One that is new to the event — in name only — is Austin Spencer’s Real BBQ. Formerly Clayton Shirley’s, new owners David Osborn and Eric Webb, who bought out Shirley’s share of the eatery in March, have participated in the Taste of Newport for many years. Osborn said they are prepared for the 500 to 600 people they expect to serve each day.
Their featured fare is sliders, and customers will have their choice of smoked beef brisket, Southern pulled pork or smoked Carolina turkey on a potato bun topped with their original barbecue sauce.
For the undecided, a combination plate with all three is available, along with the restaurant’s “signature hand-crafted potato chips.”
Osborn said being a Newport Beach restaurant and taking part in anything that has to do with the community and the chamber is his favorite part of the event.