Taylor’s cafe, Taylor Texas

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What a dive!! But I like it!! This place is basically underneath the overpass in a small run down red building that looks more like a bar when you come in. The service is fast an pleasant and the atmosphere reeks of authentic Texas BBq. Even the toilets are very old school 🙂

Brisket: The brisket is not as blackened like Muellers but the taste is amazing and the smoke flavor is abundant. I really liked it Alot. The BBQ sauce is good but actually takes away from the natural taste of the brisket. The brisket is just that good and the BBQ sauce really isn’t.
4 Stars


Pork ribs:
Ok I’m a rib man an dang it I’m disappointed again. These ribs were good but not great, tender but not tended enough. I’d eat them occasionally of I lived closer but not all the time. I guess a little better than par. They fell off in places and stuck in others where they should have fallen off. The flavor was decent and enjoyable but it didn’t blow my mind.
2.5 Stars

Sausage: The sausage is decent. The pop was there but not distinct and I noticed a slight dryness to the meat. Though better than average, I’d say just barely. I can’t think of a word but I’d also say it was a bit grainy. The sausage is actually really improved by the BBQ sauce. The sauce backfired on the two previous choices but hit home on the sausage and really made it better.
3 Stars

Chopped Beef Sandwich: The chopped beef Sandwich is ok at best but that’s because of the BBQ sauce. This sauce really reminds me of sloppy joe sauce instated of deep Texas BBQ sauce and it hurts tha sandwich. The sandwich is still good but just not up to par with others.
2.5 Stars

Over All: I really like Taylor Cafe. The hole on the wall feel is real, it is a hole in the wall. Usually a place that looks like this and has this kind of reputation doesn’t disappoint & it didn’t, but it didnt blow my mind either. I’d come back for sure but would focus on the Brisket and have to stay away from my beloved ribs.


Overall Experience:  4 of 5 possible stars =  3.5 Star Experience

Louie Mueller Barbecue, St. Taylor, Texas

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Located in this building since 1959 you cant help but realize your part of Texas BBQ history when you’re here. I ABSOLUTLEY loved the atmosphere because of this but I can tell you the 90 degree temperatures on the inside had my blue Texas Rangers T shirt looking like I just went swimming. BBQ is served as I believe it should be on white butcher paper and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I wish I had gotten a better view of the pit but maybe next time. On to the three meats I tried:

Brisket: The brisket was the best I have ever had up until this point. It was peppery & black crusted and held all the smoke flavor in perfectly. I couldn’t get enough and I’m a rib man not a brisket man. I loved the texture and the flavor literally popped when it hit the taste buds. I could go on and on but this was easy to rate:
5 Stars


Pork ribs:
The ribs. Oh man the ribs were a straight letdown after that brisket. They were on the tough side and stuck to the bone. The flavor was lackluster and just basically the exact opposite of the brisket. I don’t know what else to say except I was let down.
2 Stars

 

Beef Sausage: Ok, ok, ok, we just made a comeback after the ribs. I loooooved this sausage. 100% beef and man was it good. Muellers really knows how to do beef and this sausage is another testimony of that. The crust popped perfectly and the juices exploded out of the meat. It was literally perfect an I would recommend to anyone.
4 Stars

Over All: My experience here from first arriving was excitement and I was not let down. Even though ribs are my preferred BBQ choice and I was disappointed the sausage made up for that and the brisket blew me away. I’m still sweating as I write this but I don’t care as I really like authentic old school BBQ joints and if I ever had to paint one this ranks right up there with some of the other best. All said and done Louie Mueller gets a……….


Overall Experience:  4 of 5 possible stars =  4 Star Experience