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Apr 26, 2007 11:40 PM

BBQ Hound`s Return to Texas BBQ (Austin)

Hi Folks,

I've convinced my wife, a fledgling tennis instructor, that she would benefit from a a long weekend at John Newcombe's tennis ranch in new braunfels. Although food is included with the program there is no way I'm missing the bbq after my last jaunt through lockhart described here:

Mapquest shows that city market in is actually closer to new braunfels, so I'm thinking that we'll head there first and then on to blacks (as I missed it last time). Are there any other places I should be thinking about? I would be open to non-bbq (gasp).


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  1. On a non-BBQ tip, I'm a fan of Clear Springs Restaurant on Highway 46 just outside of New Braunfels. The place has become a mini-chain, but I always found the original location there in NB to have really good catfish.

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    1. re: Twill

      I would second a recommendation for Clear Springs. Their onion rings are terrific. As far as BBQ, For other non-BBQ, a place off the beaten path is a little restaurant called The Vineyards, which is located a ways down FM 3009 towards Natural Bridge Caverns. Its a nice romantic place that is perfect for a couple. The food was very good. I had a some venison that was cooked well, tender and not too gamey, but the best thing I had there was their red wine caesar salad. They used red wine vinegar in the salad dressing that packed a terrific punch with anchovies and garlic. It was so good. I could just eat that. But thats also because I LOVE vinegar. I'll see if I can find some info on the web for it, and post it here.

      Update. They don't have a website, but here is their contact info.

      Also, I would recommend making reservations as they do have a lot of weddings and private parties, etc, and it sucks to drive out there, and find out you can't get a table.

      1. re: Homero

        Southwest Market in San Marcos is probably the greatest undiscovered Central Texas BBQ joint. The owner worked at Kreuz's for 15 years before he opened his own joint. From New Braunfels, head north on I-35, exit McCarty Ln and turn left (west). Turn right (north) on Hunter Rd and it'll be on the right side before you get to Wonder World Dr.

        The brisket, sausage, and pork chops are all top notch. I don't like sauce, but theirs is completely different than any place else around and is very good. They're one of the few places that sell shoulder clod if you like your meat on the lean side. It's very good too.

        1. re: achtungpv

          Sweet, that sounds like a terrific find,! I will definitely check that out next time I am in the area.

          1. re: Homero

            I love Southwest Market, too. Their delicious 'cue is a welcome relief from the grim chain restaurants along that stretch of I-35. Here's one older thread with a few more details on the place:


            1. re: MPH

              If you are a burger fan, stop at Centerpoint Station across I-35 from the outlet malls. It may be possible that the burgers are 2nd only to Casino El Camino. Hand tossed 3/4 lbs. patties and homemade buns. Fresh cut fries also. Good stuff.