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Stubb's BBQ

JCD | May 8, 2003 08:57 PM

My father used to eat at Stubb's way way way back when it was in Lubbock. Dad even managed to eat some of Stubb's cooking when he was living out of a tiny apartment in Austin (after his heart attack) and before his death. Dad swore that Stubb's was some of the best BBQ he ever had. We enjoy his spicy sauce, so when we made a recent visit to Austin, pops and I made a point to stop in at Stubb's.

We stopped in about 3:00 on a Saturday afternoon. The place was not really busy, so the awful service we got was really inexcusable. Our multi pierced and tattooed waitress seemed really put out that we expected her to come back to the table once our food arrived. We had to ask her twice to bring us tea, napkins and condiments. Apparently Stubb's discriminates against non multi pierced and tattooed people, why? Because every single waiter there was covered in ink and would have really had a hard time getting through a metal detector at an airport. Personally I have nothing against people who want to pierce themselves and ink up, but does Stubb's management make it a point to hire only these types? It was really kind funny.

So the food. Well, pretty awful IMO. My father was disgusted, horrified. The brisket was dry and not very flavorful, and the ribs were likewise dry and not very flavorful too. We immediately reached for some sauce, but guess what? You can't get Stubb's Spicy Sauce at Stubb's. You can have regular, no mild or spicy. When we asked why we had to go to Kroger's to get Stubb's Spicy BBQ Sauce to put on our plate of Stubbs's BBQ at Stubb's BBQ restaurant, our unconcerned waitress mumbled something about "we just don't."

I realize I'm being a little tongue in cheek here, I really want to be fair. But overall this was the worst BQQ I have had in a long long time. The chicken was very good, the sausage run of the mill. Add in a dash of bad service and I've gotta say that Stubb's may be the most overrated BBQ joint in the state. IMO. I wonder if they have lost sight of good cooking standards, as it seems the focus now is on live music. But that thought is based upon the premise that Stubb's in Austin was ever good. Dad told me that Stubb's had died before the restaurant opened, so neither of us knows how good it was when it opened.

Anyway, I'm hoping for some good feedback from my fellow chowhounds. My Dad was really very disappointed, and he seemed to think that Stubb's would be spinning in his grave if he knew what kind of food is being put out there in his name. What do you think?

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