Every visit to Austin, Texas must include BBQ at some point. On our trip, my boyfriend and I had initially planned to eat at Franklin’s Barbecue, Austin’s most popular BBQ spot. But after a night out on Rainey Street, we couldn’t drag ourselves out of bed to go line up for Franklin’s at 6AM, which was necessary for a chance to get food before it sold out. Our next best option was la Barbecue.
It may not get as much hype as Franklin’s, but la Barbecue is also considered one of the best BBQ joints in the city. Its founder, LeAnn Mueller, came from a family of BBQ professionals, as her grandpa Louie actually opened one of the first restaurants to ever serve Texas BBQ. la Barbecue first opened in 2012 and has evolved from a pit, to a trailer, to its kitchen inside the Quickie Pickie convenient store.
We read that the typical wait there was only 1.5-2 hours. That may sound long, but it’s nothing compared to Franklin’s 5 hour line. Also, a few locals actually recommended la Barbecue. We got there around 11:30AM and there was already a decent line that looped around the empty parking lot. To help past the time, many people took advantage of la Barbecue’s location inside Quickie Pickie and ordered beer to drink in line.
It took about an hour and a half before we reached the building’s front doors, but to our disappointment, la Barbecue had sold out of its famous ribs, both pork and beef and mac n’ cheese. We had already committed too much time, so we were definitely not leaving. Finally before we got too hangry, we finally reached the counter and ordered brisket, sausages, and pulled pork.
We grabbed a table outside on the patio. On my first bite of the brisket, I immediately knew this was the best I’ve ever tasted. It was so tender and it melted in your mouth. Even though we missed the ribs, the brisket was amazing enough to impress me. The house BBQ sauce was a good compliment with its mild tangy flavor. Overall, everything was so good including the bread slices! In total, we waited a total of 2 hours. Would we do it again? Yes!
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Address: 2027 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Hours of Operation: Wed- Sat 11 AM-6 PM (Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays)
Parking: Street parking
- To help kill time, you can order beer inside the Quickie Pickie convenient store and bring it back in line to drink
- Though the line isn’t as long as Franklin’s, you should definitely try to line up before la Barbecue opens so you can order its most popular item: the ribs
- Don’t forget get the bread! It’s not your typical bland white bread. The one at la Barbecue is a good compliment for absorbing all that sauce
- There’s some tables inside, but a lot of outdoor patio seating