May 31

BBQ Scene in Buda is Taking on the Big Players

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 4:53 PM by Gabriela Moore

by Jeremiah Galo

Shugabees Brisket

1. Shugabee’s

Comfort, country-style is the best way to describe this Texas BBQ trailer. The unique aesthetics of the trailer and fenced yard for seating really set the tone for the delicious meal it had to offer. To start off, we ordered a ½ lb. of lean cut brisket which came neatly wrapped in a fresh 12 in. homemade tortilla. We were given their specialty-made sauces, but first, we wanted to see if the brisket could hold its own without the help of any add-ons. The first biteShugabees Trailer with drive thru gave us a soft, juicy and tender chunk of meat. It was a thick slice, but well-cut, as it was not tough to chew. The meat had a different flavor, other than the traditional smokey aftertaste. The fat on the brisket is what held most of the flavor to give a savory taste of good seasoning. After the first few bites of eating the brisket with tortilla, we decided to crank up the heat. This is when the special sauces came into play.

Shugabee’s Unique Sauces -

Mustard Twang: If you think Honey Mustard is your go-to sauce, you haven’t tried this twang.

Shugabee’s Orange-Habanero Honey: Sweet with a hint spicy, you could distinctively taste both the honey and habanero (couldn’t stop pouring on the brisket taco).

Shugabee’s Habanero Sting: If you like spicy definitely pour this on your BBQ, but be careful because when you’re dealing with this sauce, it will sting.

Loui's Brisket plate with elote and mac and cheese

2. Louie’s

Tucked away in Downtown Buda you’ll find a modern, colorful, tex-mex style food trailer welcoming you to take a seat at their BBQ filled table. There were plenty of benches in this courtyard where the trailer and BBQ pits were set up together. After getting our food, we could smell the smokiness of the brisket on the walk to our seats. The bark on the outside layer was a nice dark color, while the inside had a nice smoke ring hue just underneath the bark giving it Loui's sign on gatethe perfect details to a well-cooked Texas brisket. Before taking a bite of the meat, we could not keep our eyes off how delish the sides looked. We ordered a side of a cheesy mac-n-cheese along with smoked elote (as anyone who loves tex-mex knows -- street corn). This corn was prepared exactly the way we like it and added a Texas BBQ twist to the meal. It was tempting to stuff our faces with a spoonful of corn and mac, but we stayed strong and took bites of the BBQ brisket we came to try first. The texture of the brisket was tender and had a satisfying smokey flavor with slices that were thick and flavor-packed. The homemade BBQ sauce added a tangy touch to the brisket that we’re 100% here for! You could argue that this BBQ trailer is a secret gem of the downtown dining scene.

Willie's BBQ Brisket Plate

3. Willie’s Joint

Making our way into the last destination, we got a distinct western and Texan vibe from this Bar and BBQ joint. The outdoor space is perfect for any entertainment and outdoor dining experience. Inside the restaurant, we ordered our meal and helped ourselves to a serving of pickles, jalapenos and their very own original BBQ sauce and Mustard BBQ sauce. We patiently waited to taste the sauces until our food was brought out. Our order for the day was a ¼ lb. of lean-cut brisket with a side of spicy baked beans and potato salad. The brisket slices held a nice pink color and smoke ring while juices dripped off the inside layer. The first bite gave us a moist, mouth-watering taste with a soft texture. The fat held onto the juicy flavor, Washer pit and tables at Willie's Jointhowever, the brisket overall had a unique blend of spices and seasoning. It gave us enough flavor to enjoy without requiring the addition of any sauces, but we did add some just for looks. The original BBQ sauce was sweet, thick and peppery, while the Mustard BBQ sauce packed a zesty and tangy kick to the brisket. After lighting up our taste buds with the brisket and homemade sauces, we shifted our focus on the sides. The potato salad was a good mixture of ingredients to give a sweet and creamy flavor. Taking on the spicy baked beans, we were surprised by the balance of sweet and moderate spicy bites of these Texas BBQ style beans. The sides did a great job of adding a sweet kick to the sharp taste of BBQ.  

Sep 18

Burgers of Buda, TX

Posted on September 18, 2017 at 10:22 PM by Lysa Gonzalez

So you know when you get have a craving for a really good burger? Though us Texan’s take pride in how good our Whataburger is, it will never be quite good enough to curb our craving for a perfectly seasoned, juicy hunk of Texas burger. So when fast food burgers just don’t cut it, we created a menu of the most popular burger’s across Buda. This list is so good it’ll make Hamburglar wish he wasn’t stealing from McDonald's.

Dynamic Duo: Pinballz Kingdom's own “Texas Burger”

Pinballz  Burger

With a bit of hesitation over the BBQ sauce, and a reassuring “don’t worry you’ll love our burger”, Pinballz Kingdom served us the perfect burger. Yes, I just made that claim. I didn’t know I would love the BBQ sauce on this burger so much and the onion rings are exactly how every onion ring should be made. We ordered the meat cooked medium, and it made for just the right amount of drip. They piled it high with a hunky slice of cheddar cheese, perfectly crisp bacon, crunchy onion rings, all topped with tangy BBQ sauce. Every ingredient perfect on its own, but together made for a dang good burger. Also, if you’re reading this and imagining how much of a mess you’ll make on your freshly pressed shirt, this burger surprisingly stays together until the very last bite. We will definitely be back to try the #2 favorite: Hatch Lava Burger.

Charred to Perfection: Tavern on Main’s own “Jalapeno-Cheddar Burger”

Tavern Burger

A juicy center, flavorful charred edges, crisp jalapenos, need we say more? If you are like me, you are a lover of the edges. Brownies? Give me the corner piece. Square pizza?  Yes please with those burnt cheesy corners. There really is something about those crispy edges that hold the flavor so well. And with the burger from the Tavern on Main, you get to enjoy your favorite edge on the first AND last bite. Even the cheese has crispy edges! They assembled a tasty classic burger with 6 ounces of beef, a thick slice of cheddar cheese, and fresh cut grilled jalapenos in between a jalapeno cheddar bun. The jalapeno cheddar burger  was just the right amount of different (and delicious) to make it our go to classic burger.

Brooklyn Down South’s own “The 967 Burger”

Brooklyns Burger

Welcome to your perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Devour a ½ pound of beef topped with spicy bacon jalapeno jam, thin cut onion rings, american cheese, topped with an egg all in between a sourdough honey bun. When you hear jam you usually expect it to be sweet, but it had a welcome spiciness that quickly became my favorite part of the burger. If you haven’t ever tried adding an egg to this burger from Brooklyn's Down South this might be a good place to start. We loved how it added just the right amount of egg flavor. Only thing I would ask for next time is an over easy egg instead of medium so I can experience the runny yolk with this already juicy burger. Just don’t wear your freshly pressed shirt to this table--you’re in for a delicious mess!

Cabela’s own “Hawaiian Bison Burger”

Cabelas burger 2

After trying the sweet and spicy combo from Brooklyn’s, we were feeling a bit adventurous and tried the Hawaiian bison burger from Cabela’s. If you’re one of those oddballs who likes pineapple on your pizza, this is the burger for you. Cabela’s took a cafeteria-style burger and made it gourmet with your choice of angus, bison, or elk patties, pepper jack cheese, two thick slices of pineapple, all topped with tangy Korean BBQ sauce. The bison patty on this burger is a great place to start if you’re nervous about venturing off from beef, chicken or pork. Though the korean BBQ sauce was our favorite part of this creation, next time we will probably stick with toppings that are a bit more classic, just so we can enjoy the gamey juicy flavor of the bison. Avocado Bison Burger date at Cabela’s? I’d say yes to that.

Did we miss a burger? Give us a reason to try it out! We are always looking for new food to try in Buda. Though after this we should probably stick with salads for a while.

Aug 18

Top 3 Fajitas in Buda, TX

Posted on August 18, 2017 at 3:33 PM by Gabriela Moore

You know that moment when you are sitting at a restaurant and you hear the sizzling of a hot skillet as that smell of freshly cooked fajitas hits you smack-dab in the face and everyone at your table takes a collective sigh as they covet the smiling person with a plate full of fajitas in front of them? Okay, you may not have that experience every time you choose enchiladas instead of fajitas, but I do.

In honor of National Fajita Day and in preparation for Fajita Fiesta, we set out to experience every fajita in town and chose our Top 3 Fajitas in Buda, TX! Follow our trail and let us know your favorites.

3. Helen’s Casa Alde

A popular breakfast taco spot, Helen’s knows tacos--it’s what they do. So we weren’t surprised when their beef fajitas were only available as a taco. We grabbed a beef fajita taco plate and devoured it. Though they were a little more on the dry side than what we normally prefer, the flavor mixed with the best sauteed green peppers and onions were so good we had to add it to the list. Not to mention, if we were offered a second helping of rice, we would not deny it. If you are looking to take your fajitas on the go, make this your go to spot.

Fajita taco plate form Helen's Casa Alde in Buda, TX

2. Garcia’s

If the full parking lot wasn’t indication enough, this place is a lunch favorite among the locals. Cooked with more seasoning than the rest, if you love your fajitas packed full of flavor this is the spot for you. We piled our tortillas high with super juicy, flavorful beef fajitas topped with guacamole, sauteed green peppers and onions, and that classic Garcia’s salsa.

Fajita plate from Garcias in Buda TX

1. Super Slick’s

We aren’t saying this place is our favorite spot for fajitas, but we are not saying it isn’t either…Let’s just say with a whole section on the menu dedicated solely to delicious skirt steak, they know how to do fajitas right. We stuck with their classic Slick’s Beef Fajitas, but for those looking for something new they also sell shrimp and pork fajitas. We smiled as they placed a sizzling skillet in front of us and dug in.  For the perfect fajita taco, we stacked it with black beans, cheese, sour cream and of course their salsa for just the right amount of heat. There is something to be said about the combination of ingredients that make these tender, juicy fajitas unforgettable.

Skillet fajitas from Super Slicks in Buda TX

We here in Buda are fajita fanatics. So much so that we have a weekend dedicated to fajitas! The 4th Annual Fajita Fiesta takes place on September 29th & 30th. This FREE festival will showcase a blend of foods, music and cultures as attendees experience headliners Rick Trevino, Selena impersonator Amanda Solis, the Chihuahua Beauty Pageant, and Fajita Cook-off. For a full list of details visit their website. See you there!