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Ruby's BBQ

BBQ Joint$$$$
North University, Austin
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  • Jon M.
    "Get the ribs & brisket combo you won't be sorry"(12 Tips)
    Belinda S.
    "Try the hot and spicy BBQ beans!"(2 Tips)
    "The chopped beef sandwich, vinegary coleslaw, potato salad, and mint..."(2 Tips)
    Ted P.
    "brisket with collard greens and potato salad"(2 Tips)
53 Tips and reviews
  • barbecue
  • brisket
  • potato salad
  • good service
  • spicy food
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  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleFebruary 11, 2014
    Award-winning barbecue served in a down-home setting, with an outstanding assortment of vegetarian options and side dishes. All meats are available as sandwiches, by the plate, or by the pound.
  • GreatStoneFace
    GreatStoneFaceJuly 7, 2014
    The chopped beef sandwich, vinegary coleslaw, potato salad, and mint iced tea all are great. The early rock 'n' roll music added to the experience. Near UT and the university area Doubletree.
  • Eat Your World
    Eat Your WorldJanuary 16, 2012
    Amazing chopped BBQ beef sandwich: burnt bits & ends of slow-cooked brisket, BBQ sauce, pickles & onions on a soft white bun--essentially an absurdly delicious BBQ version of a sloppy Joe. Unmissable. Read more
  • Mary Helen M.
    Mary Helen McNallyJune 22, 2011
    Ruby's has great BBQ, but also serves up a delicious variety of vegetarian grub, including spicy veggie jambalaya, veggie chili, and creative veggie tacos, making it a perfect place to take a group.
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RomanDecember 27, 2011
    All of the tips were so helpful! We tried many of the items suggested...thank you to all that left them.... Greatest BBQ so far!!!!
  • Fernando L.
    Fernando LabastidaMarch 13, 2010
    Not to be confused with Rudy's, the BBQ chain (which is very good), Ruby's is just north of the UT campus and is the "nose ring and orange hair" BBQ place. Try the spice chopped beef. Delicious! Read more
  • Brooklyn United
    Brooklyn UnitedMarch 4, 2013
    The chopped beef sandwich will generate feelings of euphoria. Pair with a Shiner Bock or anything Mexican in a bottle.
  • Drew B.
    Drew BennettNovember 20, 2009
    You want some of the best BBQ in town? Some of the same BBQ all those jazz musicians used to eat at 2:30am when Antone's was open on Guadalupe? Go here. Chopped beef, sausage link, beans and an RC. Read more
  • Alex Z.
    Alex ZhengApril 24, 2013
    There is a cat here by the name of Snowball who will give you a love bite if you aren't careful when you pet her
  • Matt M.
    Matt MakerOctober 15, 2016
    I almost always get some chicken and chopped beef, by the pound, sometimes with some excellent sides.
  • Jesse F.
    Jesse FewkesApril 25, 2011
    best little bbq ever. jambalaya and chopped beef are brilliant. jazzy and atypical feel - one of my all-time favorites.
  • Ted P.
    Ted PowerMarch 8, 2011
    Get the brisket with collard greens and potato salad, then go sit in back. You won't be disappointed.
  • Nathan C.
    Nathan ClementsDecember 14, 2011
    I agree the food was not favorite. But if u are an ice muncher then u will love that here. The ice is great.
  • Belinda S.
    Belinda SmithMay 28, 2012
    Try the hot and spicy BBQ beans! My favorite thing here!
  • Vi T.
    Vi TranSeptember 11, 2014
    The sauce has an extra kick. A bit pricey, but good.
  • Marisa
    MarisaMarch 15, 2013
    Order the brisket! Legit! Delish! Dangerous!
  • Dre M.
    Dre MichelottiOctober 25, 2014
    Good BBQ place opened till late. Go for brisket! 😍
  • Angela D.
    Angela DavisMarch 18, 2012
    Elgin Sausage rocked my world! It's a locally made beef sausage and it's not too spicy.
  • Jon M.
    Jon MelamutJuly 10, 2012
    Get the ribs & brisket combo you won't be sorry
  • Aida A.
    Aida AhmedOctober 26, 2013
    Vinaigrette based cole sale was good but Mac and cheese was all together horrible, chicken was not really good either. Sauce was amazing tho!
  • Kat M.
    Kat MandelsteinNovember 13, 2013
    Try the Vegetarian Frito Pie. It is awesome!
  • Justin O.
    Justin OngMay 5, 2012
    The only BBQ place I know that serves all-natural hormone-free meat.
  • Francisco G.
    Francisco GutierrezDecember 28, 2013
    I much prefer the pulled pork but I'm not a brisket person
  • Storm H.
    Storm HollowayApril 30, 2013
    Brisket and sausage. Skip the turkey. BBQ beans are choice, but spicy.
  • Nick S.
    Nick ScottFebruary 21
    UT staple and some of the best BBQ in the city
  • Adrián E.
    Adrián EncontradoNovember 3, 2011
    The desserts are delicious, especially the peach cobbler!
  • Mary Helen M.
    Mary Helen McNallyAugust 25, 2011
    Get to Ruby's early if you want any veggie jambalaya. It sells out fast!
  • Jake
    JakeJanuary 22, 2016
    Brisket is king here
  • Big Red
    Big RedMarch 17, 2011
    Best BBQ near campus. Try the pulled pork Carolina-style.
  • Anastasia X.
    Anastasia XJune 14, 2012
    Brisket plate with a Big Red. Nice snackie.
  • Scanwiches
    ScanwichesAugust 5, 2011
    Spicy Chopped Beef, Pickles, Onions, Barbecue Sauce. Read more
  • Michael F.
    Michael FeldmanMarch 21, 2010
    Had the smoked chicken and mac and cheese. My first taste of Texas BBQ and It was delicious!
  • Josh L.
    Josh LiebermanMarch 14, 2012
    Killer brisket sandwich! Nice beer selection too!
  • Martin T.
    Martin ThomasMarch 26, 2012
    If you get confused and go to RUDY'S instead consider yourself lucky.
  • qwanna J.
    qwanna JohnsonApril 6, 2013
    Wasnt very good..never will i come here again
  • I Realty C.
    I Realty ConnectMay 19, 2013
    The best BBQ sauce
  • David S.
    David SelfNovember 2, 2013
    Campus staple. Gotta eat here!
  • Robert T.
    Robert TimbrookJanuary 19, 2010
    Go to Ruby's BBQ and have a black-bean taco (w/bbq sauce and pico). Read more
  • Anthony T.
    Anthony TorresDecember 14, 2011
    Don't waste your time. Their flavorless food is only a foreshadowed by their crappy service.Save yourself the pain and just go to Rudys. You'll thank me later.
  • Max
    MaxJune 12, 2016
    Nice outdoor patio.
  • Big Red
    Big RedOctober 8, 2010
    Great place near UT to get your BBQ fix.
  • Mac
    MacMarch 9, 2014
    Try the BBQ!!!!!!!!!!
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan MuelaJanuary 30, 2011
    Good food. Not cheap
  • J B.
    J BAugust 1, 2010
    Mac and cheese was dry; brisket was soaked in grease... NOT IMPRESSED
  • Dani P.
    Dani PakJanuary 6, 2011
    beef brisket for all!
  • Amelia M.
    Amelia ManderscheidNovember 2, 2016
    got food poisoning here, please avoid
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • molly s.
    molly steensonMarch 15, 2009
    Go to Ruby's and you can even get BBQ tofu. I, on the other hand, will have BBQed meat.
  • BareNaked F.
    BareNaked FamilyFebruary 9, 2010
    Good stuff! Tastes like home cooking!
  • Rodney G.
    Rodney GibbsDecember 12, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Dang Pie. it's delicious.
  • Grant H.
    Grant HutchinsDecember 6, 2009
    Get the RC Cola and 7-Up on tap
  • Thomas B.
    Thomas BeckettFebruary 14, 2012
    Hoovers can suck it this place is boss
  • Alexandra A.
    Alexandra ASeptember 2, 2014
    Food is right below mediocre.
  • Adolfo S.
    Adolfo SeldnerDecember 6, 2015
    Buen pulled pork
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