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Reviews of Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q
04/13/2014 - Josh S
I have been going to Hickory Pit since I was a young boy. I always get the combo sausage and brisket sandwich basket with fries. I love the sauce it's not sweet like most places and I love the sausage. The brisket at lunch is pretty good and moist but if you go in for dinner it can sometimes be alittle dry. My mother loves the ham it always tastes good. The new owner has worked there for the last 30 + years and is always nice. He worked for the previous owners. It's so nice to walk in and always know exactly what your food is going to taste like. They don't cut the quality of meats and are consistent with the recipes. I go for that specific flavor of BBQ.
06/02/2010 - Mystique
If you want good Bar-B-Q, stay away from Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q in Bellaire, TX (Lengthy review, but well worth reading)
I had a horrifying experience at Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q on Memorial Day Weekend On Saturday, I took a brisket, 2 chickens and 2 packages of premium beef sausage links. The assistant manager attempted to charge me $1.00 per pound to smoke the meat. I reminded him of the advertised price of 65 cents per pound. His response was, Oh yeah, and said he would correct it. I later discovered he still overcharged me by $2.08. I told him I would pay for my order in advance because I might send someone else to pick it up the next day. I paid $18.29 on my credit card, and was told my order would be ready at 1:00 p.m., Sunday.
I arrived on Sunday to pick up my order, and the assistant manager was working the register. He was wearing a tattered glove that looked as though hes been wearing it all day. It was torn at the cuff and was in pretty bad condition. He went into the kitchen to pick up my meat in the same glove. He touched the meat and I asked him to please change his glove and his bare unwashed hand. He changed the glove, at my request, on his right hand and did not use a glove at all on his left hand. He returned to the front and said, You had 1 sausage, right? I told him No, I had 2 packages. He repeated that question in the same manner, 2 additional times, and my response was the same. I showed him my grocery receipt, and directed him to the clipboard where my order was taken the day before. Finally, I asked, You cant find my package of premium sausage? He said it was not there. The owner stepped in and said, they probably accidentally mixed up the order. He offered the sausage he had behind the case to replace it. I asked if it was pork. He indicated it was. I showed him my receipt for the premium beef I purchased the day before for $10.98 per 2.5 lb. package. He said all sausage is pork, regardless of how it is advertised. I refused his sausage and asked him to reimburse me for my purchase that they lost or gave away. He agreed to do so.
The assistant manager walked over to the register. I walked to the register also, thinking he was going to reimburse me. Instead, he started ringing up order, again. I reminded him I paid for the order the day before. The assistant manager said, Oh yeah. I reminded him that he needed to reimburse me for the $10.98 for the lost meat as well as the price per pound I paid to have the 2.5 pound package smoked, which totaled $12.61. He tried to pay me $10.00, which I reminded him was not the correct amount.
What happened next, I could not believe. He put the money back into the register and said, You did not pay me yesterday. I couldnt believe what I was hearing. The assistant manager told me I did not pay him, and accused me of trying to take money from the business. There were other customers present, and I was deeply humiliated. I insisted if they did not return my money, I would call the police. The owner stepped in, went to the register, and threw thirteen dollars at me. I gave him the dollar back, and reminded him he owed me 61 cents more. I told the owner I didnt want a penny more or a penny less than what was owed me. He dropped the 61 cents in my hand, and told me he never wanted to see me, again. I have been a successful business woman, yet I was accused of being a thief. I left the store and returned home quite upset and feeling humiliated and victimized. When I returned home I relentlessly look for my receipt which was proof that I paid for the order the previous day. I found the receipt folded between my credit cards. After locating the receipt, I called the owner back. I gave him the transaction and invoice information, along with the date and time of the transaction. His response was, Its okay. I told him it was not okay and he owed me an apology for humiliating me in his establishment in the presence of other customers. He apologized and said to come in someday, and he would buy me lunch. I told him, Thanks, but no thanks.
My last disappointment of the day was that the barbeque was horrible. The sausage link in my order was pork, not the beef link I purchase and delivered to Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q the day before. I attempted to break off the chicken leg, and discovered it was a bit bloody. Fearing salmonella poisoning, I would not eat it. Finally, the brisket was dried out. The meat tasted smoked, but not seasoned, at all. This was a complete disaster.
My only recommendation is that, if you fell like eating Bar-B-Q, stay away from Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q. Remember, "Money goes where it's invited, and stays where it's treated well." I will NEVER do business with Hickory Pit Bar-B Q, and recommend you make the same decision.
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