Posts Tagged ‘BBQ’

John Mueller Meat Co.

This is just some of the signage at this wonderful BBQ place on Pedernales Street.

John Mueller Meat Co. was selling out of everything quite early in the afternoon yesterday.

We caught some brisket just in time.

There were walk-up neighbors dining under the canopy, along by SXSWers. Everyone was happy, and rightly so.

Artz Rib House quick-lunch

There is no quicker quick-lunch than carry-out, and Artz Rib House is a fine place to find it during the mid-afternoon lull when so many dining establishments have closed their doors after the lunch hour and have no plans to open them again until the dinner hour nears.

My true confession is that I have never sampled the eponymous ribs. I rely on the brisket, which is not greasy and bears no trace of ketchup flavor. The sauce at Artz is not sweet, and it contains jalapenos. And the links, of the finest, are from Austin’s own Smokey Denmark.

I really miss the Pit on South Congress (although at least the building won’t be empty long–look for New India Cuisine in that location soon), but let’s be thankful for Artz. I am. Very.

The Pit quick-lunch

The Pit Barbeque on Burnet Road

The Pit Barbeque on Burnet Road

This is The Pit Barbeque at 4707 Burnet Road. Every time I’ve ever been by there, it has not been possible to stop, or the brisket has been sold out, or it’s been a Sunday. So today was a first. Even so, the small counter dining space and all the tables were occupied. So it had to be takeout. There was a line, a fast-moving one. In a corner and not too loud, there was a TV showing business news. Except for an older, probably retired, couple, everyone seemed to be stepping out from work.

The most prominent decor items were a homemade clock on a background of a wooden jogsawed shape of Texas, plus a lit plastic sign touting the three portion sizes of banana pudding and of peach cobbler. I like it that each table has its own napkin dispenser.

We left with a pound of the extra lean brisket and a large chopped-beef sandwich. These were very pleasing items, with no evidence of “ketchup-y” stuff anywhere to be found. The menu contains all the customary items. I’m happy that this was the luncheon destination today. We saw a lot of happy people there, including the staff. Since it took so long for The Pit’s schedule and location and ours to coincide, I suppose that it may be a while before they do again. I’ll be very pleased when that happens.

Oasis of tradition

Scholz GartenScholz Garten was its own perfect Saturday self today, with graduation parties thrown in. People of all ages were dressed in everything from their commencement finery to regular old Austin-style Saturday grunge and everything in between.

The tourists were dining in the biergarten, which is complete with heavy-duty fans these days, and we locals were enjoying the indoor atmosphere, with bantering waitstaff, people passing to and fro, and a fine view into the kitchen.

At our table to be enjoyed were French fries, nachos with extra jalapenos, potato salad, cole slaw, excellent brisket in the Green Mesquite tradition, sliced from the lean, and a selection of the brews on tap. Scholz’s continues to be a bargain (check the menu).

Beginning tomorrow Scholz’s will inaugurate its observance of the dog days of summer, planned for every Sunday through the season. The first 50 people accompanied by a dog will receive a free portable drinking bowl for their favorite canine, and 10% of sales will benefit Texas Hearing & Service Dogs. There will be live music from 11:30 to 2 pm (the Gunhands opening and Paula Nelson taking the stage at 12:45). There’s no cover; remember, though, that the bigger your tab, the greater the benefit to the worthy cause.

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