance to buy an Aaron Franklin backyard smoker.
Sep 5, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Louis and Iris Moreno reopen a beloved, shuttered meat market serving barbacoa, tamales, and a full barbecue menu.
Sep 4, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Mere months after relocating from Whitney, pitmaster Michael Wyont is leaving the business.
Aug 30, 2019 — By Daniel Vaughn
Former Texas state trooper Rick Muniz opted to spend his retirement days living out his dreams in a Katy food trailer.