This three-month-old barbecue joint in far north Austin is nothing if not appropriately named. The closest residential street is Oakwood Drive. Huge oak trees shade the outdoor pits and patio. Oak slats cover the walls—indoor and out—and oak is used for just about every piece of furniture in the place. And, yes, that smell billowing out the smoker comes from oak. All of this delivers traditional Central Texas looks and tastes, but owner Mark DeLong and pitmaster Wally Colvin have quickly built a fan base on nontraditional barbecue fare: pulled pork tacos, grilled cheese (and brisket) sandwiches, Frito pie. DeLong also plans to add a bar in the near future, with a focus on beers from the row of breweries popping up down the street. A few menu items could use a retooling—looking at you, sausage—but Oakwood offers a solid lineup in an area of town devoid of barbecue choices.
Address: 307 E. Braker Ln., Austin, TX, 78753
Hours: L & D Tue-Sun.
Last updated: April 5, 2017