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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

Can a place that cooks its meat in a gas-burning rotisserie make really great ’cue? Well, the brown-sugar-and-coffee-rubbed brisket was delicious, the maple-and-coriander-encrusted pork ribs were tender, the pulled pork was perfect, and the chorizo-ish jalapeño hot links were unforgettable. Sides and desserts were extraordinary. A jícama-and-carrot slaw, in particular, had plenty of cilantro and lime to cleanse the palate, and the hot blackberry fried pie prompted an “oh, my God.”

City: Austin


Method: Oak; gas-fired smoker

Pitmaster: Javier Sanchez

Pro-tip: Malbec pairs well with brisket.

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 401 W. 2nd, Austin, TX, 78701

Hours: Lunch Mon-€“Fri 11-€“2:30; dinner Sun-€“Wed 5:30-€“10, Thur-€“Sat 5:30-€“10:30; brunch Sat & Sun 11-€“2

Phone: 512-494-1500

Website: www.lambertsaustin.com

Year Opened: 2006

Last updated: May 3, 2013