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The Swinging Door BBQ Joint In Richmond


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It's a great place that specializes in pecan-smoked BBQ. Limited menu, but it's all good. Especially good are the ribs. They have started serving dirty rice as one of the sides and that is a don't-miss dish. You may not like the sauce, so have them serve it on the side until you are sure. I like it, but it may be an acquired taste. They only have shows in the "dance hall" every once in a while now. Periodically they will have a comedy showcase and that's fun. The Swinging Door has been around for over 30 years and is an institution. Closed on Monday and Tuesday. The owner, Steve Onstad (no relation to the Randall's folks), is a character. Just look for the Hawaiian shirt.

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Yeah, when we moved here three and a half years ago, several people raved about this place and highly recommended it. We've been 3-4 times, wishfully thinking that it might improve at some point, but we have always found the food to be mediocre at best, dismal at worst. Never been there for music - but I hatez teh country music....

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LookingToMove,

I live in Katy above the Westpark Tollway. The Swinging Door is less than 10 minutes drive from my home using Hwy 723. I stated the place was in Richmond in my post, so what's your point? I live in Katy and asked Katy residents if they knew of the place.

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Pretty good review, circa 2015 from Texas Monthly.

https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/swinging-door-2015/

They'll be hitting 50 years next year it sounds like. 

While I'm partial to my family's BBQ place first and foremost - Swinging Door is up there, both in personal preference and location. There was a period in the late 90s when I'd get loaded potatoes from there often enough and they still remain some of my favorites to this day. 

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