Little Woodrow's is DEAD

Way back in the fall, we posted a review of Little Woodrow's on Ross Avenue. As you can see from our post, we were NOT IMPRESSED to say the least. Well, today, while visiting a great new neighborhood gem of a wine and spirits shop (Bar & Garden---review to come soon), I noticed that Little Woodrow's was dark, and there were 8.5" x 11" paper signs taped to the outside of the door. Always a bad omen. While everything was still in place--chairs, tables, TVs, umbrellas, signs--the place was completely deserted. Walking down to their front door, the sign read "we've decided to close effective immediately." It then went on to say something to the effect that while the lower Ross area was "up-

Payne's Bar-B-Q Shak is a Hidden Gem

In Texas, barbecue is king. One thing most of the Texas legends (i.e. Pecan Lodge and Franklin Barbecue chief among them) have in common is that they started small, and gained respect the hard way. Whenever we travel in-state, we're always in search of hole-in-the-wall, off-the-beaten-path BBQ joints to try, hoping to find the next hidden gem. We recently took a trip with our wine group to Lake Buchanan (outside of Burnet) and stumbled across the quaint "Payne's Bar-B-Q Shack." Started by Robert Payne, a retired local butcher, and his wife Penny, a retired worker in a local school cafeteria, it's been a labor of love for the couple since the very beginning. Proudly named as one of Texa

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