Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Rate-A-Restaurant #316: The Salt Lick (Austin)
Restaurant: The Salt Lick
Location: 3600 Presidential Blvd at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (Austin, Texas)
Type of restaurant: BBQ
We stipulated: Flying home from SXSW, I wanted one last dose of BBQ before boarding. It was lunch time, and The Salt Lick has a location right inside the Austin airport!
They stipulated: "The barbeque sauce has no tomatoes so it won’t burn or become bitter. It does have sugar so it will easily caramelize. We sear the meat and then move it away from the hottest part of the fire to cook slowly. We finish our products over an open fire fed by live oak wood."
What we ordered: Pulled pork sandwich, with side of cole slaw ($11)
High point: Just the existence of The Salt Lick at the Austin airport means it boasts some of the best food options of any airport anywhere. Nice size, nice price.
Low point: But I did feel a bit ripped off in buying a bottle of their famed BBQ sauce to bring home. It cost a lot more than the $10 you can buy it for online.
Overall impression: It's no substitute for visiting the original location, or any of the Austin BBQ restaurants. But if you're eager for one last meal before departing Austin, you gotta hit the Salt Lick. Bonus: the entire terminal smells like BBQ.
Will we return: Next time I fly home from Austin.