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Artz Rib House or Some place like it?

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jlrobe May 22, 2011 07:59 PM

Hey everyone,

I am going to Austin soon with 4 other guys for a bachelor party.

We want to catch some live music if possible on Friday and Saturday, from 8pm - 10pm time frame.

I am a foodie, so I will do my best to hit Franklins BBQ, etc,. I also like local flavor, so I will check out things like the bats under the congress bridge, etc.

That being said, my friends are fairly straight forward, so I want the easiest solution possible. A place like Artz Rib House sounds like a good fit since it has above average BBQ, easy seating, no cover, and decent music. That is probably a great formula for my group.

Are there any places just like Artz? Decent Food, no cover, plenty of seating, and some live music?

I saw Patsy's cafe and Green Mesquite.

Any others?

The better the food and music (but along the same lines of an Artz in terms of format) the better!

thanks

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Artz Rib House
2330 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

  1. amysuehere May 29, 2011 07:28 AM

    Green Mesquite has really good bands on the weekend plus the ambiance in the back yard is better than Arts. Trick is in ordering - one; make sure T is your waiter, two; scooners of Sheiner, three; wings are crazy-good, chicken fried chicken is good, jamba is acceptable, chicken plate is good, rest is bleh. Okra, slaw. Nuf said.

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      angusb May 28, 2011 10:24 PM

      Patsy's? As in Cowgirl Cafe? I'd stay away. Green Mesquite is tiny. I've never seen music there, so not sure how it works. I think the bands must play outside in the back, or else they'd be on top of you, like mariachis. Most of the places I can think of with this format, such as Stubb's, Jovita's, and Threadgill's are pretty marginal in terms of food. I'm not a huge fan of Artz, but they are definitely better than the three I mentioned. The Broken Spoke is full of local flavor, and I hear they have a good chicken fried steak, but I've never eaten there, so can't vouch for it.

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      Threadgill's Restaurant
      6416 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

      Broken Spoke
      3201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

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      1. re: angusb
        rudeboy May 29, 2011 07:28 AM

        Green mesquite has an outdoor area that's fairly large - the bands play out there, but you can get full service at the outdoor tables. I usually avoid the brisket and the ribs, though. It is safer to order chicken and pulled pork. They used to have decent jambalaya and good cobbler. There's a lot of other things on the menu besides BBQ.

        They couple of bands I saw ther, though, were unremarkable. The music at Artz is always pretty good.

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