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120 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701-3915
512-369-3119
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Description: www.fb.com/bbq is there face book address. Great bbq in downtown austin...
www.fb.com/bbq is there face book address. Great bbq in downtown austin. Closest BBQ location to all travel hotels downtown austin.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
A nice surprise

I went to Blue Ribbon after taking my dog on a nice walk around Town Lake- so honestly I decided last minute to try their food. I got the 2 meat plate and was very impressed with the brisket, which was juicy as I requested, and it was not as salty as other BBQ I had tried recently. Overall it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2014
Steven S
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Austin, Texas
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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70 reviews 70 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

If it wasn't for the smoke flavor, the rigs wouldn't have any flavor at all. Sauce was very disappointing. I've had much better BBQ at chain restaurants.

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Austin, Texas
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27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I went to Blue Ribbon after taking my dog on a nice walk around Town Lake- so honestly I decided last minute to try their food. I got the 2 meat plate and was very impressed with the brisket, which was juicy as I requested, and it was not as salty as other BBQ I had tried recently. Overall it... More 

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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This place was a total let down for Texas barbecue. My sliced BBQ sandwich was awful. First the bread was hard and dried out, I couldn't eat it. Then my beef had a ton of fat on it. I had to cut it all off before I could eat it. Then the BBQ sauce was thin like water and had... More 

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Triad, NC
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115 reviews 115 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This place doesn't look like much, but I snuck in for a breakfast one morning. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to 'build' some smoked meat breakfast tacos. Offerings include brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage and more. Add egg, cheese, jalapenos, and other ingredients of choice. The value is great with great tast and something different than your hotel's buffet breakfast.... More 

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Louisiana
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124 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Located near the convention center, this is a convenient place if you are staying downtown in that area. Typical BBQ selection but the brisket is offered as "dry or moist" if you are watching fat intake...good banana pudding. Easy walk to many of hotels in the area. Great for quick lunch.

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

For me this was the perfect lunch spot for my 1st Texan BBQ experience. I felt completely comfortable eating alone here. I had the chicken, it exceeded my expectations. Don' forget to add their BBQ Sauce, it was great!!B The banana pudding was a perfect sweet-bite to end the meal.

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Austin
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This is a hole in the wall inside the Frost Bank building along the 4th street side. I think their pork ribs are very, very good. Lunch plates are solid value at around $12. I like their sides - you can get salad, green beans, red beans, etc. Their breakfast tacos are all made to order, and you can get... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Was looking forward to some really good BBQ while in Austin. I was directed to this one and was told it was delicious. I had a chopped beef sandwich. The beef was actually too finely chopped. The BBQ sauce had no flavor or tang to it. The staff was very friendly. Banana pudding was good.

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Illinois
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8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

It was hot, we were hungry and in search of an eatery. We decided to try Blue Ribbon as we could not locate any food trucks. I enjoyed it! The staff was friendly, we sat in a nearly empty, air-conditioned room, and I thought the food was not bad. The cups are huge. Everything really is bigger here. The slaw... More 

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Silsbee, Texas, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Will attending a conference in Austin this week we ate the best Pork Ribs I have ever tasted... Just a short walk down 4th St from the Hilton, fast service, friendly people, and reasonably priced. Plus all the condiments you could hope for, pickles, onions, jalapeño peppers, shredded cheese, bacon bits, and white and wheat bread. We also had a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 120 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701-3915
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: 512-369-3119

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Description

www.fb.com/bbq is there face book address. Great bbq in downtown austin. Closest BBQ location to all travel hotels downtown austin.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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