I visited Austin for the first time since August last weekend.
I was near Barton Springs, and felt peckish. I'd been to Uncle Billy's, I'd been to Shady Grove, I'd been to fill-in-the-blank-here... but I realized I'd never been to Green Mesquite. So I walked in.
WOW. The smell floored me before I even got through the door. Unbelievable. Amazing. Transcendent.
I ordered the two-meat plate, and my companion ordered the three-meater. We both got Pulled pork and brisket; he added smoked ham to his. I had a side of corn and green beans; he had green beans and fried okra.
THE MEATS WERE OUT OF THIS WORLD.
In Austin city limits (so Salt Lick is DQ's); I have never had better BBQ. Rudy's is the only thing that comes close, in my mind - and they don't do pulled pork. They only do Texas style brisket. And what I ate at Green Mesquite was even better.
Now, don't get me wrong. The sides were all pretty crummy; the peach cobbler I had for dessert was skippable - these are all things that Rudy's, and other places, can do far better. But I'll reiterate: in all of my BBQ adventures in Austin (and I lived there for over a year), I have never had better BBQ in the city. Best brisket, best pulled pork, that I have had the pleasure to taste.
And now I can't wait to go back.