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The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que

#178 of 3,054 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Southwestern, Barbecue
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3600 Presidential Blvd, Near Gate 12, Austin, TX 78719-2363
+1 512-385-1166
05:00 - 20:00
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Metuchen, New Jersey
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116 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We just arrived from a flight and were famished. Great place to get BBQ. we got the 3 meat platter of brisket, sausage and pulled pork. Comes with potato salad, beans and slaw plus a drink. I thought the food was good. We had a meal here before our flight back. Fast food style dining but ok for travelers.

Thank Ntrekker
Eureka, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've heard glowing reviews of the Salt Lick even in northern CA. I thought that I would try it before I left Austin. To be fair, I realize that the original restaurant may be better than the one at the airport. But it would have to be much, much better for me to be willing to throw down that much... More 

Thank generic172
Los Angeles, California
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186 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I couldn't make it out to Driftwood (20 mi south) on my recent trip to ATX, so I decided to hit Salt Lick's location at AUS (Austin Airport). Its located in the middle of the airport. I ordered 4 original brisket sandwiches ($8.95 a la carte). The original is served on a burger bun w/ a mustard based sauce. You... More 

Thank J P
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the week in Austin sampling some of the best meat and BBQ, so we stopped for one last taste before jumping on the plane. Now in fairness, airport locations almost always disappoint when compared to their original counterparts so I went into this with lower expectations. Unfortunately they were met. The brisket was overcooked and lacking flavor, although the... More 

Thank JimTsolo
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a quick bite at the airport and was expecting something mediocre. I was pleasantly surprised! It was delish. Had the simple double chopped brisket and it really was excellent. My friends had a couple of sides and they were just ok. Focus on the meat and enjoy some excellent Q.

Thank Humplov
Deerfield, IL
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233 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thought this would be the perfect little "last taste" of Texas BBQ on our way out of town. Boy was I wrong. Hubby had pulled port, which was at least edible. My sandwich which was $14!!! was a HUGE bun with 4 count them FOUR slices of the toughest driest brisket I have ever encountered in my life! They did... More 

Thank irisarbor
San Diego
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167 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Heard great things about Saltlick in driftwood, is this the same company? Ordered the sliced brisket , it was dry, it was tough, it was flavorless , didn't have the characteristic Red Ring around the edges that good barbecue should have, didn't have any smoky flavor , didn't have any spiced crust , basically was like a piece of shoe... More 

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North Huntingdon, PA
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65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Breezed through Austin for work and had to try BBQ. This did not disappoint. Had smoked brisket, turkey and pulled pork. To have this quality food at airport was impressive. Skip the beans and potato salad. Nothing fancy there. Thanks, Salt Lick!

Thank krisleern
Seattle, Washington
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1,372 reviews
983 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 398 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love the Salt Lick and every time I visit Austin, I try to find time to go. But sometimes, it is just too busy so I love that I can get BBQ at the airport! Brisket is DELISH! Worth going to the airport a little bit early so you have time to wait in line :)

Thank misopiso88
Salt Lake City
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101 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Good brisket made up for some not-so-good brisket I'd gotten in another restaurant earlier in the week. Who knew airport food would be better. Potato salad side was mediocre, but overall it was a good quick brisket fix before leaving Central Texas. Menu was a bit pricey for quick food--even by airport standards. I would probably eat there again... if... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Southwestern, Barbecue
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
05:00 - 20:00
05:00 - 20:00
05:00 - 20:00
05:00 - 20:00
05:00 - 20:00
05:00 - 20:00
05:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3600 Presidential Blvd, Near Gate 12, Austin, TX 78719-2363
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-385-1166
  • This restaurant is at Austin-Bergstrom Intl Airport (after security)

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?