You will love the rustic character of this restaurant and its location across from Breckenridge Park and just west of Sunken Gardens and the Zoo. It represents the quintessential smoke house to me when I picture an old established BBQ shack, though it is a bit nicer than a shack. Seating consists of some tiny tables indoors with picture windows looking across the road at an open field, or picnic tables next to the parking lot. Ordering your food is cafeteria style for the BBQ.
When the place was Augie's by the Park, it used to be entertaining to come, buy a pitcher of beer to go with your burger, and watch the low riders parade up and down the street in front of Augie's on a Sunday afternoon. Showing off an undulating Cheby convertible and flirting with the opposite sex reminded one of a modern day version of a Spanish paseo or stroll around the zocalo in courtship ritual.
The BBQ itself is average to good. It definitely beats Bill Miller but pales in comparison to some of the temples of smoked meat in the Lockhart area such as Kreuz's, Black's, etc. If you are craving BBQ after a visit to the zoo or park, this is a good choice. The sides of beans, mac n' cheese, etc. are acceptable basic versions of the dishes as well.
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