King's Hwy Brew & Q
I did a barbecue run to San Antonio on a Tuesday recently. I wanted to try the Tuesday only pastrami beef rib special from The Granary 'Cue & Brew. It was delicious and worth the drive, but I was going to make the most of my time in SA and hit another couple of stops. Emilio Soliz used to be the pitmaster at Two Bros BBQ Market before he went on his own and started Sweet Christi's BBQ (named after his wife). King's Hwy Brew & Q was born when the owners of Taps y Tapas changed their menu, and Emilio took over at the helm. The name King's Hwy comes from the area of Five Points crossing with the El Camino Real or "The Kings Highway." King's Hwy has been open for about five months now.
I was the only customer there when I arrived. It was prime lunch time, but it was also a Tuesday. The menu had quite a few options. Meat by the pound, sandwiches, street tacos, and even tortas (Mexican sandwiches). I ordered some moist brisket, Sweet Tea Glazed pork ribs, and a sausage link with a pork belly taco. When I got my food, everything looked yummy. The brisket was lean which back in the day would bother me. Mistakes happen but a good lean brisket can go a long way. This one was a little dry and chewy. The flavor and smoke were on-point. The brisket could have used a little longer bath in the smoker to render the fat more. It reminded me of the one from Two Bros. The Sweet Tea Glazed pork ribs were really good. The rub with the tender rib meat tasted delicious. The meat could barely stay on the bone, and you noticed the sweet glaze in every bite. There was nothing special about the commercial sausage they use. The casing was snappy and was a good complement on the menu. You guys know I am a sucker for pork belly so I had to get it on a taco. The tortillas are not made in-house but by a local place. The fresh tortilla with the pork belly made for an excellent match. The pork was salty, peppery, and fatty which I love and combine it with some smoke, made for some delicious bites. The taco combo is a great deal. Four tacos and a side for six bucks!
With the name of King's Hwy Brew & Q, you would think the barbecue would be secondary here. It is not. The name should have been the other way around. They did have quite a few numbers of craft beers on tap. It would be definitely a cool place to chill and grab a brew and some quality 'cue. The brunch menu looks tempting. I need to bring my wife here someday for it. I am still surprised at how dead it was at lunch given the quality of the barbecue. I stopped on the way out of town at Smoke Shack BBQ to get a Rueben sandwich. Tasty. #yearofpastrami Grade: B-
Until next time, happy smoking...
Address: 1012 N Flores St, San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone: (210) 277-7174