June 19, 2013

Father's Day Weekend Trip to Austin

I really enjoy visiting Austin, Tx. (even though I've only visited twice) and I love, love, love the food. This past Father's Day weekend John and I went on a weekend trip to Austin with friends. The main goal of the trip was to visit Franklin BBQ, a restaurant labeled the best BBQ in Texas. Anthony Bourdain from No Reservations on the Travel Channel visited Franklin BBQ. (Video to follow.) One friend had called ahead and asked when would be the best time to show up. She was told that Saturdays were their busiest days. Most people started lining up at 7:30 A.M.! 7:30! The restaurant doesn't open until 11:00 A.M.!

 If you want to get a better idea of what I'm talking about check out the video of Bourdian's visit.

On Saturday morning, John and three other guys waited in line from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. During the morning I would text him and ask him what was happening with the line. He said that a girl who worked there had already come out and let everyone know, generally, when they'd be getting their food. Her estimate for the people just behind John was 1 P.M. Just before we were about to order I looked at my watch. It said 1 P.M. I told John how impressed I was at her prediction. She was one experienced worker there! In all, it was a four hour wait for that BBQ, and it was delicious. Some of the best BBQ I've ever eaten. It was moist and flavorful, and, before watching Bourdain's video, I didn't even realize they only season the meat with salt and pepper. We ended up buying a pound of lean brisket and a plate of pork ribs and pulled pork. The moment I tasted the brisket I told John we definitely wanted leftovers. By the time we left there was still a line out the door and about halfway towards the parking lot. 

While the boys waited in the line we girls left to eat breakfast at Kerby Lane Cafe. I indulged in Eggs Francisco; English muffin piled with scrambled eggs, bacon, tomato, avocado and topped with a cheese sauce. Even picked up some blueberry pancakes that I in no way could finish. (The leftovers of which are current sitting in my fridge waiting to be eaten.) Between that and the BBQ you'd think that I wouldn't be able to eat anymore. You'd be right! After Franklin's we all ended up going back to the hotel room and napping.

The second best thing I loved about Austin was Barton Springs. When John and I visited last year my cousin and her husband took us to swim. The water was super cold and inviting considering the 100 plus degree weather we have around here. This weekend we just weren't able to make swimming, but we were able to stop at an outside cafe and eat a light dinner.

See? I told you I love food. This whole post was about food. I can pretty much guarantee that the next time I visit Austin all I will be able to talk about will be about the food. 

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