So here in Austin there are one or two (or 50 or 100) ridiculously awesome places to eat. Whether it’s a sit-down 5-courser or gracefully arriving at the window of a food truck at 2 am, the food here is simply incredible. Here are a few recommendations (in no particular order, promise), along with some of the tastiest and most beautiful dishes (and drinks) I have been lucky enough to shove in my mouth over the past year and a half. The following are based on photos from the archives of my cell phone, so apologies if 1. the picture SUCKS and/or 2. I can’t remember where or even what most of the components on the dish are… Here goes nothin’
1. Franklin Barbecue (http://franklinbarbecue.com/)
Here’s what I have to say about Franklin’s: no matter what anyone tells you, it is ONE HUNDRED percent worth the wait in line. Seriously. This is the best barbecue I’ve tasted EVER and as you’ll come to realize, I LOVE MEAT.
Here’s the deal with Franklin, if you don’t know (shame on you!): they smoke a certain quantity of meat per day, and once they sell out, that’s it. Closed. So Tuesday-Sunday the line begins to form outside their 11th St. brick-and-mortar shop around 9:30 or 10 am, and it’ll grow and grow until the doors open at 11. The food goes fast and typically can be gone even before everyone in line is served, so they send someone out do a preliminary order and eventually cut off the line where they guess they’ll run out.
Personal recommendation: I like to go on Sundays, walking over from my house around 10 am with an iPod speaker and large jar of Bloody Mary or some beers to pass the time. Bring a fold-up chair and a deck of cards and you will NOT regret it. The brisket is out of this world. Always ask for extra fatty because let’s be real, fattier=tastier. Also phenomenal: turkey soaked in clarified butter, beef ribs, pulled pork… aka EVERYTHING IS AMAZING. If you are in the Austin area and haven’t gone to Franklin yet, you’re seriously missing out and you need to reevaluate your priorities.
Brisket, pulled pork and beef ribs with a side of beans and potato salad. Served with raw onions, pickles and white bread.
Brisket for daaaaays.