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Opie’s Barbecue

Austin

As you walk into Opie's, you're greeted by a huge black pit that looks like some sort of malevolent coffin, but once the lid comes up you are a greeted by the daily array of smoked meats. Unlike many of the classic joints in the state, Opie’s is a rather bright and almost alarmingly clean place that is surprisingly devoid of years' worth of soot. Don’t worry, all the extra light gives you a chance to admire the beauty on your plate. The pinto beans are free, but make sure you get a side of their tater tot casserole to make your experience complete.