Fodor's Expert Review Franklin Barbecue
If Central Texas is the hub of the state's best barbecue, then this place has become its favorite darling. The former food truck become full-fledged, world-renowned restaurant, owned by pit master Aaron Franklin, attracts a daily throng of fans who wait in line upward of three hours in hopes of devouring a paper-lined tray of brisket, sausage, and pork ribs pulled straight from the smoker. Sides of classic potato salad, pinto beans, and coleslaw are simply filler for the main event. Franklin’s continues to receive national acclaim—and even served President Obama during an Austin visit. Doors open daily at 11 am and stay open until the meat sells out, which is usually well before 2 pm.
900 E. 11th St.
Austin, Texas 78702, USA
- Infamous lines if you don't preorder
- Mouthwatering brisket that lives up to the hype (and usually sells out by 2 pm)
- Crowds of fellow, cheerful barbecue lovers