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BrooklynQ
03-07-2005, 09:49 AM
My Texas Brothers,
I am going to be in Austin TX from April 29 to May 5. I want to hit all the holy places of central Texas BBQ and I don't want to miss any.

My brother-in-law (brooklyn born and a texas emmigrant) is naming alll sort of places to try, but I don't trust his opinoin. Last trip, he took us to the Salt Lick as the best BBQ place in TX. It twas OK, but not GREAT.

I'm seeking the GREAT.

Details magazine just put out this list. What do you think? Did they leave any off? What about Stubbs?

DETAILS Austin Barbecue Trail

Sunday, March 6, 2005; Page P09

Call it barbecue, barbeque or BBQ, but whatever you do, call ahead for hours of operation. It's best to arrive around noon, when the meat is just coming off the pit. Plus, in Texas, barbecue joints sell what they have till they run out of it, so you might miss out on the brisket or the ribs if you arrive mid-afternoon or later.

Ordering by the pound, most meats cost around $10. A "mixed plate" of three meats and two sides runs between $7 and $12.

THE BARBECUE JOINTS:

El Azteca, 2600 E. Seventh St., Austin, 512-477-4701. Even if it is steamed, not smoked, the barbacoa is delicious. The cabrito (baby goat) is, too, although it isn't smoked either (as is traditional), but baked, then fried.

Sam's BBQ, 2000 E. 12th St., Austin, 512-478-0378. The mixed plate of brisket, sausage and pork ribs is phenomenal. Get it sauced. Oh, and a quarter-pound of mutton, too.

Ruby's BBQ, 512 W. 29th St., Austin, 512-477-1651. The spicy chopped beef sandwich is sensational. Save room for sweet potato pie.

Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 505 W. Dallas St., Llano, 325-247-5713. When the brisket is on, it's unbeatable. Try the cabrito -- it's smoked.

Louie Mueller Barbeque, 206 W. Second St., Taylor, 512-352-6206. Brisket, ribs, sausage, you name it, all of it is state of the barbecuer's art.

Taylor Cafe, 101 N. Main St., 512-352-2828. Go for the anthropological experience, stay for the turkey sausage.

Kreuz Market, 619 N. Colorado St., Lockhart, 512-398- 2361. Overlook the convection oven. This is Texas 'cue at its best.

STILL HUNGRY?

Smitty's Market, 208 S. Commerce St., Lockhart, 512- 398-9344. The barbecue rivals (some say surpasses, but not I) the fabled fare served at the other side of the family's place up the street.

Southside Market and BBQ, 1212 U.S. Hwy. 290 E., Elgin, 512-285-3407. Famous for its "hot guts," or spicy all-beef sausage. Not as fiery since they reduced the pepper back in the '70s. Still delicious, though.

Crosstown Bar-B-Q, 202 S. Avenue C, Elgin, 512-281-5594. Funky and down-home, with brisket that can be heavenly or greasy, usually both.

Cooper's Pit Bar-B-Q, Hwy. 87 South, Mason, 325-347-6897. Started in 1953, it is the original outlet for Cooper's, predating the one in Llano (established by the founder's son). Some say it is better than the Llano Cooper's, and maybe the best in the state.

Thank you brothers!

chad
03-07-2005, 10:31 AM
Kruez market is a definate GO!

Just south of Austin (actually on the north side of San Antonio) is Rudy's - another Gotta Go! place (IMHO) just for the atmosphere!

Hell, just head south on I-35 and stop and eat anywhere - call it research. You need to stop in New Braunfels for some sausage and German food, too. :D

bittertruth
03-07-2005, 11:16 AM
Kruez! Kruez! Kruez! I just got hungry.

Mark
03-07-2005, 11:24 AM
Not the best but I allways used to enjoy County Line on the lake. 10 years ago was all-u-can eat (family style) plus a great location and definately not a greasy spoon-type establishment.

brdbbq
03-07-2005, 11:45 AM
Whore-e doesn't allow me in Austin so I can't help. Sorry

Jorge
03-07-2005, 11:54 AM
My Texas Brothers,
I am going to be in Austin TX from April 29 to May 5. I want to hit all the holy places of central Texas BBQ and I don't want to miss any.

My brother-in-law (brooklyn born and a texas emmigrant) is naming alll sort of places to try, but I don't trust his opinoin. Last trip, he took us to the Salt Lick as the best BBQ place in TX. It twas OK, but not GREAT.

I'm seeking the GREAT.

Details magazine just put out this list. What do you think? Did they leave any off? What about Stubbs?

Hit or miss the last couple of times I've been there.




Sam's BBQ, 2000 E. 12th St., Austin, 512-478-0378. The mixed plate of brisket, sausage and pork ribs is phenomenal. Get it sauced. Oh, and a quarter-pound of mutton, too.

Good stuff! Not sure when they close now. Heard a rumor that they cut their hours back. Always used to see musicians there late at night. Stevie Ray Vaughn, his brother Jimmy etc.



Ruby's BBQ, 512 W. 29th St., Austin, 512-477-1651. The spicy chopped beef sandwich is sensational. Save room for sweet potato pie.

Another winner most of the time. When the ribs are on they are outstanding.



Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 505 W. Dallas St., Llano, 325-247-5713. When the brisket is on, it's unbeatable. Try the cabrito -- it's smoked.

Always in the top 10 statewide. The last time I was by there it was just too busy to stop due to all of the publicity they've had. Probably worth a trip since they cook over mesquite coals.


Louie Mueller Barbeque, 206 W. Second St., Taylor, 512-352-6206. Brisket, ribs, sausage, you name it, all of it is state of the barbecuer's art.

If you go to Taylor it's the place to try. Skip Mikeska's.


Kreuz Market, 619 N. Colorado St., Lockhart, 512-398- 2361. Overlook the convection oven. This is Texas 'cue at its best.

Huge barn of a building, but still my favorite. Mom's family used to have them cator most of the family reunions. Maybe it's the volume of meat, or the new pit but it's not quite the same. If you have one place you have to go I'd make it Kreuz.



Smitty's Market, 208 S. Commerce St., Lockhart, 512- 398-9344. The barbecue rivals (some say surpasses, but not I) the fabled fare served at the other side of the family's place up the street.

No idea. I refuse to eat there out of principle. Smitty's is in the old Kreuz building, and using the original pit. Family couldn't come to terms so they split the sheets. I'm told it's good food too.


Southside Market and BBQ, 1212 U.S. Hwy. 290 E., Elgin, 512-285-3407. Famous for its "hot guts," or spicy all-beef sausage. Not as fiery since they reduced the pepper back in the '70s. Still delicious, though.

It's all about the sausage. The Bracewell's do a great job. Pick up a few extra links and leave them in the freezer until your return flight.


Crosstown Bar-B-Q, 202 S. Avenue C, Elgin, 512-281-5594. Funky and down-home, with brisket that can be heavenly or greasy, usually both.

Good food. A little more hit or miss for me than some of the other places, but I've never left feeling like I didn't eat some good food.

In Elgin you might want to consider Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse as well. Good food, and great sausage. Gradually stealing my loyalty to Southside Market.

In Lockhart you can give cafeteria style Q a try at Chisholm Trail BBQ. Known as Floyd's to the locals. It ranks third on my list in Lockhart.

#2 and one of my top 5 places in the state is Black's BBQ in Lockhart. Just off the town square. Another place you might want to pick a little extra sausage up from for that trip home.

Another 30-40 miles south of Lockhart is Luling. City Market is another top 10 place for me. I'm not a big sauce fan but they have a killer sauce, and great sausage. If you are going to plan a visit around lunch, get there early.

BrooklynQ
03-07-2005, 04:22 PM
Thanks Jorge. I really appreciate it. Maybe we can meet up when I'm down there. I'll buy dinner.

It kills me that on my last trip, I went to the watermelon thump in Luling and the only thing I ate was a BBQ turkey drumstick made by a food vendor that was from Farmingdale, Long Island, NY.

If I knew then what I know now....

BBQchef33
03-07-2005, 05:25 PM
hey.. we have a place around here to buy BBQ..

one

one place

one single place

and it sucks.

tommykendall
03-07-2005, 05:27 PM
hey.. we have a place around here to buy BBQ..


And at least one great place to get it free!!

BrooklynQ
03-07-2005, 06:54 PM
hey.. we have a place around here to buy BBQ..

one

one place

one single place

and it sucks.

Come to the city - there's more.

tommykendall
03-07-2005, 09:45 PM
Come to the city - there's more.


I assume you mean more that sucks?

BrooklynQ
03-07-2005, 09:49 PM
you got it!

Jorge
03-07-2005, 11:14 PM
Thanks Jorge. I really appreciate it. Maybe we can meet up when I'm down there. I'll buy dinner.

It kills me that on my last trip, I went to the watermelon thump in Luling and the only thing I ate was a BBQ turkey drumstick made by a food vendor that was from Farmingdale, Long Island, NY.

If I knew then what I know now....

Sounds good to me. Depending on the time you have available you can make several days of it. Or if time is short you could visit a lot of the places you listed in a day. Llano and Mason are the furthest out. A trip from Taylor down to Luling could be done in a day hitting most of the spots if you pace the appetite. Just watch the beer consumption if you try it. Several well known speed traps in between, and judges that show no mercy....especially with the accent you can't leave at home :D :D

JacksonsDad
03-09-2005, 10:07 AM
hey.. we have a place around here to buy BBQ..

one

one place

one single place

and it sucks.

Come to the city - there's more.

Man...one place, I got one place just in the neighborhood...great thing about Texas...there are BBQ joints all over. Most are ok...but there are a couple that flat out rock.

I wish I could chime in on Austin joints, been too long since I have been.

Jorge - I'll be down at least once or twice once football season rolls around..we'll have to meet for some cue.

racer_81
03-09-2005, 12:16 PM
Threadgill's is relatively famous. Whaddya know about that place Jorge?

Jorge
03-09-2005, 12:57 PM
Threadgill's is relatively famous. Whaddya know about that place Jorge?

adequate chicken fried steak, good rolls, my right wing leanings make it hard for me to be objective since Eddie Wilson (Owner) gives me an atomic wedgie. :D

Bigmista
03-11-2005, 10:26 PM
Threadgill's is relatively famous. Whaddya know about that place Jorge?

adequate chicken fried steak, good rolls, my right wing leanings make it hard for me to be objective since Eddie Wilson (Owner) gives me an atomic wedgie. :D

Rule of thumb: Never let politics separate you from a great meal.

Jorge
04-17-2005, 10:52 AM
Just talked to a friend that reminded me of a non Q place you might like to check out.

http://www.cactushill.com/TCP/home.htm

chad
04-17-2005, 01:02 PM
Make sure you get some chicken fried steak! You might consider Tex-Mex for lunch a couple of times, too. :D

thillin
04-19-2005, 03:29 AM
Be sure to enjoy some cold Texas beer. Shiner Bock and such. Also some great wine down here.