This sweet li'l family-operated joint is so convenient to our commute and so high on our A-list. Yet it's so unassuming – stuck at the end of a wacky strip mall right next to the gas station mecca that is the intersection of MLK and Springdale – that we always forget to share the love. Well, this year is different. We luv Willie's! No plaster-of-paris cow skulls or kitschy Western crap or old commercial-sign reproductions here. Nope. Willie's is the real deal for realz. Plastic tablecloths, a walk-up counter, and TV in the corner. Pretty divey. But the food? Delectable. The sauce is a delightful broth, but you don't need it. This is some of the moistest, heartiest brisket in town. And the chicken? Perhaps the fowl does not rate as high a Texas barbecue staple as her mammalian cousins, but this chick jumps off the bone. Grab a slab of sock-it-to-me cake and a grape soda, and you are good to go.
4505 E. MLK, 512/926-9340
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