Texas BBQ Factory

Written by on November 14, 2011 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(No website found at time of publishing) – Ballston Common Mall, Arlington, Virginia

How I heard of this place: Would you be surprised to hear that Chris first told me about this place?

Type of cuisine: All things BBQ in a fast-food, food court environment. Warming trays of fried rice (without the soy sauce), mashed potatoes and gravy, BBQ chicken, pork ribs, steamed vegetables, mac ‘n cheese, and your choice of three salads, including cole slaw.

Ambiance: Imagine a food court at your local shopping mall. Plastic seating all around the open, fluorescent lit space, fake plants in plastic containers on pillars. You are now at the Ballston Common Mall Food Court, where Texas BBQ Factory calls home.

What I ordered: My new manager at work offered by buy us all lunch. She suggested Subway, but I wanted to try something new, since it was going to be free. Having a quick look around, with McDonald’s, Subway, Chick-fil-A, and other such typical places surrounding me, I opted to get something that could feed both my husband and I for dinner, instead. Texas BBQ it was. After sampling the BBQ chicken, I was tempted. But chose the bigger lunch combination of Pork Ribs and two sides ($8.99): mashed potatoes and gravy, mac ‘n cheese.

Texas BBQ Pork Ribs Dinner

What I loved: There was more meat on the ribs than I would have expected and the flavor was light. I really liked the creamy (probably from a powder-mix) mashed potatoes and gravy that tasted like something I remember from KFC a couple of decades ago. The mac ‘n cheese creamy, cheesy and abudant. I, personally, would have much preferred the BBQ chicken, but having just returned from Texas, without sampling any BBQ, I figured my husband would have much preferred this option.

Why I loved it: It gave us enough food for two, without either feeling like they had to get up hungry.

Cost: Average ($6-$9 per combination deal)

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