The barbecue at Franklin Barbecue is the best in Austin, the best in Texas, the best in America, and the best in the universe. So when the meat whisperers opened a breakfast taco trailer in their parking lot, our expectations were high. Are these the very best breakfast tacos in Austin? No - but they’re close. Especially the ones made with the legendary Franklin brisket, where it gets crisped up and caramelized on a griddle and paired with fluffy eggs and guacamole, all on a flour tortilla. And unlike Franklin Barbecue, there’s often no line at all. (Bonus: they serve good espresso.)
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Nickel City is a Detroit-themed dive bar on East 11th with frozen cocktails, pinball, and coney island hot dogs.
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Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q
Yes, Rudy’s is located in a gas station. Also yes, their barbecue is freshly sliced, and is way better than it needs to be.
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Franklin Barbecue has earned a reputation as the best place for smoked meats in the entire country, and rightfully so.
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