Friday, February 27, 2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009: The Salt Lick (Driftwood, Texas)

As part of the celebration of Ashley’s birthday, Man Up made its second visit to The Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas, for a Saturday lunch. (Read the review of our first trip.) BBQ and a birthday. What’s not to like? Speaking of liking, a Russian bus boy liked my “KGB Still Watching You” t-shirt.

Just like Man Up’s first visit (and every non-Man-Up visit), The Salt Lick lived up to the hype. Before I started going to TSL, I assumed it was an overrated tourist trap. Sort of a Hill-Country cliché. But I’ve never been disappointed. I still find it curious that TSL didn’t make Texas Monthly’s list of the Top 50 Texas BBQ joints for 2008, garnering just an honorable mention. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

My take-home thoughts about TSL: an enjoyable drive from Austin; awesome BBQ pit inside the door of the restaurant; outstanding chicken, fantastic sausage, and arguably the best sauce you’ll find; and fast, attentive service. A downside of TSL: they only take cash.

But back to the sauce. Dave loved him some: "I'm not really one to use this saying, but all I gotta say their sauce is a little piece of heaven. I'm not sure if it’s the Japanese influence or not but that slightly sweet sauce just goes great with the smoked beef and other foods for that matter!" The only other place I’ve found whose sauce rivals the Lick’s is City Market’s (Luling, Texas), whose sauce is quite similar.

On to the scores. The birthday girl kicks us off.

Ashley’s scores –Turkey: 8; Sides: 7; Atmosphere: 10; Service: 8; Overall experience: 8

Dave’s scores – Pork ribs: 8.5; Chicken: 9.5; Brisket: 9.75; Sauce: 12 (That's right a 12 out of 10!); Pecan pie: 9; Atmosphere: 9.25; Service: 10; Overall experience: 9.75

Brad’s scores – Brisket: 8; Chicken: 8.25; Pork ribs: 8.75; Sides: 8.5; Sauce: 9; Atmosphere: 8.5; Service: 9; Overall experience: 8.85

Mark’s scores – Brisket: 9.2; Turkey: 8.7; Chicken: 9.6; Sauce: 9.85; Atmosphere: 10; Service: 9.8; Overall experience: 9.9

Drew’s scores - Chicken: 9.8; Pork ribs: 8.8; Sauce: 10; Atmosphere: 9.7; Service: 9.5; Overall experience: 9.65

Overall experience: 9.23

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1 comment:

Christian said...

I've been to Salt Lick several times, always enjoyable experience overall. But the brisket, ribs, sausage always seemed average. I can't comment on the sauce as I don't have a good palate to judge that. And I never was particular to any of the sides that came along with the family-style option. However, service is always top-notch, they are really attentive. Love the bbq pit and the atmosphere at Salt Lick. I always try to bring visiting friends to Salt Lick when they're in town for this very reason.

Took your buddy Brad to help me review some Home Slice pizza back in Austin, but forgot to tell him until after we finished our slices. Whoops, hah.

Great blog, man! keep it up.