The original Chihuahua branch is now a Texas Barbecue joint!
Instead of burritos, Woody's is all about barbecue and alcohol-spiked slushies.
Woody's Texas BBQ
7838 Makati Avenue, Makati City
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) It was as if food industry juggernauts Elian and Ines Habayeb gave birth to twins.
Just as their gorgeous Paloma came into the world, so did their new restaurant concept: Woody's Texas Barbecue. This took over the original Chihuahua along Makati Avenue, leaving only their branches of Tex-Mex eateries in Greenbelt and Bonifacio Global City. After being on soft opening for a couple of months, the fun-loving couple invited SPOT.ph to have a taste of their hearty plates of meat, a result of many months of research (read: eating).
The same very laid-back vibe
Barbecue, after all, is a religion in Texas, and something that Elian grew up around. Although the product of Lebanese parents, he moved to America with his family when he was 13 and settled in the Lone Star State. He understands that barbecue is no joke and takes a certain level of expertise, calling on Pit Boss Christian Vecin (Citrus, Vask) to breathe life into their new concept.
We got to sample some of their dishes, which are their juicy, smoked meats served as sandwich, one-third-pound, or one-pound plates. These are served with a couple of sides and some white bread.
An early favorite is the beef brisket (P235/sandwich, P295/plate, P625/pound), which Elian admits was also the most difficult to develop. It comes to you shredded and lightly coated in their signature barbecue sauce, a tangy-sweet concoction that has that pleasant zing from vinegar. Although Ines admits that Texas barbecue can be either dry or wet (with sauce), she shares that Christian decided they should stick to glazed meats. Makes sense to us, considering the Pinoy penchant for all things saucy.
Ribs with Mac and Queso and Coleslaw
We had to try their ribs (P255/plate, P565/pound), which are still in the works. "This is more like liempo," Ines candidly imparts. "We will be serving baby back ribs and not this cut." Regardless, the ribs we got to try were massive, juicy, and nicely seasoned. With the additional slathering of barbecue sauce, it was irresistible even (or especially) with the fatty belly cut.
The side dishes are highly commendable, and every lover of American soul food understands that these hearty starches are just as vital to the meal as the carefully grilled meats. The Mac and Queso (P60 to P250) is composed of macaroni pasta and Chihuahua's famous cheese sauce. Woody's Potato Salad (P60 to P250) is an American classic, their dirty rice is pungent and flavorful. The coleslaw might benefit from a bit more tang, but if you don't mind more meat with your meat, the Texas hot links they make in-house will definitely add some welcome heat.
Texas Hot Links
Banana Bourbon Cream Pie
Cap off your meal with some of their desserts. We like pies, and their Bourbon Banana Cream Pie (P125) is deliciously light. But if it's just the beginning of a long night for you, you might want to pre-game with their selection of alcoholic slushies. Chihuahua fans are familiar with their award-winning Chihuarita (P180), which is their potent frozen margarita. With the new concept, the line-up is completed with their frozen Rum and Coke (P120) and Long Island Iced Tea (P140). If this doesn't fulfill frat boy fantasies, we don't know what will.
Although Chihuahua was known for their crazy salsa parties as much as for their burritos, Ines shares that Woody's will be more food-focused and laid-back. "Besides, people our age are settling down, too. They would rather stay home with their families than go out every night," shares the blooming new mom. They wouldn't want to waste DJ Elian's massive playlist though, so every night would have its own theme, such as country and '80s.