Is Texas the King of BBQ?
This summer, my mom and I traveled throughout Texas, Austin and Houston really, on a bit of a food tour to indulge in its BBQ and Tex-Mex. Throughout our trot, we found plenty of each.
…and I mean plenty of BBQ and Tex-Mex spots everywhere.
Jalapeno & Cheddar sausage (because they were out of the mild), beef ribs, macaroni ‘n cheese, and corn casserole.
Pork ribs, beef brisket, creamy mayonnaise coleslaw, and potato salad.
Each entree comes with a side of house sauce, sliced onion, pickles, and a piece of white bread.
Drinks are extra.
Stiles Switch BBQ was easy to find via Google Maps from our hotel. Parking was plentiful even though the evening crowd was filing in. The dining situation is a single line along the right wall heading to the ordering counter in the rear. There’s a menu posted above or you may peruse one along the counter. Ordering was slightly confusing but the cashier was patient and recommended a few things in addition to the folks on Yelp.
It’s sort of an assembly line ordering system: order the meat, slide, pick the sides, slide, perhaps some dessert, scoot, pay, and fix your drink at another station.
…then, glare into the sea of eaters
…hoping for an empty table.
Once, you spot a table, there’s patio dining as well, run as fast as you can because someone may get it.
So, we finally found a group clearing out and we plopped down.
We’d had a long day and we’re pretty hungry. Some of the locals said that Stiles and Switch was the best in town, so naturally we were ready to grub.
“Do you want to taste mine?”
I’m hesitant to say the food was nasty because nasty isn’t the correct word. It was different.
“different-ER than any BBQ that either one of us had ever had.
The sauce was tangy, almost like a salsa and vinegar mix. The sausage was tangy too and very spicy. The mac ‘n cheese was very cheesy but better than the other items. All of the meat was well grilled but the seasonings are what gave both of great pause; my mother more than me.
I wanted to like it, I really did.
It smell good.
It looked good.
The people were happy
…but we were not.
My mom was just not satisfied.
She abandoned her plate even.
…which made me sad.
Who wants to finish dinner, though weirdly flavored, and their mom is sad and hungry?
…because of that…
This is probably one of the worst dining experiences that I’ve had with my mom; only because of the taste of the food. The service was good, the restaurant was lively, however my mom left hungry and that upset me. She’s not one who complains and can typical “make do” with challenging meals, but in this case, Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew in Austin, TX did not hit the spot.
In short, no, Texas is not the King of BBQ. I’d like to encourage all Texans to take notes from grillers in Kansas City and Memphis.