For those who aren't familiar with Austin, Texas' Franklin Barbecue, you just need to know one thing. It's good. Like, good. So good that the line to get in is oftentimes a hundred people deep by 10 AM on a weekday, and when maestro Aaron Frankin runs out of barbecue, which is usually shortly thereafter, he closes up shop. And keep in mind, this is in Texas. It's not just hype, either; the brisket falls apart when you pick it up and the sausages have more snap than you knew was possible. In fact, The Daily Meal just named it the 26th best restaurant in the country.
And why is any of this important? Because one of its alumni, John Avila, is opening a barbecue restaurant at 227 Flatbush Avenue, Between Bergen and Dean, in the ramshackle building last occupied by a kitchen and tile shop, according to DNAinfo. If this place is even a reasonable fascimilie of what Franklin is doing down in Austin, then this place could very well end up serving the city's finest barbecue.
Thus continues the barbecue boom in this area, with Fort Reno and, soon, Dinosaur Barbecue setting up shop just a short walk away.
In other news, an outpost of macaroni and cheese shop The Elbow Room will be opening up right next door. They're best known for their multiple varieties of the comfort food, with stands inside the Barclays Center and another in Newark. This will just be a take-out counter, with an attached "general store" that will sell sausages and the like, and it will serve as a commissary for the Barclays Center stand.
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