Saturday, September 12, 2009

Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q

Window decor at Stanley's.  I luv BBQ, too.

It has been a rainy, dreary day. A good day for napping. A good day for wrapping up with a blanket and a good book. A good day for watching old movies on TV.

We didn't do any of those things. We had a road trip. Tyler was our destination. We went to visit Aunt K and celebrate her birthday. We spent the day eating (of course), shopping, and laughing. K picked a great place to eat in Tyler. Although she had attended an event catered by Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, she had yet to eat there in person. It was a quick drive from her place, even in the rain. The parking lot was packed when we got there, but we had to wait in line for only a few minutes before making our way to the counter. The menu was to be expected for a BBQ place -- sandwiches, meat plates, meat by the pound, cobbler. Unexpectedly, Stanley's also had tacos (tilapia, pulled pork, and steak) and tilapia and fajita sandwiches.
The brother-in-law is one of Stanley's signature items.  It includes chopped beef, grilled hot links, and cheese.  I somehow managed to get two helpings of the excellent homemade potato salad.  I was not complaining!  Those are spicy pickles piled on top of my receipt.  Yes, I ate them.  I did not buy the "I ate Stanley's brother-in-law" sticker, but they were available for about a dollar.  
The pulled pork sandwich was loaded with meat.  In the picture you can see that Edie pulled a lot of pork off of her sandwich and still had plenty left.  You may notice that Stanley's does not serve the food on plates. Instead, it was simply served atop a couple of sheets of paper that covered the tray.

We first laughed at the need for a sign like the one shown, but consider yourself warned.  The ice is indeed fast, but just because you know it, does not mean you will be ready. 

If you are hungry for BBQ and find yourself in Tyler, do yourself a favor and head to Stanley's.  You will see why in 2003 and 2008 Texas Monthly named it one of the top fifty BBQ joints in Texas! 

1 comment:

  1. Oh my. That looks delicious. I might need an excuse to go to Tyler...soon!