Unless you've been under a rock, you've probably heard of Franklin Barbecue—it's featured in a nationwide credit card ad, and everyone from The New York Times to Anthony Bourdain have plugged this little East Austin spot. Like many hot young Austin restaurants, Franklin Barbecue started as a food truck, before "Bon Appétit" named it “Best BBQ in America” in 2010. In 2011 they went brick and mortar, and two years later they moved to this new East Side location, which is hotter than ever. Husband and wife team Aaron and Stacy Franklin barbecue their meats low and slow over oak for 18 hours—the way Aaron's father taught him while he was growing up at his family's barbecue stand in Bryan, Texas. Their meats hold their own with the other great barbecue places in Texas that cook this way, like Smitty's in Lockhart, or Luling City Market BBQ. The menu? Just the barbecue basics: beef brisket, chopped beef and ribs, along with (highly nontraditional for Texas) pulled pork and turkey. It all tastes like Texas heaven when slathered with Franklin's house-made espresso barbecue sauce. Sides are simple, think slaw, potato salad, and pinto beans. Be sure to grab a Mexican Coca-Cola or a vintage Big Red to wash it all down. Do get here early—lines snake out the front door and Franklin is sure to sell out before the last customer is served. They always do. Seriously. Every day since they opened here.
900 E. 11th St.
Our Rating Neighborhood East Side/Central Hours Lunch only, Tues–Sun, 11am–until sold out (usually by 1pm) Phone 512/653-1187 Prices BBQ plates $8–$13 Cuisine Type BARBECUE Web site Franklin Barbecue
Map900 E. 11th St. Austin
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