Austin360Eats: Getting off the beaten (tourist) trail

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It’s always fun to see Austin food through a visitor’s eyes.

Last week, Jen Lover, who writes a restaurant recipe column for the Charlotte Observer, was eating her way through Austin, where she hit up Chi’lantro, Banger’s, Odd Duck, Micklethwait Craft Meats and Gourdough’s for some of our city’s most eye-catching dishes.

Two of her photos (she’s @jenniferlover on Instagram) that really caught my eye, though, came from two barbecue restaurants that visitors don’t always find out about: Freedmen’s and Slab BBQ, both of which are participating in an event called CigarBQue on May 28 at Vuka that Lover is helping coordinate. (You can find out more at

Slab, 9012 Research Blvd., doesn’t have near the hype of its downtown counterparts, but I’ve always enjoyed the wide range of barbecue styles that it offers. Lover snapped a succulent photo of Slab’s Tony Montana, made with pulled pork, sausage, pickles, queso and spicy mustard sauce. Lover also posted a photo of smoked beets with chèvre and balsamic glaze from Freedmen’s, the barbecue restaurant near the University of Texas campus at 2402 San Gabriel St.

Share photos of what you’re eating in Austin by adding #Austin360Eats to your posts on social media, particularly Instagram. We pull the photos into a photo gallery (below) and publish our favorites in print every Friday.

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