We've been waiting for the day that authentic Texas barbecue finally moved into the illustrious, coveted Shanghai space. Wait. No we weren't?
The interwebs were as shocked as we were to find out that the newest venture of Austin favorite Stubb's would send its brisket as far east as China, with a brick-and-mortar restaurant appropriately dubbed Stubb's China.
The Austin Business Journal reports: "To prepare for the Shanghai location, grandsons of Stubb’s founders Rocky and Reggie Stubblefield took a two-month trip to Shanghai to train staff in Texas barbecue."
The restaurant's website is live, and the Texas blood runs thick through the About Us section, where C.B. Stubblefield's story is told in detail. Surprisingly, the menu shows very little deviation from original Stubb's recipes: mac cheese 'n bacon, queso and barbecue platters.
Although we doubt the Shanghai outpost can top Austin's Gospel Brunch, the site does list a small advertisement for live music every Friday and Saturday night, keeping with the tradition of the Live Music Capital of the World.
Sure, it's an unlikely choice for expansion. But can you imagine the sheer joy of any Southern expats living in Shanghai?