<div><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JqIxWyISK58/UCfw4nG3QsI/AAAAAAAAI5o/nFxDJmO57k0/s1600/Mr.+Wills+BBQ+01.JPG"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JqIxWyISK58/UCfw4nG3QsI/AAAAAAAAI5o/nFxDJmO57k0/s200/Mr.+Wills+BBQ+01.JPG" width="149"></a></div><br><div><span>NACOGDOCHES: Mr. Will's Restaurant </span></div><div><span>3406 Center Hwy </span></div><div><span>Nacogdoches, TX 75961 </span></div><div><span>936-569-1827 </span></div><span>Open M-F 10-8, Sat 8-8, Sun 8-3</span><br><br>Maybe the addition of the fresh baked biscuit in the container of barbecue was because we were visiting in the in-between meal hour of 10:00am, or maybe they just felt bad for the inattentive service. I walked around the front counter whistling and stomping as loud as I could while peeking into the kitchen doors hoping for someone to catch a glimpse of a potential customer. A full ten minutes and time for a bathroom break elapsed before someone came out to take our order. <br><br><div><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-W1BbjGpco-k/UCfwnlBUCSI/AAAAAAAAI5E/udZx7HqiFRU/s1600/Mr.+Wills+BBQ+03.JPG"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-W1BbjGpco-k/UCfwnlBUCSI/AAAAAAAAI5E/udZx7HqiFRU/s400/Mr.+Wills+BBQ+03.JPG" width="400"></a></div><br>We took the combo plate of brisket and ribs to the car trunk where we learned the beauty of a brisket and biscuit sandwich in the morning. Without the help of the buttery bun, the brisket didn't hold up as well. In fact it didn't really hold together at all. It was smoked the day previous, and because of the well rendered fat left on the meat you could still taste that smoke. The meat itself fell into small bits that would have made for fine saucy chopped beef, but weren't great on their own. The day-old ribs didn't fare well either. The meat had decent flavor, but was dried out and still quite chewy with a poorly formed crust from a powdery rub applied too heavily. Both beef and pork may have even been good if fresh, so I'd advise coming later in the day. It may have been a filling breakfast, but that biscuit did most of the work.<br><br>Rating **

Beaver’s Ice House, in Houston, has gone blue with a vengeance. You know Beaver’s, right, it’s Monica Pope’s retro-mod barbecue joint. Seems that the girl has thrown political neutrality to the four winds and is having what she calls “Blue State Tuesdays” there every Tuesday evening from now until election day. (That’s brave, considering that Texas was a red state the last time I checked.) Beaver’s will sell Blue Agave Margs and Blue Moon Beer and happy hour snacks and will put blues on the sound system. Plus, she’s invited blogger Bill Large to be there, as kind of an emcee, I guess. It’s a chance for blue-minded people to get together. Check it out–Tuesdays from 5 to 7 at 2310 Decatur at Sawyer, just south of Washington Avenue. And, hey, if you hear of a comparable red state happy hour, I’ll give it equal time. I just thought this sounded fun.