When you want BBQ but the line at Franklin’s makes you want to become a vegetarian, keep driving. Down the street in a little field off the side of the road are a couple trailers that make up Micklethwait. The guys running it know what they’re doing. In addition to every smoked meat you’d hope for, they also do solid sides like jalapeño cheese grits and potato salad. You want your meal packed with it all, so get there on the earlier side before they start running out. And be sure finish off the trip with a slice of buttermilk pie.
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Lustre Pearl East
Lustre Pearl East is just like the original Lustre Pearl on Rainey, but with more outdoor space and way fewer UT students.
Oseyo on the East Side is a great spot for a date or dinner with a friend when you’re looking for solid Korean food.
Domo Alley-Gato on the East Side is from the Ramen Tatsu-ya team, serves great cocktails, and has a food truck out back, right by their cat shrine.
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Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q
Yes, Rudy’s is located in a gas station. Also yes, their barbecue is freshly sliced, and is way better than it needs to be.
Terry Black’s BBQ
Terry Black’s on Barton Springs has a big patio, short lines, and serves some the best Lockhart-style barbecue in Austin.
Slab BBQ on Research Boulevard is a chill, inexpensive North Austin barbecue spot that creatively mashes up different barbecue styles.
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The Salt Lick BBQ
The single best overall BBQ experience in Austin (which isn’t actually in Austin) is The Salt Lick.
Franklin Barbecue has earned a reputation as the best place for smoked meats in the entire country, and rightfully so.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Valentina’s churns out a beautiful fusion of our city’s greatest cuisines: Tex-Mex and barbecue. It’s absolutely worth the trip to Manchaca.
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