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1703 Shepherd, Houston, TX 77007
Originally known as Shepherd Drive Barbecue, this is the restaurant where the legendary John Davis once presided as owner and pit boss. When John Davis died in 1983, the current owner, Jerry Pizzitola, bought the place from the Davis family so he could preserve it. The old-fashioned pit burns hickory, just like it did in John Davis's day. The sausage comes from a Czech sausage maker in the Hill Country; the barbecue sauce is thin and spicy; and the ribs and brisket are among the best in the city. And while the sides are plain, the desserts -- which are made by Jerry's mom and include banana pudding and coconut pineapple cake -- are excellent. The dining room sports one of the city's wackiest collections of bric-a-brac, much of it related to fishing.
Source: Houston Press
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