A laid back whisey lounge and smokehouse, serving retro cocktails in an historic building. Freedmen�s in Austin, Texas offers the best of flavor and service. Popular menu items include the smoked beets, beef brisket, house-made sausage,smoked turkey breast, pork spare ribs, jalapeno cheddar grits and more.
Freedmen�s has over 180 whiskeys, a variety of wines, and local beer. Save room for the smoked banana pudding!
By evening, some of the Freedman's signature dishes were already gone. Wonderful food, great front porch. Definitely worth going and going again.
The server was great -brought a bowl of water for Daisy
moved us to a table with an umbrella
Great food -I live in Houston -I will travel back to dine at Freedman's
Visiting our kids who recently relocated to Austin. We wanted brunch, they wanted bar (I wanted barbecue). Got all that, plus a dig friendly patin.
The food was exceptional. The brisket a master work! The drinks superb! The service terrific! The desserts a marvel!!!! Long live Freedmen's!
There's good BBQ in this town and there's great BBQ in this town. Freedmen's is definitely in the latter category. I understand not wanting to settle for mediocre BBQ when there are some very good options in town. What I don't understand is why anyone would wait in a 3 hour line when the food at Freedmen's is just as good (actually, better, in my opinion) as the other place that starts with an F.
Sides at BBQ restaurants aren't usually my favorite, but anyone who even remotely likes beets will be blown away by the roasted beets with gruyere cheese. Also, the German potatoes are much more flavorful than your typical potato salad.
The brisket has an amazing crust and is super tender. The ribs (both pork and beef) fall right off the bone.
We are from australia and have been touring the southern states for 5 weeks. We were given a recommendation by family I'm Australia who knew a blogger in the states. We booked online for six people for 7pm dinner. We arrived on time and were shown straight to our table by attentive staff. They advised that some small items were not available but that didn't deter us and we duly ordered brisket, ribs, pulled pork dishes and various accompaniments. All the food arrived in a short while and was excellent. The waiter,Garrett, was excellent and was very prompt and had an excellent knowledge of all food and drinks. We had a great time and cannot speak highly enough of the place. It was the best food and service we had on our entire trip!
The food that we got the chance to eat at Freedmen's was AMAZING! We got there for a 9pm reservation because that's all that was available and were told there were 6lbs of briscuit, 1/4 of pulled pork and a few sides. By the time the waitress came to get our order all the meat was gone except enough for 2 chopped beef sandwiches :( It was disappointing because we were really excited to try all they had but didn't get the chance. The old fashions and the chopped sandwiches we AMAZING and on point!! The waitress was kind enough to comp our sandwiches since they ran out which was very nice of her. We will definitely be back (and early this time!!) to try the rest of their menu! I recommend the macaroni and cheese side also :)
All we can says is it's better than Franklins! Hand down everytime it's just better!! Oh and the gin and tonic is outstanding!
The brisket literally melts in your mouth. A perfect combination of spiced bark and meat, with minimal mat. The only reason this got 4 stars is that the restaurant is not air conditioned (they leave the doors open), so it is extremely hot and uncomfortable - and the food is very expensive.
This place has the best brisket in town in my opinion, and I love the whiskey specials.
...in Central Austin, without standing in line, this is your place! Great food, a building almost as old as the dirt it's standing on, and friendly service.