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Franklin Barbecue

Arguably the most famous brisket in the country

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Aaron Franklin's famous brisket is often said to be the best in the country, with the national accolades to back it up. Your meat experience will come at a price though: you will be waiting for about four hours before you can order your barbecue. That being said, waiting can be half the fun, just bring lawn chairs and a few beers and settle in. If waiting isn't your thing, you can preorder your brisket, ribs, and sides as long as you place the order two weeks ahead of time and order at least five pounds of meat. But no matter how you get your Franklin fix, it will be worth it. If you want to skip all of the Franklin craziness, Micklethwait and their delicious meats are just down the street with a fraction of the wait times.

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(512) 653-1187

900 E 11th St, Austin, TX

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Robert Waldo

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Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches

Sweet and savory kolaches, beer and coffee

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Make a quick stop for one of their savory kolaches filled with Micklethwait brisket and sausage, a sweet kolache made with seasonal fruits, or a build your own multi-pack made up of picks from their extensive beer selection. Or pair your kolaches with a draft beer or a coffee and stick around to enjoy your choices in their hip space and outdoor patio.

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(512) 401-3025

3220 Manor Rd, Austin, TX

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Texas Chili Parlor

Local icon for a comforting bowl of chili

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This classic dive and the state as a whole take its chili very seriously, which is no surprise because chili is the state dish of Texas. Your options here are mild, medium, and hot, but be warned that hot is much closer to tears rolling down your face, insanely hot than simply just hot. And while they do offer some chilli dishes with beans, a true bowl of Texas red doesn't have beans. So pair your beanless chili or frito pie with a Mad Dog margarita or cold beer for a true Texan meal. If this place looks familiar, it might be because a scene was filmed here for Quentin Tarantino's film Death Proof.

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Merilyn Guerra

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Kerbey Lane Cafe

Classic, 24-hour diner for breakfast and queso

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Stop by anytime of the day or night for a pancakes, french toast and mimosas, or some Tex-Mex classics like Migas and their famous queso. They have six other locations in the city, including their original location just North of here on Kerbey Lane.

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(512) 477-5717

2606 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX

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Kerbey Lane Cafe

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Veracruz All Natural

Modern classic for migas breakfast tacos

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There is an ongoing debate about which Austin taco chain is better, Torchy's or Tacodeli, but more recently Veracruz has been thrown into the mix. They have become known around the city and beyond for their migas breakfast tacos, which is made by mixing scrambled eggs with fried tortilla pieces, monterey jack, cilantro, tomato, onion, avocado. If you a very hungry, order some of their other tacos and picadas as well, that pair nicely with their fresh juices. While they started out as a food truck a mile away from here in 2010, they now have four locations in Austin including this one. In fact, the Vazquez sister have been so successful, they inspired their father and his wife to open their delicious taco trailer, Granny's Tacos, nearby.

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(512) 981-1760

2505 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX

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Tamale House East

Austin institution for Tex-Mex

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While this location has only been open since 2012, there have been iterations of Tamale House around town run by this culinary family since 1958. While their migas, breakfast tacos, and tamales are just as good as ever, they now have a great patio, margaritas, Salsa (the dance not the food) Night each Thursday, and live music during Saturday brunch service to make the experience even better.

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(512) 495-9504

1707 E 6th St, Austin, TX

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Marc Meyer

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