Saturday, January 10, 2009

Donn's BBQ

10003 FM 969

Austin, TX 78724


Open Daily 6-8

To get out to Donn's in far East Austin, start driving down MLK Boulevard until it turns into FM 969. Once you pass the new Agave development, Donn's will on the right. The exterior doesn't look like much, and the interior is sparse as well with large picnic tables for those eating in. Most of my fellow customers were ordering to go just in time for dinner at home. Signs beside the menu let customers know that the popular menudo was now available all odd addition to a 'cue joint's menu, but I was here for muscle meat rather than innards. As the knife man was slicing off of the juicy black brisket for me, the heavy aroma of smoke within the restaurant was making my mouth water. A quarter pound each of brisket and pork ribs set me back only $5. When I reached the car, I could wait no longer, so I opened the bag, peeled the foil to behold some good looking meat. The St. Louis ribs had little crust, but they did have a deep red color and good smoky flavor that permeated the meat. The tender ribs were perfectly rendered and nicely seasoned. The brisket was sight to behold with everything going for it but the flavor. The crust and smoke line were well formed with a perfect moist and tender texture. The thin line of fat was well rendered, but the kick of flavor I was expecting from the crsut was missing, and the smokiness was lacking. The slices had a good roast beef flavor, but not much more. I plan to make another trip out to Donn's during my next Austin visit to determine if it was the ribs or the brisket that was the anomoly.

Rating ***
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1 comment:

POD said...

Donn's breakfast is by far the best thing going. Get there before noon on a weekend to enjoy the migas, or a brisket taco -- delicious!


Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.