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Agree strongly--Bobby Flay, you got a Texas wife, you should be ashamed of your raves!

Justaladyintx: I think when you post in a debate about BBQ with comments about 'the way they served it or the little plastic cups being unappealing' a lot of people from Southern Texas are nodding their heads and saying to themselves..."Dallas people." Are we talking about BBQ or your favorite Jerry Jones plastic surgery options? and really, not very helpful, that you did not cite your prferred BBQ er, serving style place...with its er more superior to-go boxes and whatnot...

Apr 17, 2012
RealSlimK in Texas

Agree strongly--Bobby Flay, you got a Texas wife, you should be ashamed of your raves!

Thanks, Rex. Thanks, Sam: you could be diagnosing the problem which befell KC Masterpiece (which truthfully I have not been to since Gore almost became president).

Jan 18, 2012
RealSlimK in Texas

Agree strongly--Bobby Flay, you got a Texas wife, you should be ashamed of your raves!

Fair enough, Rex, different locations, different managers perhaps. But please, be generous like Lambowner and 'name names' concerning your favorites (such as 'Smittys'). Lockhart is a town. A very famous BBQ mecca town, but still. I will try it one day--last time I was in Austin, it was 7 days. Maybe the same next time! Salt Lick has already been eliminated...(I suspect Food Network liked that one because it accommodated all of their cameras and lights--and had that pit for centerpiece where Mr. Flay could rhapsodize.

As an aside, I notice on Yelp (which is all non-scientific opinion, same as here, true), that the quibble that comes up about Franklin's other than length and duration of the line is 'the fat' content. My editorial comment? The kids say 'duh' don't they? If I wanted to pretend I'm eating health-foods, there's probably some fake meat BBQ-tofu I could buy at the Chinese healthy grocers.

Jan 16, 2012
RealSlimK in Texas

Agree strongly--Bobby Flay, you got a Texas wife, you should be ashamed of your raves!

I have a comment to rexster314, regarding his charge that Rudy's had "incredibly tough brisket." Rudy's is the one BBQ place that I know of which bring you what you just ordered--without sauce on it, for your approval before you pay, and ask "Is this okay?". The buyer can even ask the employee to carefully 'fork' a piece of meat apart. Wouldn't you be able to tell an 'incredibly tough brisket'? Rudy's also offers a choice, extra lean or moist (for higher fat content). These two facts cast doubt in my mind on Rex's criticism.

Jan 15, 2012
RealSlimK in Texas

Agree strongly--Bobby Flay, you got a Texas wife, you should be ashamed of your raves!

Thanks very much--of course I've heard about Lockhart, but haven't been yet. The 2 Rudy's I've been to are in North Austin and Cedar Park, and both of those are consistently great--no worries about tough brisket there. What about their creamed corn, though? I know on Yelp, you read people say things like "who cares about the sides?" for BBQ places, but I do. Like the fried okra at Bubbas in Ennis. Worth a try, right? even though it's not as good as the creamed corn at Rudy's, and the cole slaw and potato salad are also really good. Sauce is even a little bit hot.

So, I would not agree that being considered part of a 'chain' is an automatic negative. Maybe it is appreciated by folks such as myself, too old now to be considered slacker/hipsters with hours of free time on our hands to stand in line for any food, no matter HOW great. You don't have to stand in line for hours at the best of KC, I wonder why it's necessary in Austin? This is what I worry. If the line is like that everyday, the restaurant could add a cashier or 3. Unless...is the wait some kind of perverted snob appeal thing? Is there a certain kind of person who thinks that the line and wait itself means the restaurant must be good? and if the line is shorter, or moves more quickly, how less cool is his hipster suffering? Just asking. I have 3 little kids, and wouldn't wait 2 hours in any line--not even at Disneyland. They have fast-passes now, you see, in deference to their customers.

p.s. I played football at Spring Branch.

Jan 11, 2012
RealSlimK in Texas

Agree strongly--Bobby Flay, you got a Texas wife, you should be ashamed of your raves!

Because I don't live in Austin and lack your local knowledge. Thanks for the tips, though, cause I will be back.

BTW: what don't you like about Rudy's? Is it the connected gas-stations, their original creamed corn side, or that the lines move along relatively well?

Jan 11, 2012
RealSlimK in Texas

Agree strongly--Bobby Flay, you got a Texas wife, you should be ashamed of your raves!

Very very telling that so many people from say New York--who know nothing at all about BBQ, come to this place and out come the hyberbole! Paul Schafer, David Letterman, I'm talking to you. Cheryl Crow? I know, between the pilates in L.A., whatever...

The truest posts here are from those who acknowledge what I just said as true, 'this Yankee has never...' and/or notice that Salt Lick is much more theme park than great BBQ restaurant. and sauce? Who really thinks the sauce is that good at Salt Lick? Really? Why?

Just got back from Salt Lick, and my gosh, Rudy's is SO Much better. MUCH more tender brisket, BETTER sauce, side dishes are night and day better--my gosh. The generic potato thing Salt Lick does from the ice cream scoop is like what one would expect in prison. It's not really mashed potatoes and it's not really potato salad. It's yucky. The cole slaw? Everyone around makes it better. I did try the beef ribs--but I was unable to gnaw the meat off the bone without use of a steak knife, so I sent them back. They still tasted like they were smoked a week ago. Salt Lick does make okay babybacks, but not nearly as good as Rudy's.

My theory is that Salt Lick is successfully pushed by marketing phenoms to unsuspecting sheep who like to stand in very long barely moving lines and go 'baaah baaah...saw it on Food Network...baaah baaah, best ever!' It's kind of like the Emperor's clothes.

You in Austin now? take your dang pictures in front of Salt Lick's open pit if you must. But if you want great BBQ go to Rudy's. If you're in KC, Smokin' Joes and KC Masterpiece (and so many more) have nothing at all to worry about with Salt Lick...

Jan 04, 2012
RealSlimK in Texas