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Artz Rib House
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One of my favorite Austin spots, Artz packs a triple punch: great food, great atmosphere, and great music.

2330 S LAMAR BLVD (78704)
Mon-Sat 11am-12pm
Sun 12pm-9pm www.artzribhouse.com

Map and live music footage below . . .

Artz Rib House photo courtesy of Danielle Donohue. All rights reserved - used with permission

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The menu highlights are the Mesquite Smoked Baby Back Ribs (my favorite – and just about everyone else’s, too), Artz Famous Country Style Pork Ribs, Jumbo Beef Ribs, and the best potato salad in Austin.

[Brief Potato Salad Editorial: I have a subjective approach to determing the quality of a potato salad. It’s totally dependent on one question: Will I eat it? I usually won’t. Some people avoid elevators; I avoid potato salad. Seriously – eating something mayonnaise-based and batch-prepared by strangers outside your field of vision rarely falls anywhere on the risk-reward spectrum that I find to be even remotely enticing. The potato salad at Artz, however, is that rare exception. Instead of sticking with the standard sides of potato salad, pinto beans, and cole slaw, I’ll go the substitution route and just get three sides of potato salad instead (but only the ribs go in the to-go box if I don’t finish the meal).]

There are also home made veggie burgers, and be sure to save room for the bread pudding dessert.

The food is enough of a draw, but Artz also features live music every night and blue grass jam sessions on Sunday afternoons (check their site for the current schedule). It's a small, casual setting, so don't expect--or fear--any loud, amplified 6th Street bands. The music at Artz is a nice acoustic mix of folk, country, and blue grass.

Owners Art Blondin (barbecuer and bass guitarist) and his wife, Zenobia Sutton, (the z in Artz) opened the restaurant, I believe, back in 1992. Prior to the Rib House, Blondin operated another small (and unique) eatery, Artz Caboose (a small diner inside an actual caboose on W 5th Street).

Image courtesy of Danielle Donohue. All rights reserved - used with permission
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Danny Britt and Marvin Dykhuis @ Artz

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