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Trip Report Austin-Port Aransas and Back (Lonnnng)


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Trip Report Austin-Port Aransas and Back (Lonnnng)

Howard Coone | May 19, 2003 07:57 PM

Left on Thursday morning and actually passed through Lockhart before stopping for lunch at City Market in Luling. Very good as always with excellent "lean" brisket, sausage and a pork rib. Decent beans and below average potato salad rounded out a solid BBQ meal. Continued to Gonzales and stopped at Gonzales City Market, which gets little publicity probably because its off the beaten path. (If you're downtown, its just north of the city square park with the statue of Juan Gonzales? I think) The place is half market with the basics and half BBQ cafeteria style. Yhe "Dine In" line was six deep at 1:30, so that's a good sign. We got some brisket (notch below the best but still good), sausage (spicy and not as course ground as the Lockhart stuff I prefer) and chicken (some of the best I've had) to go. I wouldn't go fifty miles out of the way for this place, but maybe twenty. Next stop was Port Aransas for a couple lunches and dinners. Went to The Big Fisherman (between Aransas Pass and Rockport) for lunch Friday where they offer $5.95 lunch specials Mon-Fri. Five or so different entrees including fried fish, fried shrimp, grilled fish and stuffed, grilled flounder. Each "lunch special" included a cup of gumbo, baked potato, small corn on the cob, rolls and cole slaw (which they subbed a small dinner salad for). A LOT of grub for the money. We had grilled mahi-mahi (Hawaiian for "Flipper" I think) and the stuffed flounder and both were good. The portions were about 4 oz. each, which is half the dinner size which they sell for $12.95. Just about everyone else in the place was eating something fried, so that stuff must be pretty good, although none of it looked great to me. I guess the quantity of the side dishes and the price are what fill this place. Next up was beers and dinner at Snoopy's under the JFK bridge. I can see why this place is VERY popular. Good waterfront location in an old shack, nothing much else surrounding it and good, cheap basic fresh fried seafood. The "Combo Seafood" dinner included four oysters (not good), four shrimp (very good) and four small pieces of fish (good) with fries (hot, crispy and very good). All of the stuff is cooked to order so it is HOT when you get it. After a couple beers, a twenty dollar bill covered the tab. since there is no table service, therefore no tip. On the way back Sunday we stopped at Black's BBQ in Lockhart at 8:00 (closing time). Hoping to get a few pieces of decent brisket at that time, I was very happy to get a couple lbs. of excellent brisket whacked off a brand new one. I highly doubt any other place would be serving top flight brisket at closing time on a Sunday and that's probably why I've had Black's at the top of my list since 1960. Sausage rings were also good as always. Thats all for now, but will be heading toward Houston and Galveston next month, SO bring on the great seafood recs around those parts!! Thanks...

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