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michael marcus Jun 27, 2012 12:49 PM

My wife and I will be in Austin for two days--looking for the best BBQ and a memorable restaurant experience--price is not a factor. Interested in great food rather than atmosphere. Any suggestions? Michael

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    Lucky_Skunk Jul 12, 2012 10:37 AM

    If you live in Austin, and you don't have time to stand in line. Any of the afore mentioned BBQ places are good.

    However, since you are visiting, it would be worth you're time to go to Franklin. Show up at 8:30 am, wear some sunscreen, and bring a smaller cooler. People don't line up for hours waiting because they are bored, or because it is a "hip" thing to do. The brisket is just that amazing.

    If it were me, I would also order an extra couple of pounds of brisket to go. (I think they can vacuum seal it for you.)

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      TroyTempest Jul 17, 2012 06:17 AM

      Can you buy beer at Franklin's or is it BYOB?

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      Elyssa Jul 9, 2012 07:48 AM

      I'll be heading to Austin soon as well. If I want BBQ for dinner and don't want to wait in line for hours where should I go? I'll have a car, but likely won't want to drive too far away from Austin proper. Also likely will be dining alone for this meal.

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        amysuehere Jul 9, 2012 02:15 PM

        Styles Switch on North Lamar should do you very well.

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          Elyssa Jul 11, 2012 08:31 PM

          This place looks awesome! Anything in particular you recommend??

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            redhatcharm Jul 11, 2012 09:57 PM

            I'm probably going to be run out of Austin for saying this, but my favorite BBQ stop is Whole Foods and Elyssa there is one downtown with above or underground parking. They have kiosks all over the store for various food items and the BBQ kiosk has seating area. In addition, the potato salad, slaw, beans, etc are all fresh and homemade. Brisket is so moist and tender you don't need a knife.
            http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/lamar/

            Also, J. Mueller's just opened and they are getting good reviews:
            http://austin.eater.com/tags/john-mue...

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              Homero Jul 12, 2012 08:26 AM

              Whole Foods on 6th makes good BBQ, there's no doubt about it. In general, I prefer my BBQ a little more seasoned and don't use BBQ sauce, but this is just a slightly different style and its good. I love their smoked potatoes with fatty brisket burnt ends, cheese, sour cream, and all the fixings and slathered in BBQ sauce.

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              ChrisStein Jul 12, 2012 01:19 AM

              The beef rib is the stand out/must get item at Stiles Switch

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                Lucky_Skunk Jul 12, 2012 10:38 AM

                The corn cassarole and the Thorndale sausage are outstanding as well.

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                  Elyssa Jul 12, 2012 08:04 PM

                  Glad to hear that since I don't really eat all that much pork.

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                  amysuehere Jul 12, 2012 07:30 AM

                  Like ChrisS said, the beef rib is out of this world (I don't usually like the beef) and the sausages are above average. They now have two different kinds of slaw, and the potato salad is quite good. I'm not a fan of the mac-n-cheese or the corn casserole. Peach cobbler is always yummy. If you go up and introduce yourself to Lance (likely he'll say hello to you in line first - big, tall guy with dark hair) he'll probably give you a sample or two and show you the humongous smoker out back.

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                    Elyssa Jul 12, 2012 08:05 PM

                    Awesome! I would love to see the smoker. Thanks for the recs.

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              topeater Jul 8, 2012 05:05 PM

              You didn't say where you are coming from, so that opens up many options. I love Uchi & Uchiko, but if you are from an area with great sushi, they maybe not. I like Foreign & Domestic and if you don't have good interior Mexican, go to Fonda San Miguel. I love the tacos al pastor for an app followed by carne asada steak tampiquena. If you don't like Mole with the enchilada, then have the verde sauce. Drinks are really yum! Many on this board do not like Fonda as they consider it too expensive. However, they are ordering Tex-Mex dishes you can get much cheaper at other restaurants. Stick with interior Mexican. They restaurant is beautiful.

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                elpaninaro Jul 6, 2012 06:22 PM

                Franklin is the current hot spot for BBQ. But be warned you need to arrive very early- others can give current wait times best, but I believe it is still best to get there 8AM or so on the weekends- to get in line. They are still sufficiently busy that not everyone in line at opening time (11AM) is going to get food.

                Ironworks is a good alternative if you don't want to go through that ordeal. Others may have alternative suggestions- I personally think truly great BBQ places in Austin are very few and far between.

                For a memorable dinner experience- Uchi or Uchiko are certainly favorites, but I am in the camp that does not consider them head and shoulders above everything else. If you like the look of the menu- go for it.

                If you are seeking a bit different fare- Fabi & Rosi is a great alternative to consider and my current favorite dining spot. Outstanding food. Very basic wine list as they do BYO here- so if you want a really special wine you will need to bring it yourself. Just a couple of miles down the road is the Austin Wine Merchant which happens to have one of the finest stocks of German and French wines in the United States (all price ranges- not just expensive), so you have a pretty awesome place to select a BYO bottle or two for dinner.

                Have a fun trip- hopefully others will come along as well and give you some good choices to mull over.

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                  willtryanythingonce Jun 27, 2012 01:02 PM

                  Lunch at Franklin, dinner at Uchi or Uchiko

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                    twyst Jun 27, 2012 01:09 PM

                    /end thread

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                      paternite Jun 27, 2012 01:26 PM

                      I second that.

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                        wallyg Jul 6, 2012 05:17 PM

                        franklin over a trip to salt lick?

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                          flavrmeistr Jul 12, 2012 11:34 AM

                          No comparison. Franklin has the best brisket in Austin. Salt Lick is merely ok. The only place that comes close is Black's down in Lockhart. Franklin is worth the wait and Black's is worth the drive (maybe 25 miles south), just for the beef rib alone. Ironworks is decent, not up to the level of Franklin or Black's, but pretty good and conveniently located near the convention center downtown. Because of that, it gets a bit crowdy at lunch time. It's good to get there about 11:30 or after 1:15 or so.

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                            hlk Jul 14, 2012 08:15 AM

                            They might also be interested in J Mueller, as it's of comparable quality to Franklin and Black's without the long line wait or 45-minute drive. Excellent brisket. Much better all around than than Salt Lick or Ironworks. It is outside seating only, though, since it's a trailer.

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                              flavrmeistr Jul 16, 2012 12:26 PM

                              Where is J Mueller?

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                                amysuehere Jul 16, 2012 02:14 PM

                                1502 South 1st Street Austin, TX 78704
                                (512) 229-7366

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