Empire Control Room
"...It says a lot about how seriously we take barbecue in this town when reports of vandalism at a popular barbecue trailer make the nightly news on all local television channels...."
"...At least today and at least here, we have an answer: John Lewis, head pitmaster of La Barbecue, spent more than three months toiling in his backyard to create the ultimate dream pit from scratch. [image-1]..."
"...Not that long ago, to get first-rate barbecue you had to cruise the barbecue belt from Taylor and Elgin through Lexington, Lockhart, and Luling; now the best is right here in the 'hood, a short drive away...."
"...To go with all the bourbon libations, they’ll be offering an all-you-can-eat barbecue prepared by none other than La Barbecue (1502 S. First) pitmen John Lewis and Chris McGhee , which is bound to include some toothsome brisket and the signature house-made sausage..."
"...Recently, we ordered some food from the Salt Lick for an upcoming gig. We’re going to play at the American Legion here in L.A., have a Sunday brunch, and feed the folks some barbecue...."
"...Not too many years ago, this creekside outlet of the successful homegrown barbecue chain sat alone in a rural West Travis county locale on a lot once occupied by a rustic country roadhouse. Now, the Northwest Austin neighborhood has grown to within a few blocks and the roadhouse atmosphere is stylish but casual..."
"...Time for some meat, thought we, so off it was to the long barbecue queue, to see the world's biggest grill (Yup. It's damn big.) and chaw on the finer parts of pig and/or cow (They were damn fine.)..."
"...The first ever Texas BBQ Week will be over in just two short days, so true Austin barbecue fans need to get out and enjoy it while they can. Here's our handy visual guide to what our city's best pitmasters are offering through this Friday..."
"...Barbecue Expansion: The third generation of Lockhart's Schmidt family continues the expansion of their barbecue empire. Keith Schmidt opened a new Kreuz Market in Bryan in February, while his cousin Susie Schmidt Franks and husband Chad Franks have just signed a lease on the space that will become the second Schmidt Family Barbecue (2125 Lohmans Crossing) sometime this summer..."
"...An early cold front with overcast skies and cool breezes and an expanded site plan that divided barbecue vendors between the Long Center circle drive and the City Terrace made for a very comfortable afternoon at the Fifth Annual Texas Monthly BBQ Fest on Sunday, Sept. 14...."
"...Elizabeth Fudell has worked for the Four Seasons as a concierge for over two years, but as a native Austinite, she is more than confident in her knowledge of restaurant and food culture. While people are often looking for places within walking distance of the hotel, she tells guests: "It is absolutely worth getting in a car, if you can, and driving out to Lockhart for barbecue." She says a great number of restaurant inquiries are for Tex-Mex and barbecue..."
"...There's something primeval about eating a barbecued beef rib. Holding that big bone in your hand, nibbling off succulent meat and crackling crust that's been slowly caressed by coals and smoke for a long period of time – the experience transports 'cueheads back to their primitive roots..."
"...Pit whisperer John Lewis was in town last week representing la Barbecue at the Austin Food & Wine Festival and we chatted about his two other business ventures. Austin's barbecue cognoscenti already know about Lewis Barbecue, coming later this year in Charleston, S.C., but there's also Austin Smoke Works, the new custom pit building company he's founded with his buddy Jim Glass and with his dad, retired IBM man John Lewis Sr..."
"...Now that barbecue lovers have digested Texas Monthly's quinquennial Top 50 list and paid homage to newly anointed Barbecue Editor Daniel Vaughn on his triumphal statewide book tour, I thought there might be a breather, but no. Last week marked the launch of TMBBQ.com with Vaughn anchoring the franchise, dubbed the hub for the magazine's "ramped-up barbecue madness." They are promoting the first in a series of TMBBQ Road Trips (Saturday, June 1 to Snow's, Louie Mueller Barbecue, and Franklin), the already sold-out Texas Barbecue Pop-Up in NYC with Aaron Franklin and Shiner Beer on June 6, and the first ever Texas Barbecue Week, July 15-19..."
"...• la Barbecue (902 E. Cesar Chavez) general manager Ali Clem confirms that it will be wheels up for the popular trailer at the end of September, when they'll roll several blocks east to the Aztec Food Trailer Park (1906 E..."
"...Barbecue smoke clears. Now that the proposed barbecue smoke ordinance has been discussed before the City Council, it's clear the problems that generated the original complaints are related to very specific situations at Terry Black's Barbecue (1003 Barton Springs Rd.) and la Barbecue (902 E..."
"...This has already been a big week for barbecue news with more to come. Over the holiday weekend, the owner of La Barbecue tweeted that they'll be moving soon..."
"...There's plenty of local barbecue news. Sales have been so brisk at the new Schmidt Family Barbecue location in Bee Cave (12532 FM 2244) that co-owner Susie Schmidt Franks reports they are already having another pit built for the restaurant....."
"...Austin social media was aflame over the weekend with the news, first reported in the Charleston City Paper, that La Barbecue pitmaster John Lewis is opening a Texas barbecue restaurant in Charleston, S.C., next year. Lewis' signature brisket and handmade sausage were such a big hit at the Charleston Brown Water Society's SC-TX BBQ Invitational back in July, he was able to line up investors and find a location in the genteel old port city's Half Mile North development fairly easily..."
"...la Barbecue (902 E. Cesar Chavez) will not be moving to the Wahoo's Fish Taco (1722 S..."