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8.3

Feges BBQ

BBQ

Spring Branch

$$$$Perfect For:Casual Weeknight DinnerKidsImpressing Out of Towners
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Don’t be scared off by the giant, semi-menacing metal pig head mounted on the patio—we promise Feges BBQ is a friendly neighborhood spot. In addition to interesting art, the Spring Branch barbecue joint serves up some forward-leaning ‘cue thanks to marriage (both figurative and literal due to the chef-couple that owns Feges) of new school pitmaster technique mixed up with a little country barbecue nostalgia.

Instead of hot line style service where meat gets sliced in front of you, Feges opts for a simple order counter—you can still make requests for lean or fatty brisket, don’t worry. And beautiful trays get brought out to your table, loaded with glistening cuts of brisket, black-pepper-flecked sausage, steaming gochujang stewed greens, and adorable mini cast iron skillets surround a fluffy mound of hog fat cornbread (say that three times fast). The folks in the kitchen obviously work hard to continually perfect not only the technique for smoking brisket and rendering fat, but also making sure the side dishes live up to the same standard and depth of flavor as any of the meat. We love dousing the whole hog and chicharrones with mustard sauce, pairing the braised greens with bites of moist turkey, and absolutely crushing both scoops of loaded cheesy potato mash. 

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photo credit: Richard Casteel

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photo credit: Richard Casteel

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photo credit: Richard Casteel

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photo credit: Richard Casteel

Feges BBQ image

photo credit: Richard Casteel

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The food might be incredible, but the restaurant gives off sad strip mall bagel shop vibes with its drab-gray concrete, those metal chairs everyone still (unfortunately) puts in restaurants, and a barely visible order counter shoved against the back wall. Sometimes an uncomfortable or poorly-designed restaurant doesn’t matter, but here, it doesn’t make any sense. The food looks and tastes stunning, but the frankly kind of depressing space sort of downgrades the experience of eating there. 

Yeah, the inside and outside of the restaurant might be totally bland and forgettable, but everything about the food will stick in your mind. And like any good country barbecue joint, it's a family affair, so bring your kids and let them loose on the outdoor playground between bites of macaroni and cheese and bread pudding dessert. So show up for the weird pig head sculpture, for the $5 Happy Hour margaritas, or just go because you want excellent barbecue. 

Food Rundown

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Brisket

Emblematic of new school barbecue, this brisket tastes smoky with a slight peppery crust and juicy, tender meat. Brisket freaks, rejoice!

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Turkey

Ain’t no dry turkey here, just moist and juicy white meat all the way through.

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Whole Hog

The whole hog at Feges represents a beautiful marriage between Carolina-style pork roast and something that’s just straight up delicious: Chicharrones. Grab some meat, some fried up pork skin, and douse it in mustard or mop sauce and go hog wild.

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Hog Fat Cornbread

You may be familiar with a chain restaurant (rhymes with “rexas toad-house”) that has really popular bread and sweet butter. Honestly, after eating this cornbread, we forgot all about that place and then daydreamed about coating our bodies in Feges BBQ’s butter.

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Braised Greens

Cooked down with gochujang, this braised kale gets packed with umami and spice. Some advice: Dunk the cornbread in the pot likker for a great time.

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Loaded Potato Mash

Yes, this is basically mashed potatoes covered in cheese, and while that’s not really revolutionary, it is extremely good. Cheese plus potatoes is food royalty.

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