I spent part of Friday morning helping out the league photographer setting up his equipment. He had to take photographs of every player in the Championship game. Around lunchtime he was still shooting so I volunteered to go out and get him some lunch. I was able to convince Ray, the owner of the New Hampshire team to come along with me.
I did say I would be back in about an hour but they were probably thinking I would just go to a local Subway or Quiznos. At least that is what Ray thought.
It wasn't on my original list but TW was so adamant about Louie Mueller that I put it back on. I had heard good things about the place from others but after eating brisket at 3 places the day before I thought I would bypass it. But I am glad I didn't.
Mueller is located about 30 minutes away from Austin in the town of Taylor, Texas. While Lockhart is quaint, Taylor is a very gritty small Texas town. A local told us to be careful around there as he happily ate through his lunch of brisket and 1/2 chicken. Mueller is quite similar to the other BBQ joints
I have been to so far in Texas. The meat is hand carved in front of you, just a few feet from where they barbecue the meat. The place is dark and not well lit, I guess to make it feel cooler.
While waiting in line, the carver sliced some samples of the brisket. It kind of reminded me of Katz's in New York City where the countermen give out samples as they make your sandwich. I must say that it is a good selling ploy. I had wanted to try the brisket but after trying it, I was looking forward to eating more. It was very juicy and very tasty. Probably the best
I have had on the trip. Smitty's was a close second though. My partner in crime who never had brisket ate his sample and enjoyed it so much that when the carver left samples for the people behind us, he took a quick look around to see if they were watching and ate theirs too. Honestly, I probably would have done the same if he hadn't been so damn fast. The carver saw what happened and laughed and said that he would have done the same.
I ordered brisket as well as some chipolte sausage and a peach cobbler. I had read very good reviews about the sausage and so I went for the chipolte instead of the regular and I ordered the peach cobbler beccause I have a hard time passing up peach cobbler.
We did not eat inside as I had another stop to make in Elgin, Texas. I wanted to try the authentic Elgin sausage and the place to go for that is the inventor of it at South Side Market.
South Side Market is a fairly large place, almost the size of Kruez. When we got there, there was a line of people waiting to place their orders. I ordered a combo plate of sausage and brisket. It also came with a side order of potato salad and beans. After getting our food, Ray asked me if I was done shopping and since the hour was almost up I said yes and we headed back to Austin.
Lunch was quite enjoyable. The brisket at Louie Meuller was outstanding, it nudged Smitty's out for the top spot on my list. The chipolte sausage though was a bit too spicy for me though I did offer some to the owner of the New York Sharks and she loved it. As for the peach cobbler, it was DOA.
The barbecue from the Southside Market was very good. Nothing in the Northeast can compare but when in Texas, it fell short to the other places I have been. Hey, I would gladly settle for this, but when you have other options in the area, I would go to them first. But as for the sausage, I still like Smitty's best. The taste is very similar but it is the texture that has me favor Smitty's. Many of the other sausages I had were kind of crumbly inside. Smitty's was very juicy and had a good bite to it.