I’m watching my third season of BBQ Pittmasters. I don’t know whether my obsession with this show is about celebrating artisan craftsmanship, or well-cooked brisket. What Myron Mixon has taught me is that tender, tasty brisket has a charry crust and good pull on the slices. So you’ll understand why my first inclination now, when being confronted with a slice of Beef Brisket ($8/100g), is to pick it up with my fingers and give it a tug. Luckily Jazz City’s third – and to my eye, finest – location is a relaxed, sticky-fingers kind of place. Service is a little chaotic, with two ordering points, depending upon whether you’re there to eat diner food, or central Texan barbeque. However once you snaffle a table in the nicely kitted out space, the time delay to wrapping your lips around fork-split Beef Short Rib ($5/100g) is mercifully short. So short in fact, we were done before the next round of Cornbread ($5) was pulled from the oven. Balance your meaty tray of Pulled Pork ($8/100g), house-made Sausage ($5/each) and slightly disappointing Pork Ribs ($8/100g) with ‘Slaw ($2.50), super tasty Pinto Beans ($2.50) and standout Pickles ($2.50) to cut the fat. Cracking house-made sauces, a creamy Coconut Milkshake ($8) and a ‘Merican Abita Golden ($8) make it worth going back for more.
Jazz City Diner
200 Goulburn Street, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 9264 2572 jazzcity.com.au