Black's BBQ, Lockhart: saw it was #1 on some listing, so of course wanted to go check it out. We saw Black's Original BBQ in Austin...hey it's Black's, so let's stop here instead of driving to Lockhart. Bad decision apparently. We tried brisket, turkey, pork rib, and sausage, coleslaw, and potato salad. All were SUPER DRY with no favor. The sides were nothing to rave about either, seemed as they were nothing more then store bought. Supposedly location is "key" to good BBQ for Black's. We never got pass the bad experience to drive to Lockhart, TX.
|Sausage link, pork rib, slice brisket
|Rib didn't even pull off the bone
|Cute place downtown Bastrop
|Only sign about cafe
Hit The Spot Cafe at The Library of Garfield, TX: Yes there is a restaurant inside the public library, but unless you pay close attention you wouldn't know it from the outside. Burgers were awesome on homemade bun & hand-battered onion rings. Also known for their chicken-fried steak. Kids said breakfast was really good, so of course had to try it out...and Jerry confirmed the CFS was pretty darn good.
|Jerry's chicken fried steak breakfast
|Awesome local eatery: breakfast or lunch
|Grilled Chicken Tacos
Torchy's Tacos, Austin, TX: started out as a food truck/trailer, but now have store front locations in Austin & Dallas. Delicious!
|Jerry & Lisa
Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Austin, TX: Popular spot in Austin - people line up out the door for their food (burgers & salads). We had to wait for approx. 20 minutes to order, so guess not to bad according to others. Fresh Angus burgers, fresh local produce, homemade buns. Good, but think The Library had the better burger.
|Inside dining area
|Stout Chocolate shake & Llano Poblano Burger
|At least saw the place (lol)
Franklin's BBQ, Austin, TX: We came to Austin to try Franklin's, but they were closed for vacation. Guess it kept us from standing in line not knowing if we would even make it through the line before running out.
|Us at end of line @10:45, 1of3 smoking pits
|Brisket, Turkey, Coleslaw (Pork Rib Bone)
|Us at The Market with Truluck's in the background
Truluck's, Downtown Austin: We decided we wanted Seafood for our anniversary dinner, so Trip Advisor was our go to for the best rating - Truluck it was. Our reservations wasn't until 8p.m., so we took the opportunity to visit Ryan at work, after all The Market Tap House was literally across the street from Truluck's and our parking lot - Score! Our waiter Austin was such a pleasure to visit with during our diner. He had done some extensive traveling and currently working on plans for a tiny home in Austin. Jerry had the Sea Bass, which he described as being fabulous it was like dessert. Where I had the Copper River Salmon, which was good, but but not to the level of Jerry's - maybe it was the way I had it cook. I must say I would definitely get the Sea Bass next time! Then Austin surprised us with cherries jubilee over some type of chocolate bread pudding with Happy 7th Anniversary. We didn't even get a photo.
Maxine's, Bastrop, TX: Decent breakfast, but nothing unusual.
July 11-24, 2015