Franklin BBQ in Austin- When a restaurant lives up to the hype!
Back when we spent three weeks in Austin we were told we weren’t legally allowed to leave the city until we had eaten at Franklin BBQ! That's a lie, but still good advice. After all, Franklin BBQ has a reputation as the greatest BBQ to found in the US (and therefore the world).
How to plan a trip to Franklin BBQA trip to Franklin BBQ (or "Franklin's" as many call it) starts with putting together a plan of attack. If you want in on the prized BBQ, plan on an early morning. We woke up at 6:30 AM and made it to the front door by 7:15. BBQ for breakfast? Afraid not- the doors don’t open for lunch until 11 but when they’re sold out of food for the day, they’re done. This has lead to a tradition in which Franklin hopefuls create a line that wraps around the block in anticipation of when the BBQ spot opens.One of the people we met who was first in line had been there since shortly after 5AM.
Waiting in lineSince you’ll be waiting in line for quite a bit, do it like a pro:
- Chairs- If you get there early enough, Franklin has about 50 stadium chairs that you can borrow to make your wait more comfortable.
- Shade- Another benefit of showing up early is that there is enough shade under the porch roof for about the first 75 people depending on how many chairs and coolers are in use that day. Really important for that Texas sun!
- Beer- Yes, you can tailgate the BBQ line. A few cold beers in the morning feels right when all you have to look forward to is the best brisket you’ll ever have.