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TWO DAYS IN AUSTIN. WHERE DO I EAT??? BBQ??

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Hey.. I am coming from los angeles tomorrow for 2 days. I am excited to finally go to Austin. Heard so much and all good. I think that coming from LA and especially my area, i got the sushi and burger part covered. I am looking for BBQ. BBQ. BBQ. I do hear I should check out some tex mex... some tacos. Im game for that too, but BBQ is priority. Ill eat nothing but that the whole time im there if possible. I will be staying at the four seasons, and for now, im not sure if ill get a rental or not. Anything close enough for a taxi? I hear salt lick.. but thats a long ride. I would appreciate help! I will be happy to repay by offering tips in LA. I do know my food in LA.. I think. could you email me? Burt@BakmanGroup.com ? Thank you.. Thank you. Burt.

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  1. It seems that you are new to chowhound. What you should do is search this board using the search box at the top of the screen. The topic of BBQ has been thoroughly discussed on the Austin board.

    That being said. The big three BBQ places (Smittys, Kreuz, Blacks) are in Lockhart, Texas 30-45 minutes from downtown Austin by car. I've only been to Black's, but it's definitely the best BBQ brisket I've ever eaten. If you can rent a car, you should go there one afternoon. I've been to Stubb's downtown and also Artz Ribhouse in South Austin. I enjoyed both of these places very much before I went to Blacks. But I haven't eaten any at either since Black's.

    Hope you have a nice visit!

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    1. re: Helind

      burtBAKMAN, enjoy your visit and here are a few ideas for you:

      1. Ruby's BBQ - Guadalupe & 29th Street in Univ of Texas campus area. Huge brick pits smoking meat out back, great sides, cool vibe.

      2. Franklin's BBQ - this is actually a trailer cart on the east side of IH-35 near 40th Street or so. Only open i believe Wed-Sun or Thurs-Sun and get there early for lunch. Brisket (extra bark) may be the some of the best in Austin in my view.

      3. Ironworks BBQ - just down the street from your hotel in an old historic/semi- historic bldg. This board tends to be up and down on it however i believe some of the best smoked chicken in town plus great beef ribs.

      4. Sam's BBQ - east 11th street very "east Austin" vibe. I've had awesome brisket and pedestrian meat as well.

      Have fun, check out the Board for other ideas and report back.

      1. re: boshtx

        boshtx tells like it is. Take a trip to Lockhart. The bar-b-que capital of Texas. Cheers

    2. Helind is right. Lockhart is the place to go. Personally Smitty's is the place for me, tried Kreuz's, just not my style and have not tried Blacks. Put it this way, since I went to Smitty's 3 years ago I have not been back to anyplace else for Barbeque.

      1. I vote for Blackie's !
        Had a delish BEEF RIB there on Sept. 18th, while visiting from Atlantic City area....
        brisket very good, too ...