Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is filming a week of shows at the Long Center, as he did last year. The food lover promised last year he would come back, and he has returned “like General Fatton.”
“We’re here for a whole week, because that’s how long it takes to get to the front of the line at Franklin Barbecue,” Kimmel said at the top of his show Monday.
During his opening monologue, the affable Kimmel said he arrived Friday and has already eaten at Perla’s, Jeffrey’s, Fresa’s, Olamaie, Launderette, Home Slice, Chez Zee (banana crème pie), and Wholy Cow (for a burger). (And, judging by his Twitter, it looks like he hit Taco Deli this morning.) Sounds like someone’s producers have been reading austin360.com/sxsweats.
“The food is unbelievable, and I’ve been doing a lot of drinking, too. This town turns me into an animal,” Kimmel said.
He also appeared recently on an Austin-taped episode of Bill Simmons’ ESPN podcast and named his top three barbecue places in Austin (with the caveat that he has not eaten at all of them). Kimmel’s top three (in no particular order): La Barbecue, Franklin Barbecue and Micklethwait, which also happen to be three of my top four from 2014. (Read that at austin360.com/barbecue). Monday night’s show also featured Kimmel and Austin spirit animal Matthew McConaughey making a commercial for Vulcan Video.