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La Barbecue
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902 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78702
902 East Cesar Chavez StreetUSTexasAustin78702
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Monday ClosedTuesday ClosedWednesday 11:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Serving up the best brisket, ribs, turkey and house made sausage in South Austin. Free beer every day!
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BBQ fans line up early at this hip, lively spot with picnic tables known for free beer & live music.- Google
"I tried the brisket, pork ribs, sausage, and pulled pork and no sides."
"On Saturdays, I believe they offer free beer for people waiting in line."
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John Lee
a month ago
Got there 2.5 hours before open, was 3rd in line. Sliced, moist brisket is the best I've ever had (tied with franklin's). Sausage was delicious (firmly above average). Beef rib was best I ever had by far. Pulled pork was best I ever had. Pork ribs were below average, which surprised me because of how insanely good everything else was. I don't think there's anything else to say, so go get some moist brisket from here now!
Morgan Lai
3 weeks ago
Really cheery atmosphere. On weekends, there's a keg of beer next to the ordering line, and you can help yourself after getting a plastic cup for free by showing your ID. Things I've tried: Brisket ($20/lb): As always, I asked for the moist cut of brisket. The texture of the meat is among the best, nice and fatty and tender. However, I think the flavor lets it down a bit, and it's lacking some of the complexity of Franklins (my personal reigning favorite for brisket). Pulled Pork ($18/lb): I heard this is particularly good here, so even though I'm normally not a fan, I went with it anyway. While I really enjoyed their vinegar marinade, I still found it dry like pulled pork almost always is. Sausage ($3.75/link): An excellent sausage. Spicy and textured - not just a mush on the inside like some places. That said, a notch below the best in my opinion, as I prefer a snap in the casing. Pork Ribs ($18/lb): Really great pork ribs, the best I've had so far around Austin. Fall-off-the-bone tender, and also brushed with a sauce that gives them a nice flavor. Beef Ribs ($22/lb): The beef ribs here have to be seen to be believed. They're enormous, with at least a half pound of pure meat attached on the side that you don't find on most beef ribs. And that mean is a just perfectly marbled and moist. On the downside, it somehow lacks some of the beef bone flavor that is my favorite part of a good beef rib. I also think they're lacking a bit in salt and other rubs. The meat speaks for itself here, for better or worse.
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Raechel Schneider
2 months ago
God bless the beef rib!! I felt like a caveman digging in to this giant rib and it just fell off the bone! Get one if they have them and the moist brisket. Skip the sausage (it was super dry and just not good....however, the other meats more than made up for it to get a 5 star rating). Love that they have beer for you while you wait! Bring chairs, bring games, and leave happy!
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Manuel Ibarra
2 months ago
Can not begin to tell you how amazing the food is at this place. Ive been to Franklins and some other hot spots around austin but I must say the brisket and pork ribs are AMAZING!!! In my humble opinion the price is high but well worth it. Big thumbs up I will come back again. Now I think with all that said there are some draw backs to this place. The location is not ideal and not very car friendly it was difficult to find parking. But the FREE BEER made up for the parking issue. Beer was free as long as your in line (we were in line for around 1 hour) and we had plenty to drink. I would highly recomend this place.
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Jimmy Ho
in the last week
I have counted that I have eaten barbecue at least 78 times in the last 52 weeks, but I have not gained a pound of weight. I have done a couple of reviews that I have regretted the manner in how I did them. This includes the one I did of La Barbecue. I did not give La Barbecue a fair shake. It was rainy so I could not get any good pictures. The rain affected the whole experience. I have been back numerous times, and I was going to make this visit count. There has been a lot of buzz about them lately. The Austin American-Statesman named it the best barbecue place in town. After my visit, Fed Man Walking wrote that La Barbecue was also the best in Austin. The line on this Wednesday was definitely longer than what I have experienced in the past. Although I got there when La BBQ opened, I waited about an hour before I got to the counter. When I got to front, I saw that pitmaster John Lewis was cutting the meat. I have had the pleasure in the past to talk to him. He is a nice dude. They always give you a bite of the brisket when you are ordering at the window. That one bite can make you weak at the knees. I ordered my usual Holy Trinity of Texas barbecue (brisket, pork ribs, and sausage). I actually got both cuts of brisket this time. The moist and lean were both phenomenal. Lewis does stray from the normal salt and pepper rub. He also uses mustard and pickle juice?! The deepness of the post oak smoke combined with his rub makes you see stars when you are eating the brisket. It is like you are having an out of body experience where you are hovering above your body watching yourself eat it. Both cuts are so juicy and flavorful that I might have to keep ordering the lean when I come back again. The sublime experience does not end at the brisket. The pork ribs were quite excellent. They were on the saucier side but still tasted great. The tender meat was barely hanging on to the bone. The smoke and the glaze create this wonderful awakening for your taste buds. Last time I gave the sausage AKA hot guts no justice. I was definitely hating on it. I blame it on the rain. It is one of the best all beef sausages out there. Normally beef sausages are drier, but John did a good job mixing the different ingredients together. Having a good fat ratio also helps. The snappy casing could barely hold in the gritty mixture. The spice was nice too. La Barbecue never ever disappoints. I have never had a time when I went that I thought that it was just "good." It always freaking awesome. When you are there next time, consider getting the El Sancho "loco" style. It is a sandwich filled with chopped beef, pulled pork, and sliced hot link with pickled red onions. So basically a three-meat between two buns. I have also had the beef rib in the past. It is definitely a heavyweight in this town.
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Chuck Lupin
2 weeks ago
Why stand in line at Franklins for several hours when you could stand in line for a couple of hours at La BBQ. It was a nice vibe under a mature pecan tree with a breeze on a day that approached 100. The brisket was pretty good. The sauce was ok. Thumbs up for serving beef ribs!
Karen Reinsberg
3 months ago
My FAVE! This place is mind-blowing. The sliced brisket (ask for the fatty end) sandwich with pickled onions and pickles is life-changing. I also really enjoy the potato salad. In my opinion it is the best side dish that they offer. I have been known to order a pound so I have extra for breakfast in the morning. Don't judge me...
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Danny Gorman
3 months ago
After waiting in line for 1.5 hours at around 1pm, luckily they still had most things available (they often run out throughout the day). We tried the brisket, pulled pork, and chipotle coleslaw. The brisket was definitely some of the best I've had, but the pulled pork was fairly average. If you are a fan of very spicy sides, the chipotle coleslaw is for you! Prices aren't cheap considering the looks of the empty lot, but fairly priced for the amount of food. The free beer while you wait in the sun is definitely a bonus (and you can easily get tipsy without realizing it). I'm glad we tried La Barbecue to say we experienced Texas barbecue, but I wouldn't say it was the best barbecue (nor top 5) that I've had. They DO accept credit cards FYI.
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