CRISPY WILD BOAR RIBS
THE SPOT: LAMBERT’S DOWNTOWN BARBECUE, AUSTIN TX
It’s surprising, nay shocking, that Austin, Texas isn’t double-barrel loaded with heaps of great barbecue. And in a town full of cheap, great Tex-Mex joints and thousands of students on student budgets, the thought of a pricier barbecue restaurant in Austin seems a bit daring. The Lambert’s tagline “Fancy Barbecue?” summarizes both the dilemma and the solution. Because Austin, like every town in Texas (and Tennessee, Louisiana, the Carolinas, etc.) needs at least one reputable, if not great, BBQ place. Offering a solid selection of natural oak-smoked and oak-grilled meats in a stylishly converted historical building in downtown Austin, Lambert’s is a pretty neat joint that serves some very decent grub. And the couple dishes I had at Lambert’s set me right, so kudos to Executive Chef Larry McGuire and his compadres.
THE DISH: BBQ RIBS / CRISPY WILD BOAR RIBS
Stacked like meaty Lincoln Logs, the crispy wild boar ribs is a wicked appetizer, great with a cold beer. The ribs are laden in a spicy sauce, and will vary somewhat by season. It’s a serious, hearty plate of little ribs that you should probably split with someone. Unless, like me, you’
re a fiend for sweet, gooey, spicy, delicious ribs; in which case, you should not.
THE DAMAGE: $10 (lunch)
THE GRADE: EXCELLENT (4 out of 5)
THE SKINNY: LAMBERT’s DOWNTOWN BARBECUE
401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 494-1500