Brian Greenstone

The Greenstone Guide to Austin & The Hil Country



One day I was finishing up a cave tour at Longhorn Caverns and I asked the park guy where a good place to eat in Burnet was. He told me that this new places called The Maxican had the best baby back ribs in the world. I was very skeptical about that claim, but our group headed over there to give it a try. Much to my surprise, he was right! The ribs there are out of this world! Absolutely the best baby back ribs I've ever had. Not only are they incredibly tender - fall off the bone tender, but they are seasoned some some incredible mix of things that I couldn't quite identify. I've been back since that first time and the ribs are consistently excellent!

Like all good BBQ in Texas, it's not just about the food, but it's also about the atmosphere, and The Maxican definitely has that. This does not look like a BBQ joint when you walk in. The place is an old (probably 1920's era) house that has been converted into a restaurant, so you feel more like you're entering a little find dining cafe or something. The woman who runs the place is a wonderful friendly little old lady who gives the place it's charm.

In addition to their ribs they also have an assortment of other BBQ items and dishes, but I've never had anything but the ribs. The name of the place would have to thinking it's a Mexican restaurant, but it isn't. One day I'll have to ask why it's called The Maxican... maybe someone is named Max or Maxine?


Take 183 north to 29 to Burnet. When you get into Burnet, turn right at 281. Just past the McDonald's you'll see The Maxican on the left.

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