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Old September 17th, 2015, 12:02 AM
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Local must eats in South Austin

Looking for more of a locals kind of places to grab some food while down here in Austin. I'm staying in south Austin if that helps.
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Old September 17th, 2015, 12:08 AM
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Franklins BBQ for sure. I'm not sure if it is in south Austin but it is worth crawling there on your hands and knees, thru broken glass and thumb tacks in my book. I think Chef Nobu agrees with me too.

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Old September 17th, 2015, 12:39 AM
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Franklin's is in downtown on 12th St.
People start lining up for the limited BBQ at around 6:00AM and it runs out about noon.

Give Torchy's Tacos a try also. They are all over Austin.

South Lamar and South Congress are the two main roads with the local food.

Threadgill's, Hill's Cafe, Hut's Hamburgers.

Download the Local Eats app for your phone. It gives me great ideas all over the country.
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Old September 17th, 2015, 03:21 AM
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Franklin BBQ lives up to the hype but the lines are absurd. Terry Black's and La BBQ are also outstanding and don't have the lines. Most Austinites would point you to Torchy's or Taco Deli for Breakfast Tacos but I'm way in the minority preferring Fresas downtown. There is also One in a Million on the East Side that was on one of the food shows. Luis C's recommendations are all good. Can't go wrong.
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Old September 17th, 2015, 08:35 AM
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Kerby Lane for breakfast. I like the one on Kerby Lane, but they're all pretty consistently good. Migas with queso. Mmmmm
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Home Slice Pizza, an Austin institution. Yes, there are others, but this has that "Austin vibe".
Some of the best eats is Fabi & Rosi off Lake Austin Blvd., but I'm a bit prejudiced.
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Get a Migas breakfast taco at Veracruz All Natural trailer on Cesar Chavez.

Verde Enchiladas at Habaneros On Oltorf.

Fajita or fish tacos at Cabo Bobs at Ben White and Congress

Burgers at Hopdoddy (touristy with epic line) on south congress or Casino El Camino on 6th (dive bar)

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I like hitting congress and sample the different bars and eateries. Have not had a bad experience yet.
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Torchy's is good but if you want hole-in-the wall burrito good try Super Burrito off of Oltorf & 35. There's often a cute Mexican girl working there as a cashier.

For hamburgers, I'm surprised no one mentioned Dan's Hamburgers off Ben White & Manchaca. Great onion rings and biscuits & gravy too.

If you want good BBQ (not Franklin good though) and a reason to get out of the city, try Salt Lick out in Driftwood. On Friday nights often a busy hangout for UT students.
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I had dinner last night at Little Barrel and Brown, and the food was amazing. The pork chop and fried chicken are ridiculous! (I had the red snapper as I've been on the road for 3 weeks, but it was great also.) Check out the new hotel bar and restaurant at the South Congress Hotel. It just opened last week so it's not that busy, but the food (I had breakfast and lunch there today) is impressive.
If you want something a little fancier...Perla, just one block north of that on Congress.
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Forget Franklins. Head south a bit to Lockhart and try Black's Barbecue and Kreuz Market. You can't go wrong with either.
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All great suggestions... throw a rock and you'll find somewhere great. Be sure to hit the Drag (Guadalupe St.) and the Barton Springs area. Rent a kayak from the Rowing Dock on Town Lake, build an appetite and then hit downtown for site seeing, drinks and dinner. And live music!.... for the love of all things holy..don't leave Austin without hearing some bands and gettin' your groove on
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What Carmen said.
When I first moved to Austin, we would go to the Continental Club. Great Austin Rockabilly music all the time.
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Sadly my free night turned into staying at the track for 12 hours in the sun so I'm crashed in the hotel trying to cool off.
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Ha! ...well, I'm glad you're having fun and at least you're here when we're heading into fall and not in the triple digits anymore..
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Ha! ...well, I'm glad you're having fun and at least you're here when we're heading into fall and not in the triple digits anymore..
pfft it was well over 100 at the track every day. Must say though the paddock building was very very nice.
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... well you are hanging around a place with no trees and a big ol pile of asphalt... so you'll go back east a few lbs of water weight lighter and a shade darker. My gf described the TX heat once and I thought it was funny...something about 'self combusting when walking out the door'
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I was thinking you said South Africa, not Austin lol. I was going to say the town of Stellenbosch looks nice. Maybe check out a local winery like Fairview Wine & Cheese. With the famous goat tower.

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lol! Sweet. We have stuff nearby like a Snake Farm, Dinosaur Park, Safari Ranch..bats of course and we use to even have a diving pig and a mermaid...but no stair climbing goats ...
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... well you are hanging around a place with no trees and a big ol pile of asphalt... so you'll go back east a few lbs of water weight lighter and a shade darker. My gf described the TX heat once and I thought it was funny...something about 'self combusting when walking out the door'
Self combusting is a good way to describe Texas heat.

When riding my motorcycle I've likened it to preheating the oven 450 for 20 minutes. Then open and put your face in it. That's what motorcycle riding in Texas is like.
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