LOCAL Houston | The City Guide MAY 2015 - Page 16

Local May_Final.qxp_002houston 4/23/15 12:19 PM Page 16 DINE WRITE IT’S SOUTHERN THEMED, HEART-FELT COMFORT FOOD Texas Quail THE BRAND NEW REPUBLIC SMOKEHOUSE & SALOON ON THE EDGE OF MIDTOWN IS THE LATEST, AND PERHAPS MOST CREATIVE, BBQ JOINT IN HOUSTON. Big enough to be a dance hall, it has rich wooden floors and whisky barrel tables. Also, live country bands play on stage Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. With plenty of room for two-steppin’ to be sure. Sports fans will love the flat screen TVs. Can’t say how many, though I could catch a game no matter which direction I was facing. But this is a restaurant, with BBQ at the center of it all. The pitmaster is CEDRIC WILLIAMS. That’s Williams as in Williams Smokehouse. As in local BBQ royalty. Cedric is closing in on three decades of smoking proteins, using his own rub and sauces, which 16 L O C A L | may 15 over the years has made many a Houstonian, including this one, very happy. Cedric is teamed with an executive chef, MATT KNOTTS, formerly of Hearsay on the Green. Together, they’re d