The BBQ is simply great! You get it how you like it, trimmed, with fat, whatever. I prefer the MOIST here. MMM.... The prices at Rudy's are also great. Nothing seems to be overpriced. You can come in in shorts and a t-shirt and fit in. You can come in after church and fit in. We have had Rudy's on Easter Sunday. I even went to a rehearsal dinner at Rudy's! Here is something else that you can't beat! If you have a large party, you can order AND get your food rather quickly! Awesome!
PROS: great food, quick fast, friendly service
When you can't get all the way out to the Saltlick...well, Rudy's is the next best thing. All their meat is top quality and the flavor is amazing. The sides are great...and the sauce...well, that is famous! However, my favorite thing about Rudy's is that they ask you if you have ever been there. If you haven't, they give you samples and allow you to see what you like before ordering! That is great customer service.
PROS: An excellent place to eat with a large group of people...plenty of room!
CONS: Can't seem to find any!
This location is great. Always great food and service. If I could only have one fast food place in the world this would be it. A ton of Texas charm and a huge grass area in the back to lounge on a nice day. Gas is stupid expensive but the just don??t buy it here.
Pros: Fast, consistent, great
Cons: not closer to my house
I used to love this place. But, it has now officially become corporate BBQ. Over the years the extra moist brisket has become less "moist" and less "dirty" in order to occomdate the homogenized tastes of an expanding empire that now covers from at least San Antonio to Tyler. You used to be able to compensate for this by telling the cashier you wanted "extra, extra juicy" and/or "extra dirty," etc. However, I showed up tonight and the young, spry, eager cashier responded to my request for "extra, extra juicy & dirty" brisket informing me that (a) they only offer "extra moist" through lean brisket, and (b) corporate policy doesn't allow referring the brisket as "juicy" or "dirty". And, she assured me that she'd be there for all of a year, and she'd never even heard the term "extra, extra moist." Corporate expansion has ruined the ambiance of this place. That said, the BBQ is still very good even if not extra, extra moist, juicy, dirty or whatever. But it's definitely not the unique fantastic place it used to be. Hope they're making alot of money to compensate for selling out.
I use Rudy's for Group Meals at least 1-2X/week. I continue to use them because they are consistently on time, everything is complete and well-packaged, and the food is always high-quality. The staff is friendly and pro-active in their teamwork, ensuring their teammates are on the way. Thank you Rudy's!
I like Rudy's, it isn't the greatest, but it is what it is. A fast food barbecue place. Before Rudy's, I can't really remember where I used to go and get tasty quick, Que. Everything there is good, but the "eckrich style" sausage is just that. You can't really hold it against them though, how else do they have the time to make their own sausage.
Pros: Quck Service Barbecue, the brisket is real brisket, not shoulder
Cons: rubbery sausage
I wont partonize here after how i witnessed the immature and rude counter staff, and their supervisor, berate an elderly couple (who were in the right) for so long that the woman became embarrassed and had to leave the counter. then they overcharged me, the next person in line. food is variable, sometimes dry, but the staff is reliably aggressive and unfriendly.
Cons: rude staff
Assembly line approach, and the order takers and meat prep staff need supervision. They don't appear to have any quality goals at all.
Average BBQ, a elementary school cafeteria dining experience.
Pros: If you Need Gas just Happen to Get Hungry at the Same Time. . .
Cons: No service and elementary school cafateria experience
Love this place... especially the meats. The sides are good, too. The creamed corn is naughty but so good. Busters has better slaw in my opinion. Love the rookie show they put on, love the beer in the tubs, etc.
I have been to a few other BBQ places in Austin (Pok-e-Joes, Iron Works, Salt Lick), and I enjoy coming back to Rudys more often than I do Salt Lick (it is a ways out there). I strongly recommend getting the Extra Moist Brisket and the Creamed Corn. The BBQ sauce they offer is nice and tangy with a little bit of kick to it, which is completely different than the BBQ sauce you find at Salt Lick. I recommend this place to anyone that is a BBQ fan or to anyone in Austin. If you get your hands dirty, you can always use the automatic hand washer that they have near the restrooms. It's like a Jacuzzi for your hands!
Pros: Great BBQ
Cons: You can get a little messy, but it is worth the satisfaction in your stomach!
When we first moved to Austin I was very disappointed at the horrible BBQ places we kept ending up at. We finally decided to try Rudy's even though it was in a gas station...boy am I glad we did! This is the best BBQ I've ever had. Their meat is so tender and so juicy; the cream corn is heavenly. The sauce is great, but I can eat the meat w/o it; that's how great it is. My family from Houston always asks us to bring Rudy's in whenever we visit; THAT'S how good this place is.
Pros: Best BBQ in town.
Cons: $$$ - but you get great food.
Like most people in Texas, I've gone out of my way to try as many barbeque places as possible - so I like to think my opinion is well-considered. In my experience, the meat at Rudy's is consistently the best - "lean" brisket that really is lean but still very tender, moist and smoky turkey breast, nicely textured sausage that's juicy but not greasy. The St. Louis ribs are sometimes a little heavy on the rub, but still really tasty. Rudy's sauce hits the right balance of vinegar tang and tomato-molasses sweetness with a heavy shot of black pepper - it's my favorite sauce. The beans (ranch-style pintos) are loaded with black pepper and shredded brisket, the cole slaw is sweetly creamy but not heavy, and the potato salad has that rich touch of egg yolk and a light onion tang. I personally avoid the creamed corn, which is basically corn kernels in a mayonnaise-textured sauce.
Pros: all you could want in BBQ
Cons: prices are steep but fair
Where else can you get your pick of extra moist OR extra lean brisket? (Hint to the previous reviewer -- you should have chosen the extra lean if you don't like fat!) It's the little details that make Rudy's the king of Austin BBQ. From the Dublin Dr. Pepper to the perfectly buttery creamed corn, it's all about the food. The space is comfortable too -- big long picnic tables inside and outside. And the sauce! (Sause) It is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy and vinegary yet still thick enough to stick. They also do a mean pork rib, as well as turkey and sausage. Even the price is right -- I've used their Group Meal to feed several parties and always had plenty left for snacks the next day. And if you are out of gas, they have a gas station too! Amazing!
Pros: Delicious meats, Yummy sides, Wide sel. of drinx
Cons: cannot think, of a single, one
After hearing many people tell me that Rudy's is the best BBQ in Texas, I finally got to try it and I was so disappointed. The food was below average. The super moist brisket was tender but too fatty for my taste and the sides were just plain and bland. By far, this is not the best BBQ in Texas.
Cons: Too loud
I have had my share of BBQ country wide and Rudy's is by far the best. I would put there BBQ up against anyones. The taste is the greatest and when you add there famous Rudy's sauce you will se why the are the best. Regular pork ribs with the sauce and then some regular brisket in side a couple of pieces of bread, onions, pickles, manoaise, and of course some Rudy's sauce is my usual.
Pros: taste, sauce, overall experience
I had my first extra moist beef brisket at this Rudy's two years ago and I finally had the chance for a return visit a couple weeks ago (I live in San Francisco). It was as good as I had remembered! Moist, flakey, tender, smokey, and beefy!! Using just a little bit of sauce, the brisket is the best here!! Very good Texas style pork ribs as well. Sausage was just ok. No big deal with the cole slaw or beans. Lots of space at this restaurant. Next time in Austin, I'll be back at Rudy's!
Pros: extra moist brisket, lots of space
If you are going to get anything at Rudy's get the turkey. All you need is to order 1 pound and they will give you half a loaf of bread. You can make as many sandwiches as you want and it is really cheap.
Rudy's is a great standby if you're looking for a quick barbeque fix. If you're looking for great barbeque and you've got time on your hands, use it wisely and look elsewhere.
Rudy's is the best BBQ in Austin hands down. If you like the Salt Lick, you will LOVE Rudy's. Try their moist beef brisket; it's to die for!!! The cream corn and potato salad are fantastic too! And don't forget the banana pudding for dessert!
Pros: Great Food!!!, Great Value!!!, Great Service!!!
Cons: Very Loud
My mouth is still watering over the food as well as the men! There was a really fine cashier named Dan that I wanted to ask out but lost my nerve! I hope he thinks I was cute as well. His recommendations for the food was fantastic; I'm sure I could give him some recommendations of my own! I recommend this restaurant to all the ladies--be sure to scope out the hotties!
Pros: cute men, good food, getting to flirt