West Texas BBQ Company

SW Michigan Dining

  • 2190 Brooklyn Road
  • Jackson, MI 49203
  • (517) 784-0510
  • Website
  • Menu

I always talk about restaurants on “my list” that I just can never find time to make it to.  For many years now, there has been a BBQ place in Jackson with really odd hours that I’ve just never been able to make work….until now.

Five years ago, Mlive.com did their Michigan’s Best BBQ Tour.  I had been to a couple of the places that had made the Top Ten but not the #1 place.  It’s a place I had heard of prior to Mlive’s tour but the hours always made it difficult to get there.  That was the case for the next five years.

West Texas BBQ Company is on Brooklyn Road south of East South Street just south of the City of Jackson in Summit Township.  The building is an old sign shop that was converted for…

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A Remembrance

The Wine Raconteur

I very seldom stray from the fond memories of wine, but bear with me, as I am today. “Woulda, coulda, shoulda” is an expression that I heard bandied about in my youth and now as I am older and can reflect, the expression is much more meaningful and poignant. To my readers that follow my writings they know that I have a group of characters that I have given nom de plumes and I do this, to maintain their sense of anonymity. My old music teacher from my Junior High School passed away and he really touched a lot more lives than one can imagine. I saw references to some historic films like “Goodbye Mr. Chips” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus” and I can understand why those films were selected. I grew up in a middle-class area of Detroit and back then the city was still more “white” and segregated. I…

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Pig on Stick RIB Kabob in Da PuPu Platter ZUKIN’S Love

I believe the name is Hawai’ian-Chinese in origin. In the Hawai’ian language, it’s a Puu-puu platter where the two consecutive vowels are distinctly pronounced. So Puu-Puu would be pronounced POO-oo POO-oo, like a mumu dress is actually a muu-muu (MOO-oo MOO-oo). It’s been shortened to “pu pu” on many Chinese menus. This also makes me wonder if it originated during or after WWII with all the GI’s going through Hawai’i.
When I was a wee lad I would giggle when we’d go to a Chinese restaurant and the adults would order the pu pu platter (“They serve poo-poo here?” Kid humor!). I think they’re a very American-Chinese offering and a precursor to the current trend of an appetizer sampler platter found in most restaurants these days. 

We have 3 great places downriver to get our PuPu on Zukins in Lincoln Park, Lucky Dragon in Wyandotte n Hawaii Island in Trenton. They both are very good that comes with Jumbo Breaded Shrimp, Spring Roll, Ribs, Chicken Wings and Rib Kebabs at Zukins or Chicken on a stick at Lucky Dragon. The name is really funny to those who hear for the first time and most say YUK. Well let me tell you this Polynesian Treat is a must try that has been around for over 70 years  found first in the Hawaiian Islands and the craving brought home by our troops from WW2

You gonna Love or hate the Rib’s they been making for 42 years now cooked to perfection n fall off the bone tender n succulent, many complain they want smoke flavor well that wont happen here sorry. There method is tried n true craved by thousands of decades long customers which we so Love in out house. Rib Kabob’s make for a super unique treat, yes Pig on a Stick which be chunks of tender Pork battered n deep fried to perfection n slathered with that Open Pit dressed up secret sauce they sell by the gallon that really works on these special treats. Folks drive from dozen of miles away to fill da belly with delight as you will not find these anywhere else, so what you been waiting for.

A must try is the Friday Fish special on the cheap they sell hundreds of the best meal deal downriver for those Fish Lover’s out there, Many selections of Perch, Cod n Catfish along with a Bucket of Rib Kabob’s N a Slab O Ribs with keep your whole house craving much more. Be sure to check out the website n call your order in,,,,    http://zukinsribshack.com/
 
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ZAPIEKANKI the Famous Polish Sandwich,Nalaniski stuffed with Farmers Cheese

How can you not LOVE a place that keeps it real and I do mean the real deal as the family came here from Warsaw Poland in the late 90’s cooking you the very best authentic Polish meals in and around our great state. Now you can get these super Polish outside Ham Town right in downtown Melvindale just a few hundred yards off I-94 which is easy to access from anywhere


Polish soups made fresh along with the breads everyday,,,Dill Pickle be my favorite and the super loaded Farmer’s cheese Perogi’s along with Stuffed Cabbage and City Chicken will always keep you coming back for more I tell you. The Polish combo plate is over loaded with fresh Kielbasa, Pierogi’s, Stuffed Cabbage, Meatball’s, mashed Potato’s and Corn along with fresh daily baked rolls and bread from there very own kitchen.

Two great items on the menu are the unique Polish sandwich called the Zapiekani serve open face loaded with ham,kielbasa,sauteed onions, mushrooms and Swiss cheese, to me one of the very best sandwiches I’ve ever had. The other super delicious goodies in the Farmers Cheese Nalesniki’s which I have topped with with applesauce and sour cream and dusted with Powered Sugar,,,can you just say out of this world YUMMY

The most spotless clean eating spot in the area along with fast friendly service always with a smile will make this a most enjoyable eating experience. The reviews on many site off the chart at 100 percent satisfaction and they don’t place ads or have a Facebook all word of mouth with keeps this place packed with customers most of the time. Now get on down or across town to try this well known eating spot which will put a smile on yo face and in your tummy.http://www.sabinaspolishrestaurant.com/


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Ramen Rookie I Be Pho,Miso,Shoyu,Shio n Red Curry BACON Rice

As a Rookie Ramen eater I be getting a lesson in Japanese meals a big bowl of explosive flavorful broth, veggie n noodle with many more add on’s. Instant  Ramen  was invented  1958 and came to  America in 1971 yes I’ve eating thousands of packs and bowls  not really  having the pleasure of the real deal until now. In Tokyo alone had over 4000 Ramen shops with many unique regional styles I’m proud to have DETROIT Style Ramen.

The hottest dish talked about be the Bacon Rice yep Pork Belly n goodies on top of white rice it works well as a side dish you truly must try. Tried 3 big bowls to date with the Red Curry as the hit that  has be addicted to the  most  crafted broth ever eaten,,,a whole lotta Love goes into brewing this concoction I assure you.
Ramen – Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup that consists of wheat noodles served with pork of other types of meat. The broth is usually tonkotsu (pork bone broth), miso (soy bean) or soy sauce.  Ramen is of Chinese origin and it is unclear when ramen was introduced to Japan. The noodle soup is always served with various toppings from seaweed, corn, boiled egg, garlic and many others.

Finally made the trip for quality bursting with flavor dishes n bowls made with Detroit Love, I truly can see why so busy, easy in fast service this evening, Super Service by Victoria Martin , had the delightful Red Curry WOWED beyond expectations with a explosion of spices. One Japanese Beer very good along the the already Famous Bacon Rice Bowl a unique dish not to be missed. THANKS Jaques n Les for your creative genius on this place, , be back soon to work me way into more menu goodies. — at Johnny Noodle King.

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Bento Box, Sushi, Hot N Sour Asian Mix foe everyone to LOVE

I will say this place has the best Sushi downriver and beyond with super low pricing on those lunch specials,,,,get this 3 Sushi Rolls your pick with soup or salad for $10 that’s 18 nice size flavorful really great Sushi,,,Hell YEA I say and wait there’s so much more,,the Bento Box style meals first time we seen this downriver. The sectioned box is loaded with your many choice that include a main dish, spring or egg roll, one your choice sushi roll and white or fried rice again only $ 10 what a true meal deal here folks.


The unique ambiance as you enter a sit down Sushi Bar,,,yes a true chef working it as you enter and the past the mega fish tanks a pleasant design invited eating area.The lunch specials are plated up 11am -3:30 each day, yes I can say this will be at least a twice per month stop. Many dishes I know nothing about that looked so dam good,,,I’m sure the great server Andrea will school us when we return. Take a look see at the menu posted on this site.Our friend a veggie type person said his Tofu Veggie dish was the very best he’s ever had.


Also tried 2 large soups the Hot & Sour along with the Wonton both very good. My favorite Rooster sauce Sriracha in da house along with tantalizing sauces called the White and Shrimp that I squirted a little on everything. Only one week old and packing them in along with many take outs. This place will make it, inside the old Star Diner, They have priced the menu to our area unlike the place charging $15 for Almond Boneless Chicken. Please stop in look around and get a take out or a pleasant dining experience. A special note this is not fast food,,,all dishes made to order so be patience it’s well worth the wait I assure you.



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Liberati’s Italian Family Crafted Meals to go LOVE

A great place with excellent food at really good prices. Go for deli, bread/rolls, pizza, subs, and anything Italian. Also a lifesaver for a quick lunch (soups, pizza rolls, subs) or a last minute dinner. Their u-bake pizzas are superb and the staff always bends over backwards to make sure you are quickly taken care of. I love this place and hit it whenever I am near Allen Park. Must try the traditional Italian with Double Meat,,,,  now that’s one righteous Sub I tell you


Owners Frank n Nina have put together a talented crew ready to help you decide on your dinner tonight or a fantastic lunch spread. The fast friendly service provides a super selections of meal deals, take n bake Pizza Pies, desserts along with Beer n Wine. Try the Beer bread mix for a special treat along with a dozen Cannolis or those addictive Cinnamon Rolls a favorite of mine.

Really Great Subs,Pizza and Pasta Dishes

Really super bright clean spicy smells are free at this Italian Deli and Bakery. The super selction of old style foods hot and cold with take and bake Pizza along with hot pasta goodies will keep you coming back for more. The subs are super loaded with flavorful meats and cheese on the most freshly make rolls. Don’t miss the mega dessert selection of my favorite is the cannoli’s and chocolate stuffed jumbo roll WOW. Pick up some just baked breads and meats to take home for that mid night snack.
Be sure to LIKE them on Facebook as they provide daily updates on those hot foods also a super website is well well worth a look see.
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Kolbász,Hurka,Szalonna,Szalami n Landjäger GOT MEAT

Kielbasa Joe’s at Oak and 12th in Wyandotte…lots of variety in smoked and fresh..also handmade Pierogi, and imported Polish kraut, peppers, etc.. Joe Chantos started making Kielbasa and Hungarian Sausage when his grandparents died and no substitute could be found for their home-made meats. Soon afterward he quit his day job and now ships the stuff all over. In the community since 1978, this local corner grocer specializes in Hungarian and Polish smoked and fresh Kielbasa, Jerky meat sticks, Klazka, Hurka  made fresh in the store. They also have deli items and a small supply of groceries.


Authentic Hungarian style Kolbasz and many other old school style meats to choose from daily. The LOVE and dedication Joe puts into each recipe will keep you coming back for much more has thousands have done for over 5 decades, also great selection of Pierogi’s and other specialty goods to keep the whole family happy. I so Love the Landjerger fresh sausage along with the fresh Hungarian Sausage which I smoke on the grill low n slow over Cherry wood a must try. You must pay a visit to this hidden gem downriver which folks drive from a hour away and have holiday meats shipped across the nation. 

Check them out on Facebook and Like for updates on special and prices which are lower than those big box stores on your special sausage,,,oh yea try the thick cut Bacon   off the chart great,,,smoked in house as everything is,,,,, YES    SMELLS   ARE   FREE




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Huarache,,Campechanos,Chicharrónos, Barbacoa, Birria n Carnitas

If the shoe fits well in this case Hurache means Sandal yes the shape of the 

Maza dough then topped with your meat choice, mine Chorizo. This family run Super Mercado/ Taquería has made it’s mark in the new SW Detroit Downriver known a Lincoln Park Michigan. With the population of the city near 30 percent Hispanic this place has exploded over the last year opened into the main shopping n eating spot downriver. No need to drive back to Mexican Town this family set up shop from the Barrio to make all the residents happy. The selection and prices are mucho better then those large chains on the mega selection of meats.

I’ve been a regular since opening the Tacos only a Buck each every Tuesday and a Quarter more the rest of the week. The unique Torta sandwhich are a must try along with Carnitas n Barbacoa.

The owners are super friendly with the son runs the meat and restaurant side which is a large dining area with a couple dozen seats. The selection of foods,meats,veggies,sauces, and Mexican Beers are the very Best in all of downriver.




We Love they will make special order as I just had my Gringo Burgers 1.5 lb Chuck, .5 lb Hot Chorizo blended and grilled on the flat top  OH my it be great. They special cut meats and cater for parties along with whole Hogs.

Be sure to sign up for the Los Arcos Club for points that get your cooking items. You must try the Hot Chichanrones on the meat counter sold by the pound made fresh many time per day,,,goes great with your favorite Hot Sauce n Beer




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Vince’s Ristorante Italiano since 1960 Hand Crafted Pasta n Pizza

http://www.vincesdetroit.com/
Italian food as close to homemade as you can get when dining out in Detroit
Paintings of Rome and Venice, and the owner’s hometown of Frosinone, brighten the cheery dining room. With a menu of oh-so-familiar pastas, veal, and chicken dishes from the Italian-American repertoire,The food is unrivaled outside of Italy! The Chicken Marsala is to die for! The pasta is fresh and perfect every time, as is the pizza. Family friendly and warm, friendly, genuine people!

Since a small child my whole family has only eaten Vince’s pizza along with many pasta items, along with a thing called pizza bread beef burger the best sandwich I’ve ever eaten.My favorite Italian restaurant of all time. What is Italian cooking, I say meals prepared with a whole lot of love, where can you get a mother and daughter team creating the most perfect dishes with homemade pastas and sauces. I say bring any in our nations Italian chefs who only supervise a kitchen and the try the magnificent foods at Vince’s. They started in there house just behind the current building and expanded in the 50 years of this true homemade foods place. I’d like to get chef Aldo from that chain to throw-down with Maria on who makes the best pasta and sauces,, she’s hands on everyday. Forget about any negative reviews these people haven’t eaten there for 40 years like me. This family continues to commit to the freshest homemade foods by a mother and daughter team that can not be found in this world today for 50 years, so spend a couple hours and meet them, they don’t hide in the kitchen. They welcome you to be apart of there family and yes it takes a little time to prepared the homemade food when not a chain restaurant.

 No wonder Mohammed Ali, Sinatra and Donald Sutherland sought it out! It’s one of Detroit’s FINEST “semi-secrets”…for over 50 years with the same family!Maria, Lydia, Frank and the staff provide excellent food and service with a smile. treasured memories over many years. The food hails from Sicily (Spicy and robust) and is the best money can by locally. Well worth the visit with safe and secure parking around back. We have never been disappointed. Reservations recommended on the weekends at night




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