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bkarau's Review of The Swinging Door | "Show us your pits"

Smoke is mysterious, fire is uncertain, and pit men are expensive. So the mystery, uncertainty, and expense of taking the chance to make great barbecue is being replaced by the quantifiable methods of always making pretty good 'cue.

— Jim Shahin

Austin Chronicle

bkarau's Review of The Swinging Door

  • Atmosphere: Looks like a joint. Multiple smokestacks. Pecan grove across street. Gravel lot. Ramshackle building with slab floor. Swinging door root beer. BUT: Quaint stagecoach sign, table service, plates, and large aTm signs everywhere
  • Sauce: Worsterchire, Boyardee, and cayenne
  • Beans: Pintos: Ranch style. Large onion chunks
  • Coleslaw: Raisins. Bland
  • Potato Salad: Very eggy with too much mayo
  • Sausage: Bland and moderate. Good texture
  • Spare Rib: Overcooked. Great bark, though
  • Brisket: Great bark, good flavor and ring. Firm and moist, but not too tender. A bit too tough
Main Fare: 
5.8
Other Fare: 
4.3
Atmosphere: 
6.8