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Heading to Barton Creek Resort in February and Looking for Local Favorites...

I'll be heading into Austin at the end of February for a golf trip and we will be staying at Barton Creek Resorts. Our group consists of three who eat everything and one who only eats fish and seafoods. I'm looking for recommendations for local favorites, both lunches and dinners...fancy or not,....not necessarily *The Best*, but just very good and not the typical large chain type restaurants, e.g. Ruth's Chris or similar....something that represents the heart of Austin or Texas style of fare. Any information and suggestions on any of the restaurants at Barton Creek Resort proper and the following:

Steakhouse
Barbeque
Seafood/Fish
Southwestern or Mexican.
Local Breakfasts

We will be in town for four days.....special attention to the Best Barbeque and The Downtown area is most appreciated...but we will have a car, so if there is a great place in the suburbs, please do tell.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. This will be a fantastic trip for you - Barton Creek offers some of the best golf anywhere in the country, in my opinion. Here are my suggestions:

    Steakhouse - either Sullivan's of Fleming's. Both are downtown, and have excellent wine lists and incredible beef. Expensive, but you won't be disappointed.

    Barbeque - you'll probably get other recommendations, but I would suggest County Line. There are two in Austin, but one on Bee Cave Road, very near the resort. Excellent BBQ, and good Hill Country views from their patio.

    Seafood/Fish - Eddie V's, downtown location.

    Southwestern/Mexican - Matt's El Rancho for Tex-Mex. For Southwestern, I'd say Z'Tejas or Fonda San Miguel for interior-type Mexican food. Fonda is a wonderful dining experience.

    Local breakfasts - Barton Creek resort offers as fine a breakfast/buffet as you can find elsewhere in Austin.

    Enjoy the Foothills and Fazio Canyons courses, too......

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    1. re: marfaboy

      marfaboy,

      Thanks for the information. In searching, the following places have popped up, but most of the comments were from 2007, and I was obviously looking for more recent opinions. Thanks for Eddie V's as it is often mentioned.

      Any opinions on the following?: Yea or Nay?

      Finn & Porter
      Chez Nous
      Moonshine
      Roaring Fork...same as Scottsdale?
      Cantina Loraedo
      Louie's 106
      Truluck

      Also, I forgot to ask.....Looking for one very important suggestion....Chicken Fried Steak.

      BTW, we are on the Breakfast plan at the resort, but I like to go out and see the little guys...moms and pops too.......and playing all four courses including Cliffside and Lakeside. it will be my first Crenshaw course, but have played many from Fazio and Palmer designs across the country.

      1. re: fourunder

        If you want Chicken Fried Steak, I saw that the Broken Spoke was featured on the Food Network for their chicken fried steak. It's also a place where people go country dancing like two-step.

        Finn and Porter - I didn't hear that many good things about this place
        Chez Nous - Their french food is very good and reasonably priced. It is a cheaper alternative to Aquarelle and they have good food
        Moonshine - It's not that bad. It's sort of an upscale American comfort food. Their sunday brunch isn't that bad either. I heard Andy Roddick really likes one of their appetizers here.
        Truluck - very expensive but I also heard it's very romantic.
        I second Z'Tejas for Southwestern, even if it's sort of a chain.
        For mom and pop places, I like taco xpress for their al pastor tacos and their migas tacos for breakfast. I also enjoy Flip Happy Crepes, although the wait can be long depending on the time you go. (cash only)

        If you like sushi/raw seafood, I strongly recommend Uchi. Their fish always taste fresh and their food taste delicious. Good for the adventurous types. Plus if you go before 6:30, they have happy hour and some menu items are discounted.

        1. re: bigfoodie4life

          Big,

          Thanks for the Chicken Fried Steak recommendation at Broken Spoke. Chez Nous, Moonshine and Z'Tejas pop up in searches, so these will be on the short list. I will be on the Breakfast Buffet plan with out golf package, but if I venture off the property, i will hit Taco Express. Is it also an option for a late afternoon snack after the round of golf?

          With regards to Finn & Poerer, one in the group only eats fish and seafoods, and i noticed on their website they offer Shushi. I thought we could satisfy everyone for one eveniong...but i guess we'll pass. thanks for Uchi as an alternative.

          1. re: fourunder

            before i moved here, a friend took me to z'tejas so i could "get a taste of austin".
            although it started in austin, it's now a chain serving 5 states with multiple locations.
            i found that disappointing, because i don't like to eat in chain restaurants.
            although it's good food (and the arboretum location has a gorgeous patio), that is definitely something to consider if you are trying to eat locally and focus on mom and pops, etc.

            just my two cents.

            1. re: dinaofdoom

              dinaofdoom,

              thanks for bringing out those facts to light....any favorites for something similar to Z'Teja's?

        2. re: fourunder

          Finn & Porter - never been there. They have been closed for some time for renovations, but may have reopened recently. I really haven't heard much good buzz about this place, though.

          Chez Nous - French, downtown, dark. I much prefer Aquarelle if you're in the mood for French cuisine.

          Moonshine - it's okay. This restaurant has a lot of fans, but personally I've never been impressed by it.

          Roaring Fork - yes, the same restaurant as Scottsdale....it's a small chain. I've been to the Austin location twice, and again, not on my regular restaurant rotation list.

          Cantina Laredo - never been there.

          Louie's 106 - Very good.

          Truluck's - hate it; horribly overrated.

          Chicken-fried steak? I can't think of a place in Austin that I would really recommend. My wife makes the best I've ever tasted. You may see some suggestions for CFS at Threadgill's, but just ignore them.

          The two Fazio's at Barton Creek are great, great golf courses. The Crenshaw course is fairly easy, until you reach the greens, which are huge and undulating (think Kapalua). The Palmer course, Lakeside, is just amazingly fun.

          Is ths a guy golf trip? In my case, that would determine whether to recommend some dining venues.....

          Hope this helps.

          1. re: marfaboy

            marfaboy,

            Thanks for the follow up...and yes this is a guy's golf trip. Everyone obviously likes good food, but the in general, this will be laid back and not seriously into fine dining....more rustic may be better in the sense....no one wants to sit for three hours to eat a steak, if you know what I mean. My serious interest is at least one day for serious barbeque...the rest I am along for the ride. Like you mentioned earlier, the breakfast buffet at the resort is probably very good....and I am happy with that....but I have an adventurous side that likes to find the small places that serve good food for locals....not really for tourists so to speak. My history in working in restaurants for three decades always keeps me on the search for successful places who happen to serve great food as well. My inquiring mind wants to know.

            1. re: fourunder

              Hudson's on the Bend! Definitely unique and adventurous... but pricey.

              http://www.hudsonsonthebend.com/main.php

              1. re: Rene

                Rene,

                This spot popped up in one of my searches.....I actually love game meats, so this would be a great place for me....unfortunately the others do not.

                Also, this place seems a little too romantic for four guys with fat bellies, but I thank you. The only time I am looking for any of the others hands near mine is when they are paying me off for my bets won earlier(wishful thinking of course).

          2. re: fourunder

            Vespaio-great dishes, on S. Congress and is packed always..good for guys. In fact, one of my husband's favorites. They will satisfy all tastes.
            Ches Nous
            Louie's 108
            Eddie V's
            County Line-UGH..I really can't even image but it is always packed. Personally I think by people who are not from Austin, but we all have different tastes.
            Truluck's is OK-they are from Florida and do have their own crab fisheries in Naples.
            Hyde Park
            And the restaurant at Barton Creek is very good.

            1. re: SLadd

              SL,

              Thanks for confirming the possibility of Louies 106 and Eddie V and the Barton Creek Resort restaurant. In researching restaurants...Vespaio & Enoteca both came up often and I checked their website. It seems like they have an interesting menu, however....living in the Tristate region of NY, NJ and CT, we have no shortage of Italian restaurants and it's pretty hard to find the places we are accustomed to in our travels across the nation. It's the reason why I try to sample the local and regional flavors a destination has to offer...although I inquired about Chez Nous,,,,I believe it will end in the same fate of being overlooked due to the same circumstances.

          3. re: marfaboy

            I find the beef at both Sullivan's and Fleming's to be mediocre. At Sullivan's, it's not even prime and it's wet aged at both places. I think the best steak in town is the dry aged, prime steak served as a special at Eddie V's. It's from Allen Brothers and it's excellent.

            County Line. Ugh. It's closer to Disneyland than a barbecue joint, except for the potato salad, which is really good. Better you go to House Park Barbecue, just east of Lamar on 12th. Open only for lunch weekdays. Try the fatty brisket and the sausage.

            Skip Matt's, which saw better days 25 years ago when it was on First Street. Instead, try Polvo's for Tex-Mex Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. It's excellent. I do like Z-Tejas, especially the Chicken Fried Ribeye, and I'd definately recommend Fonda San Miguel.

            1. re: austinfood

              austinfood,

              Another one in the plus column for both Eddie V's and Z'Teja's ........and....Dueling barbecue now..... I love trying all the different barbeque available throughout the States. This will be my first time for Texas style, so I am particularly interested in Beef Brisket.....and fatty is more up my alley with the deckle portion.

              Besides Eddie V's for steak....are there any places with long independent history you can recommend?.....Someplace that cooks over an open pit and very relaxed atmosphere? Don't need the wine really.....just cold beer.

              1. re: austinfood

                austinfood,

                After doing a little search on Google, House Park sounds like precisely the type of place I would normally seek out if I were on my own. I am fascinated by food places like this that can endure for so long...in this case six decades....truly amazing. Naturally, you read some great reviews and also some poor ones, but the longevity of House Park seems to favor the believers.....I am only sorry for the limited hours....as I probably will not be able to get there since I will be on the course most likely.

                1. re: fourunder

                  Opie's BBQ in Spicewood is about 20 minutes west of Barton Creek, down Hwy 71. They cook cowboy-style, directly over mesquite coals instead of indirect smoke. You pick the meat straight off the pit ("Gimme that chop there") and they wrap it and weigh it for you. There are hot & cold sides and free pinto beans. It made the Texas Monthly 50 Best list and I think it's worth a lunch stop.

                  1. re: mkwng

                    mkwng,

                    I understand one of the golf courses is further away from the main clubhouse. Any chance Opie's is close to this course......I believe it may be one of the Fazio courses... if so, would it be less than the 20 minutes you mention. Since Opie's closes early, I would have to sneak out between rounds or the second nine....

                    1. re: fourunder

                      The Palmer course, Lakeside, is almost 20 miles from the resort, and in the direction of Opie's in Spicewood.

                      1. re: marfaboy

                        marfaboy,

                        Your wealth of knowledge is appreciated.....so Opie's is past the Palmer Lakeside Course, i.e., further away...or will be pass it en route? Also, are you going to give it a thumbs up?

                        I'll have to strongly consider Opie's in the interest of time management

                        1. re: fourunder

                          I don't golf, and am only going off the maps here. But it looks like Opie's is right near the Lakeside course, maybe 5-10 minutes further out? I am sure somebody in the clubhouse can give you specific directions.

                          Something else to think about if you go there. Most people think of beef when they think of TX BBQ, but Opie's has some really great pork - loin, ribs, and chops the size of a lunchbox.

                          There's an EPIC thread on CFS here - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/93088 - and I'll vote for Hoover's as my favorite in town now that Tony's Southern Comfort is gone. The CFS at Freddie's is OK, but that's definitely more of an atmosphere place (real nice patio).

                          1. re: mkwng

                            mkwng,

                            Thanks for the read on CFS...very interesting.

                            Pork or Beef.....no need to decide between the two for me...I will order everything to sample wherever I end up. I may not be a world class eater anymore....but I am a world class orderer.

                  2. re: fourunder

                    In that case you gotta check out Sam's Barbecue, on E. 12th st. I don't know how long it's been around, but it looks like forever. Excellent barbecue, and they're open late (until after the bars close, anyway, which is a very good time to go....)

                    1. re: Bat Guano

                      Bat,

                      Thanks for the information on late hours.....it's now on the short list.

              2. For a steakhouse I'd recommend driving a little further out of town to Backstage Steakhouse. It's a relaxed atmsophere with good services and the food is fantastic. It's a little-known gem because it's on the edges of Austin instead of downtown, but it's a different experience from a traditional chain steakhouse.

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                1. re: everydayfoodie

                  everyday,

                  Thanks for the recommendation. Backstage popped up on one search I did, but the comments were from 2007. The review I read did mention they have good quality steaks. Does this place offer entertainment during dinner hours or does it move to the bar later in the evening. Personally, I would prefer a more quiet dinner experience....and entertainment afterwards .

                  Do you know of any open pit type restaurants that would grill fish and steaks over wood coals?

                  1. re: fourunder

                    The steak quality at Backstage is amazing. I haven't thought to ask if they wet or dry age. They often have entertainment on their back patio but never inside. Inside is always very quiet and laid back with the lake/hill country crowd.

                    1. re: fourunder

                      I don't think they have entertainment but I will second Backstage. Great, great steaks everytime. The past few times we've gone I've gotten almost the same thing; 6 or 10oz filet, medium, fried onions and whatever mashed potatoes they're serving that day. Chocolate malt cake for dessert. I also enjoy the cornmeal and green chile crusted tenderloin. My wife doesn't eat red meat and always enjoys the seafood dishes as well.

                      If you want to see some music or have a beer after dinner you can go to Poodie's Hilltop, a great bar/honky tonk that I think Willie owns a stake in? It's a mile or 2 past Backstage. Someone say steak?

                      1. re: nypb

                        Taco Xpress is open until 9 pm on most days except Sunday and Monday, so an afternoon snack isn't out of the question.

                        For Uchi, I would suggest going slightly early for happy hour and to grab a table if you don't have reservations. They have a permanent menu and a daily menu that changes, and the daily menu normally has entrees that aren't all fish. Last time I was there, this guy ordered off the daily menu and got this huge delicious hunk of steak. It is a bit pricey but the feel of the restaurant doesn't make you feel like you have to dress up at all. The waiters and waitresses are extremely knowledgeable of the menu items and are extremely helpful if you have specific problems.

                  2. fourunder -- I recognize your moniker from other posts on Chowhound and I am rooting for great weather and low scores for your trip to Austin. It is a great city, and you should have fun. Lemme give you my two cents worth from several trips into town -- my bro and his family lives there, and he is a food lover.

                    Don't miss Uchi. It is a wonderful and unique dining experience. Dp try to go early -- their happy hour food specials will help fill out the meal and keep costs out of the stratosphere. I'm not a sushi lover, but I found delicious things among the tempura and other items. Not only was I impressed with the cooking and the menu, but the service was friendly, efficient, and topnotch.

                    BBQ: The best BBQ in Austin proper is definitely at Sam's, to the eastside of downtown. Open very late, a definite dive, basically a shack on a corner with a couple of card tables and a window to order through. You will want to take out, but their brisket is excellent, they do fine ribs, and they also serve mutton, a specialty. Not a place to sit back and have a beer and enjoy the atmosphere, but their food beats the heck out of Rudy's or County Line or Iron Works or any of the local competition.

                    Now, be aware that the airport in Austin is south of the city. And another halfhour south on 183, in Lockhart, are the big three BBQ legends -- Black's, Smitty's, and Kreiz's. If you have a rain day, or if you can arrange an extra couple hours before or after the airport, heading down to Lockhart and sampling these places back-to-back can be a fantastic experience. (See my report from late December -- http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/582257

                    )

                    Personally, I would cross both Donovan's and Fleming's off your list -- they are national chains and while competent, there is nothing special or Austiny about either. And while I've been to Z'Tejas and enjoyed the attractive servers, the food and setting remind me of being in a shopping center.

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                    1. re: nosh

                      nosh,

                      thanks for the kind thoughts and informative words. I am looking forward to the trip, believe it or not for the Barbecue first and the golf second.....let me ask of you a question. We are arriving into the airport on a Saturday evening @ roughly 7:30 PM. Does it make practical sense to hit one of the three BBQ Legends first before heading to the resort? And of the three legends, which do you recommend as the better of the three(for Brisket first)...with a slight consideration to my non-meat eating friend if there is something he could have at any of the three places. In the past, I have seen Kreiz's featured on many BBQ specials, I am not familiar with Black's or Smitty's. I would definitely love to sample all three...however, I know the others would not go for it.....I guess I'll have to find new friends.

                      Uchi looks like it is going to be on the short list. Seems everyone is in agreement with the recommendation....as for a steak, the suggestion of The Backstage seems like the place for me if it can fit in the plans after golf. Do you have any idea how close it is to the resort or to The Palmer Course? These old guys I will be with will either want to shower first...or be too tired to travel too far once they have gotten comfortable. If the Backstage is close to the Palmer Course....it may have competition with Opie's.

                      last question.....I have noticed there is a Warehouse district for food and nightlife. any thoughts on where would be a nice suggestion there?

                      Thanks in advance.

                      1. re: fourunder

                        I think Black's and Kreuz are open until 8 at the latest, but even if you make it in time, by that time of night they might be out of meat (or what's left might be subpar). Also, veggie options are close to nil. There's a recent thread on this here. I also wonder if that might cause problems at Opie's.

                        With the Palmer course in Spicewood, Backstage is probably close.

                        1. re: mkwng

                          mk & nosh.

                          This is disappointing and very bad news.......also, researching Opie's.....they do not seem to have anything my one non meat eating bud can eat .........except desert.

                        2. re: fourunder

                          fourunder, another poster (mkwng -- can I buy a vowel?) beat me to the reply, and I agree -- the big three BBQ places in Lockhart do most of their business at lunch, and we were informed that things are timed to be best about then. My brother and I did our sampling between about 3 and 4:30 on a drizzly Thursday afternoon, and while the fatty brisket and the ribs were great the prime rib that is featured at a couple of places was far too done for our preference by then. Note that Sam's, which is east of downtown, is open VERY late, so that might be a possibility to drive by and take out on your way north to Barton Springs. If you read my review, on the day we sampled Lockhart my bro and I agreed that Black's was the winner with Kreiz's slightly behind and Smitty's way in the rear, which surprised me a bit because Kreiz's seemed the slight winner in more of the reviews I read beforehand. Of course, as soon as I posted a bunch of 'hounds wrote to tell me that we missed the REAL great Q just a small town or two over! (City Market in Luling) So keep this in mind for a rain day or perhaps on the way back to the airport.

                          In my limited experience, the major nightlife center for bars and live music in Austin is on and around 6th Street downtown. I'm not sure whether this corresponds to the warehouse district or not. There are many recurrent threads on this board posted by visitors that are staying at one of the hotels downtown and asking for local places within walking distance or accessible by public transit or short cab rides. The place that still intrigues me but I've yet to visit is Casino El Camino, a punkish bar open 365 nights a year and featuring big burgers and other bar food with some highly spiced accoutrements and condiments -- yes, I saw it on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives and feedback on this board about it is decidedly split.

                          1. re: fourunder

                            In the Warehouse district (NOT the same as the 6th St. district - 6th st. is mainly a college shot-bar scene at night) there's the Gingerman for beer - a fantastic selection, including many beers on tap that are hard to find elsewhere. 219 West across the street has pretty good bar food, and there's Malaga down the street for tapas. Fado, an Irish pub, pours a good Guinness or Murphy's stout and has pretty decent fish and chips.

                            1. re: Bat Guano

                              If you really want a unique beer place with bargain prices and true Austin locals... go to the DraughtHouse http://www.draughthouse.com/ -- it is in the middle of residential and medical businesses, not a area full of bars. The only thing to complain about this place is that it is sometimes too popular!

                              1. re: RoundSparrow

                                RoundSparrow & Bat,

                                Thanks for this recommendations for bars.......Cheap Pizza and Cold Beer...what's not to like. What tap beers would you recommend? I see some have some considerably more alcohol by volume.....

                                BTW, it's going to hard to find better pizza than where I live....and by cheap, I really mean inexpensive....the picture of the pizza actually looks very inviting. Is the menu really that limited? TIA

                                1. re: fourunder

                                  I love the Draught Horse for beer, but I'd skip the pizza. It's a pub with an oven, and the food is mostly good for soaking up beer. If you're not a beer drinker, you can tell the bartender what you like and get a suggestion.

                            2. re: fourunder

                              I do not live in Austin, but visit barton Crek a week each year, and am also traveling in Feburary of this year. Our favorite is Uchi--we never miss it. We also never miss a trip to Lockhart for 'cue, on way back from the airport. Other favorites include having a drink at sunset at the Oasis. another good d/t restaurant and fun for a group is Lambert's--"fancy cue". I second the backstage recommendation. We always so Mexican, as well. you shoud not miss Maria's taco Xpress on sunday for the gospel brunch--truly unique Austin...or a walk on South Congress Ave, grabiing a coffee at Joe's or brunch at South Congress Cafe. It is always fun, and fast, to grab trailer food from either Torchy's tacos or flip happy crepe. If you want drinks one night and are downtown, venture to 4th Street, which is a bit older than 6th St...we liked Club De Ville for good drinks. and when my husband is hungry and needs a quick bite, he grabs Rudy's for BBQ, as it is jsut down from the resort. Enjoy!

                              1. re: ljero

                                And don't forget a Mexican martini!

                                1. re: ljero

                                  Ijero,

                                  Thanks for your input. Your suggestions are something I would love to follow. i just hope I can work them into and around our golf plans.

                                  1. re: fourunder

                                    Forunder, we are here now, and went to Opie's and found it really underwhelming. I would not try to rush out there for dinner.

                                    Uchi is a must!

                                    1. re: ljero

                                      ljero,

                                      Thanks for the report....I guess I will have to try and convince the other three it's Lockhart or City Market.....but given the proximity to the Palmer course and the free dessert, we'll have to see how tired we are after golf.

                                      1. re: fourunder

                                        the brisket was as bad as people say it is--we asked for the point cut (fatty side), and it was still dry. the pork chops they run out of early. we went on a wed at 12:20 (they open at 11am) and we took the last one. it was $24, but it was big It was moist, too, but jsut did not have much flavor. Lockhart or city market is the way to go....especially if you prefer beef/brisket....

                          2. For a really good local breakfast, I'd recommend getting the Don Juan taco at Juan in a Million. It's the fullest I've ever been on $3.60, and every bite was delicious. It was featured on the Travel Channel's Man v. Food, where he tried to eat seven of them (and failed). My husband (a big guy) was stuffed after just one. It's seasoned potatoes, egg, bacon and cheese, served on one tortilla, but they will ask when you order how many extra tortillas you want. I got three extra and made four nicely stuffed breakfast tacos out of it. I rarely tell someone what dish to order, but it's the Don Juan they're famous for. I watched plates coming out of the kitchen, and everyone in the whole place had ordered a Don Juan (and I watched many plates go unfinished too... as people patted their bellies and threw in the towel). And, in spite of their "fame", I didn't get any sort of touristy vibe from it at all.

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                            1. re: stephanieh

                              stephanieh,

                              If I can sneak out before the others....I may have to try this breakfast just to see what it looks like....... Afterall, how much free bacon can you eat? The others probably will not be interested since our breakfasts are already included, but if possible, I'm going to try and give this one a shot. How close is this to the resort?

                              1. re: fourunder

                                Sorry... you're in the tonier part of town. This is east of I-35 and a nowhere near your resort. It's just a little local place. Maybe you'll have to plan another trip to Austin for eatin'.

                                I can't let you go to Salt Lick. You'll leave thinking we know nothing about BBQ here in Texas. Please. Don't go. It will be a huge disappointment. I don't know why they're so famous, but folks on this board have said they were good back in the day and are now resting on their laurels.

                                1. re: stephanieh

                                  I'll defend the Salt Lick. It's not the best BBQ in town, not close to what it was, and if you're driving all that way I'd probably hit Lockhart instead. But the Salt Lick has some things to recommend it. It's open at dinner. It's a nice piece of land. It's fun to sit outside with a cooler and your friends. The sauce is tasty and the family-style ordering is a hoot with a big group.

                                  It's become very commercial - there's one in the airport if you really need a fix - but I don't think it deserves such scorn.

                                  1. re: mkwng

                                    I agree with you, mk. Salt Lick has its strengths -- it is a very nice place to hang with friends, have a beer or three, and their bbq isn't bad. I've been there a few times, and the beef ribs are usually pretty strong, as is the chicken -- these just aren't my favorite items for bbq, especially in Texas. The food doesn't compare to that I've had in Lockhart or at Sam's, but Salt Lick is much more convenient than the former and a much nicer place to eat in than the latter.

                            2. .....I'll post the consensus opinions of the others after they have given me their opinions. Meanwhile, I found this......Comments appreciated

                              http://www.amazingribs.com/blog/2008-...

                              Salt Lick seems interesting?

                              4 Replies
                              1. re: fourunder

                                Wow, does that blog suck. The writer clearly has no understanding of what constitutes good barbecue, and by including Stubb's, demonstrates a lack of a decent palate for food in general. The blogger's attempt to poke fun at the Texas "accent" falls very short of illustrating an exposure to true Texans and fails completely at being humorous.

                                As to the notion that The Salt Lick receives more negative reviews on this and other boards than it may deserve, I'd make two observations. First, this is Chowhound. It's about the food, not the atmosphere or BYOB policy or the cool looking "finishing pit." Second, the negative responses to positive comments about The Salt Lick are in proportion to the idiotic positive reviews about the place, which usually center on the atmosphere, not the food.
                                Now, my review of the food at The Salt Lick is that the cole slaw is really good. If you want to drive out to Driftwood for some cole slaw, that's your business. You can find me at House Park, or Sam's eating some barbecue.

                                1. re: austinfood

                                  Yeah, I agree. The writer is just annoying, and either doesn't want to give any place a bad review or just has no clue.

                                  Salt Lick was good 20 years ago, when I moved to Austin. Or maybe I just thought it was. But the last time I was there the brisket was dry and not improved by the weird sweet yellow barbecue sauce that is their claim to fame, and everything else was just so-so.

                                  Fourunder, if you can't make it to Lockhart then Sam's is your best option, based on hours of operation and quality of the 'cue. House Park is great too, but their hours are more limited.

                                  1. re: austinfood

                                    Actually, lately Chowhound has been about being right, not about food. With that I'll bow out. Fourunder, I hope you have a great visit.

                                    1. re: austinfood

                                      To all, with regard to the Salt Lick....I am pretty sure I saw a Bobby Flay piece where he featured the restaurant. I recall I thought it seemed like an interesting place at the time and someplace I would like to go to not so much for great que...but just research and knowledge and to see what the operation is like. I will admit, it would be very hard to ever apply the concept for me personally and professionally....but just taking in the aroma of burning meat is never a bad thing for me.