Austin >Restaurants > The County Line on the Lake
5204 Fm 2222, Austin, TX | Directions 7873130.357272 -97.785904
Sun, Mon 11:30am-9pm
Great setting, atmosphere - average food – I want to love this place, i really do. Close to my house, great back porch, live music and good happy hour...but we just don't like the food. BBQ is iffy, oversmoked and just not that good. Not just us, we have friends who feel the same.
Service is fine, usually crowded and they do a fair job of getting to you (albeit allow extra for outside). I'd stick to drinks and the appetizer menu. Have yet to find anything on the menu the we really enjoy. Wish we could say different!
Texas-sized barbecue platters to please the pickiest of brisket seekers. – In Short
Cozy, cabin-in-the-woods atmosphere with lakeside ambience will put you in the mood for a feast. Which is a good thing, being that the portions are almost the size of Texas. The service is impeccably friendly. Your meal will begin with plentiful baskets of the hard-to-resist homemade bread--be careful not to fill up. The pork ribs and beef brisket are the most popular choices. Save room for a signature blueberry cobbler.
Best ribs in austin! – I have visited the county line many times, seeing as it is absoloutely my favorite BBQ joint in austin. My fiance and I went back for lunch yesterday, and were reminded why we love this place so much. Between the fantastic scenery, the friendly service, and the outstanding food, you really can't go wrong. In fact, we love the place so much we decided to have our wedding there next march!
True review... – Being born and raised in Austin I have sampled all the famed BBQ places around central texas. Overall The County Line clearly takes the top spot in central texas. Not Southside Market, Black's, Meyers, Salt Lick, Stubb's, and certainly not Rudy's. Sure some nights the brisket might not be as tender or other items might not be the usual but any place that really barbecues won't taste exactly the same every night. McDonald's McRib is for those people. Reading the negative reviews I can only think of 3 explinations for them... 1. you don't know real bbq 2. you don't really know The County Line or 3. you have some ulterior motive
All that aside if you want the best overall BBQ Restaurant in central Texas go to The County Line at either location.
Hate to say it... – Sorry Skeeter.. I'd do the prime at Rudy's any day over your Q.
Greatsight seeing for the out o towners, but the Q is just Q.
Nice View, Great Food -- But Long Wait – We were there on Sunday from noon to 3pm, perhaps because it was father's day weekend, there were a lot of people there waiting to be seated. We got our table in an hour but time flies by when you and your friends could sit outside to enjoy the view and have some appertizer to start with. The homemade bread is addictingly soft and butterly! Brisket and Turkey are not as moist as Rudy's but the ribs are done perfectly -- especially the pork ribs. Food came in huge portion but also a little more pricey than other bbq joint I have been to. If you are not into slaws and beans you can always substitute them with baked potato for your side. My dining experience was great I will definitely go back again or try the one by the hill.
Not Good, Barely Average – My wife and I tried to like County Line. We've eaten there twice. Both times I've found the brisket, chicken, turkey, and ribs to be overdone and dry, dry, dry. My jaw got worn out chewing the brisket. You have to soak the meat in sauce to keep it moist. The one exception is the sausage. Excellent flavor. Their potato salad and cole slaw are great, but you don't go to a top of the line barbecue joint just for side items. Lastly, their mens room was filthy and smelled of urine. Not good! This place has no business being in the top ten list.
Just Amazing BBQ – Where to start? Well, how about if I simply leave you all with this. If there isn't a County Line in heaven, I'm suing God for false advertising.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – Barbecue restaurant chain next to Bull Creek serves heaping portions of slow smoked brisket, beef ribs, cole slaw and cobbler.
Top barbecue in Austin – This is hands down my favorite barbecue in Austin. The quality and taste of the food is outstanding, and the portions are enormous. I have a pretty big appetite, and I usually have two full meals worth of food when I eat here. The atmosphere is great. This place can get pretty busy on the weekend nights, but they have a lovely outdoor waiting area where you can sit by the river and order drinks while you are waiting. They are also quite large so the wait is not perhaps as long as it would be elsewhere given how many people go. You should note that this resteraunt is of the full sit down barbecue style and is therefore sometimes a bit more expensive than other barbecues in Austin, but it is also a nicer overall experience and better food. I highly recommend it.
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