My BBQ round-up
Just checking in. I have been quiet lately but I felt with the latest inclusion of Smitty's along with some other folks, I have been slacking. Here are some of the places I have visited.
Texas Rib Kings:
For a place with a name like that you would think that they would have the beef ribs available for lunch. I had the pork ones and they were kind of dry in texture. The brisket was tender, but for those looking for a flavorful crust, it isn't there. They are close by, but...
Mann's is even closer. So close that I can walk my dogs and tie em up while I eat. I have posted about them before, but here is a return visit:
They are pretty good and convenient. They have a good lunch business from my observations and I like that they give a little taste of some dessert as a extra. My only memory of this meal was that the mac&cheese had started to separate from the heat and the greens were more like a soup, mostly liquid.
Southside Market is about 20 minutes away:
Now here we have a improvement in the beef rib category. That is a big rib and there is a lot of sausage hiding under it. One thing that is unique to them is that they offer mutton. This and lamb breast are sadly overlooked, but it is a meaty and marbled slice of flavor.
I decided that I was going to take a back road roadtrip, unencumbered by any destination. Driving in a big circle led me to Black's:
This is their brisket sandwich and it was here that I felt a little closer to appreciating brisket. This was as tender as any, but the smoky taste and crust did shine. I only went for one side, but the macaroni salad is excellent and I should have gone for two scoops.
In closing here is a chili burger from a place that I am investigating for a future review, Frisco's..:
One last thing. This is pretty cool. There are about a million bats living under the Congress St. Bridge. Here they are leaving the bridge as twilight approaches. Next week, Austin is holding a Bat-Fest. You know that I'll be checking that out...