Big on brisket, burgers and barbeque-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
WELL, this fairly new restaurant along A.S Fortuna, Banilad, Mandaue City (right after Cebu Home and Builders Centre if coming from the Banilad area) prides itself in serving up, not only one of the heavier combo meals in town, but also, one of the more authentic tasting smoked beef briskets and barbeques—Texas style.
“Our ribs are done Kansas City style, which is a little sweeter and probably more for the Filipino palate. We leave that in the smoker for about three hours. Our beef brisket is done Texas style, and is smoked for about eight hours. Our chicken takes three hours in the smoker,” shared David Ugarte, the proprietor behind Texas-Rex.
Taking clues from what is already mentioned, the food place has already distanced itself from the competition by utilizing a huge smoker oven to do its meats (US Angus for beef by the way). Since some of its meats have been tossed in the oven ahead of time before store hour operation, customers upon ordering, get their quality barbeque that actually took hours to prepare, in just about 10-15 minutes before serving.
“What we do here is basically like a fast food concept,” David explained further.
Customers upon entering the restaurant place their orders from the counter and take their seat while waiting to be served.
Texas-Rex just launched about three months ago, yet is quickly garnering the favor of westerners who miss “home cooking.” With the flavors the restaurant comes up with, it’s no surprise to see why expats in Cebu frequent the place more often. Amazing what good food and word of mouth could do. “I thought you guys were just some wannabes,” an American customer expressed his sentiment to the staff. “But I was wrong.”
“The secret of the taste is pretty much in the recipe, the ingredients, the rub, the style of cooking, the original marinade,” David enumerates a few things off his head.
The name Texas-Rex (or Tex-Rex as it is more popularly called by patrons) was basically conceptualized just for fun; its logo featuring a cowboy riding a dinosaur a sure hit with the kids; plus the word play which allows people to say the words and enjoy the sensation of each syllable roll of their tongue. Tex… Rex…
But besides the language, what the tongue would enjoy more is the undeniable smoked flavor that attaches itself to almost every dish offered in the menu—except maybe the coleslaw or some of their desserts, of course. Imagine the brisket just breaking with ease when poked with a dinner fork, while smothering it with either or both barbeque and homemade Lexington sauce.
Here are some of the items you can find off its menu: Bar B Q Roast Chicken, Bar B Q Pork Shoulder, Bar B Q Pork Ribs, Bar B Q Beef Brisket, T Rex BBQ Burger Cheese Buster, T Rex BBQ US Angus Burger, Dino Dog (Hotdog with Chili Con Carne), Burritos, Nachos and the like.
Tex-Rex is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5:30 to 10 p.m. for dinner. If you live around the general area, the restaurant is pleased to announce that they now have delivery services available for those times as well, for only a minimum of P500.
Craving for brisket, burgers or barbeque already?
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 21, 2013.