According to legend and most freestyle raps, the art of barbecue was invented not long after Homo neanderthalensis first discovered that cooking a mammoth whole takes a really long time. Get back to your beast-clubbing roots with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $15 worth of lunchtime barbecue feasting at Mann's Smokehouse in North Austin.
Mann's menu is the work of owner Jim Mann, an artist whose medium is meat and whose canvas is your face. No-nonsense noshers can order meat by the pound—sausage ($11.99), brisket ($12.99), ribs of bovine ($9.09) or porcine ($12.99) origin, pulled pork ($12.99), and more. To keep a hand open for impromptu gong solos, have Jim slap some of that meat between ground-wheat slabs for a barbecue sandwich ($5.59) and side it with potato salad, turnip greens, or black-eyed peas ($2.59 for one serving, $4.99 a pint). Larger appetites have their choice of combo plate with two sides (two meats, $11.59; three meats, $12.99; four meats, $15.79; veggie plate, $7.59). Once your plate looks like a pig exploded on it and your mouth and clothes are gloriously slathered in barbecue sauce, potato salad, and flecks of cobbed corn, finish up your power lunch with a jumbo Texas sweet tea ($2.29) and banana pudding ($2.89), then go nail that job interview.
Although you can use this Groupon on any order, selfishly keeping its value all to yourself is highly recommended. That said, you can buy extras as gifts for friends, coworkers, and cute census takers, and treat them to lunch at Mann's Smokehouse.
Lunch served Tuesday through Friday, 11:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Texas Monthly rates Mann's Smokehouse as one of the top 50 barbecue joints in Texas, and the Austin American-Statesman gives it a Forks Up rating. Mann's is currently in a top 10 run-off for KVET's "Best Q" poll, the Austin Chronicle offers a glowing review, and Yelpers give it four stars:
- Owner Jim Mann and his jovial staff served us fatty brisket, pork ribs, loin, and pulled pork that offered a surplus of smokiness and juice. – Texas Monthly
- The pork loin, served on a bun to form a sandwich ($4.99), was so tender and flavorful that my near-octogenarian mom — a huge fan of pork — marveled at how good it was. – Dale Rice, Austin American-Statesman
- Often, restaurants that try to satisfy everyone end up satisfying few; they get too ambitious and overreach. Mann's manages to deliver what they promise, and it's to the diner's benefit that the menu covers so many bases. – Mick Vann, Austin Chronicle
8624 Research Blvd.
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