Great PulledPork & Chicken sandwiches.
I ordered a half pound of brisket, it passed the tender test, falling apart as I picked up a single slice and was pleanty moist. It was lacking a bit of flavor. Paired up with BBQ sauce, it became much better. Perhaps I am a bit spoiled in the brisket department, so take a 3/5 on brisket as better than most! By comparison, BigLou's whips the crap out of russell st , smokehouse and tennessee red's, and at a fraction of the cost.
Both the pulled pork and chicken sandwiches were delicious. 5/5 on both, and once again beats the tar out of the competition.
Best BBQ in vancouver / metro area - forsure.
Very good barbecue.
I have a mission in life.
A couple of years ago, I found my reason d' etre...to selflessly and boldly identify the best barbecue within a stones throw of PDX.
This involves the barbecuing of meat...ambiance, side orders and service are non-factors.
So far, Big Lou is it.
GREAT SMOKING BBQ. As a Texas who has "specialized" in real bbq (smoked meats - not grilled) for over 50 years, I am pleased to report that Big Lou has mastered the smoking process for his meats, especially the brisket. Great smoked taste which requires no sauce (although his sauce is excellent). I ate recently at Sonny Bryans in Dallas (which is known throughout the bbq world), and Lou's smoked brisket was better. We also love his pulled pork and fried okra. Deserts are quite good also. We are fortunate to have some really good real Texas BBQ in the area.
Excellent BBQ. The first time I ate at Big Lou's I had a Big Lou Potato and was hooked! I started trying everything and to my surprise the potato ended up being one of my least favorite things there. Everyone has got to try REAL brisket, slow smoked, wonderful peppery crust. The Pulled Pork is always the most tender and juicy meat I have ever tasted and the Virginia style sauce is to die for, made by Big Lou's wife. The kids love the mac and cheese, which is also a Mrs. Big Lou recipe. But if your not that into bbq, you have to at least try the steaks, which are truly melt in your mouth marinaded to perfection goodness (they are worth the one month of waiting anxiously). The customer service is always great, your always greeted with a smile, and most of the time its Big Lou smiling at you as you walk through the door. I truly hope if you live in Camas or Washougal you try this place, its worth every penny and you will never walk away hungry.
Best BBQ in Town!!!. I eat at this restuarant all the time and it is the BEST BBQ around! The brisket is tender, the ribs are meaty, and the Big Lou's Potato will fill any hearty appetite. I've used Big Lou's for catering in our office numerous times as well with no complaints from my co-workers what so ever! This place is well worth the drive and the Saturday Steak Nights each month are too die for!! Watch for the Smoked Prime Rib...you'll never want to eat regular prime rib again!!!
IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS FOLKS!!.
If you're into authentic Texas BBQ and a friendly people then Big Lou's is your place. The beef brisket is slow smoke over mesquite 12 hours, the ribs are to die for and don't even get me started on their monthly steak night which is practically standing room only for cooked to order steaks that melt in your mouth as does the smoked prime rib on the special nights that those are offered. The sweet potato pies are home made and wonderful if you manage to still have room for them after your meal.
It's not your typical restaraunt setting because this isn't a typical restaraunt it's a BBQ place with seating outside on a patio decorated Texas style, colorful characters and highly personal service that is enclosed and heated in the winter. They also have a drive through for those really cold nights when even a heated patio isn't warm enough.
I say shame on YOU "disappointed" for electing to anonymously write a bad review for everyone to read when you couldn't even speak up to the one person that could have changed your experience, Big Lou. Especially since you can't eat at Big Lou's without meeting the man himself as he routinely visits with his customers to ensure that their experience there is enjoyable and everyone leaves full and happy and looking forward to their next visit.
With the ever growing following of Big Lou's BBQ fans out there I recommend that "disappointed" give them another try and if their experience is less than outstanding AT LEAST SAY SOMETHING since they are the only people I have ever encountered who have eaten there that don't think it's THE BEST TEXAS BBQ in the Northwest.
Best BBQ in town. I have eaten BBQ all across the south and in Texas and I will put Big Lou's up against anyone. It is clearly the best BBQ in town. The food is great and the service is wonderful. I can't believe anyone had a bad experience at Big Lou's. Contrary to the prior review, the portions are large. I have never left unsatisfied, and often have some for a meal the next day. The brisket is not dry, it is cooked with care, and the sauces are great, but not even needed. If you are in need of a great BBQ meal, go to Big Lou's.
disappointing and cold on a plastic enclosed porch. My family and I drove all the way out to Big Lou's, (we live in Portland) encouraged and excited by the reviews that we read here. You see, I was born and raised in Texas, near Big Lou's hometown. Like most Texans, I feel that I know good BBQ and Big Lou's was not. Sure it was good "enough" but the brisket was dry and fairly unflavorable. I "Texas-sized" my meal and found the portions to be quite small. I can't imagine how little they would have been had I gotten the regular plate. Maybe it was just a bad night but I got the feeling that almost everything that we ate was old and had been hastily microwaved. The cornbread was downright bad. We didn't complain because it wasn't horrible, just terribly disappointing. The girls working were pretty friendly and we certainly didn't feel like ruining their evening by being rude. Shame on you, Lou, for misrepresenting good Texas style barbeque. Oh, and they had almost no dessert left on a Saturday night!
Nothing Fancy, Just great BBQ. Everyone from the employees's to the customer's were incredibly friendly. And the food was great. I was impressed to see the owner come around a check on everyone. Don't expect your traditional sit down restaurant, and don't dress up for it. Jus tenjoy a good selection of BBQ food.
Best TEXAS BBQ in the Northwest!.
Great, great food in a traditional bbq "joint" atmosphere. The smoked brisket melts in your mouth, the smoked chicken is heavenly and youd be a fool leave without stepping up to the challenge of eating a Big Lous potato. They have all sorts of other smoked delicacies, as well and we like to get up there at least once a month to eat. My wife and I usually get a sampler plate each to try a little of everything.
Decor is very whimsical with all sorts of Texas memorabilia and an incredible mural on the side of the building depicting their journey from Texas to Washington. The owners are extremely friendly and love to come out and chat it up. Very much a down home feeling that is rarely found here up in the Northwest. I highly recommend the beautiful drive to Camas for the food!
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