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Franklin Barbecue
Barbecue Restaurant$$
Today 11AM–3PM
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900 E 11th St Austin, TX 78702
900 East 11th StreetUSTexasAustin78702
$$Barbecue RestaurantToday 11AM–3PM
Sunday 11AM–3PMMonday ClosedTuesday 11AM–3PMWednesday 11AM–3PMThursday 11AM–3PMFriday 11AM–3PMSaturday 11AM–3PM
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Long lines form early for brisket, pulled pork & other smoked meats at this lunch-only spot.- Google
"We got the lean brisket and the pork ribs with potato salad."
"Totally worth the 4 hour wait if you have nothing better to do!"
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hyuk kang
2 months ago
It almost killed me with delight. Amazing sausage. Really nice brisket . Very crunchy black edge. Franklin was moister but I like this one a bit better. German potato salad was really German! Shiner is also a German beer! Crazy Germans all over central Texas. After a link of sausage, 1/2 lb if brisket, 4 slices of white bread, beer, and no plates or forks, I'm done with BBQ for a while. Burp. No sauce at all! Franklin offers three interesting sauces so I like that better than Kreuzs.
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Michael Berliner
a week ago
Want to wait in a line for a while? then yes come here. Good barbeque obviously, would do once or maybe even twice, but then go somewhere else, I say, if you want to bring a lawn chair and set it up and drink for the day do it somewhere else other than a line, I dunno, like zilker, a pool, it's Austin ya'll.. Get 5-6 people together and order the takeout, have to do it a month in advance and there is a $100 minimum, but take that somewhere that is fun with your lawn chair and beer and party it up.
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Z G
a month ago
People, stop complaining about waiting in line for awesome BBQ. This place is famous for a reason. If you're too prissy to get up early and wait like everyone else, then go sit inside some air conditioned fancy restaurant and whine some more. This place has fantastic BBQ. I took my friend from Ukraine who had never eaten BBQ, I think I ruined it for him cause nothing else will compare. **That being said this is the main place people talk about in ATX like nowhere else exists. As a former Bellman I used to recommend hundreds of people a week to different restaurants. I'd always send them to the Salt Lick and La Barbeque if they didnt want to wait in line for Franklins. Dont head to Iron Works or Stubbs they're just not as good.
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Zach Goodman
3 weeks ago
Outstanding food. The wait is ungodly, but it's worth it, at least once in your life. We arrived at 9:15am and we made it to the counter to order around 12:50pm. Everything tastes delicious.
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Kevin Lam
a month ago
Called the day before we were planning on placing an order to confirm they would be able to accommodate our order since we were a large group of eight. The gentleman we spoke to said there would be no issue getting our order in as long as we called at 5:30pm and they would even have our order ready in 10 minutes! Needless to say, we called at 5:35pm, spoke to three different people, and we were eventually informed that they were not taking carryout orders. Either have all your employees consistent with your policies, or make it right when someone makes a mistake. Sadly, Franklin's failed to do either.
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John McLain
5 months ago
We ate there the Saturday before Labor Day. We got in line at 6:15 and ate at 11:45. There were probably 400 people there that day. If you are going to go, get some to take home. We got a pound of everything to take home as well. You have to appreciate the skill it takes to smoke meat the way he does 6 days a week. There is a reason people wait in line several hours through the good and bad weather We drove from Houston just to eat there and would do it again. People in front of us were from California and flew in for Franklin. We had the pleasure of meeting Aaron and his personality is exactly like his you tube videos. I think if you were in college you would enjoy the line more. To me it felt more like waiting in line for a Black Friday deal. All in all, great experience.
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Jesse Brazil
5 months ago
It truly is the best brisket I've ever had; it melted in my mouth. Both fatty and lean was perfect (fatty is my preference). I got in line at 7:45am on a Tuesday and managed to have a seat in the shade and received my food by 11:40. Bring a book, write a novel, edit photos, listen to music, and talk to the people next to you and that 3-4 hour wait will go by quicker than you'd think. My only tip is to try not to over order. A half pound of brisket with a couple ribs, fixings, and sweet tea will fill you up and keep the tab at $20. If you want to get small portions of everything, just ask. They can and will do it with no issues and it prevents you from ordering excessive amounts of meat which allows more people to enjoy it later in the day! Eat friendly, the Texas way!
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Sunjay Vyas
2 months ago
Great food, great service, that's all you really need from any food place. But here you get a bit more. "The experience" of waiting in line for 4 hours in anticipation of what it's going to be like, meeting cool folks in line and creating memories to last a lifetime. Queuing 4-5 hours for food seems insane to some. Austin is not shy of great food places. Some people queue for hours for concerts or sports tickets, others to get on a plane. Queuing for food may not be your thing, then don't come here. But the brisket IS worth the wait. The service was awesome, very friendly staff (they chucked in some extras as we'd come such a long way). Would I do it again? Probably not as the novelty factor would wear off, but I'd want to eat the food again for sure. We leave Austin with full bellies and never to forget memories.
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