I love Texas. I had the pleasure of visiting Austin in the end of July. As a lover of Barbeque, I strategically planned each meal around my meetings. I had to eat and savor as much barbeque as humanly possible since I was only in Austin for 3 days. Below are the restaurants I chose to eat at.
This is an Austin-based taco and salad chain. Similar to chipotle but better. They have 6 locations in Austin. I had the Ensalada Aguacate with chicken. I could eat Mexican salad everyday. If I stayed longer (and was not so focused on barbeque) I would have come back. They use fresh, locally sourced ingredients. For what it is, five stars.
I visited the Anderson Lane location. Another local Austin chain. Their specialty is wood fired roasted coffee. The only thing I usually buy on my work travels is coffee beans. You can learn so much about a city or town by hanging out at the local coffee shops. I purchased the En Feugo beans. They “have a full body, a sweet trace of honey and very smooth delivery”.
My first barbeque! I honestly was so excited that I was nervous haha. Nervous in that I did not want to make a poor decision. I am very passionate about my food. Everything is done by weight so you can customize your meal. I ordered the pork spare ribs, beef brisket, extra cheddar mac n’ cheese and creamed corn. This was the best barbeque sauce I had out of all the restaurants. The brisket was a little too fatty for my taste, but the ribs were great.
After viewing 20 annoying billboard signs announcing the Instagram famous silos, I decided to make a stop and see what the fuss was about. Waco was under a lot of infrastructure construction so I had to reroute a few times. The silos are about 5 minutes away from the highway. I purchased my two cupcakes, valued at a whopping $20. The lemon lavender was very good. A little too sweet. I also bought the Strawberries n’ Cream after asking the security guard what his favourite was… It was meh. I ate them in bed. If you planned a trip just based on visiting the silos you would be extremely disappointed.
I had wanted to go to the world-famous Franklin’s barbeque, however, since it was a work trip I do not have time to sit in line for 6 hours. Also, during my meeting, my account informed me that this place was MUCH better. I went at closing (2pm) so their selection was low. This spot had the best jalepeno cheese grits I had ever had. I had a jalepeno sausage, pork ribs and some cole slaw. You have to eat outside in 100-degree weather, so the free beer was very welcomed.
I had the Estel Dale Smoked Pale Ale which was made with Fredricksberg peaches smoked by Lewroy & Lewis BBQ. I loved this beer. I also had a sample of the lotion in a basket beer. It was ok. I was chatting with the head brewer and coincidently he has worked with Beau’s brewery in Ottawa. It was so hot in the tasting room that I could not stay for long.
Sixth Street is the party street in Austin. Tons of live bands and restaurants. Almost felt like Nashville. I had intended to eat in the Rainey Street district, which had really cute restaurants, however nothing I was in the mood for. The restaurants décor was tired but the Tequila Adobo-Marinated Shrimp & Chicken fajitas were unreal!
Best spot and it came heavily recommended by everyone I spoke with. Lineup was almost out the door but I only had to wait about 20 minutes. I actually purchased $150 worth of meat and transported it home for my husband in a cooler. The beans sucked, they used a gritty seasoning that I was not fond of. The brisket was mouth-watering and had perfect smoke ring. I did not like their barbeque sauce but the meat was so good you did not need it!