Mini Guide – Food & Drink in Austin


Franklin Barbecue. America’s most famous barbecue spot only serves lunch, and only until it runs out. To avoid missing out, you should join the queue by 10am (9am on weekends).Treat it as a tailgating party: bring beer or mimosas to share and make friends. When your turn arrives, go for the two-meat plate, or nab all you can for a feast to enjoy later.

The Salt Lick. t’s a bit of a hike to get here and a tourist favourite, but well worth the 20-mile drive out of town just to see the massive outdoor barbecue pits at this park-like place off US 290. It’s family-run and the barbecue recipe served today has its roots in the wagon-train days of the 1800s, when the same meats would have been served around the campfire. Crowds are huge and it’s BYOB.

Stiles Switch. With manageable queues, you won’t have to suffer to enjoy fantastic smoky brisket at this popular eatery six miles north of downtown Austin. The vibe is nostalgic, playing on Stiles’ location in a ’50s shopping centre, but the name actually comes from an 1800s railroad stop. Top your meat off with a side of corn casserole and a local microbrew.

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