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900 E 11th St Austin, TX 78702, United States
900 East 11th StreetUSTexasAustin78702
(512) 653-1187franklinbarbecue.com
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Long lines form early for brisket, pulled pork & other smoked meats at this lunch-only spot.- Google
"Awesome brisket, ribs, pulled pork, sausage, and turkey."
"I highly recommend getting the Tipsy Texan - it's mind blowing."
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Martin Geisler
in the last week
Delicious Texas BBQ! I ordered a mix of their meat: lean and moist brisket, turkey breast, pulled pork, and a sausage. The lean brisket and turkey breast were the ones I liked the best, but it was generally phenomenal! The first one in our party arrived at 7:30 am to secure us a good spot in the line. We could sit down with our meat just before noon. The waiting time was spent chatting and drinking beer — it was a cool experience.
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Fran Lo
a month ago
Yes!!! Great brisket! We went on a Texas BBQ tour, and Franklin's definitely makes one the top spots. They have moist, tender, melt in your mouth brisket, succulent sausages, fall off the bone ribs. Some BBQ joints over salt their food, but Franklin's was perfect. Wow! We were met by strangers in the parking lot who gave up their food for us since Franklin's had sold out for the day. Yes, we took food from strangers, if you're reading this, thank you! Your kindness made our trip!
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Bruno Storchi Bergmann
2 weeks ago
Hahaha! This place is a joke, isn't it? I wasted 1 hour of my life waiting in some line for this?! If someone is sooo desperate for good Texan style BBQ you can easily find tastier food at Salt Lick (not the airport one) or Stiles Switch. Why I wasn't impressed? Well, mediocre food and service and the brisket, that is supposed to be the "Oh my god!" dish of the house just tasted like a bunch of lard with little meat and some smoked flavoring going on on the outside. I pitty people that continue to line up for this. They prob don't know any better. Well, there is that saying: ignorance is bliss
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J Thomas Kofoed
in the last week
Great BBQ - Not worth the Wait By no means am I a foodie, but waiting for any food for over two hours probably is not worth it. This is not sweet manna from heaven, nor is it flavors that will ruin all future experiences. It does set the bar high, the brisket was fantastic, ribs were superb, pulled pork was… Well pulled pork. The sides were not impressionable. Tell me this is a classic: what is my time worth question? we paid approximately $100 for 2 pounds of brisket, 1.5 pounds of ribs, and 1 pound of pulled pork. We waited for over two hours and 30 minutes for this. If your time is worth approximately $30 an hour, that means that you just paid a total of$175 for 4.5 pounds of meat. Me and the others in my group just don't think it adds up. Overall the experience was fun, the wait was agonizing, and we are glad that we did it once. We will not be going back unless they can trim their wait times two under 45 minutes.
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Justin Leon
in the last week
Hidden gem! I have mixed feelings of mentioning this place since Austin seems to blow the doors off when a new BBQ place is found. Delicious brisket, the owner is a delight to talk to and rarely a line. If he happens to have peach cobbler, definitely get it! I thought I died and went to heaven!
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Baxter Gosch
2 months ago
Honestly, why are you even reading this? Just go. Literally, best restaurant experience I've ever had. The staff was amazing and it was more than worth the wait, I would've waited 2 more hours for the food, it was that good, and I waited 5 hours. Just get there early like 7:30, 7:40 and you'll be fine. The wait is really an experience and I don't understand the complaining, I thought it was fun.
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Dennis Cao
4 months ago
I simply cannot understand the hype of this place. I literally waited for hours under the hot sun for the chance to try their famous food and simply cannot understand why countless others will subject themselves to the same wait day after day. Don't get me wrong, their meat is juicy, tender, and delicious, but it does not warrant the wait or the hype especially with the abundant alternatives that east Austin has to offer let alone the greater Austin area. They say that hunger is the best spice, so fasting and waiting in anticipation for this famous BBQ should have made it taste like a slice of heaven. I should not have gotten the same satisfaction as getting BBQ from your local Rudy's (which is the standard for all of my competent BBQ) where I could have gone in, ate, and left in less than an hr. Come here if you don't mind waiting, come here if you don't mind following hype, don't come here expecting food far better than any others in town that would warrant the latter two.
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aj bogrand
2 weeks ago
Worth every second and penny. I would travel back to Austin just to get another taste. The waiting line has a great atmostphere, bring a chair, some beer, and a card game.

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