Happy Birthday Stiles Switch BBQ:Shane Stiles & Louie Mueller Alumnus Lance Kirkpatrick's Joint Is 1
And then there were 3.
Austin's always had good barbecue. Old timer's had The Shanty, which is still spoken of in hallowed terms, while new bucks queue up at Live Oak down on 2nd street for Saturday afternoon specials off the pit of Tom Spaulding.
Debate rages on a daily basis in our fair city over who's putting out the finest smoked meat in town. Folks with time to kill like to stand in line for a few hours at Franklin to eat what many reckon is the best barbecue in the nation.
Young gun pit boss John Lewis, who honed his chops at Franklin, is running the mammoth smoker of the former JMueller BBQ down in South Austin (now LA BBQ). His reign is not without controversy. (http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2012/11/3)
Meanwhile, serenely above the fray, Lance Kirkpatrick's quietly putting out national caliber barbecue up on North Lamar. Is it the best in Austin? We'll leave that debate to local wags.
Our visits to Stiles Switch have found good sausage (from Thorndale Meat Market) estimable beef ribs and brisket ranging from insanely delicious to merely good. When you're open from morning to night consistency is always going to be a bug bear.
Happy Birthday Catherine Stiles, Shane Stiles and Lance Kirkpatrick. Here's hoping the next 20 years are as good to y'all as year one.
And here's our original impressions, written after an opening day meal http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2011/12/1