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Salt Lick
Barbecue Restaurant$$
Today 5:00 am – 8:30 pm
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Austin-Bergstrom International Airport 3600 Presidential Blvd Austin, TX 78719
3600 Presidential BoulevardUSTexasAustin78719
$$Barbecue RestaurantToday 5:00 am – 8:30 pm
Monday 5:00 am – 8:30 pmTuesday 5:00 am – 8:30 pmWednesday 5:00 am – 8:30 pmThursday 5:00 am – 8:30 pmFriday 5:00 am – 8:30 pmSaturday 5:00 am – 8:30 pmSunday 5:00 am – 8:30 pm
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Famous brisket, ribs & sides served from the counter at the airport outpost of a beloved BBQ joint.- Google
"Beef ribs, BBQ sauce, potato salad and cobbler."
"Get the all you can eat, aka family style."
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Ruben Sanchez
a month ago
Very good food, I loved how it was all made there, from the Meats to the bread, bbq sauce and desert. The people at the ceck in could have payed more attention because we got confused ,but over all a very good place to go eat. I'll take a road trip from houston to go back, lol
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Krys Earles
4 months ago
If you want to experience Texas BBQ this place is it. Franklin's is overrated in my opinion. Unless you're SUCH a foodie that the teeniest tiniest of nuances are noticed by your palate, Franklin's BBQ is a 8-10 hour wait for ... BBQ. That's not really what BBQ is suppose to be about. It's about sitting down, enjoying a good meal. Franklin's has no good scenery, long lines, and good food. In comparison, Salt Lick is a scenic drive away, beautiful (especially if it's just rained out there) and green, with a vineyard and patios and all sorts of cool nooks to sit in. I've been back twice now for their food. I highly recommend going for Brunch or Lunch (they open at 11) because there is no line at that time and parking is comfortable and you get your choice of where to sit. It's comfortable, got interesting things to see (like their giant BBQ pit inside which feels SO good when it's cold out), good merchandise for tourists (the Texas flag made of colored animal motifs is super soft and pretty awesome), and they have a winery right there too. A tip even though I've already mentioned it: Highly recommend going at lunch. I cannot stress this enough. The food is the same, and just as good, lunch or dinner, there's no price difference. The lines are all at 2pm and on into the evening when it's dinner time. Skip the lines and enjoy lunch there, or brunch when it first opens. Every time I'm done eating and leave I see people just pouring into the place, but I always get my food fast and get my choice of where I want to sit when I arrive early. The food is phenomenal. I ordered the triple chop sandwich (I highly recommend it for people that aren't enormously hungry but want quality BBQ flavor) plate, some pickled jalapenos, and my buddy got the Truman's Choice (three different meats and sides with bread). The pickled carrots and jalapenos they brought were great--not overwhelmingly spicy but hot enough to get the job done. They do NOT serve those crappy flimsy hamburger chips you usually get from BBQ places. They have nice, crisp, cold spears and they bring you a generous portion of them with your sandwich. Raw onions, cole slaw, and au gratin potatoes were all great. The coleslaw was not soaked in mayo but was a very mild oil-and-vinegar style coleslaw. The bread was super soft, and warm. They give you small syrup-at-IHOP-style-pouring spouts of BBQ sauce. And we ordered a chocolate pecan pie for dessert. There was just a hint of chocolate that didn't overpower the pecan pie taste, which I found really refreshing. Second time there, both times the experience has been SUPER pleasant first thing in the morning/right at noon when lunch starts. Friendly staff although you could tell some of them were a little new to waitressing. Bottom line too long didn't read: For the price, time, effort, and atmosphere this place beats out Franklin's BBQ in my experience. Enjoy good BBQ without wasting half your vacation time. If you live in Austin, sure, make a day for Franklin's and check it out.. if you're visiting, this is the place to go that gives you high quality without sucking a whole day out of your trip. This is also, in my opinion, a far more beautiful place and has far more character and cool 'stuff' to see and take pictures of (the whole vineyard, the BBQ pit, the patio area, etc.) for people trying to get a Texas experience from other countries or states. Don't miss visiting the Hindu Temple on the way back from this place towards Austin. They have wild peacocks running around and it's a beautiful area to walk.
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Lindsey Paulson
10 months ago
This is a place that I think gets better every time I go! No matter if it's friends or family that come into town, this is the place we go. It's not just the food that is awesome, but the atmosphere as well. There is typically at least an hour wait, but with lots of picnic tables, the winery selling wine and beer next door, and the live band on weekends, no one seems to mind. The food itself is definitely worth the wait! We always order the family style (all you can eat) meal so every one can try everything. The best part is they will let you take what you don't finish home!
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Jon Neal
6 months ago
Best BBQ that I dont have to wait in an hour line for. Also, the facility and vibe is fantastic. Great wine too!
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Dock Cooper
3 months ago
The Salt Lick BBQ location at Austin Bergstrom ranks right up there with some of the best food that we have eaten in an airport. I loved the turkey and pulled pork platter and the wife devoured her brisket and sausage combo. The sides are somewhat bland but the meats are well worth the price!!
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Ben C
a month ago
They cannot speak English at all! I asked for lean lots of black and had to try to explain it as they didn't give me what I asked for! They where rude and make jokes about the gringo in Spanish! The meat even with the fat that I wanted trimmed was dry and tasteless! Says on their sign, "new at salt lick", pulled pork sandwich, but what should be the new focus is quality of product and customer service! Don't waste your time or money here!
Daniel Hair
7 months ago
describe my experience ,ok sure. like a lot of other people going out for valentines dinner I knew we were going to be waiting for a table. we were told there would be a 45 min to an hour wait time. that was okay we were in know hurry. but after an hour and fifteen min. we began to see other couples that showed up after we did getting in before us. when questioned we were told that they all had reservations and that two more people were ahead of us. some of the couples that were getting tables ahead of us had standing outside with us for at least a half an hour. all these people had reservations and still had to wait a half an hour or more to get a table? that means only one of options, either it is poor scheduling or we were being lied to. whichever it was this is the worst customer experience ive had in a long time. we turned in the announcement card and wound up dinning at texas land and cattle.
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Joe Pattavina
a year ago
So the food is not my favorite. It's pretty darn good, but I've had better. This place is more about the atmosphere. It's huge and I'm pretty sure always busy. It's BYOB which is cool too. They typically have live music on the weekends which is usually family friendly and pretty good. I'd definitely recommend this place to friends and family and hope they invite me along with them when they go!