801 Red River
Hours: Mon., 5-10pm; Tue.-Thu., 11am-10pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., 11am-9pm
One of Austin's premier rhythm-and-grub joints, and it has damn good barbecue. The Gospel Brunch on Sundays has become so popular that reservations are a must for both seatings.
Owner Bobby Cavo has barbecue deep in his DNA. His mom, Mopsie, still provides the meat through her catering kitchen, all of it kissed by heritage post oak smoke.
120 E. Fourth, 512/369-3119
No-frills, award-winning, mesquite-smoked brisket, pork loin, sausage, chicken, and sandwiches have been served from the same smoke-redolent shack since 1943. Lunch only.
900 W. 12th, 512/472-9621