"Would you, could you, on a train?" If it's the Railroad Crossing BBQ for lunch, then sure!
Like any red-blooded boy, our son is really into trains which made the Railroad Crossing a special treat. Situated near functioning railroad tracks along Hempstead Highway in northwest Houston, the Railroad Crossing does a brisk business with the folks working in the industrial yards still lining the railroad.
The Railroad Crossing offers standard BBQ, salads, and sides along with a heaping helping of sourthern hospitality. Also available are all-you-can-eat catfish and sirloin steak for $15. Not a bad deal if you're hungry for a few steaks (we weren't this time). The food itself is standard - I had a BBQ plate with sausage and brisket and it was par for the course. My two sides outshone the meat a bit - green beans (with bacon) and thick, battery onion rings. I highly recommend the onion rings. My wife had the chicken fried steak which was huge and tasted alright, along with mashed potatoes which were above average.
The real draw of the Railroad Crossing though is the ambiance. After ordering at the counter patrons have a choice of eating in a "normal" looking dining room or moving on to the train car. Guess which one we chose? While not exactly a life-altering experience, it was a nice change of pace to have some unique ambiance. Our son certainly enjoyed it and we spent lots of time talking about trains and the fixtures inside the dining car.
Overall I would definitely recommend Railroad Crossing to anyone who is looking for a change of pace. If you have out of town guests and are looking for a little excitement, this is definitely a place that will inspire some conversation over a decent plate of Texas BBQ.