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Maybe this title is a bit boastful, but what Austin has created over the last few years in the world of BBQ is pretty darn amazing. The rise of Franklin's popularity has lead to the opening of many different BBQ options that are all downright amazing. Each joint (read trailer) usually has brisket, sausage, pulled pork and pork ribs, but the Austin BBQ scene has taken the beef rib to a whole new level. These beef ribs are bigger than an entire meat loaf and some of the best meat you have put in your mouth. There is a good chance you have heard of the aforementioned Franklins, and it is great, but personally the line is so hilariously long, I am not going to discuss it. Below are a handful of other options to try while on your stay in Austin.
La Barbecue - 902 E Cesar Chavez
I remember the good old days when La Barbecue had no line and was on South Lamar. Haha that is not the case anymore. It is now found in a trailer just east of 35. La Barbecue is an amazing option. The unfortunate bit is that that line can range in wait times, so it is hard to predict how early you need to get there. If it is the weekend, you should be there by 10am, because they will sell out of food. If it is the weekday (Wednesday-Friday), you probably can show up closer to lunch time. The good news is that they usually hand out beers while you wait. Long story short, the beef ribs are a must, but it is all top notch. If you want the full experience, I highly suggest it.
Stiles Switch -
(BBQ Pro Tip - The moist part of the brisket is fattier and juicier and is ordered by saying, "Ill take some moist brisket".) Stiles Switch is not known for its sides but the corn casserole and banana puddings are awesome. A great afternoon could include heading up to some of Austins breweries (Austin Beer Works for example) after some great BBQ.NoN
Micklethwait Craft Meats -
Micklethwait is an fantastic option, because you get the trailer feel with the least line. We are talking a 10 minute wait. As usual, I would suggest ordering a family style selection and trying out some of their famous sides and their dessert. Just like all the other options given, the food is pricey but this is high quality meet that has been hand crafted for your enjoyment. And when you sit down with a plate of bbq not long after you parked your car, you will be very happy.
For any resident of Austin, the Torchy's vs Tacodeli discussion will always come up. I say discussion because I do not believe it is a "coming to blows" debate, but it is one tasty discussion that needs to be had. When you have a limited time and can only make it to one...then you want to make an educated decision..
When it come to taco wars, everyone is a winner. Hopefully now you can make a more informed decision, but the unititiated should try them both. So get out there and always remember the Austin acronym WWWNOQ or "Why would we not order queso?"
Other notable taco options include: Mi Madre's, Porfirio's, Maria's Taco Express and Tamale House East. Enjoy!
2) Cenote - East Side, 1010 E Cesar Chavez St
Tasty food and coffee galore can be found at Cenote. A great place to talk, eat, lounge, rest or read; Cenote has great renditions of all your coffee favorites and then you get to try the food. On the weekend it gets even better. A great place to talk, eat, lounge, rest, read, whatever. Cenote has great renditions of all your coffee favorites and then you get to try the food. The breakfast tacos are so big that you can order one and turn it into two tacos. The breakfast burrito is more like a breakfast sandwich. All this leads up to the Friday - Sunday Eggs Benedict. Best in town, bar none! Though I focused mainly on the breakfast, the sandwiches are top notch #givemethecuban, and they are now serving dinner. Good news for all and to all a good night!
3) Houndstooth - Rosedale, 4200 N Lamar Blvd
If that means nothing to you, then this might be your spotIf it is coffee you want, then it is coffee you will get! Houndstooth takes it up a notch on coffee. It is Austin's answer to a Stumptown, Intelligentsia, or Blue Bottle. If that means something to you, then this might be your spot. They have a standard french press cup, single drip, cold brew, Japanese ice coffee, lattes, etc, etc, etc, etc. Houndstooth is a mixture of coffee and art in one tasty cup. And the good news is that Taco Deli is right next door. Houndstooth recently opened up a downtown location, so if you are in town for a meeting and need a midday pick me up, head on over."
4) Toms - South Congress, 1401 S Congress Ave.
Austin's best coffee-meets-shopping experience. Yep that Toms is the same one that has been putting slippers on your feet for the last 10 years. They have taken over a small bungalow on South Congress to make a coffee/chilling/shoe-buying triple threat. They have a wonderful single drip coffee and some some pretty cute looking Toms Coffee to buy. Sit back and relax knowing that Toms is helping to build access to water somewhere in the world because you are enjoying a nice cup of joe.
5) Spider House - Campus, 2906 Fruth St
If the afternoon or evening has reared its ugly head and you have a hankering for coffee, booze, food or music, then Spider House it is. Spider House is true Austin. A one-in-a-million, non replicable entity that has to be experienced. Indoor seating is available, but Spider House is best experience by lounging at one of the eclectic outdoor tables or booths. So go check it out. Bring a computer, a book, and/or some friends and enjoy.
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