My foodie bucket list must
◊ LOCATION: AUSTIN, TX
Most people would say that waiting in line six hours for brisket just isn’t worth it. I’m definitely not one of them. I am a self proclaimed foodie. Coming from a long line of amazing cooks and having a trained Chef as a mother has seriously spoiled my taste buds. So when I arrived in Austin, Franklin Barbecue was a bucket list must for me. We arrived there around 8:30 am thinking that we were early enough compared to their 11 am opening, we were very wrong. The line was already wrapping around the building with lawn chairs and coolers everywhere in sight. We later came to find out that people had started showing up at 4 am! Our hearts almost dropped when the sweet and enthusiastic staff members came to tell our section of the line that there was a real possibility of us not getting any food, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. After a six hour wait we finally made our way up to the front of the line. We ordered an abundance of sausage, pulled pork and of course the famous brisket, all accompanied by a tangy potato salad and well seasoned beans. The brisket was amazing, the kind of melt in your mouth tenderness with a caramelized, crispy and smoky flavor that was in lack of a better word, PERFECTION. There’s a reason why people wait for so long just for a slice of Franklin’s brisket. It has been celebrated as the best BBQ in the nation by almost everyone from Texas Monthly to Bon Appetit and it’s well worth the hype.
Photos By Adriana Abrantes (Me)