It may have been over a decade, but I can finally scratch this place off my list. The Salt Lick is a place that’s always been on my mind when I visit Texas. This time we were in Austin so that 45 minute drive out to Driftwood didn’t feel so bad. And sure, there’s some high quality BBQ joints that have popped up during the decade. But I wanted a place that believes in expansion. No waiting in long lines in the Texas heat. Or arriving just to find out they’ve run out of fine meats by 10am. I don’t have time for that. This place has been legendary since my college years and now I got to experience it.
When you arrive you’ll be surprised by the shear size of the place. There’s two restaurant buildings. Both look like spitting images of each other. Inside, there’s about three sections of bench seatings. I’d say you could fit at least a hundred people in each building. If that’s not enough, there’s seating outside, where you may be greeted with live music. Hey we’re in Austin. It’s almost a requirement. But after taking it all in, it felt like this place grew way much more then I originally imagined it. Was this all needed for finger licking eating? I guess so. People can make this an afternoon event. Get your dosage of ribs and brisket, sit outside fighting food coma, and you’ll see how the live band works to the venue. And that’s exactly what we did. At $25.95USD for each person, we went with the all you can eat option. We did bite off more then we can chew. However, our waitress was nice enough to get a good portion and pack it up to go. Our appetites weren’t our high school appetites, though our eyes were.
The Salt Lick
18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826
Driftwood, TX 78619
Verdict: A bit out of the way, but if you have a large party, this should be your destination.