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Review of Goode Company Texas Barbeque Restaurant on the Katy Freeway in Houston

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Texas Barbecue

Generally speaking, meat lovers relish a good plate of barbecue with all the Fixin's to accompany one's choice or choices of meats. There is a noteworthy small chain of restaurants owned by entrepreneur Jim Goode that have grateful patrons of his barbecue locations smacking their lips with gusto for his finger-licking' mesquite-smoked and grilled items on the menu. Whether a king, cowboy, or city slicker.....this is a meeting place sure to please everyone!

My husband and I recently stopped into the Katy Freeway location for one of their delicious sandwiches for a mid-day lunch. The full address is 8911 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024. We have been there many times and also to their other barbecue locations on Kirby Drive and the Northwest Freeway.

With my handy small Panasonic digital camera, I thought that perhaps you readers might like to see the appearance of this particular Texas barbecue place. Many pictures were taken and can credibly refute the perception that shacks are the only places that turn out tasty and succulent brisket, ribs, and the like.

Impressive facade for a barbecue place!

Impressive facade for a barbecue place!

Decisions! Decisions!

The very minute one passes through the etched glass windowpane doors, the most tantalizing aromas immediately assault one's senses. Then it is decision time! What to order today? Will it be the hand-seasoned and mesquite smoked brisket? The fall-apart tender and spicy pork or pork ribs? How about the handcrafted sausages, either the Czech sausage or the jalapeño?

Any desire to have some honey-smoked ham? How about some chicken, turkey, or duck? Will it be a dinner plate with one or more meats accompanied by some side dishes? And the sides, they have many of the usual accompaniments like beans (baked and also jalapeño), coleslaw, potato salad, jambalaya, and green beans.

Is a stuffed baked potato that one wishes to enjoy today topped with the usual choices or perhaps some chopped meat? Or is it a sandwich that one desires? For those who like a bit of extra spice, their homemade jalapeno cheese bread offers that extra punch of flavor, whether eaten as is or used as a sandwich instead of the more usual type of bun.

The desserts, there are many choices, including their famous pecan pie, the recipe of which came from Jim Goode's grandmother. Many people add desserts to their trays as they progress through the lunch counter type of line.

Customized Orders

On the other side of a glass divider, one watches one's meals assembled. Want extra sauce? No problem! One can easily direct the food preparer who is slicing or chopping one's meats or dishing up a side dish to add a little extra of this or that to meet one's expectations and desires.

At the end of the line and after paying, there are more choices at another bar area filled with sliced jalapeños, sliced onions, lettuce, and pickles, etc. of which you help yourself. So far, you probably think that it seems like many other barbeque places from the description. Correct?

If the enticing aromas and delicious food were all there was, that would be good enough or even great. But the physical surroundings of this particular barbeque place (this by no means could be considered a barbeque "joint" or "shack") make it something special. How many of you eat Texas barbeque with a spectacular chandelier overhead?

Impressive chandelier!

Impressive chandelier!

Great Food and Décor

My husband knew Jim Goode from the days before he ventured into developing this very successful chain of local restaurants, which include seafood and Mexican offerings in addition to his barbecue places. Jim Goode was a commercial artist working for an ad agency that might help explain the care and expertise that went into decorating his restaurants.

Suffice it to say that with his artistic talents combined with culinary prowess, the attention to detail regarding décor in his restaurants does not take a back seat to the flavors of the food offerings. They are both stellar achievements combining rustic as well as refined elements, as one can readily see by looking at the photos of his Katy Freeway Goode Company barbecue location.

Too bad that you cannot smell the wafting aromas of the delicious food. You will have to use your imagination as you look at these accompanying photos. Goode Co. Barbecue has become one of many of Houstonian's favorite barbecue restaurants.

BBQ Emeril Live (re: Goode Co)

Nostalgic Photos

To see an example of some of the old nostalgic photos and posters utilized in decorating Goode Co. Barbecue on the Katy Freeway in Houston, Texas, take a look below. These photos are but a small sampling of what one would find inside this restaurant.

Levi Goode (Son of Jim Goode) Discusses How the BBQ Restaurants are Decorated.

Saddles, Ropes and Blankets

Liberal use of constructed boxes adorned with colorful woven blankets, saddles, and ropes are above many of the wooden booths and tables around the perimeter of the rooms. It certainly brings back images of cowboys roping cattle and doing the business of herding them, branding them, and the like. Combined with the many western type photos, the days of the Wild West seem not that far distant.

Eclectic Décor

From finely etched glass windows to bronze sculpture to a carved wooden Indian and even a silver saddle, that and more is on view and makes for an eclectic but very fascinating décor inside of Goode Co. Barbecue. Have a look at these photos which follow.

Native American Carvings

Before entering the back room of Goode Co. Barbecue, one passes between two beautifully rendered Native American carvings attached to the support columns. This sculpture is a beautiful feature, just one of many such things within this restaurant that sets it apart from numerous others serving up Texas barbecue.

Homage to Texas Statesmen

The risers on the steps going up to the top floor pay homage to people important to the history of Texas, in one way or another. Birth and death dates are below the names of such people as David Crockett, who is probably best known for his fight at the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. Others include such luminaries such as James Bowie, William Barrett Travis, and Sam Houston (the latter of whom was the first President of the Republic of Texas).

Hopefully, these pictures and descriptions of what there is to see inside of Goode Co. Barbecue located on the Katy Freeway in Houston, Texas, will entice you to visit and order some great tasting Texas barbecue if you are ever passing through this city.

One does not have to have a horse, spurs, or even a cowboy hat to feel comfortable here. The food and décor make this place truly a feast for kings, cowboys, or anyone in between, which includes most of us. So saddle up your appetite, and we will see you there!

One happy diner, my hubby!

One happy diner, my hubby!

Mural on the top level of Goode Co. Barbecue / Katy Freeway location in Houston, Texas

Mural on the top level of Goode Co. Barbecue / Katy Freeway location in Houston, Texas


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019:

Hi Dale,

You are correct! It is truly an experience to be able to enjoy the ambiance of Goode Company Texas BBQ as well as the delicious food.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 12, 2019:

Well this sure looks and sounds like an interesting place to go. What I like most about it is that it seems like it would give you a real experience to talk about as well as good food.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 08, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

I agree with you that anyone wanting a bit of flavor of good old Texas BBQ should definitely have this restaurant on their list of places to visit. That...and of course the décor makes it wonderful. Thanks for the votes + share.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 02, 2013:

Great photos! Looks like a place anyone visiting Houston should have on their list. Interesting to hear Emeril's Yankee accent next to Jim Goode's ?Texas accent. Not sure which Goode was in the video . . .

Voted up, interesting, and will share!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 04, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

I know that you won't be disappointed with the food at Goode Co. BBQ. It is delicious! Thanks for your comment.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 04, 2012:

I've never been to Texas but love Texas-style BBQ. Putting this on my list for when I finally visit the state. Voting this Up and Useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 13, 2011:

Hi James,

I had no idea that Goode Co. Barbeque would be that well known outside of Houston environs. Amazing! Glad that you liked this and got to see some of the décor via my photos. Thanks for your comment.

James A Watkins from Chicago on September 13, 2011:

Your writing skills are truly excellent. And as you know, I always rave about your photography.

I can easily see that Jim Goode is an artist extraordinaire by the magnificent decor of his restaurant.

I have heard of Goode Co. Barbecue from afar off. So it is quite famous. I want to add that I love the stairway, the juke box, and the carved Indian, too. Great stuff. Thank you for the pleasure of this journey. :D

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 31, 2011:

Hello xcubist,

You are in "goode" company! :))

xcubist on August 31, 2011:

MMMM, I love this place.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 01, 2011:

Hi texasgirlfw,

Nice to know about Angelos in Fort Worth. Goode Co. BBQ is really good as you say. Thanks for the affirmative comment.

texasgirlfw on August 01, 2011:

Love texas bar b q, I have been to Goode and it is really good. So is Angelos in Fort Worth.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2011:

Hi Billy,

The Goode Company Tacqueria is the one restaurant of theirs that we have not yet tried. Had friends over recently for dinner and they were talking about liking it. Will have to put it on our list! We like Mexican food so it is undoubtedly a winner judging from their other restaurants.

billyaustindillon on July 11, 2011:

Peggy we have had many good meals and times and Goode Company BBQ and of course the Armadillo Bar and Good Company Seafood - we actually had dinner last night at the Goode Company Tacqueria :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2011:

Hi Cheryl,

This was a fun hub to write as Goode Co. Barbeque offers not only really good food, but the space is so nicely adorned with such a unique collection of memorabilia making it a special place to visit and dine. And each of their restaurants (even the other BBQ ones) have different decor. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on July 10, 2011:

Thsnks for sharing this great hub on Goode-Co Texas Bar-B-Que. There is nothing as delicious as Goode-Co Texas Barbeque and Pecan Pie. Very nice murals, photos and videos of this great restaurant. Lots of interesting and beautiful adornments. Great hub and beautiful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 08, 2011:

Hi quester.ltd,

Thanks for the confirmation about the tastiness of Goode Co. Texas Barbeque food. Ummm, dinnertime is fast approaching. Making me hungry! :)

quester.ltd on July 08, 2011:

great place and great hub

and yes, the food is great!


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 06, 2011:

Hi agusfanani,

Like you, I think that those carved Indians (there are 2 of them on either side of the room leading to the back) at Goode Co. Barbeque are spectacular. They really find some interesting decor for their restaurants! Thanks for the comment.

agusfanani from Indonesia on July 06, 2011:

It's another very interesting story Peggy. I love those ethnics ornaments which make this restaurant has specialty in its decoration, specially that carved Indian.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 05, 2011:

Hi Pamela,

I think that you would find much to your liking in Houston...Goode Co. Texas Barbeque being just one of them. Would be fun meeting you in person someday. :)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 05, 2011:

Peggy, Those pictures are fantastic and I sure would love to visit there and Houston in general. The food sounds fantastic and I really love the decor of the restaurant. Great hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 04, 2011:

Hi Om,

Haha! Cute comment. OK readers...from now on you have your warning! Extreme hunger can be sated at Goode Co. Texas Barbeque...but if one is drooling, please wipe your lips! :)))

Om Paramapoonya on July 04, 2011:

Hey, Peggy. You should have put a warning at the beginning of this hub: "Don't read this when your stomach is empty. Extreme hunger and excessive drooling may occur!"

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 04, 2011:


Many people like Texas Barbeque and for those who have never tried it...they are really missing something great! Thanks for the visit and comment.

SUSIE42 on July 04, 2011:

I love texas bar b que.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 03, 2011:

Hi Hello, hello,

Happy to be able to share information about this beautiful restaurant that has such good food as well. Goode Co. Texas Barbeque has it all wrapped up in one great package! Thanks for your comment.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on July 03, 2011:

Thank you so much for such a wonderful 'trip'. It must have awesome to see it. The carving of the Indian is incredible. You think he is alive.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 02, 2011:

Hi Truckstop Sally,

I do thank "my lucky stars" that I am in Texas. Could do with a little less heat and a little more rain about now. Ha! You are lucky to live within walking distance of so many Goode Co. restaurants. Thanks for the comment and telling us about the chocolate ice box pie. Between you and Lisa, now viewers of this hub know that 2 of their desserts are personally voted up. :)))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 02, 2011:

Hello D.A.L.,

Too bad there is not "smell-a-vision" via computer so that the Texas Barbeque aromas could waft your way. At least you get to see what Goode Co. Barbeque restaurant looks like and how they operate. It is still a family run operation and a good one. Thanks for your comment and glad to hear you liked the photos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 02, 2011:

Hi Charlu,

We don't live next door to Goode Co. BBQ but fortunately it is only about a 20 minute drive away from our home with is nothing given the size of our city. The carvings and staircase truly are exceptional. Thanks for viewing and commenting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 02, 2011:

Hi Prasetio,

It is always fun sharing a bit of our local flavor whether it comes to natural scenery or even such things as an interesting restaurant such as Goode Co. Barbeque who does things in a way to make Texans proud. Glad you liked this. Wish you could taste some of the food as well! Thanks for the comment and votes. Always happy to hear from you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 02, 2011:

Hi Marie Brannon,

That is the one thing we have never done...eaten breakfast at a Goode Co. restaurant. Obviously you like them! Good to know! Thanks for the comment.

Truckstop Sally on July 02, 2011:

Super hub as always! I agree with Charles - you should be in PR!! And for the record, the chocolate "ice box" pie is delicious! My favorite Goode restaurants are the Taqueria (hamburgers too) and the Seafood restaurant . . . and those 2 with another BBQ place are all within walking distance. Crazy good eats! You might thank your lucky stars you are in Texas!

Dave from Lancashire north west England on July 02, 2011:

Hi, once again I have had a taste [Almost literally]of your world which is always brought closer by your super photography. Thank you and best wishes to you.

Charlu from Florida on July 02, 2011:

Awesome hub with phenomenal pictures. It's times these when I want to live right next to the restaurant That staircase and the carvings are incredible. I love bbq ribs ahh my mouth is watering already. Pushed all the up buttons and thanks for sharing.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 02, 2011:

Hi, Peggy. How are you today? I hope you always fine and healthy....amen. Wow... you have done a great job here. You always amaze me with wonderful hub like this one. I love barbeque. I wish I can visit Goode Co. Barbeque someday. It looks cozy place to enjoy Texas barbeque. I love all stunning pictures here. You fly my imagination about this place. You got my vote and I'll press all buttons here (except funny). Cheers..

Love and peace,

Marie Brannon on July 02, 2011:

Very thorough and interesting. Although we live in Pearland now, my family and I are big fans of Goode. We've eaten a million breakfasts on the patio of the Goode's on Kirby/Westpark. Awesome food and great hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2011:

Hi Lisa,

This is a great place to take out of town guests. It gives people a visual as well as gustatory taste of Texas! Thanks for taking the time to comment. Appreciate it! :))

Lisa H. on July 01, 2011:

Since we live close to this location of Gooode Co. BBQ, we go there often to eat in or take home as carry out. We always take out of town guests there too and they always love the experience!Since we do love dessert, we have enjoyed many slices of the their Pecan Pie and it is phenominal!! Really enjoyed reading this, Peggy and the photos are great.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2011:

Hi Gene,

If you ever make it to Houston, we'll have to put Goode Co. Barbeque on our list of places to visit. I just know you will love it! Thanks for your visit and comment. :))

Gene Jasper on July 01, 2011:

Peggy, this makes my mouth water! Of course I've never been to a Texas BBQ joint that I didn't like so I may not be the best judge.


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2011:

Hi Charles,

Glad you liked this. As a fellow Houstonian I would guess that you have enjoyed Goode Co. BBQ more than once. Right? We really like it. Thanks for the compliment on writing this. :))

Charles Criner on July 01, 2011:

What great advertising for a business. I don't believe that any advertising agency could do what you have done for Goode BBQ. Goode BBQ should take what you have done and build a brochure for their business.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2011:

Hi dahoglund,

If you like good BBQ, you would love Goode Co. Barbeque since it is smoked for a long time with low temperatures. Great flavor and fall off the bone tender! Thanks for the first comment.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on July 01, 2011:

You always have great pictures. I love good barbecue. I cannot stand the kind of thing called barbecue they serve in fast food places where they just put sauce on cooked meat. Unfortunately my wife does not get along with it and can't eat it. I have about the same reaction to brats as she does to barbecue.

I voted this up,beautiful and awesome.

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