Is this Austin’s best meatloaf? (and a Dining Guide tease)

Longtime Austin chef Ray Tatum has an impressive resume that includes 12 years at Jeffrey's. Now he makes cuisine with Southern and Asian influences at his Three Little Pigs trailer behind the Aristocrat Lounge. (Matthew Odam AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Longtime Austin chef Ray Tatum has an impressive resume that includes 12 years at Jeffrey’s. Now he makes cuisine with Southern and Asian influences at his Three Little Pigs trailer behind the Aristocrat Lounge.
(Matthew Odam AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Another day, another fake food holiday. Who comes up with these things anyway?

In honor of National Meatloaf Day, I present you with one of my favorites in town. This beauty comes from chef Ray Tatum. The grumbling, long-haired hippie possesses a resume that includes restaurants like Jean-Luc’s French Bistro, Brio Vista and Jeffrey’s, and now he operates his Three Little Pigs trailer from the back patio of the Aristocrat Lounge (6507 Burnet Rd.)

Crunchy bacon inscribes the tender loaf that is seared to a firm finish and served with crisp, sweet and tangy collard greens and creamy, textural corn cheese grits that all soak in a savory jus.

Tatum’s trailer is one of the best in town. His menu weds Southern (and Texan) food with Asian cuisine. Check it out. And look for Three Little Pigs in this year’s Dining Guide, which drops Sunday.

Is it Austin’s best meatloaf? I haven’t had them all, but when I want one, this is where I go.

Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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