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Railhead Smokehouse

When Charlie Geren opened Railhead Smokehouse in Fort Worth, he had already failed at his previous attempt at the restaurant business. Geren said he had just “lost his ass” in a “steak and beer joint” in north Fort Worth, but decided to partner with a pitmaster friend, Harry Pilcher, to take over an empty beer barn. Thirty years later, Railhead is still a Fort Worth staple, and the spot where Geren gets lunch everyday when he’s in Fort Worth.

Geren said he’s staying away from carbs, so his lunch yesterday was a smoked chicken breast with jalapeños and mustard, but no barbecue sauce. The yellow mustard seems to be a condiment specific to Fort Worth barbecue. A sandwich “all the way” at Railhead means dill pickles, diced onions, yellow mustard, and barbecue sauce which works great on their smoked salami, another Fort Worth barbecue signature.

City: Fort Worth

Cuisine:

Method: Hickory in a wood-fired rotisserie

Price: $

Rating: ★★

Address: 2900 Montgomery, Fort Worth, TX, 76107

Hours: M-Sat 11-9, Sun 11-8

Phone: (817) 738-9808

Website: www.railheadsmokehouse.com

Year Opened: 1986

Last updated: May 3, 2013