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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
Friday 11AM–3PMSaturday 11AM–3PMSunday 11AM–3PMMonday ClosedTuesday 11AM–3PMWednesday 11AM–3PMThursday 11AM–3PM
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Smoky meats. Lunch only. Closes when sold out of food.
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Long lines form early for brisket, pulled pork & other smoked meats at this lunch-only spot.- Google
"My favorite was the fattier brisket, pulled pork and sausage."
"After waiting in line for four hours I'd happily go do it again."
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This is how I'd describe Franklin's. Was it worth it? Yes. The brisket was amazing, the pulled pork was okay (very juicy/wet, prefer a little more dry), the sausage was great, and the BBQ sauce was awesome (the espresso BBQ sauce was very interesting, and I grew to like it more and more). Would I wait in that line again to get it a second time? No. I think it's something you should definitely try once, though. For reference we arrived at 9:30 and the line was into the back of the parking lot. I think arriving earlier than we did would have been better (maybe even 9, not sure).
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Neil Goldfluss
a month ago
I arrived at around 9:30am on a Wednesday and was sitting at 12:30pm, which would likely be a slower day. It was totally worth the wait, although I think once would be enough. I thought the wait would feel worse but everyone on line was excited and chatty, which made the time pass quicker. The brisket has to be the the best brisket I can recall eating, and the buttery pork rib meat slid off the bones. The staff is super friendly as well, so beyond the delicious food, the experience was pleasant.
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Gerald Whipple
3 months ago
Arrived at 530 on a Sunday, we were the first in line. The next group arrived at 6 and from then on the line steadily grew until they opened at 11. It didn't seem that long of a wait. Anyone that waits in line for Franklin's is social and excited to be there, we had a great time just waiting. Your reward for waiting is top notch BBQ. We had the ribs, brisket, turkey, and sausage. The brisket was tender and juicy, the ribs melted off the bone.
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Eugene Aarons-Cooke
3 weeks ago
Best barbeque in Austin. To answer your question - is it that much better than other Austin barbeque powerhouses as to be worth a multi-hour wait? Depends on whether you're in the mood for great barbeque, or the best barbeque. If you only need great barbeque, there are several places which can scratch your itch without such a line. But if you simply have to have the best barbeque in town, Franklin's will be worth your while.
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Rohenne Lee
a week ago
Definitely the best barbeque I've had ever! We were quite lucky because the day we came it was rainy and so the line wasn't as long as it usually would be. We came around 11am, the line was already out the door and down the parking lot with the coffee truck. The wait from there was actually only 1.5 hours (compared to the estimated time of 2.5). The staff that comes out to take your estimated order also told us that they would only have sausage and brisket left so quite a few people left and decided not to wait. I'm so glad we stayed! We ended up getting a little bit of everything. My favorite was the fattier brisket, pulled pork and sausage. The turkey was also surpringly moist and I usually don't like turkey because the meat is so dry. The pork ribs were the meat that I liked least, still really good just too salty for my taste. Definitely worth the wait, come here if you're in Austin!
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Alec Hubbard
a month ago
Chopped beef!!! Ribs!!!! Yum mm mm, definitely worth the wait get here before they sell out of certain things or you have to pay the price of watching others around you eat sweet delicious Meats could not have. Hurry up!! And feast!!
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Jason Moore
2 weeks ago
This was on my restaurant bucket list top 5. My fiance my daughter and I ate there last week. We had a little bit of everything. The ribs were good, the sausage was good, the pork but nothing special, turkey was very good,but THE BRISKET WAS TO DIE FOR. it was the best I have ever had. Very much worth the wait.
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Jason O'Meara
3 weeks ago
My wife and I were only in Austin for 2 days and we spent 2.5 hours of that time in line for what we were told would be the best barbecue ever. When we arrived an employee told us that she could only guarantee that there would be brisket and sausage left by the time we'ld be served. We decided to stay. Franklin's provided water and chairs for the wait. Also, they would come around selling sodas, water and beer at a reasonable price. When we finally got to the counter, we were fortunate enough to get brisket, ribs, pulled pork and sausage. From the first bite I was filled with a mix of emotions. First, I was pleased with how good this food actually is. People told me it was the best and they totally undersold it. This barbecue was life altering. The second emotion was sadnesses. I was sad that at age 32 I feel that I've peeked as far as barbecue goes. Everything else from here on out will be second best. Also, I live near Philadelphia, which is nowhere near Austin, Tx. So, I don't know if I will ever have this experience again. But If I'm ever anywhere near Austin, I will do everything I can to get back here.
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