BERTRAM — Mark Haag first opened the doors of his barbecue restaurant in Bertram three months ago. Since then it has attracted enough attention to develop two dinner rushes and a cast of regulars.
To the swell of first-timers coming through every day, something about Texas BBQ Masters makes it obvious as a cut above the rest. Something sets it apart.
It could be the dozens of trophies scattered around the dining area from barbecue competitions that Haag, who often goes by “Barbecue”, has won over the decades. Or perhaps it is the massive skull of a hippopotamus, sitting casually on a table. Maybe it’s the massive cast iron grill in the back that, at 8,000 pounds, weighs twice as much as the hippopotamus once did.
“All I know is,” Haag says, “I sell out every day.”