[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen Southside Market & Barbeque began in 1882 in Elgin, Texas, William Moon could have only hoped his dream would still be thriving over 135 years later. Celebrating its 136th year in 2018, the meat market that began on the back of a horse-drawn wagon officially announced the opening of a third restaurant in Texas. The first restaurant is, of course, based in downtown Elgin. The second location opened in Bastrop in 2014 and now, four years later, the third location will open in Hutto, Texas in Spring 2019.
The Hutto location will be the second in Central Texas as Southside Market & Barbeque continues its circle around Austin. It will join the Hutto Co-Op District in the 35-acre destination that is currently being developed. Per the press release, the new business, retail, entertainment, and residential community is being built on the site of the original Hutto Co-Op that was built in 1937. "Representing the agricultural heritage of the community, the Co-Op District development features four towering grain silos that have been preserved."
Like most longtime BBQ joints in Texas, Southside is often overlooked for the hip, trendier spots of Franklin Barbecue, la Barbecue, and Micklethwait Craft Meats. Southside Market & Barbeque, however, is known for something special that most tourists aren't quite hip to yet. Elgin Hot Guts, those deliciously bursting beauties, are their famous original beef sausage with cracked black pepper. The Elgin sausage legend has traveled far and wide since it began in 1882 and the chopped brisket sandwich is right in line with classic Texas BBQ flavors. When it comes to smoked meats, Southside knows how to serve up a meat plate you've only really dreamed about.
If you're not familiar with Southside Market & Barbeque, or can't make it out to the Hill Country, you can still order in. Their famous Sausage Slammers are house-made pork sausage, a fresh jalapeño is nestled inside and stuffed with real cheddar cheese. The roll is wrapped with bacon and smoked low and slow on Texas post oak wood. Now that's what you call authentic Texas barbeque.
So will you head out to Hutto to get your fix when it opens next spring? Whether you show up for the all-beef sausage, the best brisket around, the jalapeño cheddar sausage, the pork steaks, or just to scope out the fresh meat market, the new Co-Op District should be a real treat. It sounds similar to what Chip and Joanna Gaines have built in Wacos with the Silos, the Silos Baking Co., and most recently, Magnolia Table. We're excited to head on out in 2019, and we hope to see you there. You can find us holding a big plate of beef ribs with mac and cheese, and a peach cobbler on the side, y'all.