Me, wife and 5 year old are coming to Austin October 17th-21 from San Francisco, a BBQ wasteland, looking for unique to Austin eats and, of course fine BBQ. We have car so open to travel for great food. SF is the land of burritos and has various quality regional Mexican cuisines, but really no Tex-Mex or breakfast tacos, so aside from BBQ we’re interested in those (and anything else we can’t get in SF). We’d also like to take advantage of the weather and eat outdoors when possible. Any advice/critique is appreciated. Also, is the Salt Lick the equivalent of Fisherman’s Wharf or worth the trip for the atmosphere? Someone this board recommended ordering brisket /burnt ends, turkey and baby back ribs if we end up there – but the menu doesn’t show baby backs or specifically “burnt ends”, do we just request them when ordering the brisket? Friday dinner I’m thinking about taking a break from BBQ and would like to try some unique brews, but my wife doesn’t drink, so is there a brew-pub with good food (I like the looks of the Fish-n-Chips at Black Star Co-Op) that would allow my indulgence (and allow children – we’ll likely be there early evening). Tentative schedule is as follows. Thanks in advance for any input.
Lick ice cream for dessert
Breakfast: El Tacorrido - breakfast tacos and coffee; or Torchy’s
Lunch: J. Mueller BBQ
Donuts at Gourdough’s
Lunch: Franklin’s BBQ
Dinner: Black Star Co-op Brewery or Hoppdoddy Burgers
Saturday: Maybe head to Lockhart for Blacks or Luling City Market? Salt Lick for Dinner? Maudie’s?
Sunday: Noble Pig Sandwiches in a.m. before airport?