Iron Works in Austin, Texas

People always used to tell me that I had an “iron stomach” because I have always liked a “challenge” when it comes to eating. I eat whole lobster, snow crab claws and whole fish. Whenever there’s an all you can eat challenge, I always win it. Well, the “Iron Stomach” (and his wife and son) went to the Iron Works in Austin back in November to get a taste of what was supposedly Austin’s best BBQ. I liked their message of “real BBQ” and they like to say they’re the Number #1 BBQ restaurant in Texas so I went in with big expectations.

Right off the bat it’s a very “country environment” here. It’s a bit restrained too…no “heart attack burgers” or giant 72-ounce steak “eat it all and get it free” deals. I ordered the sampler, while my wife and son split an order of baby back ribs. I wanted to try it all and I was not disappointed. I tried brisket, links and beef ribs with plenty of steaming hot sides. I really liked the links and the ribs were excellent. The only criticism I can think to say as that the brisket was a little dry. I sampled some chili and pinto beans and they were pretty good. Continue reading

The Salt Lick BBQ – Driftwood

I just have to start this off by saying that I had really high expectations for this restaurant.  I’ve seen it on the Food Network, all my co-works talk about it…it is everywhere.  When something is hyped up so much you pretty much know you are going to be disappointed, so I put off going for quite awhile.  I have never been more wrong in my life!  This is last-meal-ever kind of good. This is, I don’t care if I gain 20 pounds kind of good!  Trust me.

My boyfriend and I headed over there just last weekend.  One thing that I really disliked about the place is the super long wait.  We are talking hours here, so be sure you get there with plenty of time to spare.  The place is BYOB, which is good to know for next time, I’m sure a brew or two will make the wait seem shorter.  But as the saying goes, “hunger is the best sauce”, and this food was totally worth the wait.
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