dim sum
<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_CleRr46Nh1w/S2-MWJUTW5I/AAAAAAAACR8/tR5F0FpnOk4/s1600-h/Bill+Miller+01.JPG"><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_CleRr46Nh1w/S2-MWJUTW5I/AAAAAAAACR8/tR5F0FpnOk4/s200/Bill+Miller+01.JPG" alt="" border="0"></a><br><span><span>SAN ANTONIO: Bill Miller Bar-B-Q</span> <span><br>10939 W Fm-471</span> <span><br>San Antonio, TX 78253</span> <span><br>210-688-2362</span> <span><br>Open Sun-W 10:30-8, Thur-Sat 10:30-9</span><br><a href="http://www.billmillerbbq.com/">www.billmillerbbq.com/</a></span><br><br>You won't smell smoke when arriving at a Bill Miller location. All 67 locations are supplied by meat smoked in a central commissary in downtown San Antonio. Their popularity in San Antonio is evidenced by the how many stores are supported, and the commissary location explains the franchise's geographical limits. According to their website, all meat is smoked in brick pits (no gas or electric) using only post oak. Briskets are smoked for 18-20 hours, then shipped to each location where everything is assembled like any other fast food assembly line. Most everything about Bill Miller reminds you of a well run fast food chain from the brightly lit menu advertising combo meals, to the cashier yelling orders through a microphone back to the herd of worker bees assembling the meal.<br><br><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_CleRr46Nh1w/S2-L9clbKzI/AAAAAAAACR0/z7YVybblbuc/s1600-h/Bill+Miller+02.jpg"><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_CleRr46Nh1w/S2-L9clbKzI/AAAAAAAACR0/z7YVybblbuc/s400/Bill+Miller+02.jpg" alt="" border="0"></a><br><br>Standard sides are beans and fried potatoes, the latter of which were addictive with their crunch and black pepper. The brisket was also good. The lean slices were very moist with good flavor. A nice crust supplied a bit of smoke flavor, but there was little other evidence that meat had been smoked for upwards of 18 hours. Ribs were not as successful in the flavor department. The meat was in short supply on the bone and the bark wasn't well formed. A rub heavy on the black pepper was about the only flavor that stood out, while smoke was lacking. A dip in the thin acidic sauce didn't help.<br><br>The chain is also know for their fried chicken, so I ordered a thigh. For less than $2, I got a decent variation of a freshly fried chicken thigh with a crisp flavorful crust along with hearty steak fries and fresh tasting cole slaw.<br><br><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_CleRr46Nh1w/S2-L9HfDweI/AAAAAAAACRs/wDHCjnP6HFw/s1600-h/Bill+Miller+03.jpg"><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_CleRr46Nh1w/S2-L9HfDweI/AAAAAAAACRs/wDHCjnP6HFw/s400/Bill+Miller+03.jpg" alt="" border="0"></a><br><br>I admire Bill Miller because they don't claim to be Texas's best BBQ, they just put out a consistent product for a good price that is imminently predictable. While it might not be the best in the state, there are definitely worse places to go to ease your smoked meat cravings.<br><br>Rating **<br><br><a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/39/430194/restaurant/Far-West-Side/Bill-Miller-Bar-B-Q-San-Antonio"><img alt="Bill Miller Bar-B-Q on Urbanspoon" src="http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/logo/430194/minilogo.gif"></a>

The carts go around and around, delivering steaming platters and bamboo boxes filled with sumptuous morsels: baked barbecued pork folls, fried taro dumplings, shrimp pancakes, wonderful eggplant thingies stuffed with some sort of minced shrimp–we were so mesmerized that we hardly noticed an hour and a half had passed. Dim Sum is Chinese brunch, for you youngsters who haven’t tried it yet, and instead of you going to the food, the food comes to you. At Fortune, the rolling carts are wheeled through the room, making the circuit until they’re depleted, then going back to the big, busy kitchen for more. You choose by pointing, a helpful server puts it on your table, you devour it. The portions are designed for, usually, three to share. And they’re all small, so you have a variety. It’s quite jolly, lots of fun if you have friends in town for the holidays. I can’t think of a better dim sum in Austin, certainly not one with this much variety. (And if you’re a native of China, or just adventurous, you can get the serious stuff like chicken feet in special sauce or beef tripe with ginger and scallion. The last sounds like Chinese menudo to me–bet it cures a hangover.)