Tis the season for cooking out and for a lot of people, that means throwing some burgers or steaks on the grill. Whether you want to do it yourself, or have someone do it for you, we've got all kinds of beef for you this week.
We're lean on low performers this week, in fact we have none. But we say "well done" to a trio of tops this time. Let's slice into this edition of Food for Thought.
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There's something different in the district and this week they're on top. Smokey River at 1711 Texas gets zero critical violations making them a Food for Thought Top Performer. This family style BBQ restaurant opened two months ago, and owner Bryan Crawford says the menu is made up of all the tastes he, his family and friends wanted, from the sweet and spicy sauce to the complimentary cheesy biscuits to the variety of desserts. "I wanted a lot of desserts because there again I wanted that night time crowd to come to a family oriented business for dessert," says Crawford.
Atmosphere is another key ingredient in this recipe for success--it's a smoke free, alcohol free family restaurant that Bryan says filled an important niche in the Depot District. And the clean-as-you-go policy is a top priority. " The food business is a messy business, whatever you're making, biscuits or brownies or whatever, you get stuff all over the place so it's just a big deal to do the job. Get it cleaned back up and start the next job, it's important to us that we keep it clean. "
Another BBQ joint makes good this week. Long time Lubbock favorite and repeat Top Performer Tom and Bingo's at 3006 34th St. earns another perfect score.
And finally the meat department at Lowe's Marketplace at 5725 19th St. is our next top spot with zero critical violations.