3510 Ella Blvd.
Houston, TX 77018
There's something quite inviting about this small Heights barbecue joint. Maybe it's the family atmosphere, with multiple members of the Gatlin family contributing in the kitchen. After all, the motto here is "where the secret ingredient is love."
From ribs to brisket, Cajun-style sausage to pulled pork, this place has what it takes to satisfy your 'que cravings. The sides are equally tasty, with everything from homestyle dirty rice to potato salad and baked beans. And you'll want to save a little room for the Southern-style bread pudding.
The restaurant was formerly in a small location in the Heights, but due to popularity moved to a much larger location in Garden Oaks in 2015. There barbecue lovers are lining up to dig in to this quintessential Houston restaurant, decked out in a down home decor of exposed woods and communal tables. There is also a side dining room for private functions that is also used for overflow in the main dining room.
Named one of the 50 best BBQ restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly (2013).