Downtowners seem to have fully embraced the Barnes Express BBQ location on Whitaker Street. Many of them may not know that an expanded menu awaits at the original Barnes Restaurant on Waters Avenue, a few blocks north of Derenne.

I stopped in recently for lunch and had to circle the parking lot twice to find a spot for the foodiemobile. Seating was no problem however, and I was happy to land a seat by a big, bright window.

Pits are just a few feet out the back door – so this is fresh ’cue. I’ve had, and enjoyed the ribs and chicken – today I chose the pulled pork plate.

The portion of pulled pork was generous, to say the least, and was layered with Barnes housemade, tangy barbecue sauce. There was a nice mix of lean and just enough fat to add flavor.

Be wary of this sauce – it’s not just tang. A few minutes later and the heat kicked in. I did need two napkins, but was was to mop my brow.

The meat itself was darned near perfect. Slight smokiness was present but not overwhelming – and the meat was moist and tender.

I chose French fries and baked beans as my side dishes. The fries were crisp, old school style – –no flavored seasonings or other unnecessary dressing. The bake beans were smokey with nice hunks of pork here and there. Two slices of buttered white toast, a ring of white onion and a serving of sliced dill pickle rounded out this big lunch plate.

Great meal, filling, interesting – and with a giant sweet tea – barely over 10 bucks.

5320 Waters Ave./354–8745

Brasserie business

Brasserie 529 on Liberty Street is open for business – lunch and dinner. The French bistro inspired menu is served in a wonderfully renovated space that was once part of the Liberty Supply property. Check out the menu and other info online, www.brasserie529.com. I’ll give ’em a few weeks to settle in, then have a report.

529 E. Liberty/238–0045

New Sol menu

Sol’s new owners, Andrea and Bill Johnson, and their chef, Aaron Doyle, have released a new menu for the popular Habersham Street eatery.

Some Southwestern aspects of the original menu were retained, but this menu is an exploration of international cuisines – Indian, Southeast Asian and contemporary American.

Menu prices have also taken a nose dive. Only one entree tops $12 – and there are plenty of choices in the $5–$7 range.

Hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 5 p.m.– until.

1611 Habersham St./232–1874 


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Tim Rutherford grew up in rural Kentucky – then left home to pursue more than three decades as a photojournalist and newsman. A ground-breaking meal in New Orleans in 1979 set him on a path exploring food and wine. Six years ago he changed career paths – now spending his time writing about the people and places... more

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