Native Texan Dick Williams is offering Thomson an authentic taste of the southwest at the newly-opened Tricky's Bar-B-Que and Steakhouse on Augusta Highway.
Mr. Williams, who grew up in the Houston area, is using his expertise as a former competitive cook to offer Texas style specialties like barbecue beef brisket, chicken, ribs, and smoked sausage.
Dick Williams recently opened Tricky's Bar-B-Que and Steakhouse in Thomson.
Photo by Kristopher Wells
He uses industrial-sized smokers and a huge grill to prepare dishes ranging from ribs to combo platters, with prices starting at $5.99 for a sliced brisket sandwich with one side item. Desserts are also offered, and wine and beer are available to accompany meals.
"I've wanted to open a restaurant for a number of years," he said.
Mr. Williams, who learned his craft in a state famous for its barbecue cook-offs, won his share of contests while following the Texas rodeo circuit.
Mr. Williams and a group of six or seven friends teamed up to participate in about 20 cook offs each year. There was more fame than fortune in the hobby, and Mr. Williams brought home a number of large trophies, but didn't make a big profit after deducting expenses.
But he did learn a lot about Texas barbecue, and 12 years of competitive cooking sharpened those techniques he is using in his Thomson restaurant.
"I think I know what I'm doing" he said.
"When cooking competitively in Texas, you turn in the meat to the judges without any sauce. I learned to cook meat that tastes good by itself. When you add sauce, it kicks it up a notch."
Patrons agree. Page Prater and friends enjoyed having lunch at the restaurant last week and liked the flavor of the sauce as well as the service and atmosphere.
"The food was great," he said.
Tricky's, which housed other businesses in the past, has been renovated and newly decorated.
"We are changing the complexion of the building, making it more family oriented," Mr. Williams said.
Several seating areas offer patrons a choice of specific dÈcor such as a fish and game room, NASCAR room, a Texas-Georgia room as well as a wall of fame that holds photos of local heroes who have gone forward in their sports.
"People can come in their hunting caps or their Sunday best," he said.
Each seating area has a television that is tuned to a channel requested by the patrons.
There is also a game room to amuse the younger diners who are waiting for their meal to arrive.
The restaurant offers cafeteria style service during lunch and restaurant style service in the evenings.
Tricky's, which offers both a smoking and non-smoking area, is open Thursday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, and Sunday for lunch.
Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.