I'm a regular at Bovine and Swine. Years ago I discovered Southern-style barbecue restaurants in the US and especially brisket, burnt ends, and the side orders of slaw, potato or pickles that often go with it.
Bovine and Swine are one of two places I know of in the inner west doing barbecue. For me they are the superior operator. I go here for the lunch for the brisket roll or dinner of brisket and sides.
The meat is slow-cooked tender and infused with the woody smoke that makes good barbecue. The place is small so expect to sit at a share table and make new friends. On my last visit here I saw a well-known Federal politician sit at a table with her young son and start talking happily to the others at the table. It's that kind of place.
I'm a Jason Isbell fan as is one of the owners here, so being able to sit eating barbecue and listen to Isbell's Southern Americana adds to the experience. I saw a takeaway order being delivered to The Enmore Theatre on the night of his performance, and I wondered if it was to Isbell himself. I'd say he is a man who would know a thing or two about Southern barbecue.
Bovine and Swine is operated by a crew of down-to-earth guys. The place couldn't be more unpretentious. It's a simple concept at it's pretty darned good. This is an inner west institution in the making.