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Franklin Barbecue

900 E. 11th, Austin, TX 78702 (University of Texas)
(512) 653-1187
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Ranked #6 of 3,116 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Barbecue, Grill
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: University of Texas
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: University of Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Brisket is great! Pulled pork is great! Ribs are great! It's all great y'all. Yes the line is long...but...it is soooo worth it!!! Get you some chairs snacks and drinks and you'll be fine...ok?! Get a chance to see the grill master himself ...

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Fort Myers FL
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33 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I was unsure about having to wait in line for 5 hours for BBQ, but I have to say I am glad I did. The line is a festive atmosphere, and fortunately, it wasn't too hot the day we waited. We met some nice people from Austin and San Francisco while waiting. There is a nearby CVS that sells chairs,... More

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Berkeley, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This was an outing for a women's group I belong to. I feel bad about joining up with group members slightly ahead of me in line, but I wasn't about to stay where I was for three hours surrounded by vacuous hipstery people (I am an old black lady, after all!). Let's skip ahead. The brisket was... greasy! And too... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We ordered a whole brisket to pick up on the way to the airport to fly home. You get to skip the line, and the brisket is prepacked and very well chilled. Made it to California easily. Warmed it up and served with slaw and their sauces. Incredible. The most delicious barbecued meat I have ever tasted. I am a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Line up early or miss out. The brisket is insane, the staff are delightful and there is a constant supply of beer while you wait. May as well make a day of it

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We arrived at 8:30AM and waited until 12:30 to get in. We met some cool people in line. This place lived up to all expectations and is worth the wait. Brisket and Ribs were the best I ever had. My only regret is not buying more to take home.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Franklin is arguably the best all around BBQ in Austin (and maybe the country) if you love Texas-style brisket and ribs. However, John Mueller and La Barbecue (all part of the same brisket family tree) are just as good with not nearly the same line insanity. It pains me to send people to these other establishments as it potentially interferes... More

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Saco, Maine, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

OK, I had never ever ever ever ever, waited in line this long for food anywhere before.....BUT I had heard that this was the best BBQ anywhere, and I had just flown into town for a class and had nothing else to do, so....the adventure began. I arrived the day before they were closing for a remodel, so this was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I first visited Franklin BBQ after living here less than a year in 2011. The wait times were a mere 2hrs (if you can believe it or not) and the only reason I had even ventured to partake in the Russian Food Line fad that Austinites seem to embrace with such fervorand pride was to see if this place actually... More

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Oakland, California
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6 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

You will have to wait in line for this gem, but the wait is well worth it. Best brisket, best ribs anywhere. They also have sausage, turkey, beef ribs and sides (beans, slaw and potato salad. Opens at 11AM (except Monday) and people start lining up at 7AM and they serve until they run out of everything which occurs every... More

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