Uncle Billy’s on the Lake

In: Drinking|Eating

24 Nov 2010

(UPDATE: closed) (map) Look out, Oasis! Okay, so the new Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que on Lake Travis isn’t quite finished yet. But it is open and serving beers brewed right on the premises, and it’s got a rocking view of the lake. So who cares about a little hammering, sawing, drilling, etc? Did I mention the beers? Craft brews like the Bottle Rocket Lager, above, plus barbecued brisket, pork, chicken and sausage with all the sides, burgers and some creative salads. Getting in is a little confusing because of all the construction still going on. Right next to The Oasis, there are two new restaurants on three levels, plus two-story shop space underway, and it’s all a bit messy. Just follow the path and keep thinking about those brews.

The balcony isn’t open yet, but has the same sweet sunset view as The Oasis. There are some optimistically installed heaters for when the weather turns colder (tomorrow?). There’s a second balcony above this one.

Three sides of the dining room are “walls” of big roll-up doors that open up to the fresh air and the lake outside. This level is done, but they’re still working on the floor upstairs. There are plans for a second bar, pool tables and live music.

When we asked about the Red Neck Roadkill, our waiter said simply, “It’s awesome.” He was right. Uncle Billy’s makes their own crispy potato chips, then covers them in melted cheese, pico de gallo, avocado and chopped smoky beef brisket. If the jalapenos aren’t hot enough, there’s some killer habanero sauce in that red bottle.

The interior is finished in wood and tin reclaimed from Hill Country houses, giving it a cool rustic-chic look. Re-using this wood probably cost more than buying new, but the effect is worth it.

The huge bar, with even huger brewing tanks behind it.

The entrance is a little confusing, especially with all the construction in progress. Uncle Billy’s is on levels two and three. Down there on the first floor is a new seafood restaurant, Soleil. But that’s for another day!

Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que website

1 Response to Uncle Billy’s on the Lake

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Herman

January 19th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

your recovered wood is beautiful!

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