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May 15, 2008 03:55 PM

Uncle Billy's - BIG Turn Around!

Chuck Wagon here...

They did it! UB has finally turned the corner. The folks at UB’s have worked hard and their work in the kitchen has paid off. We now have a true BBQ and beer establishment on Barton Springs Rd.

WAY TO GO Uncle Billy’s.

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    1. It's going to take a lot to get me back to that place.

      Just recently, we waited 1.5 hours for two barbecue plates and then gave up out of frustration. We had expressed our displeasure to our waiter to no effect. It was only when we were walking out that a manager came to apologize with our meals boxed up in styrofoam boxes. Too little, too late for extremely mediocre food.

      How hard is it too slice meat and put it on a plate or tell your customer that you ran out of food?

      I'd go to Green Mesquite, Artz's or Pok E Joe's (all within 5 minutes) before I'd go back to Uncle Billy's.

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      1. re: The Tres Leches

        AND Green Mesquite has a wonderful history of taking care of its own, AND it has a lovely back patio with great music, big ole scooners of Shiner and killer wings.

        When they had the fire, Tom, Liz, Lauren and Brian Davis paid their staff throughout the rebuild/remodel...and that was a long, slow process. Those folks are still working there today. That kind of loyalty (both ways) just isn't found in these corporate times.'s "We did it"

        1. re: amysuehere

          "big ole scooners of Shiner" can hardly compete with the brews produced at UB's. Its a shame that food and service don't seem to measure up. (that is if they still don't. I am unqualified to really comment on them, personally)
          I have only been there for the beer. Next time i go i'll try the BBQ.

        2. re: The Tres Leches

          I agree. I live probably 5 minutes away, and short of an act of the almighty commanding me to go there, I doubt I'll darken the door again. Frankly, there's too many good restaurant options nearby to run the risk of completely wasting my money... again.

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          1. I ate lunch there today, but a little later in the afternoon and at the bar, so it wasn't crowded and the service was quick. The sandwich was okay, the slaw fine and the fries were shoestring, not my fave. But I've had worse BBQ, too, so I'm not complaining, and the lunch special was $5.99 for the sandwich and two sides, a nice price. The Pale Ale was excellent; nice cascades hops flavored throughout the whole glass, proper color, no real off flavors. I was pleasantly surprised by that.

            1. I've been wanting to go to Uncle Billy's because I've heard they have pulled pork BBQ. Because it sounds like they have crappy service and/or food, of all the other recommendations, who else has it? Very few places in Texas have it, so when I hear of one, I'm all for going.

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              1. re: GenieinTX

                The pulled pork I had at Whole Foods and at Lambert's was better than the stuff I had at Uncle Billy's. Granted, it was at room temperature and from a styrofoam box, but that's what happens when Uncle Billy's can't slice meat and deliver it to a customer within an hour and a half.

                1. re: GenieinTX

                  Genie, I had a good pulled pork sandwich from TJ's Hickory Honey Ham the other day. There's a thread for TJ's out here and everyone was raving about it. So, being a fan of pulled pork myself, I had to go. It was just take-out and I don't know their hours. But, the sandwich was really good. Pork was tender, BBQ sauce a little sweet (not the Texas sauce, but I like sweetness with my pulled pork), the bread was a large hoagie type roll which would have been a little tough-ish for any other sandwich (for my taste), but held up well to the huge portion of pulled pork they piled on. Sandwich came to $7, and it was worth it. They deliver if you're in the area (they're where the farmer's market was on Burnet).

                  1. re: stephanieh

                    TJ's is open till 6 m-saturday. I like their pulled pork a lot. the hoagie bread is good on all their hot sandwiches. It is made down the street at phoenicia.

                    Their hot ham and cheese is also excellent, as are their baked beans and slaw.

                  2. re: GenieinTX

                    My favorite place for pulled pork is Mann's up on 183 at Ohlen. The pulled pork at Uncle Billy's is good, but not as good as Mann's and Mann's has the real deal vinegar sauce to go with theirs. I love the beer at Uncle Billy's, but don't go there very often because the parking situation drives me crazy. Also the service, as many have noted, often leaves much to be desired.