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London, United Kingdom
December 30, 2007
Approaching the diminutive restaurant on a Friday night, I wondered if there would be room for us inside but I need not have worried. Iron Works is a little bit off the beaten path and certainly wasn’t as busy at Stubb’s. In addition, they have a self-service style counter where you collect your food and pay before you take your seat. There’s no wait staff so if you want to order more you have to stand in line again. This meant that people don’t linger for too long and there were always tables open for the steady stream of customers.
Whilst this sounds a little off-putting I actually enjoyed the experience. It was like being at a country fair or on a school trip and as you stand in line deciding what to order you can also enjoy the displays of Weigl’s work as well as checking out the selection of sauces and seasonings available for purchase.
We ordered the chicken and the pork rib barbecue plates, which came with potato salad, beans, pickle, and bread. Some of the plates were about $2-3 cheaper than at Stubb’s but for the portion size and the choice of sides, I’d say that Stubb’s is actually better value for money. The meat and the sauce at Iron Works also seemed slightly inferior to its neighbour but if you’re looking for a more modest and laidback environment then Iron Works may suit you better.
The long tables and large booths made Iron Works a popular place with large groups, young and old. It’s open from 11am – 9pm (closed Sunday) and is located in a pretty, shaded corner close to the Colorado River so I’d imagine on a warm day that it’s also a nice relaxing place to stop in for lunch. Maybe I’d become too quickly accustomed to the generous Texas-sized portions but the plates at Iron Works seemed smaller than usual to me, which was another reason why I think it would work better as a lunch stop.
From journal A Plateful of Austin Barbecue and Blues
November 30, 2001
From journal Things to do near the Capitol & UT campus