Austin Chowhound Lunch
- Greg Spence
Austin 'hounds are meeting today at John Mueller's on Manor road for lunch at 11:30. Don't be late 'cuz we won't be able to wait.
I won't be able to make it today, but would appreciate it if you would ask John about the cole slaw. I can't believe their recipe calls for the severe overdose of black pepper I've gotten the last couple of times. Thanks!
Had lunch with Greg and Carter (sorry we missed you, Howard). We ordered the slaw to see if it was too peppery. I didn't think so.
Otherwise, conversation was lively and I found out I'm of the lean and smokey camp and Greg and Carter are on the fatty for flavor camp. I also found out I'm very unlucky when it comes to ordering bbq. My slice of brisket (ordered same way/right after Greg) was pretty dry and Greg gave me a bite of his and it was pretty good.
I have to admit, I wasn't much in the mood for bbq today, so I just felt everything was okay, but nothing to write home about.
I still say Mueller's makes some of the best potato salad in town.
John did serve us an excellent lunch, IMO. Amy's absolutely right about the potato salad; it's excellent. Also, Howard is right that there is a lot of black pepper in the slaw but Amy, Carter and I all judged it to be tasty.
Amy did have a short rib but didn't seem to care too much for the very fatty meat it delivered. I loved it, as usual. It was crusted with black pepper, displayed a beautiful red smoke ring and was redolent of smoke flavor. The crustiness of the fatty meat contrasted beautifully with the moist, rich interior. Very tasty.
One thing I'm learning here is that there are a lot of native Texans who either don't care for fatty meat or can't eat it because of dietary restrictions. I'm gaining some empathy for them because it's damned hard to produce a decent piece of lean brisket. May have to make a study of this topic.