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Oldest barbecue joint in Texas finally opens anticipated Austin location

Oldest barbecue joint in Texas opens anticipated Austin location

Southside Market & BBQ
Southside Market & BBQ is finally opening its Austin location. Southside Market & BBQ/Facebook

Talk about good timing. Highly anticipated Southside Market & BBQ, the oldest barbecue restaurant in Texas, revealed it is opening its first Austin location on November 24 — just in time to give locals a smoky alternative to the typical holiday meal.

Located in the Shops at Arbor Walk at 10515 N. Mopac Expy., Ste. B-225, the Austin restaurant will be Southside's third outpost. In addition to its Elgin flagship, which moved to Highway 290 in 1992, the brand opened a second location in Bastrop in 2014. A fourth location is coming to Hutto in 2020.

Guests can expect the same barbecue classics as the Elgin original, including its signature beef sausage, prime brisket, and pork ribs. The menu also includes loaded baked potatoes, sandwiches, smoked chicken salad, and a variety of house sides like cole slaw, corn on the cob, and mac ’n’ cheese.

The entire menu will be available for both dine-in and to-go orders. For convenience, guests can order online and head to a separate pick-up counter for speedy service.

Opened in 1882 in downtown Elgin, Southside is Texas’ oldest barbecue joint and a big reason why Elgin is called the Sausage Capital of Texas. Third-generation owners Bryan and Rachel Bracewell are descendants of Ernest and Adrene Bracewell, who bought the business in 1968.

“Here at Southside, we are thankful for the opportunity to bring top quality authentic Central Texas barbecue and great customer service with Texas friendly hospitality to Austin,” said Bryan Bracewell via release. “We look forward to meeting our new neighbors starting next week.”