The one nit we can all agree to pick about the glory of the Austin barbecue explosion is that so many of the great operators are an al fresco dining proposition. Yes, real Texans don’t mind a little sweat in their eyes when plowing through some brisket, but air conditioning never killed anyone (except for that one dude in Season 2 of “Fargo” — spoiler alert). So it should come as happy news that La Barbecue will officially move into the Quickie Pickie building at 2027 E. Cesar Chavez St. on Wednesday. LeAnn Mueller’s barbecue joint will start serving its regular menu at 11 a..m. and diners can purchase drinks and other sundries from Quickie Pickie. La Barbecue will keep the same hours, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, with plans to eventually add Tuesday hours. For those who love to sweat, don’t worry, there will also be outdoor seating, and I am sure part of the line will be outdoors.
The La Barbecue trailer opened in 2012 in South Austin and moved to its current East Austin lot in 2015. For more on LeAnn Mueller, including her family background and history as a professional photographer, check out Daniel Vaughn’s comprehensive interview with her from 2015 on TexasMonthly.com.
- Austin360 Dining Guide: The best barbecue in Central Texas
- From the archives (May 2014): The best barbecue in Austin
A mural pays homage to LeAnn’s (and Wayne and John’s) dad, Bobby Mueller and his El Camino.
Central Texans sure love their beef.