Austin City Limits - Day 1
We flew into Austin yesterday morning. Instead of doing go the hotel when we landed, we drove to Lockhart Texas...land of BBQ. There are literally 4-5 barbeque places there. We did attempt to pace ourselves but after two, we all rolled back to Austin.
We began with Black's. Oldest family owned BBQ place in the state. 85 years and running. They serve up some amazing bbq from a smoker that has been around for 85 years. It is an impressive place and we even got the backroom tour.
You begin in line almost like a school cafeteria. Sides are abundant. Since I was working on pacing myself I only went with cole slaw and pickles but managed to try everyone else's sides when we sat down. Really good cole slaw.
We then drove the 3 minutes over to Kreuz. A new joint compared to Blacks. The building they are in was stablished 1999. A large dining hall where they only serve spoons and knives.
We had sausages, brisket and prime rib. Brisket was much better at Black's but the prime rib was really good. Something that I never thought of smoking. Excellent sausages. Germany style. We sat next to a family that looked like it had bought a side of beef and they got a loaf of white bread and just went to town. Classic.
Back to Austin and over to the festival. We have back stage passes. It isn't so easy. You get to the back area of the stage way in advance and they let 30-50 people up on the side areas of the stage. Not a slam dunk by any stretch of the imagination. Personally at this point of my life standing in a crowd with thousands of people is just not my thing. Luckily I got up on the stage for Spoon.
Back to the hotel for a quick change and out to dins. Nothing there to write about. More on Austin later.