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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.9
7.0
$10
This friendly little shanty’s the genuine article, backed up by killer barbecue

Unless you watch “Friday Night Lights” or are a barbecue hound, you may have never heard of Ray’s—which is a shame. Many Austinites fondly respond with other answers when asked what their favorite in-town smokehouse is (curiously accompanied by the caveat “but I haven’t been there in years”), but a comprehensive study by our panel (read: crawl) revealed this best-kept secret to be superior to most of those.

Ray’s is not as hard to get to as you might expect (the… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.7
7.0
$15
Some rare and exciting Korean delicacies—including, if you’re lucky, sea squirt

This is the other teeny eatery in the Korean shopping center on Lamar—the one not in a grocery store. It’s also great, but in a totally different way. It advertises a bibimbap buffet, but this isn’t its best work. Unlike its more soupcentric neighbors Han Yang and New Oriental, BBgo is great for large groups: a semi-private room fits 10-20, and it’s BYO, so each person averages $12-15 for really delicious food and gracious service.

Order: pork belly slices brought with… [More]