Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Texas Cowboy BBQ - Restaurant Impossible Update

Photo - Robert Irvine Facebook

On this week's episode of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Abilene, Texas to makeover Texas Cowboy BBQ. Texas Cowboy BBQ is owned by George and Taylor who are married and have issues sharing duties at the restaurant.  Taylor wants to be a bigger part of the restaurant, but George is closed off and unwilling to accept help.  Robert will need to get George to accept his wife's help in hopes of saving their marriage and restaurant.

As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Texas Cowboy BBQ to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):

Positive Reviews:
  • "This place is incredible! We tried it since they got their revamp and I have never had anything this good in Abilene. We had the pulled pork, Mac and cheese, pastrami wings, smoked mushrooms, and the frito pie with brisket. I am just wowed at the taste, presentation, and amount of the food we were given. We will be going back as often as we can."
  • "Really nice interior - Restaurant Impossible recently redid the building. Food was impressive. Somewhat different for a BBQ place (creamy Kale for example) but they had the staples as well. We had the brisket plate and Rib plate. Overall a good experience and one we will repeat. Young lady at the cash register was very friendly with excellent customer service."
  • "Driving through from California and stopped here due to the reviews and it didn't disappoint. The ribs and brisket were amazing! The sweet potatoes were a highlight off the sides and the turtle cheesecake was a delicious way to end. And to top it off the service was wonderful."
  • "Food was absolutely amazing, service was outstanding and it was clean. They take a lot of pride in what they do and I would definitely recommend!"
  • "Don't let the outside fool you, it looks like a typical "hole-in-the-wall" Texas barbecue joint. The inside has been remodeled and looks nice. I wanted to stay and eat. What brought me in was the menu. I had trouble deciding on several items. I settled on the frito pie nachos and they were delicious. I want to try the shrimp tacos. They sound delicious. The service was very good, quick, friendly. Yes you can get regular barbecue and I want to try that to but I'm glad I tried something different. I'll go back."

Negative Reviews:
  • "When I pay $15 for. BBQ sandwich, 1 side and a drink, I expect the BBQ to be very good. This brisket had NO evidence it had ever seen smoke. Maybe when the cow was still alive, it walked by a cowboy campfire? The brisket was tender but tough and a little dried out. The pulled pork also showed no evidence of smoke either. There are probably some good things on the menu but what we got was subpar and overpriced. New interior is nice looking. Real glass glasses for the soft drinks is a nice touch. Staff was very friendly!"
  • "Used to be a great place until they raised prices and changed menu. I'd be surprised if anyone still goes there anymore."
*Reviews from Yelp, Google

Other News and Links:
  • The Restaurant Impossible makeover for Texas Cowboy BBQ happened in March 2022.
  • Here is the Texas Cowboy BBQ website and Facebook page.
  • The website and Facebook page both mention the upcoming appearance on Restaurant Impossible.
  • Here are the reviews for Texas Cowboy BBQ from Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Google.
    • The restaurant takes the time to respond to reviews on Google.


The reviews for Texas Cowboy BBQ since the Restaurant Impossible makeover have been mostly positive with compliments about the food, interior decorations, and service.  There are a few negative reviews about the higher prices, but that happens a lot when regulars do not like when prices are raised.

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