There are a few things Texans know to be true. The first is that brisket does not come with barbecue sauce. Beans do not belong in chili. And the best sandwiches are made with seriously smoked meats. So it comes as no surprise that when Food & Wine recently released its list of the Best Sandwiches in the U.S., two Texas eateries making the cut: Dallas' Smoke and Austin's Franklin BBQ.
Let's get to know these two establishments.
Dallas: Smoke's Chopped Coffee-Cured Beef Brisket Sandwich
At Dallas' Smoke, chef and owner Tim Byers has committed himself to making, according to the restaurant's website,
"The kind of food that conjures up memories of American heritage, food with soul, nostalgic integrity, the spirit of hospitality, celebrating community and most important of all, creating that final flavor that lingers, which he refers to as 'taste memory."
Byers had already caught the eye of Food & Wine, having been named People's Best New Chef in 2012, and found his way onto the Best Sandwiches in the U.S. list with the mouth-watering Chopped Coffee-Cured Beef Brisket Sandwich, made with slow-cooked meat in the wood-burning backyard smokehouse, accented with house-made Bread & Butter Pickles.
Austin: Franklin BBQ's Tipsy Texan Sandwich
The other Lone Star legend to make the list of Best Sandwiches in the U.S. is none other than Austin original Franklin BBQ, itself no stranger to inclusion on various best-of lists. This time around, Franklin BBQ's Tipsy Texan Sandwich is the star of the show.
As Food & Wine's Jasmin Sun writes,
"Dauntingly long lines form for owner-pit master Aaron Franklin's famed fatty brisket, but don't overlook his towering smoked-sausage-and-brisket sandwich. It's piled high with purple cabbage coleslaw and sliced pickles on a thick, white, made-to-absorb-barbecue-sauce bun."
Unfortunately for Austinites and indeed all lovers of award-winning barbecue, Franklin BBQ was recently gutted by a fire, and is closed until further notice. When they reopen their doors, though, we can rest assured they'll be back and better than ever -- if that's even possible.