Great Reasons to live in Austin. Number eight. The Iron Works.

Yes, another barbecue spot! This gem is in the heart of the city and is The Iron Works. It is called that because it used to be an actual Iron Works, however it now serves up some of the very best food you could ever wish to eat. It is HIGHLY recommended! You can find out more about it at The decor is fabulous and the service first class. You also just have to love a joint that features signed pictures of George W. Bush and Rick Perry on the restroom door! I guess this really IS the third coast!


The exterior of the building is very authentic and running right behind it is the river. A perfect setting for a perfect lunch!


How cool is the interior of this building. There is a huge container of classic soft drinks in real glass bottles –stored in ice! Of course you can always go traditional and enjoy a Shiner….


I think that pork ribs get an unfair rap in Texas. The beef is great but they know all about getting the best out of pork ribs too. A visit to the Iron Works is not complete without sampling their rack of pork ribs!



Great reasons to live in Austin. Number seven. The Salt Lick.

As hinted at in great reasons number five….. The Salt Lick! My favorite barbecue spot in the world. The scenery and food are glorious and Out Of This World Class. When George W. wanted a real treat in the White House he would talk Laura into allowing him to have barbecue flown in from the Salt Lick. It is a ways out of town in Driftwood, and worth every minute of your drive. Check out details at


Now there are open pit barbecues and open pit barbecues, but have you ever seen a better one than this? I haven’t!


Probably the finest beef rib in the world. They are cut in a very complex manner to incorporate three separate cuts of meat into the rib. Not only is the barbecue sauce great but the pre-coolking rub gives a flavor that is out of this world. You can buy it in stores too….


See if you can blow up this picture to read the menu. It will make your mouth water. Not only is the meat good but the blackberry pie and Blue Bell ice cream desert is the best!