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Franklin Barbecue Austin Reviews from The Last Year
After 10 years, I finally found the opportunity to return
After 10 years, I finally found the opportunity to return to Franklin BBQ in Austin. Was it really as good as I remembered? Was it really worth the wait? WTH am I doing waking up at 6:30 AM to get in line by 7? Read on to find out.My Overall Rating - 5 Stars (Atmosphere, Service, Food, Return)Atmosphere - Making a trek to Franklin isn't about enjoying the atmosphere of a cool, hipster dive with intoxicating smoke meat smells throughout (which it is). No! It's about standing in line with strangers who had the same idea as you and waiting in line. Bring a folding chair so you can sit and wait. Just know there are two waits: The wait for Franklin BBQ to open, and the wait in line to order. On a Friday (end of Spring Break and SXSW) I was the second in line at 7 AM. It was cold and rainy, and that may have kept people away. But once you're in, you get to continue to wait to place your order. The entire experience is cool. 1 Star.Service - The staff is awesome. They'll help you find a seat after you order and pay. And ordering is the best part. The expert carver will take your order and carefully slice brisket, ribs, or any other smoked meats to your liking. You may get impatient as they slice the meat for the group in front of you, but you'll quickly forget once it's your turn. 1 Star. Food - Franklin BBQs brisket is world renowned, so today I want to spotlight the pork rib. I ordered a full rack and was rewarded with possibly the best rib I've ever had. The perfectly smoked rib was tender, fell off the bone, and had two parts: The meaty end with a little cartilage, which I devoured like a neanderthal. Then the rib bone meat, which was perfectly seasoned and literally fell to the table because of it's tenderness. On this visit, the pork rib reigned supreme. I'm not a big sauce guy, but Franklin BBQ has a regular and spicy sauce. Both are very sweet, but neither are needed. 2 Stars. Will I Return? - Yes. It took me ten years to make my return, but I promise I won't go as long. It was better than I remembered it. Anyone who likes to experience amazing BBQ and doesn't mind a long wait should line up now. 1 Star.
Best I've ever had! The ONLY downside, we did have to wait 2.5 hours in a line to try this amazing ness. They did provide camp chairs to sit in so that was nice. Bring cards or something to do with your group while you wait. We arrived half hour before they opened and still waited that long. You'll wait, but it is worth it.
We arrived at 8am on a Thursday morning and we’re 9th and 10th in line. We were served at 11.15am. Sure, the wait it long, but we made friends and chatted with the group around us. Once you have your spot you can always leave and walk around the building or up the road to the cafe. The wait is absolutely worth it. The brisket is unreal. Ribs are amazing. Sides 10/10. It’s unlikely you’ll experience barbecue like this again. Franklin delivers it so consistently. Must do while in Austin.
Had to go back to to give Franklin's another shot fresh
Had to go back to to give Franklin's another shot fresh from the store. We waited about 3 hours total from the time we got to the restaurant to our table (which is pretty standard for Franklin). For a party of 5 we ordered 2lb pork ribs, 2.5lbs brisket, 1lb sausage and .5lb turkey, quart of coleslaw, pint of bean and pint of potato salad and it was more than enough! Plenty of leftovers which is always welcomed. Again the rib really shined, it was everyone's favorite by far and the perfect amount of spice/fat and fell right off the bone. The brisket is really great but I don't know if it is truly the best in Austin. The spicy sausage had the perfect snap to it and was absolutely delicious. All sauces were great and really made the meal. Only down side is the sides. A BBQ place without mac n cheese is a crime in my book. Between that and the long wait that you can avoid at other places I gave it 4/5 but realistically a 4.5/5, you won't regret the wait it is truly delicious.
Everything was amazing.
.. as far as texture on the brisket, I don't think it could possibly any better. It was a treat to try just salt and pepper bbq. The turkey was alright but I wouldn't order again. The pork ribs were moist and packed with flavor. Sides were all good and service was beyond impeccable. They have a lot of chairs they have sitting outside for anyone to use.
Incredible! We wait almost an hour and a half but it was
Incredible! We wait almost an hour and a half but it was really worth it. They are famous for the brisket and it is DELICIOUS but the ribs were something from another planet, absolutely AMAZING! We try all the meats and all were great. Best bbq in town! The people is very friendly, when you arrive you can ask what they have left and they will let you know if you would be able to get what you want. I recommend going around midday.
It breaks my NC heart to say this but Franklins, hands
It breaks my NC heart to say this but Franklins, hands down, makes the best pulled pork I have ever tasted. I love you TX but so many places here butcher pulled pork but dang, Franklins beats out a lot of the places I had on the NC BBQ trail; so moist, so smoky and flavorful! I didn't even miss the vinegary sauce.Now, yes, Franklins makes a mean moist brisket and ribs and his bbq rub is a bold and peppery road to flavor town, BUT I can't say it is worth waiting hours in line for. Yes. I said what I said. When Franklins first broke on the bbq scene, I can see why people would camp out for this place but thanks to Franklins, so many other places have upped their bbq game that there are a lot of eateries (especially ones that have opened in the past 5 years) where you can get brisket just as good without waking up at the crack of dawn. Also, Franklins lets you pre-order online. That's the way to go, especially if you have a large group. Thanks Franklins for raising the bar!
Simply the best BBQ I have ever had in my life! If you are
Simply the best BBQ I have ever had in my life! If you are visiting Austin then this is a must! I have tried many of the other bbq places here in Austin but none can compare to the brisket at Franklin bbq. You will have to wait in line for this amazing bbq but that's part of the experience and I promise you it is well worth the wait!
Cant even begin to describe how good Franklin's Barbecue is.
This is not somewhere you can go for dinner, because everything will be sold out by then. We got up early and stood in line at 10/11am to get some amazing barbecue, as we are waiting the employees shout out that certain meats are sold out which just adds to the adrenaline rush and absolute mouth watering. The brisket was my favorite of the meats, and I would highly recommend coming here if you like the barbecue meat. The sides are good, but I am not totally obsessed with them, I always say that they focus on the main course, and the sides just act as palette cleansers for the next bite of brisket that absolutely melts in your mouth. The seasoning is so incredible, and everything about it is so yum. I am not usually one for red meat, but I can make exceptions!! There isn't a whole lot of seating, and it will definitely be packed, you will be waiting in line, but if there is a line that long, there is a reason people still join it. Franklin's is worth it every time!!
Franklin Barbecue was on a lot of "must try on your visit
Franklin Barbecue was on a lot of "must try on your visit to Austin" blogs while planning where to go. So naturally, I was inclined.What these blogs failed to mention is how long the wait would be! I got there at opening and still waited 2 hours in line. One of the people working there informed us that we would likely only be served the brisket and the links based on our position in line and they were correct.It does get very packed so I had to camp out spots and wait for people to finish eating to find a seat. When we did sit down to eat, the food was to die for! The brisket was so tender it felt like it melted on my tongue. If I had one complaint, it would be that the brisket was a little salty. Overall, I'd you haven't been then you definitely need to check out this Austin BBQ staple at least once!
Meet the country's most celebrated pitmaster
In our travels, my wife and I have visited barbecue restaurants in Memphis, Kansas City, Chicago, St. Louis and Charleston. And now Austin. Our experience at Franklin Barbecue was unlike any other with a long line that formed well before the lunch hour for brisket, pulled pork and other smoked meats. Located at 900 East 11th Street, in the Central East Austin neighborhood, Franklin Barbecue open from 11 to 3 Tuesday through Sunday. It is the brainchild of Aaron Franklin, who has earned a reputation as the country's most celebrated pitmaster. Franklin is a James Beard Award recipient for Best Chef and is author of a New York Times best-selling book detailing the wonders of Franklin Barbecue. He was inducted into the American Royal Barbecue Hall of Fame in 2020. Customers line up to purchase brisket, ribs, pulled pork, smoked turkey, sausage and jalapeno cheddar sausage by the pound. We heeded warnings to arrive early to avoid the crowd and managed to join another couple for a delightful and delicious lunch of brisket sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, potato salad, pecan pie, bourbon banana pie and St. Arnold root beer. Franklin Barbecue is all that it is cracked up to be. The lines of hungry and adoring customers attest to that.
Franklin still blows me away as it had three years ago.
I have to say one thing, however: to really enjoy this BBQ, it must be eaten fresh and hot since a lot of the tenderness and flavor is reliant on the fat being rendered and melted. If you take it to go and let it sit for too long, the fat re-solidifies, and the tenderness and flavor are lost. You must reheat the proteins if you choose to let them sit for 45 minutes or an hour. Brisket: Seasoned perfectly - enough salt on the exterior to balance out with a bite in their interior. The heavy amount of fat is needed for the tenderness and the delicious natural flavors of the meat to come out. Sausage: You notice how juicy this sausage is when you first bite into it. The amount of fat in this sausage is great and the seasoning meshes well with Central Texan BBQRibs: Honestly, people come here for brisket but the ribs impressed me more. That's not to say it's better than the brisket - I was just expecting that you can only do so much to make a rib taste good and Franklin's exceeded that expectation. It's juicy, extremely tender, porky, seasoned with the right amount of black pepper and salt. Sides are great too - sauces are not overpowering, coleslaw and potato salads have a hefty amount of acid to cut through the fatty meat.
Top tier BBQ, only down side is the wait.
If they could hurry up the line and wait it would be 5/5. Come early or no food! The sides are great too.
After reading about the lines and best time to go- we got
After reading about the lines and best time to go- we got there are around 1:35 (line wasnt horrible ended near the first picnic bench) after the lunch rush- but before it's "too late" which is a very fine line- it took us about an hour- hour and half. They had to let some people go when they knew they wouldn't have enough food left, but we made the cut. They ran out of some sausage and ribs but we knew coming late that might happen. Brisket is to DIE for! So good. Worth the wait and will be back again when we head back to Austin.
Amazing incredible BBQ dished and served by some great
Amazing incredible BBQ dished and served by some great folks at an iconic restaurant! May two sons and I were knocked off of our feet by the extreme quality of Franklin Barbecue.
Worth The Wait
We came down from North TX to hit some of the famous BBQ places and this one was top of the list. Was a bit concerned about a Friday but that is just how our schedule worked. Staying outside of Blanco so left at 7am to hour drive in - due to traffic arrived about 8:15am. When arrived we were 21st in line. They had lots of bag chairs you can borrow, At 9:30am they opened up the building to buy souvenirs and use restrooms. If towards the front of the line you are undercover otherwise on sidewalk area. Very small parking at the location but a large lot East and some additional park further down. They will come and ask you what your meat order is and unable to change when you get up to receive food. They do this to know how many people they can serve what. So do your research first and be ready. Sides are simple but hearty. They give you butcher paper to wrap up any leftovers but I recommend bringing to go containers to better store. The meats are on the wetter side so the paper does not keep it from leaking. Now to the food - it was very good. So many ways to cook BBQ and each person has their favorite ways. The house sausage, brisket ribs and turkey. Nothing disappointed. Note you can't save tables once open they want you to have food in hand before you sit down as it make take a while to go thru the line and allows others to sit and eat.
Diterudus oleh Google) Saya Sangat angsatsangnya, menaka
Diterudus oleh Google) Saya Sangat angsatsangnya, menaka maikan yang baik kepada saya, barang-barang itu juga orang yang baik. Said Maricomindasaikan!(asli)I really appreciate it, they provide good service who delivered me the goods as well as nice people. I highly recommend!
I need to say nothing more then 5 hour wait was 100% worth
I need to say nothing more then 5 hour wait was 100% worth it. Best smoked meat I have ever had. Brisket melts in your mouth and hands down the best Turkey!
I mean .
. this place has a book out and is heralded as the best BBQ place in TX .. maybe even the world. I can't say I've waited in line for 4-5 hrs in the morning for this but I did get takeout, which is a much more viable option (but they upped the minimum order threshold to ~5 lbs ~$150+ last I checked).I do remember opening the tray of pork ribs and getting a waft of the smokey, juicy aromatics. You can tell they put a lot of detail into prepping as you can taste some of the hickory-ness in the meat. Everything was cooked perfectly and had a gorgeous bark on it. This place makes great for special occasions for out-of-towners and big gatherings. Also check out their book which tells a lovely origin story of BBQ'ing out of a backyard.
Really great BBQ, a little saltier than I except but the
Really great BBQ, a little saltier than I except but the meat was still great, fell right off the bone.
Finally trying the world famous Franklin's brisket
I spent a weekend in Austin and I tried several barbecue places. The food here at Franklin's is good, but I don't think it's as good as all the hype that it gets. There are so many other great barbecue places where you can get barbecue that's just as good for only a 15 or 20 minute wait. Like Micklethwait or Terry Blacks. Plus for me, beef ribs are my favorite. And Terry Black's have beef ribs everyday and Franklin's only has them on Saturdays.
THEE best BBQ hands down
So worth the wait. Tastiest, juiciest, most flavorful meat on the planet! Love the atmosphere and the proprietors and staff.
Not sure why this place is so highly review and recommended. I know Texas bbq is all about the salt/pepper rub and the bark which all the meats had. But the flavor to me was just a bit boring. All the meat options were moist but nothing blew my mind. Ribs were particularly good but 30 bucks for 4 is steep. All the other portions I would say were well worth the price. I did not care for any of the sauces and the potato salad was super mustardy. I love mustard potato salad but it’s more about the ratio of mustard and a little mayo. Banana tart was interesting. Crumbly graham cracker crust, slice bananas and custard. But once again I found it lacking a flavor punch. Perhaps I was just overhyped but to me it was just an average meal that I would never wait in line for.
The best Sunday lunch!
In Austin for a few days and glad I popped in for the most amazing BBQ. What a Sunday lunch! Amazing. Highly recommend and only a 10 minute walk from the state capital building.
Fantastic food, worth the wait?
Wow! The BBQ is amazing. Perhaps best we’ve ever had. Tried brisket, pork ribs and turkey. Really liked the Texas BBQ sauce. Coleslaw was so-so. Staff was friendly. Downside- got there at 11:30 and waited in line 2 hours before we got our food. A lady pulled up and said she had a preorder and was directed around back. I’d definitely see about preorders before I went back.
Lives Up to the Hype
I've heard about Franklin's for years. As a novice BBQ aficionado, I've watched his Youtube videos and even took his Masterclass to improve my skill. But nothing compared to the experience at the restaurant. We had visited 3 other BBQ places around Austin and saved Franklin's for last. Waited in line for a couple of hours. Tried the brisket, turkey, sausages, ribs, cole slaw and potato salad. I knew it would be good, but it was much better than my expectations. The brisket texture and flavor were amazing. The cheddar jalapeno sausage was unbelievably good. Those 2 meats stole the show, but the ribs, turkey and sides were excellent as well. The staff seem to genuinely enjoy their job and share in the enthusiasm of their customers. Would return and stand in line again in a heartbeat. Best BBQ ever!
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I was waiting on the transfer for name but it hasn’t happened yet and my reservation is tonight , will it be an issue that is hasn’t changed into my name yet
Same goes for 4 Charles and I Sodi
Agreed. Ultimately not addressing this month after month is clearly resulting in a drop in certain venue’s rankings & sales.
Thats unfortunate but you can always get your money back if they cancel the reservation.
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