Ruby's Barbecue on 29th Street
When I first came to Austin, Ruby's was where I went for barbecue. Then I discovered Luling, Lockhart and Taylor and it was all over for city barbecue.
Who's been to Ruby's lately?
How was the chow?
512 W 29th St
Austin, TX 78705
The best thing on Ruby's menu was their rosemary home fries, which unfortunately they had to remove from their regular menu- evidently the fire marshall told them they had to make expensive modifications to their cooking setup to continue cooking them in the volumes that they were, and now they only offer them at certain times a day.
As far as meat goes, I think Ruby's gets an unfair maligning from foodies. Their pit and smoking style was modeled after Kreutz' and I believe the sausage comes from Southside Market in Elgin.
My only gripe with ruby's is that sometimes I think they underseason their meat. Which to me is a shame when they use such high quality meat. I tend to like little to no barbecue sauce, and because of that, my experiences with ruby's have been underwhelming. As a quantifier, I like the amount of seasoning that Kreuz and Smitty's has on their clod.
I lived within a block of this place for 2 years. I now live 5 blocks from there. All in all I've been super close to ruby's for 4 years. I am also bbq fanatic. I went there maybe 4-5 times total? I guess that speaks for itself. the sides are good, service was always friendly.... I wanted to like this place so bad!! But the meat never really did anything for me.... as a bbq fiend I might be being a little rough on this place.... but I'll agree with homero that I found the brisket incredibly bland every time I tried it.... maybe my idea of good brisket is different??? I don't know.
Couple of weeks ago I got a sausage sandwich and sides of pinto beans and greens. The sides are always spicy and I like them for that, but this time the beans were too hot, really, to be as enjoyable as usual. And I like spicy food. The greens also seemed a little hotter than usual, but it could have been the effect of the beans.
The sausage was very good (I think it is Southside Elgin) and nicely prepared, juicy but not greasy and the sandwich has a pretty generous portion for a reasonable price.