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Austin Barbecue Spots You Must Check Out Before You Graduate

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With graduation right around the corner, you may find yourself lamenting over all the Austin hot spots you never managed to visit. The landmarks you never took a selfie in front of. And the food you never got to eat. Well, graduation hasn't happened yet. So go check out that club on Rainey Street. Go take that selfie with the Willy Nelson statue in front of ACL and indulge in all the top-notch barbecue Bat City offers. With your culinary bucket list in mind, here are three local barbecue spots in Austin you have to check out before you graduate.

Franklin BBQ 

Franklin Barbecue's slogan is "Serving the best barbecue in the known universe." While we can't quite confirm this statement, we can confirm that Franklin Barbecue is so good that there's a line stretching out from the front door all day, every day. From ribs with meat falling off the bone to famously good sides like their slaw and potato salad, Franklin is world-famous for a reason. So bring your standing shoes and come see what all the fuss is about.

Terry Black’s BBQ

If you want barbecue just as good as Franklin Barbecue minus the crazy long line? Then look no further than Terry Black's Barbecue. Located just south of downtown Austin, Terry's is home to some of the best Texas BBQ you've ever had. Family owned and run, it's not unusual to see Terry's sons Micheal and Mark working the smokers or serving up your meals. Check out the menu and treat yourself to some fine Austin dining.    

Gus’s Fried Chicken

The final entry is a bit of a cheat. While not a barbecue spot, Gus's Fried Chicken is a downtown Austin mainstay. Boasting a few long lines of their own, Gus's features mouth-watering fried chicken, sides so tasty they'll make your toes curl, and a pecan pie that will have you ordering two more slices to go. When you're not sure you want to knock Terry or Franklin off your Austin eatery to-do list, why not visit good 'ol Gus? We promise you won't be disappointed.

Looking for more things to do within the Austin city limits? Check out our Neighborhood page or check out our other 21 Rio blog posts.

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