Dad wants BBQ and TexMex
Okay, so my dad is coming in to town next month and he wants BBQ, Tex Mex, and anything with local flair.
My question is, is it absolutely necessary to travel out of town to get the best bbq? My dad thinks a true testament to good bbq are how the ribs taste. So I know there have been a lot of threads on BBQ but I will ask anyways, can I stay local or where do I need to go to find the best ribs?
Also, what would be a favorite tex mex?
And lastly, favorite local dives?
Hands down, Sam's BBQ (12th and Chicon) is the best BBQ in town. That (along with the BBQ in Lockhart) is one of the things that made me move back here from the SF Bay Area.
La Michoacana's (E. 7th) taco stand inside at the back of the store is widely hailed as one of the best cheap Mexican places in town; for expensive, I always recommend Fonda San Miguel. Neither (especially not the latter) is strictly "tex-mex" per se. Some would have it only places that use velveeta for queso are "tex mex" enough. I guess if you wanted to go for that Old El Paso flavor, you can try Jaime's on Red River, El Patio on the drag, or El Gallo on S. Congress. Though there are other places not so extreme like El Azteca.
For BBQ in a local dive joint, you might want to look into The Pit on Burnet Rd near Phoenicia. I haven't been yet, but I hear they have good bbq served family style (by the pound or pint). It's also next to a knife-sharpening place, a lawnmower repair shop, and one of those places that buys your jewelry when you need to pay off your gambling debts or buy a PS3, which makes for good bbq atmosphere.
4707 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
Iron Works isn't bad for local Austin vibe and pretty decent BBQ. But for a real dive and the best BBQ I've had in Austin proper, head to the east side and go to Sam's. The best brisket, which is the hallmark of Texas BBQ. Good ribs, and a specialty you don't see elsewhere -- BBQ mutton.