There’s a time and place to wait in line at a food truck for award winning brisket. However, there’s also a time and place to drive to a gas station and have a tray of freshly sliced barbecue in front of you in less than five minutes. When you’re after the latter, go to Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q. It’s the only fast food option on this list, and it’s perfect for when you want to avoid all the BS that often comes with getting barbecue in Austin.
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Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
Cosmic Coffee is a coffee shop and bar with a huge porch and backyard where you can bring your dog and eat great barbecue from Leroy and Lewis.
Phoebe’s Diner on Oltorf is where to go for breakfast or lunch any day of the week when you want both crab cake Benedict and smoked brisket at once.
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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.
Micklethwait Craft Meats
Micklethwait is a BBQ trailer in East Austin. It’s not a classic yet, but these guys know what they’re doing.
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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