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Five Austin Barbecue Places Make Texas Monthly's New List

The Chronicle hits up another hotel restaurant.

Terry Black's Barbecue
Terry Black's Barbecue
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As barbecue editor, Daniel Vaughn has to go through a lot of smoked meats. Today, he put together a list of what he deemed as the the best new and improved barbecue restaurants in Texas. Austin is the most represented city with five places: Freedmen’s, Micklethwait Craft Meats, Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ, Kerlin BBQ, and Terry Black’s Barbecue. He wrote:

But it can’t be denied that Austin is now the greatest city for barbecue in the world. Surrounded by such impressive smoked meat, anyone brave enough to think they can compete there better be ready to play with fire.

Over on The Chronicle, Brandon Watson found the Southern offerings from Westin Hotel’s Stella San Jac to be uneven. This didn’t hold true for some of the entrees like the Berkshire pork chop, burger, and biscuits, but when dishes involved multiple elements, the meals didn’t gel together:

All the components of the salmon ($23) were done right. The salmon was juicy, the potatoes fork-tender, the rainbow chard still had a little bite. But the balance was off, overwhelmed by the bright pool of tomato essence. There, the salmon needed pepper, the fingerlings wanted salt, and the chard could have used a good toss of bacon grease.

THE BLOGS: Forks Up shared Vox Table’s menu with friends, and if Mike Sutter eats enough tacos, will he become one?

Terry Black's BBQ

1003 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX Visit Website

Stella San Jac

310 East 5th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 792-5648 Visit Website

Micklethwait Craft Meats

1309 Rosewood Avenue, , TX 78702 (512) 791-5961 Visit Website

Kerlin BBQ

2207 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78702 (512) 412-5588 Visit Website

Freedmen's

2402 San Gabriel Street, , TX 78705 (512) 220-0953 Visit Website

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ [Relocated]

7612 Brodie Lane, Austin, TX 78745 (512) 363-8520 Visit Website

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