I’ve been on a quest here near Dallas/Fort Worth to find a good BBQ joint. I’ve found that barbecue varies a lot from state to state and it’s been interesting to sample different regions take on this favorite of mine as I’ve been traveling. In asking around, I learned that Hard Eight BBQ in Roanoke, TX is a favorite of the locals so some coworkers and I used our five hours of paid time off to drive to Roanoke and get lunch last week.
What a cool place! The meat is smoked on site as with any good BBQ joint, but here you actually walk up to the grill outside and pick your piece of meat directly. And wow are there a lot of choices. I went with the $8 lunch special, a sandwich (I chose pulled pork) with chips and a fountain drink. Otherwise you can pay by the pound and have more choices for the sides.
Once you get your meat, you head inside to pay. If you get a sandwich you have thechoice of regular bun or jalapeno bun (I like spicy, so jalapeno it was). Then you walk down the buffet style counter and slather on the sauce from warm crocks (they had a regular and a spicy BBQ option), and you can add extras like onions, or get a cup of homemade soup, or pick up fries. I think there are more options available during dinner time, but it’s hard to beat what I got for $8.
Hard Eight’s BBQ is ketchup based with a lot of vinegar in it, it was delicious and plentiful. So plentiful in fact that I was able to make three sandwiches out of it! I put what I could on the jalapeno bun and took the rest home to eat with my sandwich bread for later lunches. I’d definitely recommend this place to others visiting the area.
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Tonight a strange vehicle is parked in front of Cas, a Buick rental car while poor Bertha is spending the night at a shop in Denton.
Bertha’s been having turn signal issues related to computer problems (and had a bad socket for one bulb), had a bad tie rod that was causing jerky stops, needed a new battery, and needed the power steering fluid changed. All of this was fixable in a day, but for some reason the front left wheel refused to be aligned properly, the techs say there’s just not enough give in the arm(think this was the word they used?) to align the canter right once everything else is set properly. I think this has actually been a problem for some time as Bertha goes through front tires quickly even though I pay to get an alignment done on a regular basis.
Kudos to Pioneer Automotive in Denton for actually taking the time to take the tire off and disassemble and reassemble some things (at no additional cost to me) to actually fix the problem instead of settling for “good enough” as I suspect most auto places have been doing. I picked Pioneer over other shops that were closer because they had an impressive 4.7 star rating on Google, when most shops were in the 3 to 3.5 range.
Good news: I got the rental car free, and at 6 pm when I got home today they called and said that taking the tire off and starting from scratch did the trick, I won’t be needing a new arm…or whatever that part was called. I could have gone back in to get Bertha then, but it was already getting late and I needed to do some grocery shopping and take care of other chores that got neglected, so I’ll be getting her tomorrow after work. I’m $908 poorer, but to me that’s a small price to pay for the peace of mind that Bertha won’t be breaking down on me in the middle of the desert this winter. Everything else on their inspection looked good so cross your fingers that this is the last work Bertha will need for some time.
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