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Curly's Carolina Brick and Mortar in Round Rock

slowcoooked Nov 18, 2013 05:01 AM

Not to ignore a 2012 "pulled pork" thread where Jay's trailer was mentioned, but I think he and his partner deserve a non-buried report now that they've set up shop as of Nov. 14th downtown in round rock. Jay hails from NC where they know pork like Texas knows beef, and his pulled pork and pork ribs that we had yesterday were smokey, moist, and tender. Better pulled pork than anywhere else in Texas that I've tried - and the vinegar sauce is right on, if not too light on the red pepper flakes. A few drops of Texas Pete fixed that. The standout surprise was the homemade fried okra. Best I've ever had - really nicely seasoned and light breading. Great space - execution will improve as they continue to fix the kinks (like whipping up some tea, getting a soda fountain, and ice). Didn't try the brisket, but it looked great.

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  1. dinaofdoom RE: slowcoooked Nov 18, 2013 06:28 AM

    thanks for the update, slowcooked! i've been following the opening on facebook, but haven't been able to make it over yet. looking forward to trying the beef and pork offerings.

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      rajat RE: slowcoooked Nov 18, 2013 06:50 AM

      The brisket we had Saturday at this place was really good. Very moist, great taste.

      The cucumber salad side was very refreshing, and goes very well with the various meats.

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        rajat RE: slowcoooked Nov 30, 2013 08:00 PM

        I have now gone several times to Curly's Carolina, and my experience there has gotten better and better. While barbecue is undoubtedly the reason I go there, the sides really elevate the experience. Today we had the Wasabi Cole Slaw, Honey Ginger Carrots and Carolina Texas Caviar (a spicy bean salad that was really delicious). At other times we've had the Cucumber salad, and it's very good indeed. These sides are remarkably refreshing and really complement the meat.

        As for the meat, we love the brisket. The ribs are good, and the pulled pork is also another favorite. They make a few other dishes like quesadillas, etc. but we haven't tried them. We go for barbecue and haven't been disappointed yet.

        I really recommend this place. Starting a day or two ago, they are now open for dinner. They are expanding into the neighboring space, and then expect to be open for more days of the week.

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          rudeboy RE: rajat Dec 1, 2013 09:56 AM

          I've always wondered why BBQ places do not have more interesting sides. Thanks guys for letting us know. I get tired of pinto beans and potato salad when I have a boatload of meat!

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            dinaofdoom RE: rajat Dec 1, 2013 08:21 PM

            rajat, i finally got to try this place on black friday. got 1/4 pound each of brisket and pork. the sauces are great; one is very clovey. also got the wasabi cole slaw. as tasty as it was, i was disappointed to find chunks of ramen noodles in the slaw, after asking what the ingredients were, as i'm allergic to wheat. other than that, the meat is great and i will definitely be back.

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