900 E 11th St,
Mon-Sun, 11am until sold out
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Best brisket ever. Be sure to get there. Best brisket ever. Be sure to get there by 7:30 am and wait for a few hours, or you're SOL.
You may hear more about Coopers, Mueller's, or Smitty's, but anybody who knows barbecue in the Lone Star State will tell you that the king of Texas Q is a young man named Aaron Franklin, whose low-key, modern Austin restaurant puts the lie to all the old-timey rigamarole associated with the state.
Almost everyone will argue that. Almost everyone will argue that Franklin has the best brisket in town. If you want to try it, be willing to wait up to 3 hours. Starting at 9 am because they usually sell out by 11! This is no joke. But it will be worth it.
There's a reason folks stand in line for hours to get a sliver of this stuff. Line up early at this east side BBQ shack, and see what all the fuss is about. In a nutshell: BBQ that's been prepared in a smoker with special, magical wood, with BBQ sauce that's almost OCD in its extremely delicate, highly delicious ingredient combination.