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When given the opportunity to head to the Texas coast- my family does. It is so convenient- approx 3.5 hours- and so laid back and fun. We go to Port Aransas for the beach, pool and wonderful trashy-ness of it all (and I mean that in a very good way). No pretension- just load up a cooler (full of food and drinks) and grab your swim suit and head south.

Our route of choice is through Lockhart and Luling- staying off I-35. I love the small towns and back roads.

During the week- no question we stop at City MarketCity Market in Luling. My husband introduced me to City Market a few years back and I love the bar-b-que. No pretense (are you seeing a pattern here?) and like all the best bbque joints you order at the counter. One problem- not open on Sundays.

That being said- if traveling on a Sunday- we stop at Smitty’sSmitty’s. Wow- the brisket. I love it when we are able to being first timers and the look on their face when they realize there are no plates- just butcher paper to eat off of.

So there you have it- my bbque opinion in a nut shell. In case you are wondering- I prefer Rudy’s in Austin. Always consistent and great sides- creamed corn=amazing.

Xoxo

This is what happens post bbque lunch- perfect as you have 2.5 hours left in the trip

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