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#5516858 - 01/03/15 08:02 AM AUSTIN
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What are the must do and see's? Food? Looking for BBQ joints and I hear Franklins is the place but a heck of a wait. Ideas appreciated. The only thing I have planned is going to the the LEO Wall, other then that really not much. Thanks,

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#5517011 - 01/03/15 09:51 AM Re: AUSTIN [Re: 7mag]
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Well, you'll want to see the State Capitol, it is higher than the Federal Capitol in Washington. The Governor's Mansion is next door. Sam Houston lived there. The "Grand Hotel" in town is the Driskel (sic?) which is pretty pricey but if $$ are an issue you can still walk around the lobby and grab a drink in the bar. You probably ought to see the campus of the U of Texas and Longhorn Stadium. There a guy in town that makes custom cowboy boots but I forget the name. Lots to see and do.
BBQ joints. Several. The Green Mesquite has two locations. I think there is Sweet Baby Ray's, several others.

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#5517012 - 01/03/15 09:52 AM Re: AUSTIN [Re: 7mag]
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Salt lick for BBQ. Go to the driftwood location. Cash only and BYOB.
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#5517402 - 01/03/15 02:40 PM Re: AUSTIN [Re: 7mag]
Bradgrace Offline
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La barbecue is a good one the guy used to work at franklins. Louie mueller's isn't too far from Austin definitely worth the drive. Shady grove is good for burgers and lunch. And moonshines is a great dinner place.

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#5517483 - 01/03/15 03:53 PM Re: AUSTIN [Re: Dave Scott]
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I second the Driskill Hotel. Even if you don't stay there, they put out a mean breakfast in their cafe and you can still walk around a bit and check out their artwork and a little bit of history. Threadgill's is an Austin standard with borderline landmark status. "Down Home Cooking." I always found them kinda' so-so, but the side dishes are really good. I like Eddie V's for dinner, on 5th street. They have really good seafood and their steaks beat the pants off another pricey steak house in town which shall remain nameless, and they have live music. Usually a 3-piece set-up, not so loud you can't converse over dinner. Last time I ate there they had a pianist, upright bass, and a female singer singing Rat Pack classics and it was pretty good. Excellent service, excellent food, but a very relaxed atmosphere.

Edited to add: Last time, we got there late after a show and had to sit about 4 tables away from the stage and could still talk comfortably, without YELLING at each other.

https://www.eddiev.com/en/our-menu/current-menu/tx/5th-street-austin/8501


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#5518243 - 01/03/15 11:11 PM Re: AUSTIN [Re: 7mag]
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Texas Chili Parlor on Lacaca has great chili and Casino El Camino on 6th has a great Bloody Mary. It's a meal. Everything that can go in a Bloody Mary is in it.

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#5520621 - 01/04/15 10:28 PM Re: AUSTIN [Re: Fat Tire]
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Originally Posted By: Fat Tire
Texas Chili Parlor on Lacaca has great chili and Casino El Camino on 6th has a great Bloody Mary. It's a meal. Everything that can go in a Bloody Mary is in it.


Lacaca? Come on man you pulling my chain?
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#5520811 - 01/05/15 06:35 AM Re: AUSTIN [Re: 7mag]
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Lavaca. Just a typo.
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#5520814 - 01/05/15 06:39 AM Re: AUSTIN [Re: Bradgrace]
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Originally Posted By: Bradgrace
La barbecue is a good one the guy used to work at franklins. Louie mueller's isn't too far from Austin definitely worth the drive. Shady grove is good for burgers and lunch. And moonshines is a great dinner place.


LA BBQ is short for Leigh Ann's BBQ. Leigh Ann, Wayne, and John Mueller are Louie's grandchildren and Bobby's kids. The oldest, Wayne, runs the original Louie Mueller's in Taylor. Leigh Ann and John moved to Austin and started their own BBQ joint, but John the Dark Knight disappeared, leaving his sister to go it alone. Later, John resurfaced in East Austin and started his own joint called John Mueller Meat Co.

I may have the actual details a little twisted, but I believe I'm basically right. Whenever we visited our two daughters in Austin, we invariably hit one of the joints. And they always have patrons lined up to buy their Q, just like Franklins. Only difference is Obama has never broken in line at a Mueller place, like he has done at Franklins.
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#5520936 - 01/05/15 08:32 AM Re: AUSTIN [Re: 7mag]
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I think your right in with the details dawaba! Sometime after John mueller and Leigh Ann split is when she hires John Lewis to be her pit master. It's pretty funny to read some of his interviews. Franklin always preaches salt and pepper only on brisket and Lewis says he has worked there and can guarantee he has never smoked a piece of meat with just salt and pepper. If I recall he does some mixture of pickle juice and mustard along with various spices.

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#5522583 - 01/05/15 09:40 PM Re: AUSTIN [Re: 7mag]
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If you're driving down there from North, I highly recommend Margaritas in Round Rock, TX, some of the best Mexican food I've tasted. Very well known right off of I-35 in Round Rock.

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#5522728 - 01/05/15 10:42 PM Re: AUSTIN [Re: 7mag]
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Originally Posted By: 7mag
Originally Posted By: Fat Tire
Texas Chili Parlor on Lacaca has great chili and Casino El Camino on 6th has a great Bloody Mary. It's a meal. Everything that can go in a Bloody Mary is in it.


Lacaca? Come on man you pulling my chain?
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Yes, it was a typo, but it was funny.
Thanks Nogalus.

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#5526533 - 01/07/15 07:14 PM Re: AUSTIN [Re: 7mag]
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A lot of my favorite restaurants have been mentioned already (Franklin, LA Barbecue, John Mueller Meat Co., Casino El Camino, Texas Chili Parlor), but here are a few others I like
Freedman's (awesome bbq and comparable to those mentioned above, but the advantage is they are open for dinner and have a full bar while the others are only open for lunch)
Home Slice (pretty good NY style pizza joint)
Austin Land and Cattle (my favorite Austin steakhouse and not to be confused with Texas Land and Cattle)
Gus's Fried Chicken (fries up some good yardbird)

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#5548473 - 01/17/15 01:36 PM Re: AUSTIN [Re: NDN98]
7mag Offline
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Gonna give Amaya's Taco Village a shot today. Seems like a few buds like that place. Driftwood tomorrow for the Q
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#5549554 - 01/18/15 09:24 AM Re: AUSTIN [Re: 7mag]
jmhartt Offline
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I second Texas chili parlor and add Polvo's for Mexican food. Both good stuff

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