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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