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Jun 21, 2008 06:16 AM

Which restaurant offers BBQ Family Style?

I am from out of town. Someone once took me to a BBQ where you can order family style. I think it was on the 360.

I am travelling this time with family and a large group and would like to order family style so we can try a bit of everything. Can you pls tell me if it was Salt Lick or County Line?

The restaurant was in Austin, not one or two hours away. Thanks.

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  1. If it was on 360, then it was probably Rudy's. Did it have a bunch of gas pumps outside?

    1. You're talking about The County Line. There are two - County Line on the Lake is on 2222, near its intersection w/ 360. County Line on the Hill is on Bee Caves Road, off 360 also.

      1. Can you describe the decor or any characteristic of the place? That would help.

        1. There was a Salt Lick outlet on 360 for a while as well in Davenport Village but it has closed. County Line would be your only option in that area now.

          1. I agree with the others that said County Line. They have three options of family style all-you-can-eat ordering there (depends on how many different items the table wants to try).

            You can go to their website and look at photos of the County Line on the Hill or County Line on the Lake to see if one of those looks familiar. Like yorkshirepud said, there are two in Austin, both near 360. If you happen to remember if you had some really awesome homemade bread with your meal, then you were probably at County Line.

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            1. re: stephanieh

              I know we drove by Barton Creek Mall to get there. It was not a shack but a nice restaurant style dining room. In a hilly area. It was dark and my first time to Austin. Along with family style, we had potato salad, slaw, beans and bread.
              The meats we had brisket, ribs, turkey, sausage and chicken.
              If it is County line and there are two locations, which one is 'closest' from the airport.
              Thanks, everyone for your help. Should we also try Ben's downtown? I have already tried Rudy's, IronWorks, Stubbs and PokeyJo's and Salt Lick. So far, I like Rudy and Stubbs the best.

              1. re: caitlink

                That sounds like County Line. County Line on the Hill is 18.7 miles and the Lake is 13.2 from ABIA.

                1. re: caitlink

                  Ben's is closed, but Sam's (just down E. 12th) remains open and is worth a stop. I also like Ruby's (29th & Guadalupe).

                  Mann's (183 & Ohlen) just placed in the Texas Monthly top 50. I've been back a couple of times since then. I like the family atmosphere and I love the sides. I think their pork (ribs, loin, and pulled) is way better than their brisket and sausage.

                  None of these places do family style.

                  1. re: caitlink

                    From the airport, you're also already well on your way to Lockhart, which has some of the best BBQ joints in the state. It's only 26.7 miles from ABIA. You can find numerous reviews on the board (search Smitty's or Kreuz), but you order everything by the pound, which makes it easy (encouraged even) to eat family style. I find that I can get "all I can eat" for half the price or less of the all you can eat joints like Salt Lick or County Line.

                    By the way, for those who haven't seen, they're elevating 183 right in front of Kreuz Market. It's sort of tragic. Guess the big red barn will need a big red sign to be seen from the new highway.