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Get Your Mexican and Barbecue Fix in Downtown Austin

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We know that out-of-town visitors arrive in Austin with visions of brisket and tacos dancing in their heads, and so for our first SXSW restaurant guide, we present our quick-and-dirty guide to downtown restaurants that will scratch that itch.

We're going to be honest with you: you're not going to find the holy grail of Texas barbecue within walking distance of downtown SXSW venues (until March 12 when Franklin Barbecue opens their brick-and-mortar, at least). You've got to drive out into the country for that. However, there's decent barbecue downtown, and if you stick with our guide, we can guarantee your barbecue craving will be satisfied.

Mexican/Tex-Mex/tacos downtown are a little easier to come by, and we've thrown in a few East Side joints for those venturing to the non-official venues on the other side of 35. Stay tuned for later in the week as we dig a little deeper and venture a bit farther out.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Franklin Barbecue

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900 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

2. Lamberts Downtown Bbq

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401 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-1500
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3. Ruby's Barbeque & Catering Co

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512 W 29th St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 477-1651
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4. House Park Bar-B-Q

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900 W 12th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 472-9621

5. Sam's BBQ

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2000 E 12th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 478-0378

6. La Condesa

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400 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0300
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7. El Naranjo

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85 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-2776
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8. Joe's Bakery & Mexican Food

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2305 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 472-0017
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9. Takoba

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1411 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 628-4466
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10. Las Casuelas Mexican Restaurant

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1701 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 479-7911

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1. Franklin Barbecue

900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
900 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

2. Lamberts Downtown Bbq

401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
401 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701

3. Ruby's Barbeque & Catering Co

512 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705
512 W 29th St
Austin, TX 78705

4. House Park Bar-B-Q

900 W 12th St, Austin, TX 78701
900 W 12th St
Austin, TX 78701

5. Sam's BBQ

2000 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702
2000 E 12th St
Austin, TX 78702

6. La Condesa

400 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
400 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701

7. El Naranjo

85 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
85 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Joe's Bakery & Mexican Food

2305 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
2305 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Takoba

1411 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
1411 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Las Casuelas Mexican Restaurant

1701 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
1701 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

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