According to folk etymologists, the term barbecue is derived from the French barbe coup, referring to the annual pig picking commemorating the infamous Bearded Rebellion. Celebrate saucy beards with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of barbecue at Green Mesquite BBQ, located in Southpark Meadows Shopping Center.
Praised by the Austin Chronicle for its "ambitious" menu, Green Mesquite has been sating saucy appetites with a succulent selection of choice meats—cooked with the restaurant's trademark mesquite wood—and flavorful sides for more than 20 years. Don a bib or a tablecloth disguised as a tuxedo, relax legs on the outdoor patio, and sink incisors into an expansive menu of entrees. Taste buds can begin their edification with a basket of fried okra ($2.59), or skip straight to the core of the lesson with a two-meat barbecue plate, featuring a choice of beef brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and more ($9.49). Experienced chefs craft a coterie of specialties to the delight of carnivores, including a spicy jambalaya served over cajun rice ($7.79), a hand-battered chicken-fried steak ($9.99), and a plate of corn-fed, farm-raised catfish ($9.49). Desserts, from peach cobbler ($2.50) to pecan pie ($3.25), provide ideal finishing notes for meals, quelling voracious hungers with a sweet hug of sugar and fruit, like a kitten beating up a professional wrestler.
Green Mesquite is a dog-friendly eating environment, so doting canine lovers can gift their golden retrievers scraps of slow-cooked brisket. While wiping cheeks of red accents on your neighbor's poodle, diners can nod happily along to the live bluegrass and country music on Friday and Saturday nights.
- I loved the pulled park [sic]. I loved the BBQ sauce. The corn on the cob was very yummy and juicy (almost oddly juicy, but whatever). I really loved that BBQ sauce. – liz l., Yelp, 9/10/10
- I recently visited Green Mesquite BBQ in Southpark Meadows for the first time. My first impression was how clean the restaurant was and how personable the staff was. Once our food came (the service was prompt, too), everyone was very pleased with their order. – mkl5978, Citysearch
The Green Mesquite BBQ & More
What's in a name? When it comes to The Green Mesquite BBQ & More, pretty much everything. As one of its gift-shop T-shirts will tell you, the restaurant has been "horrifying vegetarians since 1988," and that enduring success can largely be attributed to what's inside the barbecue pit: log after log of green mesquite wood.
Owner Tom Davis opts for that particular fresh-cut variety because of its slow-burning property, and because it gives meat a bold and smoky flavor. Davis and his team cook everything from beef and pork to chicken and turkey over the wood. They also make their own barbecue sauce and a signature rub for their baby back ribs, which Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives host Guy Fieri called "awesome."
It's not just the smoked meats that distinguish Green Mesquite's three Austin-area locations. It's also that the restaurants double as venues for live music—specifically of the bluegrass and country variety.
9900 S I-35
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