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Oct 17, 2008 01:38 PM

Update on Louie Mueller's - Taylor , TX

Had a chance to eat at Louie Mueller's yesterday , and I swear it was better than ever . I know what you are thinking : it was perfect to start , so how could it be better ? But it was just absolutely delicious .

As a lot of you know , Bobby Mueller passed away on September 6th . So , it was very reassuring to see Lance Kirkpatrick's face when I walked in yesterday . You may not know his name , but you would recognize his face , since he is the guy that slices up your order and puts it on your tray . Also had a chance to meet and say hello to Wayne Mueller , who is Bobby's son . I would say that he is a gentleman , and very solid , just like his father .

It looks like the transition here has been accomplished , and that Louie Mueller's will remain one of the best BBQ joints in Texas . Actually , it may now be the very best , cause I swear yesterday's lunch was the very best of many great lunches at Louie Mueller's .

Louie Mueller Barbecue
206 W 2nd St, Taylor, TX 76574

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  1. My wife and I ate at Louie Mueller's first time. It was fabulous. I felt like I was family...I met Lance and Wayne - who took time to tell me about his Dad and just some really nice stories. The place is legend...I didn't want to leave....JonBattle

    1. I understand that Lance is no longer employed at Louie Mueller's.

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        1. re: Winedot

          I can confirm that he's no longer there, but don't know where he has gone. Hoping someone will post his new whereabouts.

          1. re: pinotho

            Boy, wish we could talk (bribe) him into coming to Houston.

            1. re: pinotho

              Rumor is that he's looking to open up a restaurant of his own (presumably in the Taylor area). I don't believe it will be barbecue joint though.

              1. re: Winedot

                Lance is opening a restaurant called Mimosas in the old odd fellows building in Taylor. It is on 4th street near the post office and the old rail car restaurant. It is not open yet.

                1. re: SpencerFord

                  My understanding is that Lance's new restaurant will open on February 14th.

                    1. re: amysuehere

                      I believe the name of the restaurant will be The Mimosa Cafe. It will be located just around the corner from and a couple of blocks north of Louie Mueller's. The restaurant will occupy the bottom floor of the old Oddfellows building at Fourth and Talbot.

                      1. re: Winedot

                        Do you know the type of cuisine? Is it going to offer barbecue?

                        1. re: Jaymes

                          My understanding is that it will not be barbecue but rather something along the lines of traditional "home-style cooking" fare.

                        2. re: Winedot

                          Hmm. Don't think it'd be wise to compete that closely with LM's. I know personally I wouldn't go all that way, get that close to LM and then go somewhere else. I'm just sayin'.

                          Based on that, I'd have to assume he's going for something altogether different. Best of luck to him.

                          1. re: amysuehere

                            Yes, that was my first thought.

                            However, having a bunch of folks all offering up barbecue in Lockhart doesn't seem to have hurt any of them much.

                            1. re: amysuehere

                              The Mimosa opened over the weekend. Lance is certainly "going for something altogether different"--from chicken fried steak to trout nachos to lamb lollipops to Beef Wellington. He's open for breakfast, lunch, and supper.

                                1. re: Winedot

                                  Wonder if anyone has had a chance to try out Lance's new restaurant.

                                  And do you know if they're going to serve any barbecue at all?

                                  1. re: Jaymes

                                    Word is that Lance has cut his hours recently--eliminating breakfast. Probably not a good sign.

              2. Lance is no longer at Louie Mueller's? Damn!

                1. My son who lives in Austin and like me, loves Louie Mueller's BBQ now tells me the last few times he was there (without Lance) the BBQ was not good at all.
                  All I can say is, BUMMER!

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                  1. re: twinwillow

                    Your son is DEFINITELY correct. Our family went to LMs in Taylor for spring break weekend on the way back from San Antonio. (We live in Fort Worth) We were ready for a treat. HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT!!! The brisket (if you wanna call it that) was HORRIBLE. Dry, nasty, flavorless, and did I say DRY. I couldn't eat it all, so I took the rest home for my dog. The sausage wasn't bad, but definitely not the best I had had. The lemonade was great. lol Steer clear of LMs until they get back on track. (Who knows when that'll happen) Only gets a second star for atmosphere.

                  2. From the FYI Desk:

                    I saw where Patricia at Texas Monthly reports this from John Mueller: “Yes [the new operation] will be in Austin. I’m taking this slowly to ensure a successful comeback. My first plan is to vend in local clubs so I can reestablish my reputation and confidence. I will be looking for the exact right opportunity for a building.”

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                    1. re: DallasDude

                      One of the few restaurateurs who I thought might come over the counter for a bare knuckle brawl when I told him I would like the fatty part of his brisket. That being said he did have the best barbecue in Austin during his stormy Manor Road tenure.

                      Reading his screed that he taped to the front door of his little joint suggested a need for some sort of etiquette class but once again;I'll put up with alot when you're that talented on the smoker.

                      Hopefully his stay in Amarillo readied him for a triumphant return to Austin.I'll be in the parking lot the morning of his opening with cash in hand for a good pound of charred and fatty please.

                      1. re: scrumptiouschef

                        always like your posts Scrumptious.......if you're still standing, will you report back after your meal ?

                        1. re: scrumptiouschef

                          hahaha scrumptiouschef Im really not all that tough