La Barbecue

Restaurants, Barbecue East Cesar Chavez
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Come for the essential brisket, pork ribs and sausage, but stay for the sides (and occasionally, the free beer). At this East Side trailer, surrounded by a few simple picnic tables with some enormous old trees for shade, it’s the chipotle coleslaw—zestier than most with a kick to match the house-made chipotle sausage—and fresh black bean salad (complete with corned, diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro and serranos) that raise the total-package bar a cut above. Perhaps it’s also the humble, genuinely friendly nature of 21-year-old pitmaster Dylan Taylor (raised in Arlington, Texas, but cooking in Austin for almost three years) that gives La Barbecue’s meats the highest-quality edge. Or it could be that dash of granulated garlic they add to the traditional salt and pepper rub. “Central Texas BBQ is definitely its own style, but within that you have a lot of different flavors,” says Taylor. “Ours is more southern-rooted—we flirt with the line of tradition by adding chipotle to a few things. We try to look at the whole package…BBQ isn’t just sliced brisket. It’s a whole beautiful tray with all the sides and homemade ingredients: the bigger picture.” In any case, there clearly isn’t a lack of reasons why no one in ATX cooks it up better. Just make sure to arrive early—when the meat sells out, they close for the day.

By: David Brendan Hall

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Venue name: La Barbecue
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Address: 1906 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin
78702
Cross street: at Chicon St
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 11am-6pm (or sold out)
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As the photo shows, this is barbecue - hold the nonsense. Don't be daunted by the line - there's FREE BEER! It's true. If you're willing to wait on line long enough (it's not as long as it might look), not only will you be greeted with perhaps the best BBQ you'll ever taste, but the owner might even hand you a free can of beer from his cooler near the end of the line. It's worth going earlier in the day because certain items may be sold out. If you're into brisket, this is your spot. I decided to have an order of it along with pulled pork and what was presented to me as "the best sausage in Austin." I might hesitate to say that, but the brisket and pulled pork were every bit of amazing. I'm salivating at the thought of having that tray in front of me again!