The new barbecue joint brings the taste of Texas to Clintonville. Hank’s Texas BBQ opened last month at N. High St. 2941, the former mansion of Old Skool.
For beginners, Texas barbecue is all about brisket. The owner, Brad Hawk Rider, says. Memphis and St. Louis have ribs, and on the east coast you can eat pulled pork to whole pigs, and in Texas you can eat beef.
Harkrider gives an overview of Hank’s perfect order. That is, the thick side of the brisket with pickled vegetables and white barbecue sauce. This is just one option on the menu that includes pulled pork, sausages, ribs and smoked chicken. Salted, smoked and braised chicken is another highlight, according to Harcrider.
For dinner, there are classic barbecue sides such as macaroni and cheese, spoon cornbread, grilled end beans, collard greens, and vinegar throws, as well as sandwiches and appetizers to start a party. Fried green tomatoes, poutines, rib chips, corn cakes and candy bacon are just a few of the options in the starter category.
To wash it all off, there is a full range of beer, wine and liquor, and the choice of bourbon is increasing.
Harkrider has a lot of experience in the industry, but before Hank’s, barbecue was a family entertainment hobby.
J Liu’s longtime chef, Asian fusion cuisine, didn’t have many barbecue opportunities. (Hark Rider won a smoker, but he incorporated it into some special dishes.)
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