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Best place with (not just) barbeque?

Hello, all! Will be visiting from DC in May, with my beloved but non-meat eating husband. (He does eat fish and seafood though.) Is there anywhere worth going for Texas barbeque that will also have something substantial he can eat? I'm willing to abandon him for a meal if need be, but I'd rather not. :)

We are staying at the Austin Motel, and leaning toward not renting a car, so we probably will be sticking close to that area.


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  1. The short answer is no. You will be in walking distance of LA BBQ on 1st St.

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    1. re: PappyAustin

      And Dock & Roll is right across the street. Get him a fantastic lobster roll. I know it's not east coast but they have several different variations and they are delish.

    2. Yes, well, again the short answer is no.

      However, in the spirit of pleasing everyone (although at a significant compromise to both), I'd suggest Lambert's. There are several options for brunch, pretty limited for lunch and dinner. I suggest for you the wild boar ribs. Seriously, not even my top five, but given the veggie limitation, the only bbq joint I can suggest.

      My second option would be County Line on the Lake. Very "Austin" vibe. Reliable, if less than stellar, bbq and my friend says the salmon is quite nice. Sit outside and enjoy the creek, a mexican martini. Get the pork ribs with spicy sauce. Cobbler is pretty good, too.

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      1. re: amysuehere

        Oh, hubs reminded me of the BBQ shrimp appetizer at County Line on the Lake is good too.

        1. re: amysuehere

          lamberts is a fantastic idea! This way the husband won't be jealous at all when he sees you eating craptastic bbq ;)

          Haven't stopped by in a while but there are a lot of food trucks near LA BBQ, certainly he'll be able to find something decent and you can actually enjoy good texas bbq.

          1. re: chrisdds98

            Ah, that's a good idea! I noticed a food truck pod (do you call them that?) nearby. I'm also open to takeout if that's really the best option.

        2. If I were a non-meat eater the County Line would be low on my list. I love their bread but detest their sides. Actually a vegetarian can have a decent meal at Green Mesquite, and people who like such things speak highly of their catfish. I actually had some pretty high quality moist brisket and pork ribs there a week or so ago.

          1. LA BBQ trailer seems your best bet, he can get his food elsewhere.

            1. It's not within walking distance, but Ruby's BBQ near UT campus (not Rudy's) has great vegetarian options.

              1. Lamberts. Easy walk over bridge, nice ambiance. Great food (meat and non-meat).

                1. I'd second both Green Mesquite and Ruby's. They're two of my favorites in town for good bbq that you don't have to get up at 10AM to eat, plus veggie options as mentioned before.

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                  1. re: popvulture

                    Shoulda said *be there at 10AM, not get up. I'm not that lazy :)

                    1. re: popvulture

                      You know, I started to say Green Mesquite too. I really LOVE the wings and slaw and they make excellent fried okra. I think they have a solid chicken fried chicken and their jambalia is up there, too. I just couldn't thik of any sides that would make a worthy meal.

                      1. re: amysuehere

                        I think Mr. Arkham would be really happy with a big plate of fried okra.

                        Not to derail, but looking at these suggestions on a map I'm wondering if we *should* rent a car. Austin Motel does have free parking. Or can we just cab (or bus? light rail?) to most of these places?

                        1. re: JoanArkham

                          Let's just say you'll have a lot more options with a car. Austin isn't up to snuff with the public transportation yet, and it CAN be difficult to get a cab at certain times.

                        2. re: amysuehere

                          I think I could fill up on pinto beans, cole slaw, fried okra, and onion rings. But being a carnivore I'd probably snag some brisket and a rib...oh, and I like their sausage.

                          1. re: tim irvine

                            you're gonna want to be careful with pintos, a lot of places add leftover brisket to them.

                            1. re: xdcx

                              Thanks for the heads-up. I'm usually the food taster if we're not sure. (Oh, sorry honey...this is chock full of bacon. Don't worry, I'll eat it!)

                              1. re: xdcx

                                I have (had, can't find it) the GM recipe...somewhere between Boston Baked Beans and ranch style beans. They clearly have meat in them and are Sofa King good.

                            2. re: popvulture

                              agreed, and they have some solid fried catfish as well.

                              1. re: slowcoooked

                                And let's face it, the back yard is soooo "old Austin". On weekends they usually have a bluegrass band playing out there as well...

                                What could be more Austin than sitting outside under the pecan tree, drinking a schooner of Shiner and listening to a band? Hopefully "T" will be your waiter. I like him best.

                                1. re: amysuehere

                                  That does sound amazing, especially as I sit here listening to the sleet.

                                  1. re: JoanArkham

                                    I just left that lovely sleet from Reagan a couple hours ago. Southwest flies direct out of there on a brand new 737-800 to Austin, just a heads up. I do NOT miss the winter, but I DO miss the terrifically better asian food in DC all around compared to Austin. You'll love the 'cue and should cab over to Franklin's and let the hubbers eat 5 helpings of sides while fatty crusty brisket melts in our mouth.

                            3. While not an answer to our question, Perla's is seafood and steaks and very near your hotel, and quite good IMO.

                              1. From where you're staying it would be pretty easy to take a bus downtown to Lambert's. They have a GREAT Sunday brunch that would satisfy you both. Then you could stumble slowly back to the hotel to work some of it off.

                                1. Wanted to report back: La Barbecue did the trick! I don't really have anything to compare it to, but I thought the chopped brisket sandwich and pork ribs were outstanding. Add in a free beer, free music, a beautiful day, and friendly locals and it was a perfect Austin moment.

                                  Mr. Arkham got some fish tacos across the street that he enjoyed as well. And we finished up by splitting some sort of ridiculous topped doughnut thing at Gourdoughs.