Stiles Switch serves the best barbecue in Central Austin. Beef and pork ribs are what they do best, but their brisket is still better than anything else you can get without heading south or east of downtown. There’s a bit of a wait during weekend lunch and prime dinner hours, but the line moves fast, so you won’t have to worry about a trip here turning into a multi-hour event.
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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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Franklin Barbecue has earned a reputation as the best place for smoked meats in the entire country, and rightfully so.
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.
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