Lamberts Downtown Barbecue
- Mon-Wed: 11am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm
- Thurs-Sat: 11am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm
- Sun: 11am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm
- Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
- Good for Groups
- Takes Reservations
Everyone has different (and equally passionate) views on where to find the best barbecue in Austin, but no matter who you ask, Lambert’s inevitably comes up. For starters, the convenient downtown location is really easy to find, and the enormous, two-story building frequently hosts live bands. For the barbecue, you’ll line up cafeteria-style and select your meats from a wide, sizzling skillet. The brisket is the must-get item, but you can’t go wrong with any of the meats: The chicken is ridiculously juicy, and the sausages, which are stuffed with cheese, are great. Do your best to save space for the cobbler, which is served with a peel-top ice cream in a styrofoam cup.