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VERACRUZ ALL NATURAL FOOD TRUCK

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: STREET TACOS

WHEN: You're craving tacos for breakfast.  

PRICE:

PAYMENT: Credit / Cash

 

MAP IT: (multiple locations check site)

1704 E Cesar Chavez St.

Austin, TX 78702

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Migas Tacos

  • Fish Tacos

  • Al Pastor Taco

WHY: I heard that they had some of the best tacos, and that their Migas tacos were simple and sublime. But, I had no idea that tacos like this could come from a food truck. They were far superior to many of the Mexican restaurants I ate that week. The Migas taco may have been one of the top 3 tacos I have had in the country. Make this truck a destination for breakfast.

AUSTIN = KEEPING IT WEIRD

Everything is bigger in Texas, and the food scene in Austin is no exception. I came here looking for Central Texas Barbecue, and found so much more. Amazing breakfast tacos, a plethora of secret bars,  and more down home slow cooked meat than you could shake a stick at. The people were friendly, and I could see making this an annual stop on my culinary trends tour.

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PIG'S PICKS

Where to chow down on BBQ, street tacos, and drink in secrecy in Austin.

FRANKLIN'S BARBECUE

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

WHAT: CENTRAL TEXAS BBQ

WHEN: You want the best brisket in the country and don't care how long you have to wait.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

900 E 11th St.

Austin, TX 78702

WHAT TO ORDER: 

  • Brisket

  • Sausage

  • Pork Spareribs

  • Beef Ribs (Saturday only)

WHY: The lines start forming around 7am and they don't even open until 11. Sure that's crazy, but this meat is that crazy good. Aaron Franklin is a manic when it comes to the quality of his BBQ and that shines through in every tender bite. Franklins is open for lunch only.

LOUIE MUELLER BARBECUE

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

WHAT: THE CATHEDERAL OF SMOKE

WHEN: Your bucket list says  "try the ledged of central Texas BBQ". 

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

206 W. Second Street

Taylor, TX 76574

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Brisket

  • Sausage

  • Ribs, pork spareribs

  • Beef ribs

WHY: Louie Mueller opened his doors in 1949 and never looked back. Now on the third generation of Mueller pit masters, the BBQ is as good as ever. This lunch only place is where the best pit masters in the state come when they are looking for inspiration. Also, see the American flag outside? if you do they're open for business.  Walk inside for a trip back into a more gentle time where the beef is slow cooked and the customers are happy. Mueller's is located in Taylor a short trip north of Austin, but well worth the investment of time.

AUSTIN

CULINARY EXPLORATIONS IN TEXAS

MIDNIGHT COWBOY

PIG SCORE: 3.8 / 4.0

WHAT: SECRET COCKTAIL BAR

WHEN: You have a date and want to impress.

PRICE: $$  

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT:

313 E 6th St.

Austin, TX 78701

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • The Double Awesome

WHY: This is a very intimate and difficult to get into bar. The drink menu is very serious and the bartenders are damn good. But don't just try to walk in (unless the red light by the door is on, then walk-ins are welcome).

HOW TO GET IN: Go to the website and make a reservation. Show up at your time, find the secret un-marked door. Press the Buzzer for "Harry Craddock". Get ready for an amazing drink

THE FIREHOUSE LOUNGE

PIG SCORE: 3.75 / 4.0

WHAT: HOSTEL SPEAKEASY

WHEN: You feel like walking through a book shelf.

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

605 Brazos St.

Austin, TX 78701

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • A Prohibition Cocktail

  • Penicilin

WHY: It's a cool hang out hidden inside of a real Hostel. 

HOW TO GET IN: Walk into the lobby of the hostel. Go past the front desk to the bookcase. Look for the handle on the left side, and pull it open. Walk in, please close the door behind you and enjoy.

BAR ILLEGAL

PIG SCORE: 3.7 / 4.0

WHAT: A SECRET MEZCAL BAR

WHEN: It's late Friday or Saturday night, and you're in the mood for a flight of  Mezcal.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

609 Davis St.

Austin, TX 78701

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Mexican Mule

  • A flight of Mezcal

WHY: It's rare to find a quality Mezcal, and even more rare to find a secret bar that specializes in it. This little stone shack lit by candle, isn't big enough to hold 10 people, but they can make a mean Mezcal cocktail.

HOW TO GET IN: Find Clive bar, walk through it to the patio, keep walking to the little stone shack in the back. You're there baby!

WEBSITE:  NA

RED HEADED STEP CHILD

PIG SCORE: 3.7 / 4.0

WHAT: SPEAK EASY

WHEN: You want cozy place to hang out, or a floppy disk repaired.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT:

119 E 5th St.

Austin, TX 78701

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Lobster Roll

  • Clam Chowder

WHY: This place is quirky and fun atmosphere to get a drink and meet friends.

HOW TO GET IN: Ring the bell and use the password. Don't know the password? Then go to the bar next door buy a drink, tip well and ask them. Or you can do what I did and wait till someone leaves then slide in all illegal like.

MI MADRE'S RESTAURANT

PIG SCORE: 3.3 / 4.0

WHAT: CASUAL MEXICAN 

WHEN: You miss your Mexican grandmothers tacos.

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

2201 Manor Rd.

Austin, TX 78722

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Migas Taco

  • Breakfast Tacos

WHY: mi Madre's is a casual establishment that has homemade Mexican breakfast taco selection that is second to none. My only question, why doesn't every town have a place like this?

JUAN IN A MILLION

PIG SCORE: 3.25 / 4.0

WHAT: CLASSIC MEXICAN DISHES 

WHEN: You are so hungry that you could eat a horse.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

2300 E Cesar Chavez St.

Austin, TX 78702

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Lobster Roll

WHY: Fresh tortillas stuffed with eggs, meat and lots of carbs. This place is a solid fueling up stop when exploring the city.

MICKELTHWAIT CRAFT MEATS

PIG SCORE: TBD

WHAT: TRAILER-TRUCK BBQ

WHEN: It's a beautiful day in Austin, you want BBQ and you're good with eating outside.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

1309 Rosewood Ave

Austin, TX 78702

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • TBD

WHY: Okay, I NEVER do this, but I went there and was just too full to eat. That said I have had many chef friends who have eaten here and heard reviews enough that I want to give it the attention it deserves. Next time I'm in Austin, I will make sure to save room so I can properly grade it.

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