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Franklin Barbecue Sign 1

East Austin

Aaron Franklin started his barbecue business in a trailer in 2009. He moved to a real building in 2011. A few years later, business exploded, thanks in part to Anthony Bourdain promoting the food on his No Reservations program in September, 2012. Even President Obama has dined at this establishment. These days, you’ll need to arrive several hours before opening if you hope to taste the beef and ribs, as Franklin’s sells out quickly.