What’s the connection?
Well, Paramount set up shop east of Austin to film portions of the anticipated fourth installment of Transformers. I went to Taylor to check out the digs. The filming ended weeks ago, but the aura of Mark Wahlberg remained, like when you walk by people smoking, the fumes linger in the hot humid air.
It would have been exciting to see Bumblebee up close, or from the barricades a few blocks away, same difference.
I asked the bartender/waitress in Taylor Café about Transformers, she said much of Taylor was shut down during filming including the café. It’s neat to realize a film was being made about 10 miles from my house! Of course there have been other great films set in Austin, Office Space for example. That’s a whole other topic.
Food. BBQ, specifically, is what I was hunting today. (Man meat aka Mark will have to wait.)
Taylor Café is on the list of Texas Monthly’s BBQ lineup for BBQ week, going on now through Friday.
We tested two plates: ribs and turkey sausage.
I’m a sucker for ribs.
These ribs were moist and seasoned well. A good amount of smoke permeating the meat. Quite a bit of fat, but that comes with oinker territory. It didn’t stop Little Sister from picking the bones clean! And then stealing her brothers beans.
He didn’t care, so long as he had the last of the Dr. Pepper.
The turkey sausage was plainly seasoned with pepper, I couldn’t decipher many other spices in them. The BBQ sauce was mildly sweet and very tangy.
The beans were named “crazy beans” by my son because they had quite a bit of black pepper on them. He’s sensitive to spices, what 8-year-old isn’t. I can’t blame him, he’s half Canadian, bland runs in his genetic makeup. Yet he loves beans, go figure.
The potato salad was alright, not convinced it was made in-house. Does that matter?
For less than $20 we had ourselves an evening out, complete with a tour of a Hollywood movie set and Texas rainstorms. Quite an exciting Monday!