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wingnut
03-10-2010, 03:55 AM
Me and a few other buddies (some of which are brethren here) are heading to Austin this week for the SXSW conference. We know and love Salt Lick, and we've hit Iron Works, but is there any other really good "be sure not to miss this BBQ joint" to be had in the Austin area? We will have a rental car so we can even head out of town a bit if there's something worth a reasonable drive.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
03-10-2010, 06:41 AM
Hummm, since you have a car, I would strongly suggest the short trip to Lockhart to the BBQ Meccas. Or perhaps to Taylor for Rudy Muellers and Taylor Cafe if you are going to be in the north part of Austin.

Truth is, the Q in Austin itself is good, but isn't great, in my opinion.

texman02
03-10-2010, 06:49 AM
Hummm, since you have a car, I would strongly suggest the short trip to Lockhart to the BBQ Meccas. Or perhaps to Taylor for Rudy Muellers and Taylor Cafe if you are going to be in the north part of Austin.

Truth is, the Q in Austin itself is good, but isn't great, in my opinion.

^^^^^^^
What he said.

bendosia
03-10-2010, 07:34 AM
Can't really improve on what the 2nd poster said.

If you want southern food and some good pie. Head to Marble Falls and try out the Bluebonnet Cafe.

thillin
03-10-2010, 08:36 AM
Try Round Rock Donuts for breakfast

http://www.roundrockdonuts.com/

luke duke
03-10-2010, 10:31 AM
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Yelp reviews (http://www.yelp.com/biz/franklin-barbecue-austin)
Reviews from another messageboard (http://www.shaggybevo.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=55922)

Red57Bird
03-10-2010, 10:48 AM
It's been a while since I have been in Austin, but one place I always enjoyed was County Line. Just curious how this compares to other places in the Austin area from a BBQ standpoint, especially the brisket. That is always what I got and it was very good, but I'd like to know how it rates with the brisket expert Brethren.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
03-10-2010, 11:02 AM
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Yelp reviews (http://www.yelp.com/biz/franklin-barbecue-austin)
Reviews from another messageboard (http://www.shaggybevo.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=55922)

This sounds like an excellent recommendation. Thanks for the head's up. It is about time a joint in Austin lives up to the potential.

JamesTX
03-10-2010, 11:41 AM
It's been a while since I have been in Austin, but one place I always enjoyed was County Line. Just curious how this compares to other places in the Austin area from a BBQ standpoint, especially the brisket. That is always what I got and it was very good, but I'd like to know how it rates with the brisket expert Brethren.

I like the County line - their specialty is beef ribs. The Salt Lick has gone down in quality in my opinion - nice setting though. Try Opie's out 71 toward Spicewood - not too far out of town. Cooper's in Llano is a landmark and is good (and catered my wedding). Snow's in Lexington was voted best in the state by Texas Monthly, but I've never been - they say to get there early on Sat morning as they sell out. I always recommend Rudy's - it's a chain, but their brisket (especially the moist) is pretty good. They have a very good peppery rub.

But, if you only have one day - go to Lockhart.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
03-10-2010, 03:10 PM
Here is a head's up for you.

Be sure to check out the hours that the BBQ joints are open before you take a drive. The ones that are part of the old German butcher shop tradition, such as Smitty's, Black's, Kreuz's in Lockhart and Rudy Mueller's in Taylor may close at 5:00 or 6:00 PM during the week, or on Sunday. They may also close when they run out of meat.

Lockhart is a great place to to do a crawl and hit all three for the same meal since you order by the pound and eat off of butcher paper.

Best bet is usually lunch or late lunch instead of dinner.

mgwerks
03-10-2010, 04:33 PM
Here is a head's up for you.

Be sure to check out the hours that the BBQ joints are open before you take a drive. The ones that are part of the old German butcher shop tradition, such as Smitty's, Black's, Kreuz's in Lockhart and Rudy Mueller's in Taylor may close at 5:00 or 6:00 PM during the week, or on Sunday. They may also close when they run out of meat.

Lockhart is a great place to to do a crawl and hit all three for the same meal since you order by the pound and eat off of butcher paper.

Best bet is usually lunch or late lunch instead of dinner.

+1 on all these recommendations.

That being said, my trip to Louis Muller's last month was a grave disappointment.

rw02kr43
03-10-2010, 05:24 PM
My sister is giving some speeches at sxsw and is doing a bbq tour this week of austin. Today she went to County Line and said the potato salad was to die for. I'm not sure where she is going tomorrow. I'm not sure she even knows. :-D

Jason

bbqpitstop
03-10-2010, 05:41 PM
Smoked Turkey at Rudys and buckets of their creamed corn....

wingnut
03-10-2010, 10:16 PM
Awesome! Thanks everyone for the great info. I'll be there for a week, so I might be able to hit several places. Sad to hear Salt Lick is going down in quality. We'll still go there, but I'm anxious to see if it is as good as I remember.

Please keep the posts coming if anyone has more to add. Thanks.

barbefunkoramaque
03-10-2010, 10:19 PM
Only one of you was right, first.

Chef Jim
08-23-2010, 08:48 PM
Been awhile since I lived in Austin. For a restaurant, County Line was always our first stop. 20 miles west is Elgin, known for their sausage. A few good places but the best one got bought out and moved. Worth the drive if you have the time.

bbqpitstop
08-24-2010, 01:56 PM
Rudys for the turkey and creamed corn........actually it's all good there...Salt Lick for the experience ,Blacks, Smittys, Kreuz Market (all Lockhart area) are great to see, as is Muellers.....search the threads, we covered this a couple of years back when the National Barbecue Association had their conference down there and I hate to have you miss anything.