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Austin Restaurants

The Salt Lick

Updated 02/04/2013

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When Texans argue about the relative merits of barbecue joints, the Salt Lick usually winds up at or near the top of the heap. Getting here entails a 30-minute drive southwest of Austin, but diners who make the trek are rewarded with finger-licking-good ribs, beef, chicken, turkey, and sausage slow-cooked over an open pit and accompanied by a tangy sauce (unusual for central Texas) and the usual sides. Slaw is fresh and crisp, not smothered in mayo. If you can manage it,

top your meal off with peach cobbler or pecan pie. The area is dry, alcohol-wise, so if you want anything stronger than Dr Pepper, bring it with you. It's cash-only, but there's an on-site ATM.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

18300 Farm-to-Market Rd. 1826, Driftwood, Texas, 78619, USA

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Phone:

512-894–3117

Restaurant Details:

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Updated 02/04/2013

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Feb 25, 2009

Definitely worth the trip!

Go early or be prepared to wait! But it is so worth it. Long communal picnic tables fill the barn-like restaurant with a fireplace at one end. The staff is very attentive, making sure that you are satisfied and constantly offering refills of iced tea. The brisket melts in your mouth and the pork ribs are delicious. Can't beat the $6.00 half chicken, which is so moist and covered with their secret sauce. Speaking of which, the sauce was very flavorful.

You definitely need to save room for desert. The pecan pie is 2 inches thick, easily, with very large pecans at the top and 2 scoops of ice cream to boot. YUM!

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Feb 2, 2009

Best BBQ in Texas

The meat is juicy and the habanero sauce has the perfect amount of heat. Try the family style only if you are very hungry or from out of town for the full experience. If the brisket is not mouth watering then ask for more- the second go around will be. Turkey is also a great option, and a bit lighter. Don't forget to save some room for Blackberry Cobbler a la mode. Oh, and BYOB - how awesome is that?

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May 18, 2006

It Ain't what it Used to Be

This place was always a favorite of mine in the early 80's when it was a small out of the way joint. We would get on the bikes and enjoy the 30 mile ride to eat some of the best BBQ around. With all the hype and popularity now though the food has become bland, the service shabby and the overall atmosphere is uninviting. They need to forget about selling t-shirts and ratings and concentrate on quality like the old days. Hundreds of places better than

here in texas

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By Terry

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Mar 15, 2006

Unique, yes,,,, worth it,,,, no!

Picnic table tops were soaked with meat juicies and BBQ sauce. Server was slow. Brisket was very good but skimpy portions. Sausage was OK but too much,,, need more Brisket. Ribs were totally inconsistent. First batch were good, second batch and thereafter horribly tough and stringy. Potato salad good, bread was excellent. Not worth the 30 min. drive from Austin, the hour wait for a table, or the price. Better BBQ at half the price at Houston BBQ

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By Kathy

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Jun 24, 2004

THE BEST BBQ!!

This place is a must-visit. The meat and sides are wonderful, and the cobblers are amazing. BYOB because there is no beer or wine served. This is the best bar-b-q around austin.

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Jun 24, 2004

good old fashioned barbeque

the food is great and the atmosphere is laid back and relaxing. the whole place screams TEXAS!

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