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Already have Uchiko booked for next Monday night, but have a free lunch on Tuesday. I'd love to have barbeque. Anything good that's worth trying? I'll be at the four seasons, but can take taxis / cars if need be. Also open to any other cuisines / restaurants worth trying. Thanks.

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  1. I'd say go to Franklin BBQ, which probably everyone else on here would say as well, but it depends on when your lunch is. If you've got a typical workday in town and have lunch around 12, you're SOL - they'll be sold out by then. If you can go earlier though, do it. People start lining up at around 10:30, but it's well worth it.

    J.Mueller is closed on Tuesdays... maybe Ruby's would be a good option. Anyone else have any ideas?

    Other ideas - Blue Dahlia (French bistro, great open faced sandwiches, lighter fare), Polvos or Curra's (good Mexican, neighborhood vibe), La Condesa (fancy Mexican), Enoteca (great Italian), Elizabeth St. Cafe (Vietnamese - some people poo-poo it on here because it's not as authentic as some other places in town which are much more remote, but it more than makes up for it with great atmosphere and waitstaff. Plus the food is pretty damn good in my opinion).

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    1. re: popvulture

      If not Franklin, then Stiles Switch might be your other best bet for bbq. It's quite a bit farther north on Lamar though (close to 183).

      1. re: verily

        Perhaps I just didn't get "it" but I went to Stiles Switch based on the recommendation of this board and it didn't really blow me away. It was fine, just not great. And it was seriously lacking in smoke (does Texas BBQ not have smoke??). The ribs were better than the brisket though. And the sides were very tasty.

      2. re: popvulture

        Per the facebook page, J. Mueller is open on Tuesday now. I'd add it back to the list.

        1. re: popvulture

          Franklins or Mueller's it is. I am flexible on lunch. Free until 2PM and willing to eat early. That being said, what do each of these places excel out? Given the choice, which do people recommend?

          1. re: FattyDumplin

            pork ribs at franklin. brisket is good if you like a lot of salt. haven't made it to mueller's yet but ppl here like the brisket and beef ribs, I believe

            1. re: chrisdds98

              I think Frankin's brisket is probably the best I've ever had.

        2. John Mueller's BBQ on S 1st is convenient to the Four Seasons and, in my single experience, has extremely delectable moist brisket and very good sausage... can't wait to go back!

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          1. re: Rene

            If you don't know Mueller is a trailer and no tables and if it's hot it'll be very uncomfortable. Franklin's is a hit or miss actually getting food. I'd do Stiles, they'll food tables and actually decent side dishes.

            1. re: Rptrane

              yikes... given the 100+ weather on Tuesday and that i'll be in a suit, Muellers is probably off the table. Will it be an issue at Franklins if I show up at 11 on Tuesday? Choosing between Franklin's and STiles, who do people think does a better beef rib? That's what I really would love...

              1. re: FattyDumplin

                That's Stiles all the way. Franklin's doesn't have beef ribs. Stiles absolutely does and they are the reason I go there. People go gaga over Franklin's brisket, which I don't think is worth the effort. Maybe someone else can say if the line is still crazy there.

                1. re: Rptrane

                  i think stiles it is... 7mi away, which shouldn't be bad. cannot wait.

                  1. re: Rptrane

                    I finally got to try some Franklin's BBQ. We arrived at 1015 am to pick up our order and by 1035 the line was already out of the parking lot. The older I get the less things there are that I am willing to stand in line for, particularly in the 100 degree heat. The brisket was oversalted, the ribs were OK just OK. So I just don't get the hype. Haven't tried Styles Switch but if it's just more hype, why bother.

            2. I just got back from Austin and my recommendation would be to head to Torchy's (the food truck version not the restaurant) and get some amazing tacos. It's in a Food Truck Park, so you can also pick up other bites at some of the other trucks. We got tacos and lemonade from Torchy's and then picked up some dessert from Holy Cacao. It was an amazing meal! I HIGHLY recommend the fried avocado taco.

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              1. re: Elyssa

                I love the ribs at Stiles Switch... the rest of the menu is lacking IMHO, but the beef ribs are kissed by angels. I haven't done it yet, but I hear you can order Franklins ahead of time (my guess is at least a day ahead) so you can show up, skip the line and leave with tasty meat. I've never had a wait problem at Muellers... sure, I've had to wait about 10 minutes, but that was about it. They sold out of ribs when I was there, but the brisket was amazing.

                If you really want to try Stiles Switch, have you looked into taking the light rail? The light rail stop is by the convention center, and I'm pretty sure it stops about 2 blocks away from the restaurant. I've never done it, but I don't think its a bad walk.

                I live downtown (as in about a block from where you are staying) and these are the things I recommend... Delish cupcakes are pretty good and nearby... the Royal Blue Groceries are a great place to grab a quick bite and they do specialize in alot of local foods so you can hit alot of 'Austin' stuff in one place. Austin has several specialty hard cider brewers of late and they carry their stuff plus some Austin beers... they carry Buddah's Brew Kombucha... I love the Ginger, they also have mmmpanadas which are nice, and sweets from both Mary Louise brownies and Full English food (my favorites are the millionaires shortbread and flapjack)... there's more but that's off the top of my head. La Boite has a trailer close to the capitol which specializes in French food... probably not for a meal, but a great snack. Another great snack are Jims Jims water ice which are somewhere between slushies and snowcones and quite nice. I don't know if Miguel's El Cubano is open for lunch on Tuesdays, but if you want Cuban, the guys do really good Cuban food. Chi'lantro usually has a trailer open in downtown every day of the week and often close to where you will be... you can follow them on twitter to find out exactly where they are... its Korean/Mexican... I'm partial to their beef burritos... and think they do really good food. I'm not a huge fan of Austin Java, but they carry Sugarmamas cupcakes which I think are the best cupcakes in the city...
                I also like Easy Tiger on 6th... its a beer garden bakeshop. Good food, not cheap, but a nice place to hang out and get a solid lunch especially if you want a wide selection of beers and is much nicer than almost every other place that served alcohol on 6th.

                1. re: shan

                  Cool. Thx for the recs! I got tied up and didn't make it to uchiko. But did hit eat side kings which was pretty good and fun.

                  Any thoughts on ironworks for beef ribs. A couple can drivers recommended it but reviews seem mixed.

                  1. re: shan

                    We just did that and you need to order at least three days ahead.

                    1. re: ericthered

                      Had a time crunch and ended up at ironworks. Im not a cue expert but the beef ribs were great. Nicely charred, meat was tender but still had some chew to it. Some smoke but not a ton, which I prefer. And the sauce was tangy and not too sweet. Paired w the potato salad and a root beer and it really hit the spot. One of these days I need to hit all the great recs above...

                      1. re: FattyDumplin

                        I have taken several people to ironworks... Its not bad.. Compared to other more serious BBQ places, it's not in their league, but they do solid stuff. I tend to only eat the ribs and I find them pretty tasty. Other spots near ironworks which are fun include garage m'hal which is about a block away across Cesar Chavez. It's Indian food in a very casual setting... Nice stuff. If you hit east side kings at shangra la, if you kept walking about block, you hit a trailer park food court and there are some amazing tacos there... I think its Vera Cruz... Its on the left hand side in the back. Cool haus does ice cream cookie sandwiches. Personally, I think their cookies suck but the ice cream is great. The Philly cheesesteak trailer is really good and Lucky js has a trailer there too..fried chicken strips wrapped in a waffle ...think deep south sandwich wrap. handshakes is in there too and they make a pancake milkshake which some people drool over. next to the food trailer park is a great bar called cheer up Charlie's... Very friendly nice...they have a vietnamese trailer in the back called miso hungry. I have had hit and miss experiences there but I like them.