If you’ve tried taking a casual drive on North Lamar through Airport Blvd., you might be asking yourself, “When in the hell did the Crestview area become so cool?” From luxury condos and apartments, to hip remodeled homes and a half way decent night life scene, this North Austin neighborhood hasn’t escaped the transformation the rest of the city has experienced. Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, is set in the historic Violet Crown Shopping Center just inside the Crestview community. Stiles Switch brings its own style to the famous old shopping center.
Stiles Switch Front Sign
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A native of Taylor, owner Shane Stiles aims to deliver a fun atmosphere with the classic Central Texas BBQ flavor he grew up enjoying. Pit Master Lance Kirkpatrick helms the huge custom built smoker, Megatron built by David Close. Shane and his talented crew produce beautiful racks of brisket, ribs, chicken and sausage reminiscent of his days at Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor. Lance is a student of the the low and slow method of smoking. Heavily coating his meat with coarse black pepper making it as flavorful outside as it is moist delicious inside. With no apologies, Shane Stiles has made certain high quality beef is the staple of Stiles Switch BBQ. From the meaty beef chuck ribs, to the classic sliced brisket and the sweet chopped beef sandwich, Stiles Switch is a barbecue lover’s dream.