Local barbecue fans looking for unique flavors and a family-oriented atmosphere can head over to Alzer’s Barbeque on Whitestone Boulevard in Cedar Park.
With three trailers, lit outdoor seating and yard games all located in a gas station parking lot, Alzer’s is not the typical food truck experience. The establishment offers a wide range of smoked meats, from the standard fare such as brisket and ribs to uncommon specialties like quail, lamb and Cornish hens.
“We’ve got a Middle Eastern background, Mexican background and American background,” owner Naser Alzer said. “So we mix up all these spices and it gives us a great flavor.”
Alzer started the business with Michael “Mikey” Garza, formerly of Bob & Mike’s Chicken in Cedar Park, a little over two years ago. Garza died earlier this year.
“That’s been tough,” Alzer said. “He was with me from the beginning. The whole thing started because of him.”
He said customers enjoyed talking with Garza while Alzer worked the smoker. The pair planned on opening the barbecue joint seven days a week, but after Garza’s death, Alzer’s is closed Monday-Tuesday until the company finds someone else to help manage the business.
In the meantime, Alzer is not without support. His wife, Veronica, and their sons Amir, Sami and Omar all pitch in, along with additional employees.
All of the Alzer children attended Cedar Park High School, and their business is involved with local schools through donations, sponsorships and catering.
“We’ve been part of the community… that’s why we chose Cedar Park [as the location of our business], because it’s been our home over the past 21 years,” Alzer said. “I love it here. Most of our customers are people we know.”
Meat by the pound
Alzer’s Barbeque serves seven types of barbecued meat, priced by the pound unless noted otherwise. They also serve sides, plates, sandwiches, family orders and complimentary condiments.
- Cornish hens (whole) $8.99
- Beef sausage $11.99
- Beef ribs $11.99
- Quail (four) $11.99
- Brisket $17.99
- Turkey $12.99
- Lamb chops (full rack) $21.99
1405 W. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park
Hours: Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., closed Mon.-Tue.