whoa bbq

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Whoa BBQ doesn’t have much of a footprint on the interwebs, but after chatting with the fellow behind the counter, I learned that Whoa started several years ago at Circuit of the Americas and is now branching into Austin proper with an Airstream in south Austin and a brick-n-mortar in the former Hey Cupcake! location on Burnet Road. In a town lousy with excellent BBQ joints, it’s easy to question the why for the Whoa, but I give them props for pitching some surprises, such as a Whoa Bowl (rosemary cornbread waffle, smoked garlic mac-n-cheese, Granny Smith apple cole slaw, with your choice of chopped brisket, pulled pork, or chopped chicken; $12) or blueberry BBQ sauce. The Whoa bowl was a filling way to sample a variety of offerings. On a subsequent visit, I went with a simple pulled pork sandwich ($8) topped with the blueberry BBQ sauce where the slight sweetness of the blueberries talked down the mild sting of the jalapenos. The counter cowboy recommended the house made and smoked reuben for a subsequent visit. While Whoa won’t be appearing in Texas Monthly’s top 50 BBQ spots, it’s what they do with the Q rather than the size of the brisket that counts.

I wrote this review for the Allandale Neighbor

web&where: 5530 burnet road
what’s the deal? BBQ with a twist; counter service
overall: ** (food**; drink**; atmosphere**; service***; instagrammability**)
cost: $$

our scale:
–          meh [think twice]
*         OK [it’ll get the job done]
**       good [solid neighborhood joint]
***     damn good [we’ll definitely be back]
****   yippity-yikes that was amazeballs [fantastic; one of the best]
***** holy sh!t [transcendental; best of the best]

each $ = $10; cost is based on a typical dinner entrée and appetizer (no drinks)






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