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Comedian Nick Offerman Fueled Up With Meats From Franklin Barbecue

Plus HEB’s barbecue is actually good, and more news

Nick Offerman at the Hearts Beat Loud premiere in New York
Nick Offerman at the Hearts Beat Loud premiere in New York
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Comedian’s Franklin Barbecue Visit
Comedian and actor Nick Offerman, whose love for Texas barbecue is well documented, hit up Franklin Barbecue this weekend, which he lovingly tagged as the “Pork Palace” on Instagram. He indulged in brisket, ribs, sausage, all sorts of sides, as well as three pies from Cake and Spoon, including the bourbon banana one. He also got to check out the pit room too. He was in town performing as part of the Moontower Comedy Festival.

HEB Barbecue
Looks like Texas Monthly barbecue editor vouches for the barbecue found at the state’s favorite supermarket HEB. The in-store shop True Texas BBQ operates like its own restaurant seating and meat by the pound, plus sandwiches and platters. He discovered brisket that “was juicy and smoky with just enough salt and not too much pepper” and a standout stuffed-brisket potato. Currently, there are no Austin locations, but there’s one planned for the HEB on Slaughter Lane

Pizza Closure
It looks like another restaurant shuttered at the 5701 West Slaughter Lane address (aka the same area where Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane is). This time, it was pizza chain Zpizza’s only Texas location. It shuttered sometime in early April. North Austin brewery and restaurant North by Northwest Brewing Co. also closed its only South Austin location at this address earlier this year.


7015 Village Center Drive, , TX 78731 (512) 502-8445 Visit Website

Franklin Barbecue

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