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Freedmen’s [closed]

Photograph by Jenn Hair

Thick slices of pork belly were silky tender, but the heavy rub could be a little less sweet and the smoke flavor could be more developed. The spare ribs had plenty of smoke. The black bark held juicy meat beneath. The bits came away from the bone nicely, but again, the rub was a bit heavy. The made-in-house sausage was also very good. The links were juicy and well made with a great snappy casing. The seasoning was reserved, but it’s still a solid link with plenty of peppery flavor.

City: Austin


Method: Indirect heat smoker

Pitmaster: Chris McGhee

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 2402 San Gabriel St., Austin, Texas, 78705

Hours: Tue-Wed 10-11, Thur-Sat 11-Midnight, Sun 11-10

Phone: (512) 220-0953

Website: www.freedmensbar.com

Year Opened: 2012

Last updated: July 22, 2013


  • Jeromy D Hughes

    I’ve had the pleasure of dining there several times, myself. I brought my visiting father there (who is retired and now lives on Bolivar Peninsula) when it first opened, and now almost every time he comes to visit me in Austin, he wants to go there (for the banana pudding, if nothing else, but I digress…) My only point is to strongly suggest that this restaurant be given a chance, and serious consideration, as it is so very well done. The food is fantastic (try the Holy Trinity on your first visit, to get an overall taste of their best); but the atmosphere and service are excellent, as well. It’s not stuffy or pretentious, but it’s very sophisticated and elegant, in a subtle way. Give it a shot; you will not be disappointed.