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Lambert's Downtown BBQ

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$$$$(512) 494-1500
Hours:MON
11AM-10PM

Lamberts operates out of an exceptionally good-looking brick building at a prime location downtown, just down the road from Willie Nelson’s statue and the ACL Theater. The restaurant serves what is generally considered to be fancy barbecue, and this kind of creativity and execution is worth commending.

Casey Dunn

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One of Lamberts biggest strengths is their music booking in the upstairs lounge. On any given night, there’s bound to be somebody talented playing in an intimate whiskey bar environment that feels more at home in Memphis or Brooklyn than in Austin in 2016. Even hometown hero Gary Clark Jr. used to cut his teeth playing weekday residencies. You can order food there, too, which makes for a great place to seal the deal with that special someone or impress a business client.

Food Rundown

Natural Black Angus Brisket

It comes with a brown sugar and coffee rub with spicy escabeche. This ain’t your backyard barbecue.

Cold Smoked Lockhart Quail

Little quail bites that are stuffed with Mexican rice and laid atop cheese enchiladas with ranchero sauce. There are quail eggs on top of it all to remind you who the real boss of nature is.

Crispy Wild Boar Ribs

Similar in presentation to a buffalo chicken wing, these honey colored beauties come with buttermilk blue cheese for dipping.

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