SXSW Hotspots: Franklin BBQ, Laua's, Monkey Nest & The Tavern

From Thrillist:

Meet Meat: Franklin BBQ
The lauded 'Q trailer has just gone brick 'n mortar, adding a third monstrous 12ft smoker and slinging their Meyer all-natural Angus out of an interior that actually harks back to the trailer days via their vintage Coke ice-chest (now used as a sauce & pickle table), a butcher-paper menu hanging on the wall, and, of course, a queue that wraps around the entire room. To whet your thirst there are forthcoming Live Oak taps like Hefeweizen and Big Bark, as well as Southern Star's Blonde Bombshell -- which unlike Darren Star's Blonde Bombshell, won't constantly whine about getting lapped up by impossibly handsome men...and is actually attractive.

Hawaiian Punch: Luau's
Spearheaded by an actual Hawaiian, this surfboard-countered trailer's making waves with the likes of the Loco Moco (grilled pineapple hamburger patty topped w/ fried egg and brown gravy on rice), the Big Kahuna Burger (grilled p'apple topped with fries, banana smoked pulled pork, queso), and Musubi: sticky rice wrapped in nori with either smoked Hawaiian pork, tofu, or Spam, which can apparently also clog up your outbox.

Shock The:Monkey Nest
Warmly hued with amber wood floors, this highly caffeinated venture slings organic brews from Texas Coffee Traders, house sandwiches like the chicken/ cranberry/ basil/ garlic Monkey Nest Special, and sugary viands from Russell’s Bakery, because now that he's free of football, he can finally realize his dream of JaMarzipan.

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Breakfast and Beer: The Tavern's Morning Menu
An Austin staple thriving under new management, the flatscreen haven's now serving breakfast featuring Tex-Mex must haves, omelets, unique eggs Benedict like the spinach/ mushrooms/ cheddar-Hollandaise Hipster, and specialties like the "The Big Nasty": a biscuit topped with fried chicken, gravy, cheddar, and the frustration of knowing it'd be the best sandwich in the world if it was only two inches bigger.

Wash down those eggs with some hoppy carbonated goodness at
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