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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

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It's No Contest Anymore: Lubbock Is Now West Texas' Barbecue Mecca

Posted 01-16-2022 at 02:30 PM by case44

Did I not catch this? There's actually another barbecue joint in Lubbock, America, making inroads?? This writer just apparently found out.

Here's the deal, sports fans. Just when we thought the competition in the Hub City (and, really, in Lubbock County) couldn't get more intense, well, there's another BBQ hangout that's flown under our radar. It's been in existence since 2018, and it's in Woodrow. How I found out is that Yellow House Coffee has closed its doors in Central Lubbock not long ago (according to the Lubbock in the Loop website), but they've found themselves being acquired by the folks who run Hill Barbecue.

Okay, then.

I've decided to go ahead and look up Hill Barbecue on the internet. Their meats and sides looked awfully good. With this effort going on down south, Lubbock now has quite a few places for good, local 'cue. Up north, you have the recently-renamed Escondido Grill right by Preston Smith International Airport. Then you have The Shack BBQ on that city's northwest side. After that, you have a few longtime Lubbock institutions in Tom & Bingo's, J&M BBQ, and Bigham Smokehouse, although I don't particularly recommend that third one. Reminds me too much of Marshall's in Farmer's Branch, and that one was really weak. And then, of course, the most successful one of all, and that's Evie Mae's, which just keeps on growing past the Wolfforth outpost in the form of connections at one of the newer United supermarket locations in town. I've had folks on Slide Road tell me that more expansion for Evie Mae's is coming. I believe it. If I'd told you seven or eight years ago that Lubbock had the strongest 'cue presence in West Texas, then I'd guarantee you that many would ask, "What have you been smoking??"

All in all, between Evie Mae's and The Shack and Hill and Escondido alone, the barbecue competition is very serious now in Lubbock. Compared to other West Texas cities, the Hub City far outdistances everybody in the barbecue wars (to wit, Amarillo doesn't even come close!). Because there is an increased abundance of this Texas delicacy, folks ought to be appreciative.
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    To this day I have yet to try one of those (except for Bigham’s), probably due to time crunches and that sort of thing.

    Went to the current Escondido Grill when I was a kid. It was called…The County Line (and that was the second restaurant in that building, I forget the name of the first). Still a unique setting
    Posted 01-28-2022 at 12:30 AM by shoe01 shoe01 is offline
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    And, and also, to Cagle's credit, if you'd rather have 'cue and not steak at Cagle's, then you go right ahead. They do a good job with it.

    Yeah, shoe, I still remember County Line when it used to be in Lubbock. Never got to go to that one, but I've been to a good many others. It'd be nice to have that chain back in the Hub City, even if they don't do it at their old location.
    Posted 01-28-2022 at 06:00 PM by case44 case44 is offline
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    Hill BBQ, by the way, is in a food truck right now, but I have faith that they, one day, will have their own building somewhere in Woodrow. After all, look at where Evie Mae's has gone! Such karma can happen to Hill, too.
    Posted 01-28-2022 at 06:03 PM by case44 case44 is offline

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