While Austin doesn’t quite have the abundance of historic buildings and landmarks to which older cities lay claim, those of us who have been here long enough can at least take pride in reminiscing about the days when Lululemon was Waterloo Records, or when Licha’s Cantina was home to the Typewriter Museum. While some places come and go, we have plenty of iconic dishes that continue to stand the test of time (sorry to break it to you, but Franklin Barbecue is not (yet) seasoned enough to house one of them). As a testament to Texans’ love of smoked meats, liquified cheese, and fried foods, we rounded up 15 of the most classic dishes around town.
Ruby’s BBQ (address and info)
Say what you will about (insert name of favorite barbecue here), but Ruby’s has been serving consistently juicy, flavorful brisket since 1988 -- and you can actually get it after the sun goes down, which is more than you can say for some of the most hyped-up barbecue places in town. Besides the essential brisket, their snappy hot sausage is a must, and the poppyseed-flecked, creamy cole slaw and mustard potato salad are some of our favorite barbecue sides in town. And there’s nothing more Austintatious than enjoying your tray out on their covered patio, where years’ worth of flyers are stapled onto the smoke-soaked wooden walls.