Houston Zoo and The Pit Room.

Houston is not a transit paradise but there are a couple of light rail lines (and buses obviously), one of which happens to run right from downtown to the zoo (and beyond). So I caught that at 8:45 and alit at my destination roughly 30 minutes later. I love zoos. The cool thing is that the first Tuesday of the non-summer months has free entry! Nice!
This felt like a very good zoo with decent sized animal enclosures that were well maintained. I like the big animals but I have some small furry animal favourites also.
Like Rikki Tikki Tavi here and his buddy...sorry, never read Rudyard Kipling? Ok, then Mongooses.
There are some pretty cool local critters also. Anyway, this is a great zoo and would be worth the $20ish regular entry. I know you've all been to zoos before so let's talk about something important, lunch!
I walked about 30 minutes to the Pit Room. I had looked at the reviews and this is one of the places that has been on my radar.
And there is the pit right out there in the parking lot. I ordered a 2 meat combo which comes with 2 sides and a coke which came to $20 (USD).
Brisket is, of course, de rigeur (sorry...we don't speak French in Texas...nor do we say, "Houston, we have a problem!") in Texas, and at the counter guy's recommendation, I also had the jalapeno and cheese pork sausage. The brisket was unbelievable. It is what I have dreamed of and always thought was possible. It was moist, a little fatty, had good bark and was tender enough that no cutting was necessary! My life is now complete. The sausage did not have the same snap as the sausage at Luling but the taste was wonderful, fatty and a little spicy.
For sides, I had mac n' cheese and elote. The mac and cheese was creamy and cheesy and used a bit of a heavier duty macaroni. I liked it. 
I've never had elote before but it's not hard to see why it should be a side available everywhere. Corn, queso fresco, cilantro and sauce. This was also amazing.
Counter order and pick up as usual.
There was air-conditioned seating inside (it was 25 C and humid today) and outside patio seating. Friendly folks, great food and a cool place. My new favourite Texas barbecue joint (so far). 
For what it's worth (and I'm not a total barbecue expert), I give the Pit Room 5 out of 5.

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