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Kemuri Tatsu-ya
Kemuri Tatsu-Ya

Nov 20, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Raw squid and smoked fish collar are just a couple of the dishes offered by the guys behind Ramen Tatsu-Ya.

Launderette

Jun 9, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Summer doesn't get any better than alfresco dining at this chic East Austin brasserie.

Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

Oct 18, 2017 By Texas Monthly

“Blood makes you related, but barbecue makes you family,” said the camo-clad guy to a young boy across from him at our long communal table. It was three o’clock on a Saturday, but the bare-bones place was humming like Grand Central Station, nearly every table populated by smoked-meat devotees from…

Bella Sera

Oct 12, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Charming, family-run spot for pizza and pasta and everything in between.

Contigo

Oct 10, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Enjoy a Texas ranch–inspired menu on a tree-shaded patio in East Austin.

LeRoy & Lewis

May 22, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The siren call of smoked meat brings young parents with ebullient toddlers, seniors with winsome dogs, and pretty much every age in between to trailers scattered in empty lots throughout the city. This one, helmed by Evan LeRoy, the former pitmaster at Freedmen’s, is definitely attracting the Instagrammers, who snap…

Truth Barbeque

May 10, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

The slices of meat are juicy, salty, and incredibly tender, while the smokiness lurks in the background.

Coach’s Bar-B-Que

Mar 27, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

The brisket and ribs hold up just fine against other Waco barbecue joints, but diners looking for barbecue greatness should stick to Coach's barbecue on a bun options.

Tons of Fun BBQ

Feb 10, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

The beef on the chopped brisket sandwich cut it into large chunks, covered in sauce, then kneaded until it forms a cohesive mass of smoky, sweet beefiness.

La Barbecue

Oct 6, 2015 By Texas Monthly

While some spend their Saturday mornings seeking the must indulgent brunch, others line up here. The crowd can be monumental, but if you get there 30 minutes to an hour before La B opens, at 11, you’ll find a veritable bucket of gold at the end of the rainbow. Brisket…

Kolacny Bar-B-Q

Sep 15, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

This barbecue joint does not exist. No, this is not the start of a philosophical argument over what is and isn’t real. What we mean to say is that we thought this category of barbecue joint—“the unknown”—was gone forever. The “unknown” is a place that we would characterize as a “hidden gem,” a restaurant that…

CLOSED – Smokey Denmark’s Smoked Meats

Jul 16, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Smokey Denmark’s has been known for making sausage in Austin for decades. Even up in North Texas, if you ask a barbecue joint where their hot links are from you’ll likely hear “Smokey Denmark.” While they have a storefront at their facility on East 5th Street, links from Smokey…

Terry Black’s Barbecue

Jan 15, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

It’s a good sign when the lean brisket is still juicy in the middle of the afternoon. The juiciness was evident on the cutting block where my order was deconstructed from hulking chunk of jet black brisket. As promised, they cook with all wood here (to the ire…