91: Mike Pitt

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Lauren Saria
Mike Pitt
From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creatives on Jackalope Ranch.

Today, a man with the perfect name for his gig.

Tastemaker 91: Mike Pitt

If you don't like BBQ now, we can almost promise you will after tasting the slowly roasted, dry rubbed 'cue turned out by backyard pit master turned restaurateur Mike Pitt. Pitt grew up in South Texas and worked for a barbecue restaurant through high school, when he realized he wanted a place of his own. After doing some catering and backyard events, he moved to Arizona to pursue his dream and with the help of fellow Texan Doug Dieckmann opened Texas BBQ House.

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Lauren Saria
Trademark brisket from Texas BBQ House
I arrived in Phoenix with... out a house and job.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... my dad who is deceased, Tony Stewart, Guy Fieri, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Texas BBQ House.

One menu item this city could do without is... greens.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... Pappadeaux Seafood.

The Tastemakers so far:
100: Tracy Dempsey
99: Craig DeMarco
98: Lara Mulchay
97: M.J. Coe
96: Betty Alatorre de Hong
95: Eric Schaefer
94: Hanna Gabrielsson
93: Shinji Kurita
92: Silvana Salcido Esparza

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Location Info

Texas BBQ House

5037 S. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

11051 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Josh H.
Josh H.

Way way  over rated!! Slab of fatty meat w/ a couple of overweight creepy dudes staring at us the whole time we were eating as if they were dying to see our reaction. Made us feel like they were hoping we wouldn't come across a surprise in our food or something. There weren't many people there when we were there at lunchtime- maybe that should've told us something huh

Steve D.
Steve D.

Man, I love love love your BBQ, enough to drive way outta my way to the South Phoenix location for a while, and now to the much more convenient location in Old Town Scottsdale...I rave about it to friends and on Yelp and any other chance I get...but I have to call you out a little: Dinner with Guy Fieri? Pretty sure I would lose my appetite the first time he said "brutha" or "OG" or "stoked."

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