Salt Licked

In Food on 08/01/2010 at 4:43 pm

Today the boyfriend and I made a lovely jaunt to Austin.  In the process, we dined at The Salt Lick in Driftwood.  Fortunately, we went with lovely people who knew it was BYOB so take note.

Amongst the trees, on a road with little else, we pulled into a well-organized parking situation (one way in, another way out) and hauled the ice chest to a shaded bench.  A good amount of people were waiting at picnic tables outside, though fresh squeezed lemonade and popcorn were available for the truly parched.  The wait was clearly labeled but did not seem to take long; the crowd was a good mixture of families, hip Austinites and random first-timers.

There are two seating areas.  We were put in the largest, in the section which was porch style but with air conditioning.

We ordered family style, which seemed to be the most popular option.  An array of sides and meats were included.

As the prompt waitress came back, we were able to make specific requests as to what else we would like to stuff our bellies.

Beans, coleslaw, bread, pickles, onions, ribs, brisket and sausage are the standard fare.  Sauce was on the table, and habanero was requested.  Jalapenos were declined.

Beans: thick and hearty.  A nice taste without being overwhelming or dominant.

Coleslaw: my preferred kind, sliced cabbage, minimal vinegar and pepper.  A lovely palate cleanser and none of that mayonnaise yuck.

Bread: of the thick sliced, homemade variety.  Slightly sweet and a nice pairing with the sauce.

Pickles: Claussen, not cold but not warm.

Onion: Raw, white.  Nice compliment to brisket piled on a piece of bread with sauce.

Ribs: Delicious.  Nice black coating and quality meat lacking in a need for additional topping.  I appreciated the range of meat the bones wore, purely as a pacing mechanism.

Brisket:  Good.  Best pieces (IMHO) were the end ones, overall very well cooked meat.  Minimal fat and sliced in a variety of thickness.

Sausage: Not impressed, but as previously noted, I am über picky about my sausage.  I would say it was standard for any BBQ place that does not specifically focus on sausage.

Sauce: Very nicely executed.  Sweet and peppery.  Memorable but left room on your taste buds for other flavors.

The wait staff was efficient and on top of the water refill situation.  Dessert was offered, two kinds of cobbler – Peach and Blackberry.  As it had been recommended, the table split a piece of Blackberry.

This is as good of time as any to admit I am often disappointed by cobbler.  Usually it’s because the crust is too soggy or sweet.  This cobbler, however, was scrumdiddlyupmtous.  The berries were sweet and warm, most memorable however, was the topping, which was CAKE.  Genius and delightful.  A feeding frenzy ensued, despite the ridiculously full tummies.

Go to this place, do it like we did, experiment later.

Brad bought us lunch so this fact is for him:  C3PO is the first character to speak in Star Wars.


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