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Franklin Barbecue
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900 E 11th St Austin, TX 78702
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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Loreta De Leon
in the last week
We came around closing time, and thought that most of the choice cuts were no longer available. But the owner, Aaron, still made sure that we got a good selection. Not only that, he came to our table and spent a few minutes chatting with us. The cuts were all top notch and our family of four came away extremely full and satisfied. What a memorable experience and wonderful owner! We wish Franklin Barbecue great success.
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Kirby Shallue
a week ago
Everything good that you have heard about Franklin BBQ is absolutely true. This place has the most amazing brisket I have ever tasted in my life. The lines are long every day of the week, there is no getting around that, but the line is also an experience like no other. You can bring your own cooler of beer or mimosa ingredients, your lawn chairs and some card games and have a great time. Pretty much everyone in line is friendly and patient because they know what to expect. The staff will come out and give you sausage samples, take your order and let you know when you will be eating. It's all a very streamlined process. The food is incredible and a bit pricier than other BBQ places, but high quality food is usually a little more expensive. If you have a few hours to kill and want the best brisket of your life, head over to Franklin. You won't regret it.
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Elisa Fisher
in the last week
Everyone keeps saying this place has the best Bar-B-Q in Town. If its so good, why don't the owner buy more meat for customers to come in and eat anytime during business hours and not have its customers wait outside in some ridiculous long line for hours and only move up a couple inches in the line and come out to say, "Sorry we're out of food". Come on now, the place had just opened and their out of meat already. A good bar-b-q place will have enough meat to serve all customers to enjoy not just a handful and turn the others away. Heck I'd rather drive from Austin to Lockhart for some good Bar-B-Q than wait in some rainy, hot, freezing line for some bar-b-q. Place isn't open an hour before they say their out of meat! Forget that....
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Riquet Aouad
a month ago
At first I didn't want to believe this place's bbq is that good. But it is. It is just that amazing. Worth the wait. This will ruin Barbeque anywhere else for you.
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Albert Wong
in the last week
Was it worth the 5 hour wait on a Tuesday morning you ask? Maybe. I noticed a lot of locals here (whom don't come very often) would actually buy things by the pounds to take home - which is why an hour before they open, someone walks out and gets an estimate of what people are ordering as it opens from 11am til they run out of food. For me the two things that I loved the most here was the brisket. Moist - even the lean cut. The ribs were too peppery and one-noted. Sausage was standard. The second - the espresso BBQ sauce. It's a touch liquidy but has such a nice mild coffee flavor. If I were visiting ever again, I'd just come close to closing just to pick up some more sauce - and perhaps some brisket if they have any.
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Lesa Rossick
2 months ago
Bottom line? It's worth the hype. Yes, it's a tourist trap and the line is huge...but for me, food is about an experience and this can't be beat. You are sold beer in line, people bring their own coolers full of Bloody Mary mixes and you go here for the social atmosphere and meet people from all over the world. But the food? Amazing. I get the sandwich (Tipsy Texan?) with a fresh bun, a heap of meat and coleslaw. The BBQ is amazing and the staff is some of the best in the city. So yes, it's a 1/2 day spent standing in line and eating but it's a fun Austin experience. 🌟
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Morgan Lai
3 weeks ago
The experience is beyond terrible, but they can do it anyway because their barbecue is really that good. Brisket ($20 / lb): The moist part of their brisket is the best brisket I've ever had. So meltingly tender and just absolutely bursting with beef and barbecue flavor. The lean part does nothing for me whatsoever, but lean brisket never does. Ribs ($17 / lb): It is just absurd how tender and moist these are. They may be the best barbecue ribs I've ever had as well. Pulled Pork ($17 / lb): Surprisingly, I would say these are actually below average. Dry meat with nothing standout. Turkey ($17 / lb): It's good, for barbecue turkey. I enjoy it. However, unlike the brisket and ribs, it doesn't remotely justify waiting in line. I'll probably give the turkey a pass in the future. Sausage ($12 / lb or 3 / link): Mediocre. I like my sausages with more texture inside, whereas these are more just mush. I like their classic dark red barbecue sauce, and don't particularly care for their watery lighter red vinegar sauce or their coffee barbecue sauce. It's pretty obvious they are intentionally engineering the line to be as long as it is. They sell drinks to people in line, and a giant line builds up their hype and mystique. I got there at 9 am on a random Thursday, and didn't get my food until 12:15. They open at 11 am, but they only have one person slicing the meat, so even after you get in the door, it's still another 45 minutes of wait for a tiny line. They sell out every day, would it really hurt their profits that much to have the slightest bit of respect for their customers and hire a second meat cutter so the line at least starts moving quickly after they open?
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Robert Mills
3 weeks ago
Everything that everyone else says pretty much. 400 reviews, I dont think I have much insight to add. Line was long, brisket is very very good, definitely worth the wait., I got there early early on a sunday morning. I experienced it, dont know if I would do it again.

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