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