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The best BBQ in Texas: Franklin BBQ

Texas is well-known for their barbecue. One of the thing that I would do when I travel around Texas is to try the most popular BBQ in the town.  There are 3 different kind of BBQ in Texas; Central, East, and West Texas style. Each style has their own unique characteristics. For Central Texas, they put a lot of the focus on the quality and the taste of the meat. I would recommend to eat the BBQ without the sauce to feel the rich taste of it. The most popular place to find the Central Texas BBQ is Lockhart, which is the capital of Central Texas BBQ. I have been to  Black’s, Smitty’s, and City market in Luling, Texas.

Recently, I heard that there is one place in Austin that have better quality of BBQ. I also saw the Anthony Bourdain No Reservation show about this place. So I gave it a try last weekend.

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We went there about 9 AM in the morning to wait in the line. The place usually open around 11PM. The place has limited number of the BBQ, so make sure you come earlier, if you want to get the ribs. I have never seen the place like this before, people don’t mind to wait that long to get a BBQ. How about on the weekdays? Same thing.

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After waiting for 4 hours, finally we could order the BBQ. We ordered the sausage, pulled pork, pork ribs, beef ribs, and brisket.

How is it?
Sausage: Ok, can’t really tell. Not a really good indicator.
pulled pork: Ok, soft and tender.
Pork ribs: Really good. tender,rich, and sweet.

Beef ribs and brisket: HEAVEN, It is really amazing. I have never seen the BBQ that really tender and moist like this before. The temperature when he cooked it was perfect. We can feel the rich flavor in the meats. This is possible because Franklin use wood-fire smoker and oaks which gives a strong flavor to the meat.

CHERUBSCORE: 9.8

Franklin Barbeque
Address: 900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Phone:(512) 653-1187

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First Bite: Ramen Jin, Houston

I heard about the rumor and news that the new ramen store will be opened in Westchase area since couple months ago. So yesterday my friends texted me to try their ramen on the second day of the opening. They got there around 6.45PM and started to wait in the line. I met them about 15 minutes later. The line was not too long, we still could line up inside the building. (It is really cold outside).
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The wait time is really looooong. I saw many people just gave up and left. The line was moving 1 feet every 10 minutes. The problem was that they could not cook fast enough to keep up with the number of the customers. They also did not have enough people that work as the waiter. The cashier had to help cleaning and delivering the food to the table. We saw a lot of empty tables (almost half of the store), while we are standing and waiting to order the food at the cashier. The wait time on the line was 2 hours and 30 minutes.
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he one that I order called Gua Bao. It came to our table not long after we sat down. It has the crispy pork in it. So where is our ramen?

30 minutes have passed already…..
We were still waiting in our table without our ramens. They might put our order in the wrong order. A lot of people that ordered after us, got their food already. My comrades started to lose their will to fight. Our vision started to get blurry.

Oh well, Finally the ramen is here… (It is better to be good, after that long suffering).

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Let me break it up into several component of the ramen:
The broth/soup: tasted like water, no flavor (literally).
Egg: Tasted like normal egg, just half-cooked
Pork Slices: Soft and tender, but too salty
Noodle: Too hard and no flavor. They should cook it longer to make it softer and let the noodle absorb the flavor from the broth.

CHERUB SCORE: 6.5

I hope that they could improve the quality of their ramen and service. At the moment Tiger Den in Chinatown is still my first choice for ramen in Houston area.