Lamberts Downtown Barbecue
The postmodern barbecue joint, housed among mid-construction condo buildings in an airy, historic brick warehouse, delivers outstanding barbecued chicken, moist and with a clove-y smoke character. Chase your bbq with a hoppy Lost Gold IPA from Blanco, Texas. The brisket is textbook: super-wet and judiciously smoked.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
In business for a half-century, this cantina has an appealingly raucous, authentic feel, from its brightly colored Talavera tiles and blaring jukebox to its dependably tasty Mexican comfort food.
We loved: Stewed pork shank.
Insider tip: La Mascota offers abundant quantities of some of the city's best (tapas), like meatballs in chile sauce, for free with drinks during lunch hour (2-5 p.m.).