US - Southwest Austin this weekend - recomendations?

Discussion in 'Beer Travel, Events and Releases' started by GMRfx, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. ninjasturtle

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    Sorry to hijack this thread, but im in town for the weekend. Planning to head to jester king tomorrow, and eat at Franklin's before. If I want to ensure there will still be brisket/ribs when I order, what time should I shoot to get there? 9am too late?
     
  2. kmello69

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    Nah 9am will be fine. They open at 11, so plan on being there until probably 12:30 or so, depending on how far back you are and how fast they move the line.
     
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  3. ninjasturtle

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    Thanks, I appreciate the response.
     
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  4. kmello69

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    No problem. Bring beer to drink while you wait. I usually bring chairs, but they actually now have some there that they let you borrow while you wait in line. Its a good time
     
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  5. blatherbeard

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    I dunno, i used to drive by franklins around 9 and see it about 50 or so deep so i guess it depends on luck and how long you actually care to stand in line ;)

    let me live vicariously through you and let us know your thoughts. Ive never stood in line for a 2 to 3 hour wait knowingly for food, but then again, ive never been to franklins. (but blacks was amazing)

    speaking of blacks, they are opening a store next to hopfields(or may have opened it already) so that will be interesting to see if its near as good as the lockhart location.
     
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  6. Heretic

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    They opened late October. As to whether they're as good as the original http://austin.culturemap.com/news/r...-these-barbecue-restaurants-comes-out-on-top/ might offer some insight, but I can't vouch for their BBQ knowledge. At least their opinion of Terry Black's matches what I've heard everywhere else (though I've heard they've also gotten much better since then).
     
  7. ninjasturtle

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    Well, I did end up getting there right around 9am. The line was nuts, nearly wrapping to the fence by the edge of the property. There were probably another 75 people behind me by 10am. Around 1030am I discovered the 'last man standing' (last person guaranteed any food) was about 5 in front of me. An employee from Franklins told the people around me there may or may not be food left past that person, and if anything it would likely be scraps. Most people in the back of the line left at that point, but I decided to stick it out and hope for the best. Luckily, they had everything available except for the turkey when I finally got to the counter to order at 2:45pm. If I had known it would take nearly 6 hours to get food, I probably would have skipped it but oh well. I've never even waited for beer that long. I think because it was Saturday the day before Easter it was even crazier than normal.

    I wouldn't wait that long again, but the experience was memorable. I was able to set up an in-person trade during my visit and the guy was nice enough to meet me while I waited in line. I got to drink the extra he gave me, Austin Beerworks Heavy Machinery DIPA, right on the spot since it was nice and cold. Really nice beer. Also had a great time chatting with the people around me. I met locals as well as people from all over - Atlanta, Miami, another New Yorker, etc. The time went by quicker than I thought. A highlight was the local a few behind me who got so drunk drinking in line he threw up minutes before he was to put in his order. Nice guy though. Also, the staff was amazing - friendly, good at providing updates and setting expectations.

    Anyway, on to the part you (and I) are waiting for - the food. As a New Yorker, my exposure to 'real' bbq has been limited so I am speaking from a relatively uninformed position. But the brisket was one of the best things I have ever tasted. It basically melted in your mouth. The (beef) ribs were unbelievable as well - delicious char and bark. Pulled pork was also a clear winner. The pork ribs and sausage were both good, but nothing special in my opinion. I also dug the bourbon banana pie, though had to eat that in the evening since I obviously had no room for it after consuming more than a pound of bbq.

    I went from Franklin's straight to Jester King and had a great afternoon/evening there. It was already one of my favorite breweries based on the great beer I've tried by them in the past, but my first visit also made it one of best brewery trips I've ever had. Just a wonderful place to spend a day. Overall, great time in Austin.
     
  8. GMRfx

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    Been in the Frankin bbq line since a little before 9. 20th or so in line. Line is through the back parking lot and around the corner (couple hundred people?) on a Tuesday... Looking forward to seeing if this brisket lives up to the hype.

    Beautiful day, doing some AM drinking. Got a chair. No complaints here.
     
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  9. kmello69

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    Wow. That's longer than I've EVER had to wait in line there. You have amazing stamina to wait that long, but that brisket, right? There is just nothing like it (damn you, Aaron!! ;) ) I guess I didn't even realize that it would be the Saturday of a holiday weekend - recipe for a massive line. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip - Jester King really is a special place.
     
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  10. jeblikesbeer

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    someday i shall make the pilgrimage...
     
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  11. kmello69

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    Get on down here, son. I'll make sure you get good and drunk, and eat lots of great food. :)
     
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  12. GMRfx

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    Omg that brisket... Ate almost a pound. My stomach hates me right now, but damn, that's some magic meat.
     
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  13. Wagon Circler

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    Massachusetts is beautiful this time of year.
     
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  14. xpimptastikx

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    I've seen a lot of beer and food talk, but nothing about disks. I'm not super familiar with the south Austin parks, but Mary Moore Searight is a fun park, but isn't marked very well. Circle C is close to that location as well but has some really long driving holes if you're into that. My favorite park in central Austin (Pease) was shut down about 2 years ago because they wanted to stop the foot traffic. :(
     
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  15. GMRfx

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    I played Circle C on Monday morning (nice and quiet). Really nice course. The short holes are similar to what we have in the North East, but less technical, and quite easy (but a lot of fun). Those long holes though! Man. 900 ft holes are a new thing to me, and I just dont have the big drives for those. I only brought a few discs on the trip, but did stop at Disc Nation for a few more. Really enjoyed the course.
     
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  16. steimie

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    Resurrecting this, as I'm coming to Austin tomorrow for a couple of days.

    Thoughts from the locals on Bangers? It's near Craft Pride, so I was thinking of trying to grab a bite there. Thanks for all the other info here.
     
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  17. mwbbq

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    Bangers is a great place with tasty food (get the chili cheese fries) and a so-so to good beer selection, but sometimes the staff are surly jerks. They had a ton of great stuff on draft last Saturday for their 3rd birthday party but not sure if any of it is still around. Also, Via 313 at Craft Pride has Detroit-style pizza (not that you would need it coming from MI) but it is very tasty.
     
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  18. xpimptastikx

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    Bangers is great, although you missed their 3rd anniversary bonanza by a week. They do a decent brunch on Sundays as well, and 32oz "manmosas" with a whole bottle of champagne... They usually have 80+ beers on tap with at least 2-5 pretty interesting taps or firkins. Check out Meridian Hive while you're here if you're into mead. You can usually find a fruit variant on tap somewhere downtown.
     
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  19. steimie

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    Thanks guys! Looking forward to trying Bangers.
     
  20. Heretic

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    I'm not a huge fan of Bangers' food, but you could do worse. There are also a few food trucks across the street and some good (if pricey) restaurants on Rainey as well if you're looking for something other than sausages.
     
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