Stiles Switch serves the best barbecue in Central Austin. Beef and pork ribs are what they do best, but their brisket is still better than anything else you can get without heading south or east of downtown. There’s a bit of a wait during weekend lunch and prime dinner hours, but the line moves fast, so you won’t have to worry about a trip here turning into a multi-hour event.
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Fonda San Miguel
If you’re looking for an awesome dining experience that’s not outwardly trendy, and you don’t mind dropping money for it, Fonda San Miguel is the place.
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The Salt Lick BBQ
The single best overall BBQ experience in Austin (which isn’t actually in Austin) is The Salt Lick.
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Micklethwait Craft Meats
Micklethwait is a BBQ trailer in East Austin. It’s not a classic yet, but these guys know what they’re doing.
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