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RE: Taylor, Texas: Louis Mueller's and Mikeska's

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RE: Taylor, Texas: Louis Mueller's and Mikeska's

Chris Stein | Dec 5, 2005 03:57 PM

My wife and I were looking at some property in Taylor so we made two trips over that last two weekends and ate lunch at Mueller's twice and Mikeska's once. Here are my comments:

Louis Muellers:

Day 1: The brisket was very good, moist and tender and fatty. I did ask for the moist cut not the lean cut. The sausage was a little dry, i got the jalapeno sausage, nice spicy bite but again, rather dry. We also got the turkey, which had a very good peppery rub and was very moist. When you order you don't get a BBQ sauce, but insead a little cup of a very watery sort of broth. But on each table they have a bottle of really tasty vinegary hot sauce, sort of like their house Tabasco.

Day 2: Got the brisket again, but this time wasn't given the choice of lean or moist and must have got the moist, because it was much drier and not as tender. Didn't leave much of an imression on me. Got their chipotle sausage, very good, nice and moist and spicy. Got the turkey, it was just as good as the time before, and this time we also got the pork ribs. They had a nice rub but they were quite falling off the bone and they were large but rather fatty, not the best butchered ribs I've ever seen.

Mikeska's:

Got the brisket, which was not as tender as Mueller's but had a better smoke ring and nice charred skin. Their sausage tasted like they just bought some over at Mueller's and walked back to their restaurant, no difference at all. But .... Their ribs were much better. nice and peppery, good smoke flavor and very tender.

In conclusion:

a. Mueller's as a better atmosphere and overall better quality
b. Get the ribs at Mikeska's
c. When ordered the brisket at Mueller's make sure to ask for the Moist, and NOT the lean

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