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Atmosphere in a BBQ restaurant part 2: Loco Coyote in Glen Rose TX and Spring Creek in Arlington TX

Is this the optimum location for a good bbq restaurant?
Is this the optimum location for a good bbq restaurant?
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How important is atmosphere in a barbecue restaurant? Does a bare bones facility highlight the quality of the food or detract from it? Is the atmosphere more important than the quality of the food?

Loco Coyote: a case for dilapidated
Many bbq aficionados claim that the more broken down the building, the more remote the location, the better the barbeque. Loco Coyote, outside of Glen Rose TX, exists in a building which appears to have been abandoned after it was no longer useful for housing lawnmowers and rakes. Inside, diners are greeted by wooden tables, dim lighting and dirt floors. If the indoor seating fills up, customers must sit outside which is only appealing if the weather is neither cold nor hot. Does this minimal comfort setting somehow make the food taste better? Something about Loco Coyote attracts customers because when I visited last year, I had to wait 20 minutes at 2 o’clock on a cold Saturday afternoon for an inside table.

Spring Creek: a case for tidy
How about a barbecue restaurant in a clean, well kept building? Spring Creek Barbecue restaurants reside in brick buildings that are decorated inside and out with red, white and blue banners. Loyal customers bring their kids to eat bbq here because they remember eating at Spring Creek when they were kids. Some old-timers claim the quality of the barbecue has declined in recent years. Yet Spring creek remains intensely popular. Are the decorations and the traditions more important to these diners than the food?

What is the most important aspect of a good barbecue restaurant? Is it atmosphere? Is it quality food? Is it friendly service or something else? Leave a comment below to cast your vote.

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  • AJ 5 years ago

    Actually at Loco Coyote, it was the original Hammond's BBQ started by the owners father in 1965. The building is a historic landmark. It was moved to town in 86 then sold in 97. The owner opened this back up and put in his fathers bbq again in the original building in memory of his father that passed away. The business is not from the decor or even service, it's the name HAMMOND that draws the crowds. The flavor and not to mention the VALUE. You leave full and then some. You were lucky with your 20 minute wait. In the summer, a table can go for 3 hours. I guess it's how you look at it. Someone like you that can't stand to wait should not eat there. I do believe that there is a huge sign that says, if you are in a hurry you are in the wrong place.

    Know you know a little more about the place

    Thank You!

  • bbq hound 5 years ago

    i feel sorry for you people in the city because you dont know what living is. when you go to the loco coyote not only are you getting best food in the world you think you are in the hill the writer of this story if you are in such a big ass hurry stay the hell in that concrete asphalt infested place you call home and go to 7 11 and get you a hotdog. but you probaly would have something to bitch about there too. bbq hound out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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