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Taste Buds: Houston's Chicken & Ribs

Tasty chicken and ribs smokin’ in Bannock

August 15, 2013

Buds will be Buds.

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While we have tried nearly every eatery in the valley at one point or another, we admit to having a soft spot for those who specialize in barbecue and smoked meats, so we were giddy with anticipation as we headed west towards Bannock and it's locally famous Houston's Smoked Chicken. Jiggity jig!!

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Pictured is Bud Em’s lunch special featuring half chicken, small side and a roll.

Located at 69784 Main Street, the folks at Houston's are busy every Thursday through Sunday preparing their delicious smoked chickens and ribs. Yummy! The menu is simple and to the point - in addition to the chicken and ribs, they also offer sides of baked beans, macaroni and potato salads and homemade bread and dinner rolls. Heck, what's not to love?!

Bud Em, who definitely prefers chicken to ribs, dished out $7.50 for the lunch special which included half a chicken, a small side and a dinner roll. Folks - the chicken is delicious tender, juicy and perfectly seasoned, there's just nothing quite like it. Bud Em would eat it any day of the week. Or EVERY day of the week for that matter! Along with a side of macaroni salad and the roll it made the perfect lunch. In fact, with the amount of meat on the chicken, she took half home and it served as dinner too.

Bud Shaunna decided to order the half rack of ribs. For $11, there was certainly enough meat for two people to share! And share Bud Shaunna did, with Bud Hubby, of course. These large, dry-rubbed beef ribs were seasoned nicely (Bud S detected some rosemary among the seasonings - YUM!) but to a rib newby like Bud S, they were a little difficult to eat. Bud Hubby, however, didn't have any problems!

In addition to the ribs, the Buds also split an order of a dozen rolls which rang in at 4 bucks. Oh. My. Goodness. These rolls were off the hook! Bud S, not usually a bread-eater, ate FOUR of these suckers! Not all in one sitting, but still, they were just that yummy. They had a slight sweetness to them and were soft enough without being too mushy. No butter needed - just eat these right out of the bag!

The Buds highly recommend that you make a trip today to Houston's for their tasty smoked chicken and ribs. We promise you won't be disappointed!!

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