Salt Lick BBQ

★★★★☆
  • 17900 FM 1826

    Driftwood, TX 78619

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  • 512-858-4959

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Sun 12pm-9pm, Mon-Thu 11:30am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-9:30pm
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Round Rock just opened up a location next to the Dell Diamond or at least within the past year, it's good BBQ, but for the price I actually stopped at Rudy's for BBQ on the way out to Dell diamond recently. I'm not saying it's bad, but it's Texas so you know it has to be great to charge a litte extra.

JP

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★★★☆☆

Round Rock just opened up a location next to the Dell Diamond or at least within the past year, it's good BBQ, but for the price I actually stopped at Rudy's for BBQ on the way out to Dell diamond recently. I'm not saying it's bad, but it's Texas so you know it has to be great to charge a litte extra.

JP

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Props to Sarah (our server) for making it a great experience..!

We learned of The Salt Lick from Man v. Food so it was time for a day trip. Beautiful location. I like the old school cash only and BYOB policy as well..

As far as the food goes, we all loved the turkey.. Super juicy and tender. The beef ribs were great as well, and I really enjoyed the sample of the burnt ends Sarah brought me... The brisket was a little too lean and dry for my liking. I prefer a moist brisket. The sausage was average or about what I would expect from a good BBQ place.. The beans were pretty bland, as was the potato salad. The slaw was good. Neither the slaw or potato salad use mayo so if that's what you're expecting, you'll be disappointed. I lived in Germany so after Sarah told me how they were prepared, I knew what kind of flavor/texture to expect. The sauce surprised me.. I like spicey sauces, so the sweetness/ mustard flavor of the sauce concerned me at first. That said, it grew on me and we ended up buying some to take home (along with the rub). I still prefer spice, but their sauce is very good.

I recommend that you try every meat. That's what we chose to experience The Salt Lick.. Every BBQ place has a strength and weakness... If you try just one thing, you may leave disappointed. Read the history as well. Pretty cool how The Salt Lick came about... The bottom line is we'll be back!

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★★★★☆

Props to Sarah (our server) for making it a great experience..!

We learned of The Salt Lick from Man v. Food so it was time for a day trip. Beautiful location. I like the old school cash only and BYOB policy as well..

As far as the food goes, we all loved the turkey.. Super juicy and tender. The beef ribs were great as well, and I really enjoyed the sample of the burnt ends Sarah brought me... The brisket was a little too lean and dry for my liking. I prefer a moist brisket. The sausage was average or about what I would expect from a good BBQ place.. The beans were pretty bland, as was the potato salad. The slaw was good. Neither the slaw or potato salad use mayo so if that's what you're expecting, you'll be disappointed. I lived in Germany so after Sarah told me how they were prepared, I knew what kind of flavor/texture to expect. The sauce surprised me.. I like spicey sauces, so the sweetness/ mustard flavor of the sauce concerned me at first. That said, it grew on me and we ended up buying some to take home (along with the rub). I still prefer spice, but their sauce is very good.

I recommend that you try every meat. That's what we chose to experience The Salt Lick.. Every BBQ place has a strength and weakness... If you try just one thing, you may leave disappointed. Read the history as well. Pretty cool how The Salt Lick came about... The bottom line is we'll be back!

Pros: Turkey, Burnt Ends, Beef Ribs

Cons: Average Sides

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Great food, atmoshphere, and service!! Drove from Lubbock to go eat at salt licks! Very yummy and a great vaction stop!

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★★★★★

Great food, atmoshphere, and service!! Drove from Lubbock to go eat at salt licks! Very yummy and a great vaction stop!

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After seeing this restaurant on TV and reading rave reviews, we ate there tonight. My first bite was into a pork rib, expecting it to fall off the bone. Instead, I chewed and chewed and chewed that first bite finally realizing I wasn't going to be able to swallow it, so I put it into a napkin. I took a bite of the coleslaw, and it tasted like raw cabbage. I had to look close at it to see if there was anything on it, and I think there was something, but am not really sure. The waitress didn't know what, if anything, they put on it. The potato salad tasted like German style potatoes, and not good ones. The beans were great, as was the sausage. The beef was dry without drenching it with sauce. The best thing was the peach cobbler with ice cream! When we left, the lines to get in were very long. People must like it, but we were not one of those people. We will never, ever return there.

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★☆☆☆☆

After seeing this restaurant on TV and reading rave reviews, we ate there tonight. My first bite was into a pork rib, expecting it to fall off the bone. Instead, I chewed and chewed and chewed that first bite finally realizing I wasn't going to be able to swallow it, so I put it into a napkin. I took a bite of the coleslaw, and it tasted like raw cabbage. I had to look close at it to see if there was anything on it, and I think there was something, but am not really sure. The waitress didn't know what, if anything, they put on it. The potato salad tasted like German style potatoes, and not good ones. The beans were great, as was the sausage. The beef was dry without drenching it with sauce. The best thing was the peach cobbler with ice cream! When we left, the lines to get in were very long. People must like it, but we were not one of those people. We will never, ever return there.

Pros: Nothing I can think of

Cons: Park bench tables, inconvenient location

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I think this place is good...average. The location is awesome and is a nice getaway with a group of friends. You need to at least try it and see for yourself.

I spent many months on a jobsite across the street and have visited SLBBQ countless times over a 3 month period; weekdays and weekends.

First of all I am a little put out that the same sandwich is $2 cheaper during the week. Am I going to get charged more because it's the weekend and MORE people are here? I don't get that. It's the same sandwich; same size!

As far as the meat goes it's ok. I don't see great smoke rings and the cuts are a little too fatty for me with their brisket. Not much of a rub on the brisket either. I like the sausage but I have had better. The ribs are also good but usually dry and same goes for the turkey. I am not picking up on much of a rub and not even the basic S & P. I??m not looking for anything fancy just some good old seasoning to bring out the flavor of the meat.

Which brings me to the sauce. I think the meats are prepared the way they are because the norm is to cover them with that awful sauce. Heavy on the mustard in a sweet and tangy mess. I am not a fan at all. I think the meats should stand on their own and a sauce should accent or supplement in flavor. I am happy and enjoy finding a place that can smoke a meat that is fine on its own. The sides are plain and I might have had better at Luby??s.

The service can vary from great to a long wait. Most are very friendly there. If you are looking for OK food with a great Texas hang SLBBQ is your place. Take your own beer and make an afternoon of it but you could save time and gas by finding a better BBQ place right here in Austin. If you are going to drive all that way I would keep driving a little bit further and spend the day with the Mandola family instead at The Mandola Estate Winery.

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★★★☆☆

I think this place is good...average. The location is awesome and is a nice getaway with a group of friends. You need to at least try it and see for yourself.

I spent many months on a jobsite across the street and have visited SLBBQ countless times over a 3 month period; weekdays and weekends.

First of all I am a little put out that the same sandwich is $2 cheaper during the week. Am I going to get charged more because it's the weekend and MORE people are here? I don't get that. It's the same sandwich; same size!

As far as the meat goes it's ok. I don't see great smoke rings and the cuts are a little too fatty for me with their brisket. Not much of a rub on the brisket either. I like the sausage but I have had better. The ribs are also good but usually dry and same goes for the turkey. I am not picking up on much of a rub and not even the basic S & P. I??m not looking for anything fancy just some good old seasoning to bring out the flavor of the meat.

Which brings me to the sauce. I think the meats are prepared the way they are because the norm is to cover them with that awful sauce. Heavy on the mustard in a sweet and tangy mess. I am not a fan at all. I think the meats should stand on their own and a sauce should accent or supplement in flavor. I am happy and enjoy finding a place that can smoke a meat that is fine on its own. The sides are plain and I might have had better at Luby??s.

The service can vary from great to a long wait. Most are very friendly there. If you are looking for OK food with a great Texas hang SLBBQ is your place. Take your own beer and make an afternoon of it but you could save time and gas by finding a better BBQ place right here in Austin. If you are going to drive all that way I would keep driving a little bit further and spend the day with the Mandola family instead at The Mandola Estate Winery.

Pros: great hang, family style

Cons: cash only, awful sides, bit of a drive & BYOB

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I used to work in Austin the Salt Lick several years ago was a favorite place, we recently took the train from Oklahoma to Austin, took friends to the Salt Lick, the sides were NOT good and the meat was cold, really disappointed

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★★★☆☆

I used to work in Austin the Salt Lick several years ago was a favorite place, we recently took the train from Oklahoma to Austin, took friends to the Salt Lick, the sides were NOT good and the meat was cold, really disappointed

Pros: good service

Cons: bad sides

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Every one there was having a great time, except the jerks trying to cut infront of the line! Which people where doing. Inreturn the waiter was a jerk to them. Not fair we had to wait a little over an hour to be seated, and they cut! But besides that mess. They trully have the best BBQ this side of South Texas! Take the back roads to get there the drive is amazing! Even better that it had finished raining seeing the water cascading as you drive over the bridges. This place is BYOB! So even if you have to wait for a while you can enjoy your booze! In the end just go for your self. Its great all around! Just dont be those jerks who cut and in return get horrible service!

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★★★★★

Every one there was having a great time, except the jerks trying to cut infront of the line! Which people where doing. Inreturn the waiter was a jerk to them. Not fair we had to wait a little over an hour to be seated, and they cut! But besides that mess. They trully have the best BBQ this side of South Texas! Take the back roads to get there the drive is amazing! Even better that it had finished raining seeing the water cascading as you drive over the bridges. This place is BYOB! So even if you have to wait for a while you can enjoy your booze! In the end just go for your self. Its great all around! Just dont be those jerks who cut and in return get horrible service!

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The Saltlick quickly became one of my favorites. I love the flavor of the food and the sauce. Will be going online to order some of their sauce soon. Friendly staff, and world class food.

5
★★★★★

The Saltlick quickly became one of my favorites. I love the flavor of the food and the sauce. Will be going online to order some of their sauce soon. Friendly staff, and world class food.

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Love the BBQ- family style (brisket, ribs, sausage), plus the potatoes and the COBBLER. Peach is better in my opinion, but why not test them both? Salt Lick is tasty, and worth the trip. Just remember to pick up some Shiner on the way because it's BYOB.

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★★★★☆

Love the BBQ- family style (brisket, ribs, sausage), plus the potatoes and the COBBLER. Peach is better in my opinion, but why not test them both? Salt Lick is tasty, and worth the trip. Just remember to pick up some Shiner on the way because it's BYOB.

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BEST EVER BBQ!!!!!!!! love love love the brisket. Kid friendly and so wonderful I can't wait to go back!

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★★★★★

BEST EVER BBQ!!!!!!!! love love love the brisket. Kid friendly and so wonderful I can't wait to go back!

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Salt Lick has a distinct sauce which I love which is their biggest plus for me. I had their pork ribs (they don't offer beef) which were quite good. I went on a Saturday evening and it was CROWDED. Very long wait so if you don't like waiting 45 minutes or so you might want to avoid Salt Lick. The place is very large with 2-3 different eating areas which are all used on busy days. Attracts many students and large groups, you'll see lots of parties of 8-12 people. You also need to BYOB and many people have large ice chests with them.

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★★★★☆

Salt Lick has a distinct sauce which I love which is their biggest plus for me. I had their pork ribs (they don't offer beef) which were quite good. I went on a Saturday evening and it was CROWDED. Very long wait so if you don't like waiting 45 minutes or so you might want to avoid Salt Lick. The place is very large with 2-3 different eating areas which are all used on busy days. Attracts many students and large groups, you'll see lots of parties of 8-12 people. You also need to BYOB and many people have large ice chests with them.

Pros: The Sauce

Cons: Crowded On Weekends

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This place is all over food network and for good reason! It is difficult to find but the food is scrumptious. The BBQ is so tender and the atmosphere is Texan for sure! I take my whole family each time I am in town...

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★★★★★

This place is all over food network and for good reason! It is difficult to find but the food is scrumptious. The BBQ is so tender and the atmosphere is Texan for sure! I take my whole family each time I am in town...

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Drove up from Houston because of the hype surrounding this place. The location, including the scenic drive are great. The building itself is pretty cool. I was having a great time until the food arrived.
Sides - Dry and in editable. The beans where hard, the colslaw had saw too much celery and the potato salad was like nothing I'd ever had.
Meat - The ribs are not baby backs so beware. Personal choice but I like my ribs saucy, tender and not fatty. Salt Lick's were none of the above. The brisket and turkey where tasty at first but very dry.
Also - no credit card ($2.50 for ATM), min charge of $5, 15% charge for parties 8+ and various other rules.

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★☆☆☆☆

Drove up from Houston because of the hype surrounding this place. The location, including the scenic drive are great. The building itself is pretty cool. I was having a great time until the food arrived.
Sides - Dry and in editable. The beans where hard, the colslaw had saw too much celery and the potato salad was like nothing I'd ever had.
Meat - The ribs are not baby backs so beware. Personal choice but I like my ribs saucy, tender and not fatty. Salt Lick's were none of the above. The brisket and turkey where tasty at first but very dry.
Also - no credit card ($2.50 for ATM), min charge of $5, 15% charge for parties 8+ and various other rules.

Pros: Locations and general setting outstanding

Cons: Food was simple aweful

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My friends and I always enjoy coming here after a fun day of floating the river. They let you bring in your own cooler and the food is great so you should definitely check it out

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★★★★☆

My friends and I always enjoy coming here after a fun day of floating the river. They let you bring in your own cooler and the food is great so you should definitely check it out

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Salt Lick is all atmosphere with a touch of good BBQ thrown in. After finding the rustic location in the deep woods near Austin , Texas we were expecting better tasting BBQ from the open pits. The portions are sizeable and prices are reasonable.The cobblers are a dish you cannot leave without tasting.

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★★☆☆☆

Salt Lick is all atmosphere with a touch of good BBQ thrown in. After finding the rustic location in the deep woods near Austin , Texas we were expecting better tasting BBQ from the open pits. The portions are sizeable and prices are reasonable.The cobblers are a dish you cannot leave without tasting.

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Best meat near Austin hands down. The ribs are huge and very tender. Ask for the spicy BBQ, it's not too hot and it's way better than their original sauce. Don't bother with the sides, just get a sampling of all the meats. Great stuff.

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★★★★★

Best meat near Austin hands down. The ribs are huge and very tender. Ask for the spicy BBQ, it's not too hot and it's way better than their original sauce. Don't bother with the sides, just get a sampling of all the meats. Great stuff.

Pros: The Ribs are Amazing, All the Meats, Spicy BBQ Sauce

Cons: Awful Side Dishes, BYOB, Far Away

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The only reason I gave it a one star, is becuase I couldn't give it a 0. Just plain it up like this not all what it's cracked up to be. NO CASH WTF? If I owned a BBQ joint I would wanna make it painless for my customers to give me money, would not be so concered with cash income and tax frad. Lots of rules like that they are at the bottom of the menu here are a few, No separate checks, Cash Only, 15% Gratuity added to parties of 8 or more, Minimum Charge: $4.95 per person. Talk about being inconvenient to the customer. Meat was good but not worth the money. Go to Rudy's or Coopers in LLano, much better and they take CC and no Minimum Charge, and no rules. I won't be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

The only reason I gave it a one star, is becuase I couldn't give it a 0. Just plain it up like this not all what it's cracked up to be. NO CASH WTF? If I owned a BBQ joint I would wanna make it painless for my customers to give me money, would not be so concered with cash income and tax frad. Lots of rules like that they are at the bottom of the menu here are a few, No separate checks, Cash Only, 15% Gratuity added to parties of 8 or more, Minimum Charge: $4.95 per person. Talk about being inconvenient to the customer. Meat was good but not worth the money. Go to Rudy's or Coopers in LLano, much better and they take CC and no Minimum Charge, and no rules. I won't be back.

Pros: Could being own beer and just sit and listen to live music

Cons: See below

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Tried it twice..both times the brisket was chewy. Hate the honey/mustard sauce too. Anyhow, a lot of people rave about the place, but I don't get it. Maybe it's because I went to the one in Round Rock. Maybe the original is better.

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★★☆☆☆

Tried it twice..both times the brisket was chewy. Hate the honey/mustard sauce too. Anyhow, a lot of people rave about the place, but I don't get it. Maybe it's because I went to the one in Round Rock. Maybe the original is better.

Pros: not many

Cons: the brisket, the sauce

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02/08/09 BBQ Fans

I am so glad that i was able to eat at this great bbq restaurant before relocating in the next week. I've heard of the Saltlick before but never really had the urge to drive out and try it, boy am i glad that i did.with there one of a kind open pit, the smell of the bbq was phenomenal and the taste was even better. The meat was plentiful, the brisket was smoked perfectly with the very noticable smoke rings outlining the meat, the sausage was tasteful and the pork ribs were so tender that the meat was literally falling off the bone! I had my 5 year old niece with me and she had there smoked chicken, thank goodness she was nice enough to share a piece and just like she said " it was delish!!!!" while waiting to be seated, we were able to review the menu. Since my brother has a sweet tooth, he was determined to order the blackberry cobbler, well, like all younger brothers, i followed and i ordered the the split cobbler which consists of peach and blackberry cobbler in a bowl with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream right on top!!! Since it was our first visit, We had no idea that it was B.Y.O.B which kinda made my sister in law a bit upset, she tends to like a cold beer with her bbq. Another little con was that it is a cash only place, thank goodness they have an ATM on site, but of course it charges $2.50 for each withdrawl. Other than that, this place was Awesome! I am definitely going back with a cooler full of beer and a pocket of cash and enjoy some of the best bbq i've ever had. See you soon Karen! ( waitress)

San Antonio Tx.

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★★★★☆

02/08/09 BBQ Fans

I am so glad that i was able to eat at this great bbq restaurant before relocating in the next week. I've heard of the Saltlick before but never really had the urge to drive out and try it, boy am i glad that i did.with there one of a kind open pit, the smell of the bbq was phenomenal and the taste was even better. The meat was plentiful, the brisket was smoked perfectly with the very noticable smoke rings outlining the meat, the sausage was tasteful and the pork ribs were so tender that the meat was literally falling off the bone! I had my 5 year old niece with me and she had there smoked chicken, thank goodness she was nice enough to share a piece and just like she said " it was delish!!!!" while waiting to be seated, we were able to review the menu. Since my brother has a sweet tooth, he was determined to order the blackberry cobbler, well, like all younger brothers, i followed and i ordered the the split cobbler which consists of peach and blackberry cobbler in a bowl with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream right on top!!! Since it was our first visit, We had no idea that it was B.Y.O.B which kinda made my sister in law a bit upset, she tends to like a cold beer with her bbq. Another little con was that it is a cash only place, thank goodness they have an ATM on site, but of course it charges $2.50 for each withdrawl. Other than that, this place was Awesome! I am definitely going back with a cooler full of beer and a pocket of cash and enjoy some of the best bbq i've ever had. See you soon Karen! ( waitress)

San Antonio Tx.

Pros: Food

Cons: Cash Only

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This is great BBQ. A unique sauce and perfectly cooked meats - I mean the ribs, sausage and brisket are cooked perfectly here. Unlike so many other places in Texas - the meat is not oversmoked! So good! Plus for 17 or 18 bucks you can get the all you can eat platter with all the sides. We take visiting friends and family here and they go crazy for how good it is. One buddy makes 2 trips a year now just to get to Salt Lick. Seriosly it is that good.
Pack a cooler (which you can bring in and proip up on a bench) drink beer and eat until you drop. They don't push you at all to get out. Great service by the way.
Best in Texas.

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★★★★★

This is great BBQ. A unique sauce and perfectly cooked meats - I mean the ribs, sausage and brisket are cooked perfectly here. Unlike so many other places in Texas - the meat is not oversmoked! So good! Plus for 17 or 18 bucks you can get the all you can eat platter with all the sides. We take visiting friends and family here and they go crazy for how good it is. One buddy makes 2 trips a year now just to get to Salt Lick. Seriosly it is that good.
Pack a cooler (which you can bring in and proip up on a bench) drink beer and eat until you drop. They don't push you at all to get out. Great service by the way.
Best in Texas.

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We had heard about Saltlick from friends, TV, etc, and had read some bad reviews. On 11/22/08, we tried it. It was great! The ribs were fantastic as were the sausage and brisket. The service was exceptional! One thing though - since we had three differeent people serving us, we left a substantial tip hoping that it was a collective effort and the tip would be split. We will return!

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★★★★★

We had heard about Saltlick from friends, TV, etc, and had read some bad reviews. On 11/22/08, we tried it. It was great! The ribs were fantastic as were the sausage and brisket. The service was exceptional! One thing though - since we had three differeent people serving us, we left a substantial tip hoping that it was a collective effort and the tip would be split. We will return!

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My boss and I visited this place while attending a convention in Austin. It was recommended to us by a friend that lives in the area, though told it was a little out of the way. It was only 18 miles from where we were, and the food was out of this world! Some of the best BBQ I have ever had in my life. The pork ribs and brisket were to die for. The meal came out in about four minutes and the dessert in about two. The staff was extremely friendly and kind. The prices were also very low and affordable for anybody. It's definitely a place that would go back to again and again and again.

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★★★★★

My boss and I visited this place while attending a convention in Austin. It was recommended to us by a friend that lives in the area, though told it was a little out of the way. It was only 18 miles from where we were, and the food was out of this world! Some of the best BBQ I have ever had in my life. The pork ribs and brisket were to die for. The meal came out in about four minutes and the dessert in about two. The staff was extremely friendly and kind. The prices were also very low and affordable for anybody. It's definitely a place that would go back to again and again and again.

Pros: The food! Wait staff and meal prices

Cons: A little out of the way, but well worth it.

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although the service was good and fast, the food was not at all what i was expecting. personally i did not like the sauce that they smother everything in. it didn't go with the BBQ but my husband loved it. to each their own i suppose.
PS I went to the new location in Round Rock near the Dell Diamond

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★★★☆☆

although the service was good and fast, the food was not at all what i was expecting. personally i did not like the sauce that they smother everything in. it didn't go with the BBQ but my husband loved it. to each their own i suppose.
PS I went to the new location in Round Rock near the Dell Diamond

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This is the best BBQ in Central Texas and no other place can compare! The drive is somewhat out of the way but for the food and the location, you'll be glad that you made the drive.

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★★★★★

This is the best BBQ in Central Texas and no other place can compare! The drive is somewhat out of the way but for the food and the location, you'll be glad that you made the drive.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: the drive

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I drive by Salt Lick frequently - always packed. I have been there to eat - once with a small group for dinner and twice at a fundraiser in the pavillion. Not one of those times was the food up to par for all they hype they get. The brisket is fatty, the sausage has mystery nuggets, and the potato salad is less spectacular than the tub stuff you get at the local grocery store. The pickles are okay.
My guess is folks are just afraid to go against the rest of the sheep and admit the place is so-so.
So, if Baaaad BBQ is what you are looking for then this is the place for you.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I drive by Salt Lick frequently - always packed. I have been there to eat - once with a small group for dinner and twice at a fundraiser in the pavillion. Not one of those times was the food up to par for all they hype they get. The brisket is fatty, the sausage has mystery nuggets, and the potato salad is less spectacular than the tub stuff you get at the local grocery store. The pickles are okay.
My guess is folks are just afraid to go against the rest of the sheep and admit the place is so-so.
So, if Baaaad BBQ is what you are looking for then this is the place for you.

Pros: pretty property

Cons: food

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The drive to Driftwood, near Buda, is worth it. In fact, I'd say that the drive adds to the experience as you get away from the city and into the real Texas flavor of the countryside. Leave your high heels at home bc this is a down'home place complete with gravel parking, wood picnic tables (higher end, not the standard type at parks), and benches. Despite the signs, we didn't realize it was a cash only restuarant until we saw the ATM machine and wondered why the heck it would be way out there. We were seated pretty quickly though we did feel just a little lost when we walked in the screendoor and weren't sure we had used the correct entrance. The server was very friendly, attentive, and effective. The food was unbelievably good. I had the chopped beef sandwich, but sampled the others' dishes that covered all the types of meats offered and they were all outstanding. The sauce was particularly good, with a touch of sweetness that I liked. The blackberry cobbler was okay but the peach cobbler was better. We will definitely make this part of our routine when we have out of state guests!

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★★★★★

The drive to Driftwood, near Buda, is worth it. In fact, I'd say that the drive adds to the experience as you get away from the city and into the real Texas flavor of the countryside. Leave your high heels at home bc this is a down'home place complete with gravel parking, wood picnic tables (higher end, not the standard type at parks), and benches. Despite the signs, we didn't realize it was a cash only restuarant until we saw the ATM machine and wondered why the heck it would be way out there. We were seated pretty quickly though we did feel just a little lost when we walked in the screendoor and weren't sure we had used the correct entrance. The server was very friendly, attentive, and effective. The food was unbelievably good. I had the chopped beef sandwich, but sampled the others' dishes that covered all the types of meats offered and they were all outstanding. The sauce was particularly good, with a touch of sweetness that I liked. The blackberry cobbler was okay but the peach cobbler was better. We will definitely make this part of our routine when we have out of state guests!

Pros: authentic country ambiance; great food!

Cons: cash only; bread is not anywhere near County Line's quality

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I've been eating at the Salt Lick for years and I've always enjoyed the bbq. It's a favorite around my household. My children will pass up going to the movies with their friends or even a day at Schlitterbahn if I tell them we're eating at the Salt Lick that evening! A great place like this has it's drawbacks...

A few pointers:
1.Always check your to-go orders. They are famous for forgetting to put things in your bag....especially the essential bbq sauce!

2. Never try to talk to the management to get anything resolved. I had an issue with my food one evening and the general manager, a shorthaired blonde woman, was so rude I couldn't believe it! She told me they didn't need my business because they were busy enough! She didn't offer to comp my meal, apologize, or try to make me happy. My server was more helpful than she was.

3. It's BYOB, so bring an ice chest (or even a keg if you have a large group...) and it makes the 2 hour wait worth it!

I give the place 3 stars because the food was great but the management ruined our experience. We will continue to get Salt Lick to-go! oh, and to the review below mine....there are signs EVERYWHERE that say "cash only" so you shouldn't be surprised...maybe that was a lack of attention.

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★★★☆☆

I've been eating at the Salt Lick for years and I've always enjoyed the bbq. It's a favorite around my household. My children will pass up going to the movies with their friends or even a day at Schlitterbahn if I tell them we're eating at the Salt Lick that evening! A great place like this has it's drawbacks...

A few pointers:
1.Always check your to-go orders. They are famous for forgetting to put things in your bag....especially the essential bbq sauce!

2. Never try to talk to the management to get anything resolved. I had an issue with my food one evening and the general manager, a shorthaired blonde woman, was so rude I couldn't believe it! She told me they didn't need my business because they were busy enough! She didn't offer to comp my meal, apologize, or try to make me happy. My server was more helpful than she was.

3. It's BYOB, so bring an ice chest (or even a keg if you have a large group...) and it makes the 2 hour wait worth it!

I give the place 3 stars because the food was great but the management ruined our experience. We will continue to get Salt Lick to-go! oh, and to the review below mine....there are signs EVERYWHERE that say "cash only" so you shouldn't be surprised...maybe that was a lack of attention.

Pros: delicious :)

Cons: way the heck out there...have plenty of gas, plenty of beer, and plenty of cash.

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Just pass on this place. A friend of a friend recommended Salt lick BBQ, now I have one less friend. Salt lick failed in two of the three factors of a good restaurant. The service was bad. We had to ask what the people at another table had that didn't appear to be on the menu. Turns out they had another menu with just specials that the waitress seemed put out to go get for us. Then we finally see at the bottom of the menu that it's a cash only business, be nice to know before you're seated. We were told we could use the ATM but the waitress didn't know what the fee was. Food came soon enough. I got the sampler so I can honestly say it was all sub-par. The sausage was okay no better or worse than Hillshire farms (yes Hillshire farms). However it was the pork and brisket where they set themselves apart from other BBQ restaurants I've tried from Carolina to Arizona and everywhere in between. It was extremely dry and totally lacked any flavor what so ever. There regular sauce could have came from a store brand bottle with mustard added and their habanero sauce that I had hoped would save the meal ended up being even sweeter than the regular sauce and had no kick at all. I guess some restaurants get a good reputation due to the "I have to say it's good because everyone else says it good". However I would feel very bad if I recommended this to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

Just pass on this place. A friend of a friend recommended Salt lick BBQ, now I have one less friend. Salt lick failed in two of the three factors of a good restaurant. The service was bad. We had to ask what the people at another table had that didn't appear to be on the menu. Turns out they had another menu with just specials that the waitress seemed put out to go get for us. Then we finally see at the bottom of the menu that it's a cash only business, be nice to know before you're seated. We were told we could use the ATM but the waitress didn't know what the fee was. Food came soon enough. I got the sampler so I can honestly say it was all sub-par. The sausage was okay no better or worse than Hillshire farms (yes Hillshire farms). However it was the pork and brisket where they set themselves apart from other BBQ restaurants I've tried from Carolina to Arizona and everywhere in between. It was extremely dry and totally lacked any flavor what so ever. There regular sauce could have came from a store brand bottle with mustard added and their habanero sauce that I had hoped would save the meal ended up being even sweeter than the regular sauce and had no kick at all. I guess some restaurants get a good reputation due to the "I have to say it's good because everyone else says it good". However I would feel very bad if I recommended this to anyone.

Pros: Nice building

Cons: food, service, cash only

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After so much great talk about Salt Lick BBQ, I made it a must for my next trip to Austin. The only meal time my wife and I could make was a weekday lunch ( maybe its better on nights and weekends). The pork ribs and brisket I was served were flavorful but tough and chewy. The potatoe salad was dry and tasteless. Also ordered their version of peach cobbler which was a mistake. Instead of a traditional Texas cobbler, they used some kind of cake and peach mixture, not what I call cobbler. I'm a native Texan and have eaten bbq all my life and I'm sorry to say that I rate Salt Lick BBQ mediocre at best.

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★★★☆☆

After so much great talk about Salt Lick BBQ, I made it a must for my next trip to Austin. The only meal time my wife and I could make was a weekday lunch ( maybe its better on nights and weekends). The pork ribs and brisket I was served were flavorful but tough and chewy. The potatoe salad was dry and tasteless. Also ordered their version of peach cobbler which was a mistake. Instead of a traditional Texas cobbler, they used some kind of cake and peach mixture, not what I call cobbler. I'm a native Texan and have eaten bbq all my life and I'm sorry to say that I rate Salt Lick BBQ mediocre at best.

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First of all the review two below is kinda funny. The Davenport Location lost their lease back in January, so the review of that location is bogus.
Salt Lick is what it is- Texas bbq out in the country. Nothing fancy, but good.

2
★★★★☆

First of all the review two below is kinda funny. The Davenport Location lost their lease back in January, so the review of that location is bogus.
Salt Lick is what it is- Texas bbq out in the country. Nothing fancy, but good.

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No question about it: if you're after local Texas character and down-home food, this place is worth the haul from Austin. The brisket was tender enough to cut with a fork; the sausage had just the right amount of bite; the sauce has enough character that hot sauce, while an interesting addition, isn't necessary--and I'm a confirmed hot sauce fiend. The sides offered round out the meal perfectly (seems to me there's more than a little German influence in the potato salad and the coleslaw), and the atmosphere is definitely kid-friendly (a big plus if you happen to have your 20 month old granddaughter along, as we did. Moreover, the service was very prompt, accommodating, and friendly.

If you need/want white glove service with an extensive wine list, this isn't for you. But if you want to get on the outside of some honest, forthright barbecue, set up your GPS to make the drive.

2
★★★★★

No question about it: if you're after local Texas character and down-home food, this place is worth the haul from Austin. The brisket was tender enough to cut with a fork; the sausage had just the right amount of bite; the sauce has enough character that hot sauce, while an interesting addition, isn't necessary--and I'm a confirmed hot sauce fiend. The sides offered round out the meal perfectly (seems to me there's more than a little German influence in the potato salad and the coleslaw), and the atmosphere is definitely kid-friendly (a big plus if you happen to have your 20 month old granddaughter along, as we did. Moreover, the service was very prompt, accommodating, and friendly.

If you need/want white glove service with an extensive wine list, this isn't for you. But if you want to get on the outside of some honest, forthright barbecue, set up your GPS to make the drive.

Pros: Down-home atmosphere; friendly service; quality for the money

Cons: Couldn't get on the outside of a couple of cold Shiners...at least I know next time.

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If you go to the Salt Lick in Driftwood, check out the benches as you walk in, to the left. Inbetween the planks of the table top you will find fresh, not so fresh, old, and then, crusted residue of old food that has fallen between the cracks and never been cleaned. This is disgusting and filthy, and I am a forgiving person.

The Salt Lick progeny, in Austin, in Davenport Ranch, has meat so dry it is difficult to swallow. I have had better barbecue in a Banquet TV dinner.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you go to the Salt Lick in Driftwood, check out the benches as you walk in, to the left. Inbetween the planks of the table top you will find fresh, not so fresh, old, and then, crusted residue of old food that has fallen between the cracks and never been cleaned. This is disgusting and filthy, and I am a forgiving person.

The Salt Lick progeny, in Austin, in Davenport Ranch, has meat so dry it is difficult to swallow. I have had better barbecue in a Banquet TV dinner.

Pros: Filthy

Cons: Filthy

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Everyone says you haven't had BBQ until you eat at the Salt Lick, so I was all excited about finally eating here.

First of all, the parking situation is ridiculous. They have cops directing parking as soon as you turn in the driveway, and they don't let you drop off guests at the entrance on the way, or you'll get yelled and whistled at by the cops like you've committed a first rate crime. It doesn't matter that you have your handicapped mother who has difficulty walking and who uses a cane with you. Go drive to the furthest spot way out in a gravelly field, and make your handicapped mother trudge through vast, uneven gravel to the main waiting area. Nothing says friendly, down home BBQ like a harsh, loud, and unwelcoming beginning to the evening!

The wait is looong. Even if you have a reservation! Bring plenty of beer so you have something to do while you wait. The family style all you can eat plates are expensive, and sort of defeat the purpose of getting family style or all you can eat. Everyone would be better off ordering their own plate. The sides are bland and forgettable, but yes, the meat is good. There are no real vegetarian options if you happen to have vegetarian friends in tow, though many BBQ places in Austin have no problem carrying vegetarian dishes. The peach cobbler is gummy and a waste of time and calories and our wait staff was absolutely horrible. We had one waitress who did not even try to do her job, and who messed up every order and task she had. It's also loud, so be prepared to yell. Lastly, for a place that has so much business it has its own traffic cops, it's ridiculous that they are cash only! Paying for your meal takes forever. Yes they have an ATM, but be prepared to wait in line for a while to use it. This is far too much trouble just to have some pretty good BBQ (not the best, but good). Save yourself the trouble of eating at the over hyped, over priced, over rated Salt Lick -- eat somewhere else.

1
★★☆☆☆

Everyone says you haven't had BBQ until you eat at the Salt Lick, so I was all excited about finally eating here.

First of all, the parking situation is ridiculous. They have cops directing parking as soon as you turn in the driveway, and they don't let you drop off guests at the entrance on the way, or you'll get yelled and whistled at by the cops like you've committed a first rate crime. It doesn't matter that you have your handicapped mother who has difficulty walking and who uses a cane with you. Go drive to the furthest spot way out in a gravelly field, and make your handicapped mother trudge through vast, uneven gravel to the main waiting area. Nothing says friendly, down home BBQ like a harsh, loud, and unwelcoming beginning to the evening!

The wait is looong. Even if you have a reservation! Bring plenty of beer so you have something to do while you wait. The family style all you can eat plates are expensive, and sort of defeat the purpose of getting family style or all you can eat. Everyone would be better off ordering their own plate. The sides are bland and forgettable, but yes, the meat is good. There are no real vegetarian options if you happen to have vegetarian friends in tow, though many BBQ places in Austin have no problem carrying vegetarian dishes. The peach cobbler is gummy and a waste of time and calories and our wait staff was absolutely horrible. We had one waitress who did not even try to do her job, and who messed up every order and task she had. It's also loud, so be prepared to yell. Lastly, for a place that has so much business it has its own traffic cops, it's ridiculous that they are cash only! Paying for your meal takes forever. Yes they have an ATM, but be prepared to wait in line for a while to use it. This is far too much trouble just to have some pretty good BBQ (not the best, but good). Save yourself the trouble of eating at the over hyped, over priced, over rated Salt Lick -- eat somewhere else.

Pros: good BBQ meats

Cons: everything else, over hyped, loud, rude, cash only

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Wonderful Bar-B-Que! The ribs will fall off the bone with no effort at all. The sausage is wonderful and the brisket is amazing. The sauce is also top-notch. The sides are not so great, but I go there for the meat, not the potatoes! This place is so good that it is always busy! Family-style all you can eat is great for super hungry college guys which makes its proximity to Austin a perfect match! If you don't want to eat that much, they also offer plates and sandwiches or you can simply order meat by the 1/4 pound. The Salt Lick should be on everyone's list as a required Austin destination. Its worth the drive and the wait! Don't forget to bring enough cash, they do not except checks or credit cards, but there is an ATM onsite if you do forget.

2
★★★★★

Wonderful Bar-B-Que! The ribs will fall off the bone with no effort at all. The sausage is wonderful and the brisket is amazing. The sauce is also top-notch. The sides are not so great, but I go there for the meat, not the potatoes! This place is so good that it is always busy! Family-style all you can eat is great for super hungry college guys which makes its proximity to Austin a perfect match! If you don't want to eat that much, they also offer plates and sandwiches or you can simply order meat by the 1/4 pound. The Salt Lick should be on everyone's list as a required Austin destination. Its worth the drive and the wait! Don't forget to bring enough cash, they do not except checks or credit cards, but there is an ATM onsite if you do forget.

Pros: Wonderful meats and all you can eat

Cons: The side dishes don't live up to the Bar-B-Que

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My family and I have been going to the Salt Lick Restaurant at 360 N. Capitol of Texas Highway in Austin TX for years and love everything about that restaurant!

Where is it now? We went there to eat Sunday evening , April 6, 2008 with out of town company and it is not there anymore!!!!

We ate there not long ago and did not sense that it was closing. Will we have to travel for almost an hour now to get to the Salt Lick in Wimberly? Most of us will only do that once a year versus 10-12 times a year in the City.

Thank you!

2
★★★★★

My family and I have been going to the Salt Lick Restaurant at 360 N. Capitol of Texas Highway in Austin TX for years and love everything about that restaurant!

Where is it now? We went there to eat Sunday evening , April 6, 2008 with out of town company and it is not there anymore!!!!

We ate there not long ago and did not sense that it was closing. Will we have to travel for almost an hour now to get to the Salt Lick in Wimberly? Most of us will only do that once a year versus 10-12 times a year in the City.

Thank you!

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Nice place to meet friends and converse on the patio while you're waiting to be seated. Bring your own ice chest, watch the Hill Country sunset, and listen to live music on weekends. Unfortunately that is the best part. The food is average at best. If you're from up north or the west coast it may seem good, but if you're a "Born Texan" you will know the difference. A good place to take your out-of-town guests if you want to show them local atmosphere and are not that concerned about the food.

1
★★★☆☆

Nice place to meet friends and converse on the patio while you're waiting to be seated. Bring your own ice chest, watch the Hill Country sunset, and listen to live music on weekends. Unfortunately that is the best part. The food is average at best. If you're from up north or the west coast it may seem good, but if you're a "Born Texan" you will know the difference. A good place to take your out-of-town guests if you want to show them local atmosphere and are not that concerned about the food.

Pros: Outside atmosphere

Cons: Food

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The first time I went to a Salt Lick restaurant, it was in Las Vegas. That's when I heard about the original one in Driftwood, TX. This past Easter Sunday, I was able to make a trip out to the original Salt Lick and it was even better than the Vegas Lick! I saw the original fire pit with the brisket, links, and ribs cooking all around it. The food just smelled and tasted as down home bbq should taste. It had a nice smoke flavor to it and the sauce compliments the smokey taste of the meats. When I come back to Austin, I'll make sure to drive out to Driftwood for some more of the original Salt Lick BBQ.

2
★★★★★

The first time I went to a Salt Lick restaurant, it was in Las Vegas. That's when I heard about the original one in Driftwood, TX. This past Easter Sunday, I was able to make a trip out to the original Salt Lick and it was even better than the Vegas Lick! I saw the original fire pit with the brisket, links, and ribs cooking all around it. The food just smelled and tasted as down home bbq should taste. It had a nice smoke flavor to it and the sauce compliments the smokey taste of the meats. When I come back to Austin, I'll make sure to drive out to Driftwood for some more of the original Salt Lick BBQ.

Pros: One of the best bbq I've ever had

Cons: It can get crowded on Sunday at lunch

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OMG! I have to be honest MY HUSBANDS BBQ is the BOMB, but when I want it without having to cook it.......HANDS DOWN this is the absolute best! AND WORTH THE EXTRA MILES, since I live in The Woodlands TX, own one of the largest catering and event production companies in North Houston, and an EXECUTIVE CHEF.......my recommendation is without a doubt priceless. RUDY's and County Line don't even compare, and the service so far has been perfect everytime.

If you go you MUST GET THE ALL YOU CAN EAT, it gives you an opportunity to try nearly all the meats, and at around 15.00 or less a person you cannot go wrong!

When we go to Austin, we make a point to always have the Salt Lick as one of our pit stops for our trip....I know there is one in town, but the original location is where I go too! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

2
★★★★★

OMG! I have to be honest MY HUSBANDS BBQ is the BOMB, but when I want it without having to cook it.......HANDS DOWN this is the absolute best! AND WORTH THE EXTRA MILES, since I live in The Woodlands TX, own one of the largest catering and event production companies in North Houston, and an EXECUTIVE CHEF.......my recommendation is without a doubt priceless. RUDY's and County Line don't even compare, and the service so far has been perfect everytime.

If you go you MUST GET THE ALL YOU CAN EAT, it gives you an opportunity to try nearly all the meats, and at around 15.00 or less a person you cannot go wrong!

When we go to Austin, we make a point to always have the Salt Lick as one of our pit stops for our trip....I know there is one in town, but the original location is where I go too! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Pros: EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS PLACE IS A PRO

Cons: NO CONS BABY!

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The Salt Lick BBQ is one of the greatest places to hang out on a Friday/Saturday nite. It's BYOB ( I like this ), and some of the best BBQ in Texas ( not to mention the USA) ... plus there's always some great live Austin/Texas music playing. How could you miss with a combination like this ? Not bloody likely. The drive to driftwood is very pleasant and a chance for most city dwellers to get a breath of country air. The pecan pie is to die for, that is ... if you have room after eating an ample portion of BBQ. Greasy ? no way ... tasty ? you bet ... loads of taste. Be-sides, mean people will be asked to leave ... know ... how could you not love a place like this ?

2
★★★★★

The Salt Lick BBQ is one of the greatest places to hang out on a Friday/Saturday nite. It's BYOB ( I like this ), and some of the best BBQ in Texas ( not to mention the USA) ... plus there's always some great live Austin/Texas music playing. How could you miss with a combination like this ? Not bloody likely. The drive to driftwood is very pleasant and a chance for most city dwellers to get a breath of country air. The pecan pie is to die for, that is ... if you have room after eating an ample portion of BBQ. Greasy ? no way ... tasty ? you bet ... loads of taste. Be-sides, mean people will be asked to leave ... know ... how could you not love a place like this ?

Pros: Great food ... great fimes. If you don't know how to relax ... then this place is not for you.

Cons: I'll have to let another notch out on my belt.

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We are from the North, Cleveland. We ate at the one in Las Vegas at the Red Rock. We absolutely loved it!! It was probably the best BBQ we had! The portions and the price were great!! We hope they'll get a chain up in Ohio!!

2
★★★★★

We are from the North, Cleveland. We ate at the one in Las Vegas at the Red Rock. We absolutely loved it!! It was probably the best BBQ we had! The portions and the price were great!! We hope they'll get a chain up in Ohio!!

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I might be a yankee but this is the greatest bbq in austin. I recently moved to cedar park and i still make the trip to the Salt Lick in driftwood. Theres also one on 360 but that place isnt as good. They have hardwood floors and stuff dosent seem right for barbeque. Soon as you step out of your car you can smell the meat cookin on the open pit. Family style is what i usually get with there habenero bbq sauce. Also ive not once seem people with guns and as far as the cash only goes they have a ATM on site. So go and experience BBQ at its best.

2
★★★★★

I might be a yankee but this is the greatest bbq in austin. I recently moved to cedar park and i still make the trip to the Salt Lick in driftwood. Theres also one on 360 but that place isnt as good. They have hardwood floors and stuff dosent seem right for barbeque. Soon as you step out of your car you can smell the meat cookin on the open pit. Family style is what i usually get with there habenero bbq sauce. Also ive not once seem people with guns and as far as the cash only goes they have a ATM on site. So go and experience BBQ at its best.

Pros: A carnivore's paradise

Cons: They dont have places like this on the east coast

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Oh come on. We drove ALL the way down to this place which is one step above lame. Way overpriced, average food, pain to get there, stupid rules on the menu and country folk raffling guns outside. AND it's cash only so my question is, why bother? Stay close to Austin, save on gas and go to something local like Ironworks? -- Or this place on 12th / East of the 35 fwy. YUM! Whatever you do, don't "waist" your hard earned dollaz on this tourist trap.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Oh come on. We drove ALL the way down to this place which is one step above lame. Way overpriced, average food, pain to get there, stupid rules on the menu and country folk raffling guns outside. AND it's cash only so my question is, why bother? Stay close to Austin, save on gas and go to something local like Ironworks? -- Or this place on 12th / East of the 35 fwy. YUM! Whatever you do, don't "waist" your hard earned dollaz on this tourist trap.

Pros: Nice toilets

Cons: Everything else

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Part of Austin's legendary barbecue tradition, it's more than just the rustic, Hill Country setting when you go to Salt Lick. I like the aroma. It's a fabulous aroma. Once inside, I always get great taste from the three meats I order most frequently: the brisket, sausage, and pork ribs. They are well-smoked and full of flavor. Their sauce is more of a Carolina-flavored creation, a mustard-based liquid that's quite tangy. So that is very unique here. The potato salad is different from what you see at most places, as Salt Lick offers a more German-style selection, and the texture is different. It's probably due to the German heritage that has a history in Central Texas. The other sides are quite good as is the fresh-baked, pull-apart bread. If you want great ambience to go along with great food, it is definitely worth the drive on 1826 in Driftwood. Oh, and bring some cash, too.

2
★★★★★

Part of Austin's legendary barbecue tradition, it's more than just the rustic, Hill Country setting when you go to Salt Lick. I like the aroma. It's a fabulous aroma. Once inside, I always get great taste from the three meats I order most frequently: the brisket, sausage, and pork ribs. They are well-smoked and full of flavor. Their sauce is more of a Carolina-flavored creation, a mustard-based liquid that's quite tangy. So that is very unique here. The potato salad is different from what you see at most places, as Salt Lick offers a more German-style selection, and the texture is different. It's probably due to the German heritage that has a history in Central Texas. The other sides are quite good as is the fresh-baked, pull-apart bread. If you want great ambience to go along with great food, it is definitely worth the drive on 1826 in Driftwood. Oh, and bring some cash, too.

Pros: Smoked meats, Hill Country atmosphere, a unique mustard-based Sauce, good service

Cons: No credit cards, parking lot can be muddy if it rains

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Salt Lick was one of the first places I tried when moving to Austin and I have to say- I wasn't impressed. The food was Ok- not the best I've had. The serivce and atmosphere was great- it's a really neat place that really feels like a BBQ resturaunt should but that's about it. The food is so/so- surprisingly bland and not what I would call "Texas" BBQ. It is popular and is a fun place to go but don't expect much from the food.

1
★★☆☆☆

Salt Lick was one of the first places I tried when moving to Austin and I have to say- I wasn't impressed. The food was Ok- not the best I've had. The serivce and atmosphere was great- it's a really neat place that really feels like a BBQ resturaunt should but that's about it. The food is so/so- surprisingly bland and not what I would call "Texas" BBQ. It is popular and is a fun place to go but don't expect much from the food.

Pros: Neat location; good ambience

Cons: Food is not worth the drive

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The place is busy, since it is an Austin institution, so I wasn't surprised at or annoyed at the wait. What did surprise me was what I was waiting for-- the food was just so not worth the wait or the drive for me. I'd rather travel out to Taylor to get Mueller's or to Llano get to Cooper's than come out to the Salt Lick, which is only 20 minutes away from my house.

Overall, I would have to rate the food as being average to okay, in terms of Texas barbecue. The brisket is sloppily cut, greasy, and you have no choice as to the moistness of the cut you'd like to eat. The meat isn't too seasoned, which is fine, but the sauce is so god-awfully sweet that you're better off just using salt and pepper and nothing else. The sauce is a bizarre, sickly-sweet honey concoction that tastes like something you'd eat out of a bucket at KFC. The ribs are covered in another sauce, which totally detracts from their natural flavors. I'm not a fan of sausage, but I will commend them on having a decent sausage.

Even the sides are bizarrely sub-par. I didn't know you could mess up potato salad, but apparently you can. The cole slaw is okay but not particularly good, as are the beans. They serve pickle spears instead of chips and thick, pull-apart bread loaves that are dry, crumbly, and not easy to fold over into sandwiches.

The prices are high. $15 for "eat until you get sick" style but it is $10 for a plate with over half a pound of meat and half a pound of sides. I suppose the normal person can do just fine with the single plate, but I think most people would go for the family style since they expect to be able to eat themselves into a coma. Honestly, I think the grease would prevent that. I ended up sharing a plate with another guy and we were plenty full. We did not order dessert, but it was expensive anyway.

Save your money for a butcher-paper-on-a-tray over-the-counter sort of joint. I don't trust these ceramic plate "barbecue" places anymore.

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★☆☆☆☆

The place is busy, since it is an Austin institution, so I wasn't surprised at or annoyed at the wait. What did surprise me was what I was waiting for-- the food was just so not worth the wait or the drive for me. I'd rather travel out to Taylor to get Mueller's or to Llano get to Cooper's than come out to the Salt Lick, which is only 20 minutes away from my house.

Overall, I would have to rate the food as being average to okay, in terms of Texas barbecue. The brisket is sloppily cut, greasy, and you have no choice as to the moistness of the cut you'd like to eat. The meat isn't too seasoned, which is fine, but the sauce is so god-awfully sweet that you're better off just using salt and pepper and nothing else. The sauce is a bizarre, sickly-sweet honey concoction that tastes like something you'd eat out of a bucket at KFC. The ribs are covered in another sauce, which totally detracts from their natural flavors. I'm not a fan of sausage, but I will commend them on having a decent sausage.

Even the sides are bizarrely sub-par. I didn't know you could mess up potato salad, but apparently you can. The cole slaw is okay but not particularly good, as are the beans. They serve pickle spears instead of chips and thick, pull-apart bread loaves that are dry, crumbly, and not easy to fold over into sandwiches.

The prices are high. $15 for "eat until you get sick" style but it is $10 for a plate with over half a pound of meat and half a pound of sides. I suppose the normal person can do just fine with the single plate, but I think most people would go for the family style since they expect to be able to eat themselves into a coma. Honestly, I think the grease would prevent that. I ended up sharing a plate with another guy and we were plenty full. We did not order dessert, but it was expensive anyway.

Save your money for a butcher-paper-on-a-tray over-the-counter sort of joint. I don't trust these ceramic plate "barbecue" places anymore.

Pros: Neat location, BYOB, Great to bring out-of-towners who don't know better

Cons: Cash only, Not for Texans who know good barbecue

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One word describes Salt Lick....g-r-e-a-s-e. Great flavor, but all meats are greasy; which is better than too dry. The ribs are the worst. Sauce is "different" but good; more like a Tennessee or Georgia sauce. Sides are average. Biggest draw is the "all you can eat" approach. Brisket is your best bet. Be sure to take two of your Lipitor pills before you go. Very nice setting in the woods. Great special events pavillion on the creek.

1
★★★☆☆

One word describes Salt Lick....g-r-e-a-s-e. Great flavor, but all meats are greasy; which is better than too dry. The ribs are the worst. Sauce is "different" but good; more like a Tennessee or Georgia sauce. Sides are average. Biggest draw is the "all you can eat" approach. Brisket is your best bet. Be sure to take two of your Lipitor pills before you go. Very nice setting in the woods. Great special events pavillion on the creek.

Pros: Beautify Setting; Sauce; Ambience

Cons: Drive; Price; Grease

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Cannot wait until they open the Williamson County location this year--yes, the conservatives deserve great bbq also!!

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★★★★★

Cannot wait until they open the Williamson County location this year--yes, the conservatives deserve great bbq also!!

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i have two words about this place...diaherra maker. too greasy, makes me sick every time, but god it is good!!!

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★★★☆☆

i have two words about this place...diaherra maker. too greasy, makes me sick every time, but god it is good!!!

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Lets be serious- this not the place for serious BBQ lovers - a place that is showcased for out of town visitors only for the ambiance and the location
A place that the natives know is just for showcasing and travel channels - I was caught so off guard when I saw thsi on the travel channel and I refuse to take my out of town visitors here - there are better places that does good BBQ right down the road

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★★★☆☆

Lets be serious- this not the place for serious BBQ lovers - a place that is showcased for out of town visitors only for the ambiance and the location
A place that the natives know is just for showcasing and travel channels - I was caught so off guard when I saw thsi on the travel channel and I refuse to take my out of town visitors here - there are better places that does good BBQ right down the road

Pros: location- atmosphere

Cons: BBQ - not as I know it

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Salt Lick is definitely a great place to go to with a group of friends or a few out-of-towners. One of the best things about Salt Lick is that is BYOB, so take advantage and bring all the beer and wine you want! There are only a few suggestions I have to those that have never been. 1) Bring CASH... they don't accept credit card. 2) Bring loose pants cause you are going to get stuffed. 3) Bring clothes you don't mind getting BBQ sauce on. When you go to salt lick during a peak time (which is lunch or dinner), you will more than likely have to wait anywhere from 30mins to about an 1 1/2 hours. With the long wait though, I think that the worth is it (every once in awhile). I strongly recommend the Family Style platter which will give you all the greasy ribs, brisket (yumm!), and sausage you could ever want. The platter also comes with a few sides like cole slaw, bread, pickles, mashed potatoes, and maybe a few other things. I will have to agree that all these sides are below par, but you don't come to salt lick for the sides! The BBQ sauce is sweet and there is also a habinero BBQ sauce to compliment your BBQ, but dont expect the habinero sauce to actually be "spicy." Overall I recommend this place to anyone that is a true carnivore!

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★★★☆☆

Salt Lick is definitely a great place to go to with a group of friends or a few out-of-towners. One of the best things about Salt Lick is that is BYOB, so take advantage and bring all the beer and wine you want! There are only a few suggestions I have to those that have never been. 1) Bring CASH... they don't accept credit card. 2) Bring loose pants cause you are going to get stuffed. 3) Bring clothes you don't mind getting BBQ sauce on. When you go to salt lick during a peak time (which is lunch or dinner), you will more than likely have to wait anywhere from 30mins to about an 1 1/2 hours. With the long wait though, I think that the worth is it (every once in awhile). I strongly recommend the Family Style platter which will give you all the greasy ribs, brisket (yumm!), and sausage you could ever want. The platter also comes with a few sides like cole slaw, bread, pickles, mashed potatoes, and maybe a few other things. I will have to agree that all these sides are below par, but you don't come to salt lick for the sides! The BBQ sauce is sweet and there is also a habinero BBQ sauce to compliment your BBQ, but dont expect the habinero sauce to actually be "spicy." Overall I recommend this place to anyone that is a true carnivore!

Pros: Great BBQ and BYOB!

Cons: You can definitely over eat easily! The drive is pretty far too. Long waits.

 

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