Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ
11500 Menchaca Rd., 512/221-4248
Photo by John Anderson
Valentina's serves two of Austin's great loves out of one truck: Tex-Mex and barbecue. That means you can have smoked brisket in a sandwich with mesquite barbecue sauce, or lovingly wrapped in a hand-rolled tortilla with tomato serrano salsa. (Just get both.) Don't sleep on the breakfast tacos, served until 11am.
If Mom's barbecue sauce doesn't bring you back, Joe Bob's Beans will. You'll also feast on ribs, brisket, sausage, turkey, ham, and even barbecued bologna.
7811 S. First, 512/444-2333
Bite down into some of the juiciest ribs, chicken, brisket, and tenderloin around at the closest family-style barbecue to the fairgrounds. This place also serves a mean breakfast.
2617 I-35, 512/382-6720
Stop by for melt-in-your-mouth ribs. Warm up with an order of Rattlesnake Bites. Hire a driver.
9300-F S. I-35, 512/282-7427