Texas loves its barbecue, so if you can’t find four great barbecue restaurants in Austin, you may need to check your map and confirm you’re really there. Austin is the home of the South by Southwest Festival, and chances are good that if you’re out there schmoozing, you’re going to get mighty hungry. You don’t just want to go to McDonalds or Wendy’s, so instead, get something with Texas’ spirit all over it. Barbeque is the perfect food for Austin visitors.
Location: 2000 E. 12th, Austin, 78702-1702
Sam’s BBQ is perfectly suited for a music town like Austin. It’s open until 3:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, which means it’s the place to go after shows. It serves fantastic chicken. The place has won many awards, including Best Of Austin awards for Critics Non-Traditonal Barbecue and Readers Barbecued Pork Ribs. Don’t be fooled by the place’s appearance-it may not look like an upscale kitchen, but once you get in and start eating that mouth-watering food, you won’t care what the building looks like.
Location: 619 N. Colorado St., Lockhart, TX 78644-2110
Kreuz Market is a German-style barbecue restaurant. No Johnny-come-lately, this market was founded in 1900 by Charles Kreuz as a meat market and grocery store. It actually evolved into a barbeque joint because the market began to cook the better meat cuts on pits and create sausage out of the lesser cuts. Here, customers are fine eating their barbeque straight off the butcher paper, and this is a fantastic grocery story because you can eat while you shop. You can buy your groceries and eat dinner at the same time, killing two birds with one stone.
Iron Works BBQ
Location: 100 Red River St., Austin, TX 78701
Iron Works BBQ gets its name because it was originally an iron work ship. In fact, the State Historical Commission registered the property as a historical site, which honored the Weigls, the original iron work shop owners. Celebrities like Bob Dylan, Kevin Costner and Jay Leno have all been Iron Works customers. In some places, the meat is as tough as iron, but Iron Works has only soft and tasty meats.
Louie Mueller Barbecue
Location: 206 West 2nd Street, Taylor, TX 76574 – (512) 352-6206
Not only is Louie Mueller Barbeque one of the best barbeque joints in the Austin area, it won the Official Best Barbecue in Texas in January 2008. “Men’s Health Magazine” recognized it the very same year. The magazine particularly enjoyed its beef brisket.