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Texas Pride Barbecue: Celebrates 15 Years, Lots of Barbecue

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Brisket, sausage, beans and potatoes were the fare at Wednesday night's birthday bash at Texas Pride Barbecue.

A sprawling country location east of San Antonio on Loop 1604, good food and a reputation as a great place to bring out-of-town guests has built Texas Pride Barbecue’s reputation over the past 15 years.

At a private party Wednesday night, owners Tony Talanco Jr., and his wife, Joni, hosted local reporters, public relations personnel, and other guests to celebrate the birthday, serving barbecued brisket, sausage, beans and cheesy potatoes, with peach cobbler for dessert.

The building, out in the middle of a wide, open space, near the town of St. Hedwig, started out as a replica of a 1950s  Sinclair filling station. “I thought I’d open a place on a highway in the middle of nowhere, where there were no other restaurants … so that when people are driving by they can’t miss it,” Tony Talanco says. Since then, he’s added on a large stage, open air pavilions and other buildings for food and drink to serve the crowds. Texas memorabilia, antiques and a 1925 Model T Truck are part of the attractions.

It’s not all barbecue: Crowds topping more than 400 show up for his Friday Night Fish Fry, during the warm seasons.  Another attraction is Bike Night Thursdays, which  pulls in up to 500 motorcyclists and more who come out to see the show and eat.

Ushering guests in and out of the party Wednesday were parking attendants on horseback — something very few barbecue restaurants, even in Texas, offer customers.

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Photos by Nicolas Mistry

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