One of the most popular barbecue joints in northeast Tarrant County has a new home, complete with a luxury it's never had before: a dining room.
Berry Best BBQ, a family-run barbecue spot from Watauga, has moved into a new location at 7509 Boulevard 26 in North Richland Hills, in the space once occupied by Poor Daddy’s Smokehouse.
Opened July 4, the new location is a major upgrade for owners John and Brandi Berry. Their original store, where they'd been for five years, was so small, there was no seating. Customers ordered via drive-thru window or a walk-up counter.
"We’ve gone from 400 square feet to nearly 2,000," says John Berry. "This has been the ultimate goal from day 1. Because we were new, we decided to start out small and make a name for ourselves. Now that we've been in the game for a while, it was time for an upgrade."
The building is outfitted with the same custom-made smoker used at the original location. It's a similar menu, with brisket, ribs, sausage, chicken, and bologna, all smoked the slow and low method for hours over pecan.
All the meats share a common trait: a slightly spicy seven-blend seasoning that the Oak Cliff native says took years to perfect.
Unlike pitmasters who specialize in Central Texas-style barbecue, Berry freely uses barbecue sauce, which he makes himself.
Berry is also known for his scratch-made sides, including smoked mac & cheese and smoked collard greens. His most popular side: baked beans, which many people order as their meal.
"Some people line up just for the beans," he says. "I haven't changed the recipe a bit."
There are a handful of new menu items, such as brisket nachos, a pile of tortilla chips topped with chopped brisket, sauce, ground beef, cheese and veggies.
Desserts include banana pudding, peach cobbler, and various cakes, all made by Brandi.
The restaurant is open for both dining room service and curbside service; there's also a drive-thru window.
The couple started talking about moving a year ago, after a fire caused significant damage at their Watauga location. Around the same time, they opened a second location, a to-go-only spot located inside the food court of North East Mall. But with the cost of repairs on the Watauga site, they closed the mall stand in October.
"After we made the repairs and reopened, we decided to start putting money and time aside to find a new place," Berry says. "It took a while but we have the perfect spot now."