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<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_CleRr46Nh1w/S76dPlyi63I/AAAAAAAACkk/7bLlE-Z_TCY/s1600/Oklahoma+Station+BBQ+01.JPG"><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_CleRr46Nh1w/S76dPlyi63I/AAAAAAAACkk/7bLlE-Z_TCY/s200/Oklahoma+Station+BBQ+01.JPG" alt="" border="0"></a><br><span><span>OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma Station BBQ</span> <span><br>4331 NW 50th St</span> <span><br>Oklahoma City, OK 73112</span> <span><br>405-947-7277</span> <span><br>Open M-Sat 11-9, Sun 11-4</span></span><br><br>When the first thing they do after you order the brisket is slice it, then meticulously cut off all of the fat AND the bark, you wonder why they bothered smoking it in the first place. Oh wait, did they really smoke it? The meat was barely passable for good roast beef.<br><br><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_CleRr46Nh1w/S76db9BCT7I/AAAAAAAACks/zAHv73rlrHY/s1600/Oklahoma+Station+BBQ+02.jpg"><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_CleRr46Nh1w/S76db9BCT7I/AAAAAAAACks/zAHv73rlrHY/s400/Oklahoma+Station+BBQ+02.jpg" alt="" border="0"></a><br><br>Ribs had a nice crust with plenty of seasoning, but they too lacked smoke. The meat had good texture with plenty of moisture and no fat. The sides were self serve, and the slaw and okra were both great. Sure, the ribs were decent and the sides were fine, but that brisket was an abomination.<br><br>Rating **<br><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/46/501078/restaurant/Suburban-Northside/Oklahoma-Station-BBQ-Oklahoma-City"><img alt="Oklahoma Station BBQ on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/501078/minilogo.gif"></a>

When your aggravatingly hip friends brag, “Ooooh, we just ate at Boeuf and Stuff, and it’s soooooooooo fabulous,” resist the urge to shove them into a large, steaming vat of creme brulee. Instead, get up to speed your own clueless self.  If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, hire Texas Toast Culinary Tours to lead you around by the hand.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to confess that Texas Toast co-founder June Naylor is a big friend of mine. But that’s also why I know that her tours will be great. (She’s a restaurant critic and cookbook author.) The Toast’s culinary excursions come in several lengths (short, medium, and long) and sizes (personal, small-group, and bus-size). It depends on what you want.  To dip your toe in the water, try the Seventh Street Shuffle, in Fort Worth, on November 17. Starting at 6:30 p.m., tourees will visit three restaurants  for noshes and drinks, for $75 per person. (Think of it as a progressive dinner/cocktail hour.) If you like it, watch the web site for other, more-extensive Texas-wide tours now being planned, focusing on wine 101; barbecue & beer; food, wine & art;  and much more. Sounds like fun to me.