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Feb 21, 2010 03:05 PM

In Austin for a day this week

I'll be in this week and working in the Round Rock area. I will have time before my flight out of Austin for dinner. I am looking for Barbecue, but don't kill me, I really prefer baby back ribs. I've read that I have to have the doughnuts in Round Rock, so I'm set for breakfast.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Thank you,

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  1. Louis Mueller's, down the road in Taylor, is a top barbecue place adn they have baby back ribs. That said, I am of the firm opinion that baby back ribs require hickory smoke to achieve their true worth. And I'm a great beleiver in eating the local specialities, and while you're in Texas you should stick with the brisket (order moist) and the sausage. Just me talkin'

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    1. re: dcbbq

      And this is me listening, moist brisket it is! That's my second favorite.
      Thank you so much.

      1. re: lukshen

        If you are going to Louis Mueller's, you should try to go at lunch rather than dinner. They sometimes sell out of some menu items before dinner. It is worth the effort.

        1. re: PappyAustin

          So, dcbbq and pappyaustin, is this really worth an hour of driving? I did a mapquest and it's about 30 minutes each way. If it is and I have time before my flight, I'm doing it. I just had to ask. I have a 7PM flight, so I'll be there good and early before they run out, hopefully.
          How does Johnny T's compare?

          1. re: lukshen

            I've never been to or heard of Johnny T's, but Louie Mueller's is top notch. Definitely worth a 30 min drive each way. I'd suggest you try one beef rib while you're there too. Not a whole lot of places have beef ribs and Louie Mueller's does them right.

            1. re: lukshen

              Oh's not even a close call. Drive to Taylor.
              But I have a tip that will make it more, umm, palatable. Stop at the Texan Cafe in Hutto on the way back for pie.

              1. re: lukshen

                I've never heard of Johnny T's either, and I always think good barbecue is worth an hour's drive. (I'm headed to Snow's from my temproary digs in Waco this weekend)

        2. Believe it or not, people in this part of the state think nothing of driving 30 minutes each way for barbecue. Would you rather go north or south of Austin? Taylor is about 30 minutes northeast from Round Rock, but Lockhart is about 20 minutes southeast from the airport. We just happen to be in the cradle of Texas barbecue here, so you can find good stuff in most directions.

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          1. re: gilintx

            Oh I believe it, it's just that I fly in in the am and leave the same day. Is the bbq in Lockhart less of a detour than Taylor? Pie and bbq go together like bread and butter, but tell that to the airline...
            I'm so glad to be a hound in such good company.

            1. re: lukshen

              Your best bet for convenience is to hit Louie Mueller for an early dinner, then take the new SH-130 toll road from Hutto straight to the airport. You'll have to pay tolls, but it's a shorter trip with significantly less traffic.