About Pliny Reynolds
Pliny Reynolds and his wife, Melanie Kratovil, opened Terlingua in June 2015, and the response has exceeded all their expectations. This is their first venture into restaurant ownership, but they describe it as “the culmination of all our interests and endeavors.” Kratovil grew up in a restaurant family in Kennebunkport and brings a wealth of experience. Reynolds, trained as an architect, is a food lover who used to go on dinner dates with his mom, after his parents’ divorce. When Reynolds and Kratovil lived in Austin, Texas, Reynolds taught himself to smoke meats. They would often entertain friends with barbecue, cooked in a drum smoker. These days Reynolds puts the brisket and ribs in two Big Green Eggs, multi-tiered covered ceramic cookers. He stokes them with apple wood or oak, starting at 7 a.m. The meat is ready by 5 p.m. and served on rustic wooden boards, with sides like cornbread, pickles, and red cabbage slaw to balance out the smoky flavors. Barbecue specials are marked on a chalkboard by the bar, and often sell out early.