Monday, March 23, 2009

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

You might be wondering why we made such a quick return to The Salt Lick. Well, my brother, Scott, was in town to visit me and wanted to try a BBQ place he hadn’t been to (having already been to Rudy’s and Opie’s). Salt Lick isn’t too far, and everyone else in my family has been, so it seemed like a good choice.

So, our party of 9 met at the restaurant and got seated right away. In retrospect, beating the lunch rush maybe wasn’t the best way to capture the full experience, since we didn’t get to sit outside with drinks and listen to live music. Nonetheless, we had a good meal and a great time.

Among the 9 of us, we had a little bit of pretty much everything on the menu. As always, I found the chicken to be fantastic. The sauce is second-to-none. Like me, Scott rates Opie’s higher than TSL, but he had a great experience overall.

Russell continues to enjoy the Lick: “Always love the Lick; this time I felt like I was having an out-of-body experience in which I was actually jealous of myself while eating the ribs! Ribs: some of the best around. Brisket: Even though I got the lean, it wasn’t that dry --- much better than last time I was here and it was very fatty and inconsistent. Potato salad: theirs is the best anywhere. Ambiance: love it. Overall: as close to perfect as can be.”

On her first trip to TSL, Amber was not too impressed by the food, but the atmosphere and company made up for it. Rich found the brisket to be lean and tender, while Erica thought the pork ribs were the best she’s ever had and that, when she goes back, they’re all she’s ordering. Erica says the sausage at City Market in Luling (the first time Rich and Erica manned up) is “way better.”

Scott’s scores (Scott says, “Real men don’t use decimals.”) – Brisket: 8; Turkey: 9; Sausage: 8; Pork ribs: 5; Sides: 10; Sauce: 10; Atmosphere: 10; Overall experience: 10 (“Eating BBQ with my brother: priceless.”)

Russell’s scores – Brisket: 9.65; Pork ribs: 10; Sausage: 9.55; Potato Salad: 10; Atmosphere: 10; Overall experience: 9.999999

Brad’s scores – Brisket: 8.6; Pork ribs: 8.75; Sausage: 8.13; Cobbler: 8; Atmosphere: 8.85; Overall experience: 9

Rich’s scores – Brisket: 8.5; Pork ribs: 9; Sausage: 7.5; Cobbler: 8.25; Atmosphere: 8.75; Overall experience: 8.75

Erica’s scores – Brisket: 8; Pork ribs: 10; Sausage: 7; Cobbler: 8; Atmosphere: 8.5; Overall experience: 8.5

Amber’s scores – Pork ribs: 9.5; Turkey: 8.5; Bread: 8.5; Sides: 4; Overall experience: 9

Overall Man-Up Score: 9.21

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