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Blue Bonnet Cafe: Making Room for Pie in Marble Falls

My father, brother and I capped four consecutive barbecue lunches in Texas with a pie stop in Marble Falls. Blue Bonnet Cafe is named for a local flower that lines Hill Country roads in...
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Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que: Memories + Mesquite in Llano

We arrived in “the deer capital of Texas” to find a row of motorcycles parked outside Cooper’s and a line of customers near their impressive mesquite smokers. Seven or eight years ago, we ate...
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Bertram Smoke Haus: Surprise Texas Barbecue Stop Pays Dividends [CLOSED]

My father, brother and I planned to eat at three Hill Country barbecue restaurants in a row, but stop two had seemingly shut down. No problem. On our windy two-line drive west, we passed...
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Schoepf’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que: Mixed Blessings in Belton

In Texas Monthly’s last round-up of the Top 50 barbecue spots in the state, Schoepf’s scored big, earning a 4.5 rating out of 5. Schoepf’s definitely lacks the history of Texas’ better-known barbecue establishments....
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The Salt Lick BBQ: Overcoming Mother’s Day Mob for ‘Cue

The Salt Lick BBQ has become a Lurie family tradition. My father first ate at the now-legendary Hill Country barbecue establishment while attending grad school at UT in the late ’60s. My father, brother...
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Crosstown BBQ: Smoked Meats and Twisted Taxidermy in Elgin [CLOSED]

Located off Highway 290, across town from Elgin’s other barbecue big guns, this relatively small particle board and metal building has plenty of character. According to pitman Traco Fowler, Carroll Grady and Laron Morgan...