Apparently this was in Friday's Startlegram, but I caught on today. Cooper's BBQ from Llano, Texas is opening a location in North Fort Worth.
If you've never been, Cooper's, to me, is the quintessential Texas BBQ joint (even though you don't see them everywhere in Texas). I can remember going to Cooper's and similar places (Hard Eight) back when my dad and I would go to Acuna or to West Texas for any number of reasons.
When you get to one of these pit BBQ places, you don't go inside first. You go to a giant pit smoker with a guy there in an apron and a camo hat. He'll ask what you want. Point to whatever type of meat you want in the pit and he'll cut you off an appropriately sized piece. Take that inside, where a sweet lady with a drawl will weigh it and ask if you want some sides.
Every decent pit BBQ place has free beans, so don't look like a fool by ordering some. Get your sweet tea and have a seat. You'll have a hunk of meat on a tray, some white bread at the table, some beans, and maybe some potato salad. It all looks manageable, but its not. It doesn't really matter though, because you'll be obese soon enough so fill up, you'll need the fuel.
For the vegetarians out there, I'm sure they have goat. Does that count?
Anyways, this place is opening in North Fort Worth and I've got mixed feelings. Its kind of like how you probably felt when Kincaid's starting expanding. You're happy for the owner but you know the replicas will probably fail in comparison. So if you go to Cooper's in Fort Worth and you don't like, go down to Llano and give it another chance.