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Top Choice Barbecue in Austin


Torn between barbecue and fine dining? Lambert's serves intelligent updates of American comfort-food classics – some might call it 'uppity barbecue' – in a historic stone building run by Austin chef Lou Lambert.
Top Choice Tex-Mex in Austin

Güero's Taco Bar

Set in a former feed-and-seed store from the late 1800s, Güero's is an Austin classic and always draws a crowd. Come for homemade corn tortillas (the tacos al pastor are excellent), chicken tortilla soup and refresh…
Top Choice Barbecue in Austin

The Salt Lick

It's worth the 20-mile drive out of town just to see the massive outdoor barbecue pits at this park-like place off US 290. It's a bit of a tourist fave, but the crowd-filled experience still gets our nod. BYOB. Hung…
Top Choice Bar in Austin

Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon

This funky little cinder-block building is one of those dive bars that Austinites love so very much – and did even before it became nationally famous for chicken-shit bingo on Sunday night.
Top Choice Bar in Austin

East Side Showroom

With an ambience that would feel right at home in Brooklyn (in the late 1800s), this bar anchoring the lively east-side scene is full of hipsters soaking up the craft cocktails and bohemian atmosphere.
Top Choice Live Music in Austin

Continental Club

No passive toe-tapping here; this 1950s-era lounge has a dance floor that's always swinging with some of the city's best local acts.
Top Choice Vintage in Austin

Uncommon Objects

'Curious oddities' is what they advertise at this quirky antique store that sells all manner of fabulous knickknacks, all displayed with an artful eye. More than 20 different vendors scour the state to stock their s…
Top Choice Bar in Austin

Hotel San José

Transcending the hotel-bar genre, this is actually a cool, Zen-like outdoor patio that attracts a chill crowd, and it's a nice place to hang if you want to actually have a conversation.
Top Choice Barbecue in Austin

Franklin Barbecue

America's most famous barbecue spot only serves lunch, and only till it runs out – usually well before 2pm. In fact, to avoid missing out, you should join the line by 10am (9am on weekends). Just treat it as a tailg…
Top Choice Japanese in Austin


Not content to rest on his Uchi laurels, Chef Tyson Cole opened this North Lamar restaurant that describes itself as 'Japanese farmhouse dining.' But we're here to tell you, it's hard to imagine being treated to fan…