Sausage Fest

Home of the Hot SausageAll this talk about sausage reminds me that I recently had the opportunity to experience a Texas institution: Southside Market in Elgin.

Any BBQ enthusiast knows, and has probably eaten, Elgin sausage. Between Meyers’ Smokehouse and Southside Market, Elgin has become synonymous with ground goodness. For my money, there are few dining experiences that top a campfire-charred Elgin sausage with cheese and tortillas after a long day hiking the Hill Country. Fresh air and fatty meat does a body good, ya know.

Unfortunately, this trip simply did not live up to expectation. In an effort to avoid “whining,” I’ll blog my disappointment as a poem. *ahem*

I’m sorry to say, I’m sad to report
That my Southside experience fell somewhat short.

The building was lacking in countryside charms
Like Cooper’s and Salt Lick or other old barns.

The lines defied reason, moving so courtly
Cashiers not counting while serving the portly.

A dime for each wheat slice, the pickles much more
Paying extra for extras became quite a chore.

Annoyance aside, it comes down to the meat
And sadly my meal held no special treat.

The bird wasn’t dry, but nor was it moist
Smoking with oak would not be my first choice.

The sausage looked perfect with crispified ends
But flavor was lacking, or so said my friend.

Expectations were high, difficult to meet
On-site was no equal to my outdoorsman’s treat.

Stop by the next time you’re on 290 East
Hopefully your meal is a satisfying feast.

Southside is famous with no shortage of buyers
But next trip to Elgin … I think I’ll try Meyers.

4 Comments so far

  1. omit (unregistered) on November 16th, 2005 @ 12:46 pm

    Well said. Hopefully, this is the first in a series of poetic restaurant reviews.

  2. James (unregistered) on November 16th, 2005 @ 1:08 pm

    Southside is OK, but for my sausage needs, I prefer Smitty’s down in Lockhart. It’s the old Kruez Market building, and their sausage is delicious.

  3. Aina (unregistered) on November 18th, 2005 @ 10:44 am

    Southside was once king, but alas is now sub-par. Try Crosstown BBQ in the middle of Elgin, just west of Main Street. Open the chicken foil and the meat falls of the bone. Brisket to make you fall off your chair. And the pork ribs?! Amazing!

  4. wae (unregistered) on November 18th, 2005 @ 12:06 pm

    AINA – good to know about Crosstown. We almost went there, but opted for the “name” place. I’ll know better next time.

    *groan* did this topic have to come up on a day I have to skip lunch?

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