5535 North Gessner
Houston, TX 77041
What started as a burger joint in the mid-1960s and later became a community grocery store is now Virgie’s Bar-B-Que, a tiny but formidable smoke shack off Highway 290.
Adrian Handsborough took over the family-owned business in 2005 and decided to start cooking up barbecue, the way his mom Virgie had taught him. Today, the brisket and ribs and loaded baked potatoes served at Virgie’s are regarded as some of the best in Southeast Texas. The Handsborough family calls their version of the fare “barbecure” inferring that there’s not much these delectable meats can’t fix.
The menu is pretty straightforward, offering brisket, pork ribs and beef links as the meat choices and potato salad, baked beans, green beans and cole slaw for sides. A few sandwiches are also on the list as well as those famous baked potatoes.
Virgie’s also offers catering services.
- Named one of the 50 best BBQ restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly (2013).