Austin March 15, 2018
8 Famous Restaurants Around Austin That Are So Worth Waiting In Line For
Austin is full of foodies, and they’ll go to great lengths to experience an amazing meal. Sometimes that means standing in line for as long as five hours! From barbecue to Tex Mex, there’s no shortage of iconic eateries. These eight famous restaurants around Austin are wildly popular, and they’re so worth the wait.
1. Franklin Barbecue
Franklin Barbecue is, arguably, the most famous restaurant in Austin. Known for its incredibly long lines and addicting brisket, Franklin Barbecue has become a fixture in the city's dining scene. Eating here isn't just a meal -- it's an event! Grab a lawn chair and bring some card games! Austinites know how to make a five hour wait fly by in a flash. Franklin Barbecue can be found at 900 E 11th St.
2. Gourdough's Donuts
It's not uncommon to see long lines at this iconic food trailer. Gourdough's big fat donuts are wildly delicious, and you've never had anything like them. Get them topped with bacon, jalapeno jelly, or fresh strawberries. The sky is the limit at 1503 S 1st St.
Moonshine's all-you-can-eat weekend brunch buffet has enough eggs and bacon to keep you full all day long. This epic spread overflows with tacos, chicken tenders, omelettes, and pastries. It's no wonder it's so popular! You'll have to wait to be seated on a Saturday or Sunday morning, but it's definitely worth it. You can find Moonshine Grill at 303 Red River St.
4. Round Rock Donuts
This wildly famous donut house will make your mouth water. Their massive donuts are perfect for those with a Texas-sized sweet tooth. Round Rock Donuts can be found at 106 W Liberty Ave.
5. Russell's Bistro
Austinites crave Russell's Bistro for brunch, and the line can sometimes stretch on and on. Thankfully, the staff at this quaint eatery know how to keep the mid-morning hunger pains away. Russell's Bistro will ease your impatience with a free mimosa or cup of coffee is there's a wait. You'll fall in love with the scrumptious eggs benedict at 1601 W 38th St.
6. La Barbecue
La Barbecue's pork ribs fall right off the bone, and their smoky brisket will fill you with happiness. You won't need to line up at 8 AM to get this barbecue, but their tender meats are becoming more popular by the day. It's never a bad idea to get here early. You'd hate to miss out on this amazing meal. La Barbecue can be found at 2027 E Cesar Chavez St.
7. Matt's El Rancho
Matt's El Rancho's irresistible chile rellenos are so good, LBJ had them special delivered to the White House. This Austin institution has been serving tangy margaritas and scrumptious queso for 65 years, and it grows in popularity every day. Matt's El Rancho can be found at 2613 S Lamar Blvd. To learn more about this delectable Mexican restaurant, read our feature article
8. The Salt Lick
Head on down to Driftwood, Texas and prepare yourself for some life-altering barbecue. This iconic Texas restaurant has served delicious sausages, brisket, and ribs for generations. It's also BYOB, so it's easy to pass the time while you wait for a table. If there happens to be a long wait, you can always order your food to-go and enjoy it under the live oak trees! The Salt Lick Barbecue can be found at 18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826. To learn more, read our feature article
How long would you wait in line for a meal?