LeRoy & Lewis Barbecue
At this Austin barbecue and brewery, the keys to its secret sauce include sourcing the highest-quality ingredients and blending age-old techniques with inventive ones for “new school barbecue” unlike any other in the state. In fact, their distinct approach landed them at #1 among Texas Monthly’s best new barbecue spots in 2019. The restaurant’s mix of familiar and fresh is reflected in both the exterior and interior architecture as well as the material palette. Double height ceilings over the main dining room allow for visibility into the brewery’s mezzanine. A hand painted mural brings in bright colors to an otherwise earth-toned interior. Reclaimed wood tables and recycled denim upholstered benches evoke a down-home feeling. Blackened clay pendants highlight subtle imperfections on end grain wood that wraps the order station and merchandise stands.
Guests can order slow smoked meats along with locally-sourced, ingredient-driven dishes and pick up a beer from custom taps featuring beers brewed on-site. Humble materials such as adobe brick make up the bar where guests can gaze at bubbling open fermentation vessels and interact with the brewers. A live edge communal island bar supported by blackened steel posts invites informal conversations with friends and casual encounters with other guests. Split wood siding over the exterior store front acts as a screen to filter harsh light and high traffic from the busy street beyond.