TexarBama BBQ

July 12, 2018


I kind of hate to tell you about how fabulous the new location of TexarBama BBQ is because Southern women know when it comes to a good hairdresser, a good babysitter, a good man or good BBQ, you have to protect your territory or else everyone will be swarming around your hive.

Knowing how much I rave about good BBQ and how bad BBQ has almost ruined my LIFE (Here) I’m thrilled to let you know of a FABULOUS and DELICIOUS BBQ restaurant in Fairhope. TexarBama BBQ has actually been here for a few months in a smaller location and was limited mainly to their food truck, which I think gave them a little bit of a challenge and some customers weren’t pleased.

But TexarBama has recently relocated to the old Gumbo Shack/El Camino location on Fairhope Avenue – behind some other shops (locals have the advantage because y’all know where I’m talking about).


With their new location comes a new cooking, grilling and smoking area along with indoor/outdoor seating.


The night we visited, I ordered the brisket taco with pickled red onion and candied bacon toppings. No lie, when I woke up the next morning, even before I got out of bed, I told Bob, “I want to go back and get another brisket taco today.” At dinner the previous night, I didn’t think the taco would be enough to fill me up, so I ordered a second pork taco with lime slaw and crumbled chicharrones. I took a small taste of it and although  it was equally  delicious,  I couldn’t eat as much as I thought  because the tacos were huge.  I decided to take the pork taco home with me, and of course, Joseph the bottomless teenager ate it within minutes.


The sauce “station” is serve-yo-self and offers a tangy mustard base, a savory red sauce, a version of the famous North-Alabama white sauce (which is better than the original place up in Decatur, I think) and jalapeño.


I wasn’t wild about the food being served directly on a plastic tray, but when you love BBQ,  you learn to do without the Lennox and Waterford. (Oh, the agony!) The sandwich in the foreground was for Bob and the corn salad on the left was also absolutely amazing. Bob was healthy and took the top slice of bread off and ate it as an open-faced sandwich, which was great because then I used the thick, soft white bread to sop up the sauce — but  did it quite daintily.


Like I said earlier, I  kind of hate to rave about TexarBama BBQ too much because I’m afraid word will get out and they’ll be sold out the next time I want to go.

Think I’m kidding? Here’s a picture from their facebook page . . .

Think I’m selfish now?  Try TexarBama BBQ for yourself the next time you are in Fairhope, and just remember to go early — and ask them to save some for me!

Click HERE to see TexarBama’s Facebook page which has all the details and directions.

Give me time to catch my breath and I’ll update my FAIRHOPE RESTAURANTS page to include this updated review. 

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  1. Oh that menu looks so good! I see several items I would love to try. Glad you have made your peace with BBQ so you are free to enjoy again! Have a great weekend, summer seems to be flying by…..

    1. It really is speeding by, isn’t it? I know you skip down to Fairhope several times a year so you’ll have to try TexarBama and let me know what you think.

  2. Fortunately for you, I live too far away to visit this location on a regular basis, thus my 32 Instagram followers will not be crowding the place. Everything looks delicious and I wish I could enjoy the potato salad and mouth-watering BBQ. I always love it when you feature your town. I am glad you are on the other side of the life-changing BBQ event. Enjoy your weekend!

  3. I have been a subscriber to your blog for a while now and I love every post. I live in a small town in Mississippi and have been wanting to visit Fairhope because of your wonderful posts. This is now all the more reason to come visit. I actually just printed off their menu and drooled all over it! It looks wonderful! Hope you have a great weekend and keep us posted when you try some of the other goodies.

    1. How wonderful. We’d love to have you visit sometime. Mississippi isn’t that far away, and you’re used to the HEAT, so come one over for a weekend!

  4. One of your blog readers, my friend Becky, is the proud mama of one of the owners. We haven’t been there yet, but we’re fixin’ to very soon. I know she’ll be thrilled that you wrote this great review.

    1. I didn’t eve realize that, but so happy to hear. It’s great when good people have successful businesses! You’ll love your visit there, and I’m so proud of you, my northern friend for 1. being excited about BBQ and 2. saying, “fixin”! – love to you!

  5. Oh Leslie, thank you so much for this wonderful review! I will pass it along to my son, Bradley Parmer, who is the owner and smoke master at TexarBama! He and Casey work hard to bring goodness to Fairhope, along with that delicious smell!
    So glad you enjoyed your visit, sans the china, lol!

  6. Thank you so much for your kind words. It is our mission to provide the very best qaulity meats, homemade sides and delicious homemade desserts. And as of today, the cheapest beer in town!

    1. The liquor license has arrived, I take it! Now there will be a crowd, for sure. I saw you when I was there, but you were so busy didn’t want to bother you. Congratulations on a great move. I’m sure I’ll be seeing more of you in the future!

  7. Oh yes, found these guys at both of their former locations. Having spent 19 yrs in Texas, we were use to some of the best Q served!
    Now that they have found their spot, will be trying it all.
    We love ❤️ that Texas best right here in Fairhope!!,,,

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