Fear of a Tasteless Planet (week 8)

Chisholm Trail BBQ
Mcneil and 183

It had to happen sooner or later. I found a restaurant in Austin that reminds me of Indiana. I don’t mean that in a bad way at all, and the reminder wasn’t nearly complete. For one, Chisholm Trail is far too big. For another, there’s far too much Texas football playing on their gigantic TV.

The rest, though…

You walk into Chisholm Trail, and you’re struck by how rustic and worn the place looks. The menu above the wood, cafeteria style counter as smoky and blurred from years of grease and, well, smoke. The table tops have seen better days. So has the bar that lines one wall. I looked over the menu, observing the meat prices. You can buy meet by the pound or on a sandwich. They also have “plate” deals, like two meats and a side for $6.50 or so.

And the meat selection… Yowsers! Brisket, ribs, pork, porkloin, turkey, 1/4, 1/2, and whole chickens, and sausage in both regular and jalapeno varieties are just what I remember off the top of my head. I’m sure there were others. I can’t remember the side choices aside from the roasted potatoes. That’s my bad memory, though.

I should really write this stuff down.

I decided to just go for it and get what I wanted. I ordered a quarter-pound of regular sausage, a half-pound of turket, and a helping of roasted potatoes. Astoundingly, all of this food plus my drink only came out to seven dollars or so. Not a bad deal.

As for the food itself, it wasn’t bad. It wasn’t the best barbeque I’ve ever had, either. Rudy’s has tastier turkey and sausage by far. There just wasn’t a lot of pop to the meal. Still, the food I ate at Chisholm Trail would have cost ten to fifteen bucks at Rudy’s. I guess you get what you pay for. To sum up, Chisholm Trail is a pretty good place to eat if you want a lot of food for little money or if you just want some space. There were three other people in there at lunchtime on Saturday. Not really a crowd any way you slice it.

Pros: Value, Atmosphere.
Cons: Kinda bland.

Rating: Eehhhh.5