A new barbecue restaurant is no longer just another ribbon-cutting.
With Central Texas barbecue gaining a cult following, even North Texas openings get crowded.
“It’s the Central Texas effect,” Andy Sedino said Monday, sounding tired after the first weekend at new Meat U Anywhere BBQ in Grapevine.
“People don’t mind driving a long way for barbecue, even if they wait in line.”
The lines will slow down at Meat U Anywhere, but Sedino is off to a great start as an owner after years as a caterer and a Rudy’s BBQ regional executive.
He adopted the Central Texas-style by-the-pound pricing and butcher-paper service, but added his own distinctive sides.
Meat U Anywhere drew crowds for Sedino’s oak-hickory-smoked brisket, thick pork ribs and two sausages, either the familiar jalapeño sausage or a German sausage from Central Texas.
But they also came for sides such as two kinds of slaw — Southern-style or a lighter, vinegar-based “Notcha Momma’s” — plus jalapeño-bacon mac-and-cheese and four styles of iced tea.
The response has been “overwhelming,” Sedino said: “We’ve met a lot of wonderful people, and we’re just trying to hand out samples and let people know we appreciate them waiting.”
Meat U Anywhere is open for breakfast tacos daily at 6 a.m., and serves until the meat is gone, usually about sundown daily or 3 p.m. Sundays.
It’s at 919 W. Northwest Highway in Grapevine, near the corner at Ball Street; meatuanywhere.com.
Sedino is also part of a management group now operating the old-timey Trail Dust Steak House in Arlington; 2300 E. Lamar Blvd., 817-640-6411, traildust.com.