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900 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78702
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- Sun - 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Mon Closed;
- Tue - Sat 11:00am - 1:00pm
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4.5 of 5.0 from 94 reviews
price range:$11 to $25
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Franklin Barbecue Reviews
The brisket here is the truth ... Make sure to try their superb pulled pork ... Talk to the chair guy he's super cool, down to earth and will recommend awesome spots to check out in ATX
by Paul D.
Get the brisket!
by Pete N.
It's well worth the wait. We arrived at 8:30 on a Friday, and about 50 people were already in line. Get the brisket, and the sausage is pretty solid. The sides are fantastic in their own right! Enjoy!
by Nicole M.
Franklin's brisket changed my life. Skip salt lick and go to franklins instead!
by Linzy B.
Get the brisket wet and save room for the bourbon banana pie.
Get there early so they don't run out of the beef rib. Get the beef rib.
by Dow-Chung C.
If you plan to eat lunch (there’s no dinner service), best get in line by breakfast. Hungry folk are asked to specify meat and poundage picks in advance to keep things as civil(ized) as possible.
Brisket is good. Turkey is unlawfully good!
by Tony L.
Just go stand in the line, it's worth it.
by Jeremy K.
The bathrooms here are great.
by Jack M.
GET EVERYTHING! with a blueberry soda!
by Damien T.
Get earrlyyyyyyyyy and be prepared to wait for hours
by Chuy H.
Worth the waiting, everyone is super friendly. Best brisket i've ever tried.
by Sofia N.
Get there early and take a chair. Loved the ribs and turkey. Brisket and sausage were good. Didn't get to try the pulled pork. 8-(
by Joseph C.
The best brisket I have ever had. Super super moist. Ribs fall off the none and have great seasoning. Turkey is also very moist. Definitely worth the wait.
by Omar A.
You had to wait weeks to get to second base with your high school honey, right? This is way better, and you will only have to wait a couple of hours. Brisket kills. Sausage rocks. Do it.
by Mike T.
Take a PTO day before tasting this brisket, because you will be rendered completely speechless for several hours afterwards. It is a one-way ticket to mouth heaven.
by Roaming Gnome
The food was really good. Come with a empty stomach and a whole lot of patience Unless you get there early, the wait can be very long. Bring a book, some music, maybe chair and a tablet.
One of the few places in the world that I don't mind waiting for food. Worth it.
by Michael C.
You can't go wrong. Worth the wait and lives up to their reputation! Delicious!
by R€€D ™.
Don't eat breakfast the day you eat here! Come hungry, leave fat, full & happy!
This place is well worth the wait. There is a line starting early in the morning for a reason. It is some of the best barbecue out there and certainly the best place to go in all of Texas.
by Social News Network
Get it line EARLY!!! I was there at 9am and already a line around the building. So bring some shade, and charge your phones it's gonna be a lil while!! SO WORTH IT THOUGH!!!
by Gen M.
We'd probably be slapped on the wrist if we didn't include Franklin Barbecue in the mix. Best BBQ. Hands down. Bring your appetite. And try the brisket.
Try the Brisket - I just waited four hours for this baroque. Was it with it? YES #amazing (via @Foodspotting)
by Mike K.
As recent as six months ago, you could get here at 9:00am and be one of the first ten people in line. You must now arrive closer to 8:00am to be one of the first in line. Bring a chair, water & book.
by Edmond L.
eXPECT LONG WAITS, BUT WORTH THE WAIT.
by Bill B.
Try the Kitty's Pulled Pork - My cat eats better than you do.Gypsy gets Franklin pulled pork, and you don't.That's right. Be jealous. ;-DNah, I got most of it. (via @Foodspotting)
by J Catherine T.
Sorry Lockhart. He's got you guys beat!
by Joshua K.
Make sure to eat at the other really good/staple Austin BBQ joints...Salt Lick, Rudy's, Stubbs, County Line, etc. You'll never be able to eat anywhere else if you go to Franklin BBQ first.
by Hermes C.
Bring a chair with you to chill out for the long wait.
by Frankie A.
by Somchai R.
You'd better circle the wagons early if you want to snag some of Franklin's world-famous brisket. It has a smoky and spicy bark, a deep smoke ring, and is exceedingly moist and tender. Perfection.
by Austin Chronicle
The lauded 'Q trailer has just gone brick 'n mortar, adding a third monstrous 12ft smoker and slinging their Meyer all-natural Angus out of an interior that actually harks back to the trailer days.
Best Brisket in US not just Texas!
by William B.
Yes, it really IS worth the wait and actually DOES exceed the hype. Damned near a religious experience for a foodie...
by A.J. M.
AVOID FRANKLIN BBQ at all costs. YOU WILL NEVER ENJOY BRISKET ANYWHERE ELSE AGAIN. I'm a brisket pig - could eat it every day. Since Franklin's, all other briskets taste...lame. I GOTTA HAVE MORE MORE
by Hollis T.
Bring foldable chairs, get here around 9a, order a lot, & don't bring annoying ppl = enjoyable experience.
by Ana V.
this is the best bbq in the world
by I Realty C.
Make it a beer drinkin, tailgatin experience if u want to enjoy the 3 hr wait. And u WILL wait 3 hrs. Worth it. Order anything & everything. Its THE most tender, fall off the bone BBQ Ive ever had.
by Lewis W.
Some of the best BBQ around, but consider how many other Amazing BBQ joints around The capital of Texas you could drive to in the time it would take you. saint sauce be with you.
by Andrew S.
Didn't know if it would live up to the hype but it was like a divine BBQ intervention. Amazing brisket, definitely the best I've ever had.
by Katie B.
The brisket is good. But, not good enough to wait two hours for.
by Little F.
Do show up at 9. Do order the fatty brisket. Do save room for pie. :)
by Jany X.
While there is a large debate over the best BBQ in Austin, line up early in the morning at Franklin and let the brisket speak for itself.
Bring Irish Coffee for the wait when it is chilly.
by Ronnie R.
Doors open @ 11am but make no mistake: if you get there @ 11 you likely will not taste the city's best brisket. People start lining up as early as 9am to get a good spot in line but its well worth it.
by Social N.
Make sure you get here at least 30 mins before opening even on a weekday. Come earlier if you want pork ribs.
by Carlo S.
When you get inside try a pint of the Franklin Porter. They smoke the grain in house! Smooth and rich!
by Wes J.
Try everything! We had a little but of each meat and all three sides. It was all spectacular.
by Wes J.
Franklin’s BBQ has become an Austin legend. Be aware that there is always a line but it is well worth the wait. Bon Appetit named them Best BBQ in America last year. Try it and you’ll understand.
by National Car Rental
Bon Appétit magazine named Franklin best in the country. Expect lines before they open at 11am and sold out before 1pm.
by Zac S.
If you are on death row and they ask you what you want for your last meal - make it Franklin Barbecue.
by Pursarth T.
Best fatty brisket in the world. The sausage is great too. The line is epic: on weekends you gotta be in line by 10/10:30 or you're not getting food.
by Eric D.
The brisket and ribs live up to the hype. Grab beers, friends and be prepared to wait two hours. Show up around 9:30 and you'll be set.
by Daniel V.
Closed. Don't know for good or remodel.
by Tim E.
SO amazing and SO worth the wait!! The turkey was phenomenal, sausage so crisp and yummy, rubs delicious, and brisket just fell apart when you tried to pick it up! Incredible!
by Annette M.
I came at noon on a Friday. Got brisket and sausage at 2.!Getting there early is a sure bet for food, but you can get thee later during the week and probably be fine. Oh and definitely worth the wait.
by Jody M.
Arrive at least an hour before they open. The line forms early.
by Mike H.
Awesome BBQ, but the best damn banana pudding in Texas. Grab a few for the road
by Sara L.
underrated...the turkey. believe the hype about this place.
by Chris R.
When they say keep Austin Weird just come here and view the people in line aound 10:30. You won't be disappointed. And the food is amazing as well. Also CNN was here on October 9, 2012 filming.
by Jeighsen P.
Amazing brisket and ribs! Friendly staff!!!
by Miriam R.
Anthony Bourdain says Its a religious experience #noreservations
by Melissa H.
Leftover brisket? Take it home and make BBQ brisket pizza for dinner. Remember to take some of their awesome sauce to go.
by Matthew J.
Top it all with the Key Lime pie. Nom Nom.
by Maeve S.
delicious and well worth the post-meal meat sweats/'itis
by Steven C.
bring a lawn chair and stuff to do while waiting in line
by Ruth L.
They produce what has quickly become one of Austin's, if not Texas', most talked-about barbecue. It's so good they regularly run out of meat shortly after opening: get there early. [Eater 38 Member]
Come early or you're gonna wait forever.
by J ROD
There is a wait so try and get there by 10am. The brisket was amazing!!! You are also able to purchase by the pound so you can order for the whole family and take it home. A+
Pulled pork is yummy...also the banana pudding pie is to die for :)
by Joann B.
Place a to-go order at least a week in advance to skip the line. Mix and match and 5lb minimum.
by Will R.
Franklin has some of the best barbecue in the entire country. Doors open at 11 am Tuesday-Sunday, but be sure to get there much earlier (before 10 am) if you want to get a good spot in line!
by Social N.
Delicious! The BBQ sauce is of the more vinegary (not sweet) variety just FYI and if he asks if you want the fatty or lean brisket, go fatty!
by Leah W.
get there early
by Anna M.
the line across the parking lot turned me off before I even got to the door. The ordering/portioning is weird as well from what the surly punk girl taking orders detailed.
by David K.
I'm not a big meat eater but the beef brisket melts in your mouth.
by Amanda Y.
Just the tip.
by Katie W.
Ive been a vegetarian for four years and Franklin has changed that forever. The BEST PORK RIBS EVER. You can literally pull the bone out. Best barbeque in Texas (and I work at a bbq joint)!
by Emily N.
BEST BBQ in the WORLD! Better get in line by 10 am before they sell out, usually by 1 or 2. Better yet, if you're in the neighborhood and the line is not too long, make a detour.
by Nom Nom PR
These guys smoke the briskets all night, so I suggest you smoke all the way over here.. Gota be smoked out like the pits outback!
by AUS10 T.
Very good BBQ. Three types of sauces. If you go brisket, go fatty.
by Joe H.
This place is a must visit. Excellent brisket and ribs. The Bourbon Banana pie -- killer finish to an awesome meal.
by Thomas P.
Enjoying the Bon Appetit "Best BBQ in America" with Food on the Table!
Everything's so good it's hard to recommend any one dish... Go for the two-meet for variety or try the Tipsy Texan. Also, don't forget to leave some room for the amazing banana pie!
by Ariel S.
Tipsy Texan: Best I've ever had!
by Junior S.
One time I ate a whole pound of super moist brisket, a sausage, and a side of beans at this place. Then I promptly threw it up in the airplane bathroom. Eat here. But don't do that.
by John B.
Franklin's brisket will change your life.
by Rey J.
For the meat eaters amongst us: this is the best bbq in the world. You will have to wait an hour for your food but don't fret, you will be satisfied. Pro tip: try the brisket
This trailer has the best BBQ in the nation. Make sure you bring something to keep you busy because there is always a long line.
by STA Travel U.S.
This roadside mobile restaurant doesn't merely churn out some of the best barbecue on the block, it makes some of the best brisket, ribs and pulled pork in the entire country. Fatty Brisket is a must.
by Cooking Channel
So many hipsters. ಠ_ಠ
by Levi H.
Believe the hype, this is hands down the best BBQ in Austin. Get there early. You will wait an hour for food. It is worth it!
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