Cotten's is King

Posted on August 20th, 2009

My salivary glands start functioning days ahead of time when one of my favorite restaurants is near my work-related travel destination. This time, the big draw was Joe Cotten's Barbecue in Robstown, about 15 miles north of the legendary King Ranch in Kingsville.
Joe Cotten's is the definition of old school--there are no menus, only a selection of several meaty options offered verbally by the old guys on the wait staff (who all wear charming maroon blazers straight out of 1947). Actually, these are probably the same guys wearing the same jackets from 60 years ago.

The food is absolutely amazing, and the beef brisket--offered in both fatty and lean varieties--is the main draw. It's tender and robust, with a smoky mesquite flavor that's unmatched in other Texas barbecue joints. The sliced pork and succulent sausage are almost as tantalizing.

Keeping with the old-school approach, the meal is served on a sheet of wax paper accompanied by a tangy pickle, whole jalapeno, and fresh hunk of tomato. Not surprisingly, this venerable venue doesn't take credit cards, so be sure to have cash on hand since the prices are about the only thing that have changed at Joe Cotten's since 1947.

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Tim Rhodes - August 29th, 2009 at 7:41 PM
My burgers on the grill this evening were really good, too, and I didn't have to go all the way to Tejas to eat.

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