Deep in the hectic heart of Tel Aviv among the traffic, bustling cafes, and metropolis lies this southern pearl. Coming from Texas ourselves just word of this “so called” Texas BBQ in Tel Aviv in Ramat Hahayal lit up our hungry hearts. We must admit we were pretty skeptical at first, but were surprised to discover this gem in our backyard.
As we first walked in we noticed the atmosphere was a little off beat as the country music was more resembling of the old time classics and less like that of the modern country that you’d most likely hear in the states and in particular, the south. Nevertheless, the service was great and the atmosphere was reminiscent of the bbq joints we so fondly yearn for. With a “Daon’t mess with Texas” sign, wooden benches, Texas shirt wearing staff, the state silhouette throughout, and last, but certainly not least the mouth watering classic bbq aroma of nostalgia, we felt right at home as if we were back in the lone star state. We were so excited walking in that we almost forgot about the food!
Sitting down with our menus we first noticed they had almost all of the options we were hoping for. For the sides there was the familiar mac and cheese, coleslaw, baked potatoes, as well as the unexpected French fries. As far as the bbq there were all the familiar options minus the pork products, but we were informed this would be making its appearance soon. There were reasonable prices from 60-80 NIS, free cornbread with any order,3 difference bbq sauces, a close attempt at the famous Utah fry sauce, and free refills of Texas sweet teas. Yeeeeeeha we were ready to order!
We decided to order sweet tea, brisket, short ribs, smoked chicken, fries, a baked potato, and coleslaw.We loved that our food came on a classic sheet of brown paper like in Texas and that it came pretty timely. As we were fixin’ to eat we unbuckled our belts and finally dug in y’all! Especially delicious, hands down, was the meat and in particular the short rib which was fall of the bone terrific.
We did however, save enough room for dessert. They didn’t have our favorite classic bbq staple, pecan pie, but we settled for the surprisingly good red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. Sadly there was no room for the milk and cookies that were also an option.
Aside from the Israeli tasting pickles, and lack of our favorite Texas beers there were no complaints and just dirty fingers to lick.We sit idly by waiting for our next visit to our home away from home.
Average Price:60-80 NIS
Address: Habarzel 7
Hours: Sunday-Saturday 12PM-11PM
This blog post was guest written by two close friends of the blog Alon and Shira. Alon grew up in Haifa, Israel but lived in Houston, Texas for a few years. Alon currently studies at Ben Guiron University in Beer Sheva. Shira is a true home grown Texan who made aliyah over two years ago and is living and studying in Tel Aviv.