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Odam Calls La Barbecue Austin's Best; Franklin Number 2

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Matthew Odam at The Statesman drops his top ten Austin barbecue list today, with a major shakeup: the critic ranks East 6th trailer La Barbecue at number one, above national phenomenon Franklin Barbecue. Odam heaps praise on both La Barbecue and Franklin's world-class smokey meats, though he is disappointed by Franklin's sausage. The real rub, however, is Franklin's damn line.

the gargantuan one at Franklin is the fine dividing line between the top spot and runner-up on my list. What was once a two-hour commitment can now stretch to a five-hour marathon. Some consider the convivial line — full of local die-hards and barbecue pilgrims from around the world — a ritual … an experience in and of itself … a culinary tailgate party. I call it unbearable.
Odam notes this line isn't Franklin's fault, and he credits both the brisket and Aaron Franklin's hospitality. The full top ten is paywalled for the moment, but will be available via The Statesman's app.

Claudia Alarcón visits Licha's Cantina for The Chronicle, and overall is a fan of their authentic Mexico City cuisine. The fresh tortillas need a defter hand, however.

We loved the sopes de lengua ($12), three fresh masa cups filled with braised tongue, fresh avocado salsa, and queso fresco, but were less enamored of the tlacoyo ($10). The shrimp mole topping was excellent, but the tlacoyo (traditional oval masa boat) was too big and thick, and therefore undercooked in the middle.
The critic concludes Licha's is a great addition to East 6th, and a prime destination for next month's World Cup.

THE BLOGS: Mike Sutter at Fed Man Walking is getting ready to drop his own Austin barbecue top ten, and he's ranking the various menu offerings first, such as sandwiches.
· The Best Barbecue in Austin, According to Matthew Odam [Statesman]
· Good Mexico City Food Has a Home on The East Side [Chronicle]
· All Week in Reviews [EATX]

Franklin Barbecue

900 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 653-1187 Visit Website

La Barbecue

6th and Waller Austin TX 78702