Some of Austin’s top innovators happen to be culinarians, creating a vibrant food scene that serves up some of the best food to ever grace a plate. In this Section EATING OUT FOOD TRAILERS FARMERS’ MARKETS It won’t take you long to discover why Austin is now considered one of the most diverse and respected dining destinations in the United States. ELEGANT FINE-DINING RESTAURANTS are abundant in Austin. So is everything from vegan, gluten-free fare to a tasty burger with a side of fries. We love to eat out in Austin, for convenience, business, entertainment, or to simply tantalize our taste buds. It won’t take you long to discover why Austin is now considered one of the most diverse and respected dining destinations in the United States. PASSION FOR THE PIT Any true Texan will tell you that you can’t spell “Austin” without “b-b-q.” First on Bon Appétit magazine’s list of America’s best barbecue joints, and in the hearts of Austinites to boot, is Franklin Barbecue (franklinbarbecue.com). The line of customers starts bright and early, and brisket is served from 11 a.m. until it’s gone. If the line isn’t enough proof, consider this testament to Franklin’s greatness: The restaurant has sold out of brisket every day of its existence. Craving a shorter wait for your barbecue fix? County Line (countyline.com) has two Austin locations. Or if you’re downtown, stop by Sam’s BBQ on E. 12th Street. For years, musicians have frequented Sam’s for post-gig grub, and Austin legend Stevie Ray Vaughan was a longtime patron. The Salt Lick (saltlickbbq.com) in nearby Driftwood, is worth the drive south of town, as is Black’s Barbecue (blacksbbq.com) in Lockhart—recognized by both the Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives for its part in Texas history. Also in Lockhart, Kreuz Market (kreuzmarket.com) serves up your ’cue piping hot on a sheet of butcher paper. Roll up your sleeves and dig in! HUNGRY FOR MORE? TRY THESE BARBECUE JOINTS. (CHECK WEBSITES FOR HOURS AND TIPS.) John Mueller Meat Co. 2500 E. 6th St. johnmuellermeatco.com La Barbecue 1906 E. Cesar Chavez labarbeque.com Louie Mueller Barbecue 206 W. 2nd St., Taylor louiemuellerbarbecue.com Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew 6610 N. Lamar Blvd. stilesswitchbbq.com Stubb’s Bar-B-Q 801 Red River stubbsaustin.com FANCY FARE For a special evening, Austin is sure to impress. The award-winning wine list at Jeffrey’s (jeffreysofaustin.com) is reason enough to go, as is the walk-in wine room and ambience at III Forks (3forks.com). TRIO at the Four Seasons (triorestaurantaustin.com) overlooks Lady Bird Lake, and the sophisticated Lobby Lounge is among Austin’s best places to see and be seen. Rated one of the top restaurants in Texas by many publications, Uchi (uchiaustin.com) is worth the wait. If it’s a romantic setting you’re after, dine in a Victorian mansion at Green Pastures (greenpasturesrestaurant.com), where beautiful peacocks freely roam the estate. Enjoy a graceful evening at Eddie V’s (eddiev.com) or Vespaio Ristorante (austinvespaio.com). Trek to Hudson’s on the Bend (hudsonsonthebend.com), located near Lake Travis just outside of Austin, where the specialty is wild game and you can opt for the chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings. No Va (novaonrainey.com) on Rainey Street offers fine dining with a funky vibe, and laV (lavaustin.com), inspired by the tastes of Provence, located on E. 7th, offers upscale dining. FOR MORE ELEGANT OPTIONS, CHECK OUT: Arro 601 W 6th St. arroaustin.com East Side Showroom 1100 E 6th St. eastsideshowroom.com Lenoir 1807 S. 1st St. lenoirrestaurant.com Parkside 301 E 6th St. parkside-austin.com Vespaio 1610 S. Congress Ave. Austinvespaio.com MEXICAN WITH A TWIST If you’re trying to get a taste of Texas, look no further than Tex-Mex. Chuy’s (chuys.com) has several locations around town, as does Maudie’s (maudies.com). Check out El Arroyo (elarroyo.com), too, where the sign in front of the downtown location offers a daily dose of humor and, often, insight into local politics. Other Austin Tex-Mex mainstays include El Mercado (elmercadorestaurant.com), Trudy’s (trudys.com), Z’Tejas (ztejas.com), and Matt’s El Rancho (mattselrancho.com), an Austin institution. For authentic Mexican, head to upscale Fonda San Miguel (fondasanmiguel.com), which offers dishes from diverse regional Mexican cuisines. Tex-Mex and Mexican are best served with an ice-cold beer or a salt rimmed margarita…just sayin’. QUIERES MAS? Curra’s Grill 614 East Oltorf St. currasgrill.com El Chile Café y Cantina 1816 S 1st St. & 1809 Manor Rd. elchilecafe.com Juan in a Million 2300 E Cesar Chavez St. juaninamillion.com La Condesa 400 W 2nd St. lacondesa.com Polvos 2004 S 1st St. & 14735 Bratton Ln., Ste 205 polvosaustin.com A WOK ON THE WILD SIDE Forget chopsticks—these Asian-inspired eateries offer finger-lickin’ flavor. Top Chef: Texas winner and widely-acclaimed chef Paul Qui owns the popular East Side King (eskaustin.com), with trailers around East Austin and brick-and-mortar locations near the University of Texas campus and on South Lamar. For the best of French Vietnamese, head over to Elizabeth Street Café (elizabethstreetcafe.com) on S. 1st St., and be sure to sample their fried egg rolls. Try Ramen Tatsu-Ya (ramen-tatsuya.com) for gourmet ramen noodles—yes, you heard right. Ramen noodles have been elevated far beyond college dorm rooms. Swing by Komé (kome-austin.com) for appetizing sushi and a great selection of sake. To sample some of the best Chinese dim sum in town, get in line early on Sunday at Shanghai Chinese Restaurant (no website), on Middle Fiskville Rd. Sway (swayaustin.com) serves modern Thai at communitystyle tables, ensuring not just a fantastic meal, but a new friend or two by dessert. CHECK OUT MORE ASIAN FAVORITES, INCLUDING INDIAN CUISINE: Clay Pit (Indian) 1601 Guadalupe St. claypit.com Koriente 621 E. 7th St. koriente.com Korea House Restaurant & Sushi Bar 2700 W Anderson Ln., Ste. 501 Pho Van 8557 Research Blvd., Ste. 120 Uchiko 4200 N. Lamar Blvd. Uchikoaustin.com THE SKINNY Looking to live on the lighter side? Ranked as one of the nation’s healthiest cities, Austin has numerous options for conscious eaters–without sacrificing flavor! Wild Wood Bakehouse (wildwoodbakehouse.com) offers an extensive selection of gluten-free foods and drinks and is, indeed, the only completely gluten-free kitchen in Austin. Juiceland (juicelandaustin.com) has several locations around town, as well as fun names like “Valley Girl” and “Rosie Cheek” for its smoothies and juices. Vegans will delight in Casa De Luz’s (casadeluz.com) all-organic menu and fixed dining prices. Mother’s Café & Garden (motherscafeaustin.com) serves delicious salads, and you can’t beat the sandwiches at Bouldin Creek Café (bouldincreek.com). The Whole Foods (wholefoodsmarket.com) flagship store in Austin offers an almost overwhelming selection for healthful dining and a charming outdoor patio space right on the edge of downtown. Central Market (centralmarket.com) also serves up delicious, healthy options at its several locations. Cook up your own health-conscious creations from these stores’ bounties, or check out the offerings at top retail food shops Trader Joe’s (traderjoes.com), Sprouts (sprouts.com), Wheatsville Co-op (wheatsville.coop), and Natural Grocers (naturalgrocers.com). HEALTHY DOESN’T STOP HERE! GET YOUR GREEN ON AT THESE EATERIES: Counter Culture 2337 E. Cesar Chavez St. countercultureaustin.com Eastside Café 2113 Manor Rd. eastsidecafeaustin.com Mr. Natural 1901 E. Cesar Chavez St. mrnatural-austin.com Snap Kitchen 4616 Triangle Ave. & other locations snapkitchen.com Conscious Cravings 5715 Burnet Rd. & other locations consciouscravingsaustin.com MAMMA MIA! Austin may be known for Tex-Mex and BBQ, but any local will tell you just how good the capital city pizza can be! Chosen as “Best Pizza” by the Austin Chronicle, Home Slice (homeslicepizza.com) on South Congress is a local hotspot, serving up slices until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for those late-night cravings. Be sure to drive over to the Eastside and check out Bufalina (bufalinapizza.com) for a gourmet dining experience, as well as East Side Pies (eastsidepies.com), which lets restaurant-goers pick their own sauce from a delicious selection. For a Neapolitan-style pizzeria, head over to The Backspace (thebackspace- austin.com) on San Jacinto, which features pies crafted by chef Shawn Cirkeil, an Austin favorite who is also behind much-loved Parkside and Olive & June. If you’re looking for a casual slice, Pieous (facebook.com/ Pieous) offers delicious pizzas made with a Texas sourdough crust—make sure to add the homemade mozzarella to your pie. WANT MORE? CHECK OUT THESE AUSTIN FAVORITES: House Pizzeria 5111 Airport Blvd. Housepizzeria.com Little Deli & Pizzeria 7101 Woodrow Ave. Littledeliandpizza.com Mangia 8012 Mesa Dr. & other locations mangiapizza.com Southside Flying Pizza 2206 S. Congress Ave. & 1224 S. Lamar Blvd. Southsideflyingpizza.com Via 313 Pizza Trailers at 1111 E. 6th St. (at Violet Crown Social Club) & 61 Rainey St. (at Craft Pride) via313.com UNBEATABLE BURGERS Whether you like veggie, turkey, or beef with a side of fries, Austin has a burger for everyone. If you have enough time to stand in line, Hopdoddy Burger Bar (hopdoddy.com) is worth the wait, with two always-bustling locations—be sure to grab a drink from the bar while you wait! World famous burgers as well as Austin classics can be found downtown at Casino El Camino (casinoelcamino.net), Hut’s Hamburgers (hutsfrankandangies.com) and Sandy’s on Barton Springs Rd. (no website). For a fast bite, head over to P. Terry’s Burger Stand (pterrys.com) on Lamar (check website for more locations) to get an all-natural black angus beef burger and homemade lemonade. The tiny Counter Café (countercafe.com) makes a mean burger with all the works and nearby 24 Diner (24diner.com) is open around-the-clock, serving up burgers and fries for lunch, dinner, and everything in between (including killer chicken and waffles). The diner’s creative plates are crafted by chef Andrew Curren, whose tasty concoctions also grace the menus of Arro and Easy Tiger (easytigeraustin.com). Looking to keep Austin—and your burger —“weird”? Check out Gourdough’s Public House (gourdoughspub.com) for a patty served between two donuts! STILL NOT FULL? HERE ARE SOME MORE AUSTIN CLASSICS: Dan’s Hamburgers 844 Airport Blvd., 4308 Manchaca Rd. & 5602 N. Lamar Blvd. Dans-hamburgers.com Dirty Martin’s 2808 Guadalupe St. dirtymartins.com Counter Café 626 N. Lamar Blvd. Countercafe.com Hat Creek Burger Co. 5400 Burnet Rd. & 5902 Bee Caves Rd. hatcreekburgers.com Shady Grove 1624 Barton Springs Rd. theshadygrove.com GRAB N’ GO It’s no secret that Austinites have a love for food-on-the-go, and, no, we’re not talking about the dreaded drive thru. This city is food-trailer heaven, and whether you’re looking for a savory slice of pizza post-6th Street-crawl, or a sweet ending to date night, you’ve come to the right place. Dig in to some of the best tacos in town at nationally-acclaimed Veracruz All Natural, or trade your tortilla for a cone at Mighty Cone (mightycone.com). Sweet tooth? Pick up one (or a few) cupcakes at Hey Cupcake (heycupcake.com) on famed South Congress or cool off with a snow cone at Sno-Beach (snobeachatx.com) on Barton Springs Rd. and elsewhere. If you’re really looking for a guilty pleasure, we recommend Gourdough’s Speciality Donuts (gourdoughs.com) or Bananarchy (bananarchy.net), which offers dipped and rolled bananas on a stick. Food trailers are always on the move, so check their Twitter feeds for their daily locations. TASTE-TEST THESE AUSTIN FAVORITES: Chi’Lantro 1509 S. Lamar Blvd. & other locations chilantrobbq.com Cool Haus 1905 S. Capital of Texas Hwy. Eatcoolhaus.com Mickelthewait Craft Meats 1309 Rosewood Ave. Craftmeats.com Ms. P’s Electric Cock 1101 S. Congress Ave. Electriccock.com The Peached Tortilla 5520 Burnet Rd. and trucks (check website) thepeachedtortilla.com ITS 5 O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE Texas beer and barbecue is one combination that just can’t be beat. Austin is no stranger to great brew; it’s the state’s must-have drink and there’s plenty to go around. For hyper-local fair, take a tour of the (512) Brewing Company (512brewing.com) or attend an event at Austin Beerworks (austinbeerworks.com). Black Star Co-op (blackstar.coop) is the first cooperativelyowned and worker self-managed brewpub. Looking for something “of the vine?” Grab your wineglass—Austin is in the heart of Texas Hill Country, home to wineries like the Duchman Family Winery (duchmanwinery.com) in Driftwood (15 minutes from Austin) and Flat Creek Estate (flatcreekestate.com) in Marble Falls. Don’t want to leave the city? Plan a tour of Lakeview Winery (lakeviewwinery.com), located at the Oasis on Lake Travis. NEED SOME TOPPING OFF? HERE ARE A FEW MORE: (VISIT WEBSITES FOR TOUR AND OTHER INFORMATION.) Hops and Grain 507 Calles St. hopsandgrain.com Live Oak Brewing Company 3301 E. 5th St. liveoakbrewing.com Stone House Vineyard 24350 Haynie Flat Rd. stonehousevineyard.com Thirsty Planet Brewing 11160 Circle Dr. thirstyplanet.net PERK UP! Austinities have a thirst for coffee that rivals the most avid java junkies. Luckily, there are plenty of spots to get your fix, with each serving up its own unique variety of “joe”. Want to start or end your day with a beautiful view of Lake Austin? Head over to Mozart’s Coffee Roasters (mozartscoffee.com), open from 7 a.m. until midnight most days, and until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For a more artsy, eclectic vibe, try Epoch Coffee (epochcoffee.com) or Spider House Café (spiderhousecafe.com). Caffé Medici (caffemedici.com) is another favorite, with three locations in Austin. Further south of downtown, don’t miss Summer Moon (woodfiredcoffee.com) on South 1st St. If you’re shopping on South Congress, end the day with a Belgian Bomber–halficed coffee and half-hazelnut goodness–from Jo’s Coffee ( joscoffee.com). It’s one of their specialties, and it won’t disappoint! STILL NEED A FIX? CHECK OUT: The Flightpath Coffee House 5011 Duval St. flightpathcoffeehouse.com Houndstooth Coffee 4200 N. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 120 & 401 Congress Ave. Houndstoothcoffee.com Strange Brew-Austin Coffee 5326 Manchaca Rd. strangebrewaustin.com Thunderbird Coffee 2200 Manor Rd. & 1401 W. Koenig Ln. thunderbirdcoffee.com Vintage Heart Coffee 1405 E. 7th St. vintageheart.coffee THE SWEET LIFE Austin is the perfect place to indulge, embrace your inner kiddo, and satisfy that sweet tooth. But where to begin? For the ice-cream lover, Amy’s Ice Creams (amysicecreams.com) is a must. As local as they come, Amy’s started in Austin in 1984 and has been an institution ever since. If you’re feeling more adventurous, step into Lick Ice Creams (ilikelick.com) on South Lamar and try a fun flavor like Goat Cheese, Thyme & Honey, Roasted Beets & Fresh Mint, Cilantro Lime, or Texas Sheet Cake. For the bakery enthusiast: Upper Crust Bakery (uppercrustbakery.com) on Burnet has the best pain au chocolat in the city. If you’re downtown, Sweetish Hill Bakery (sweetishhill.com) on 6th St. is a European café and bakery that rivals the French themselves. Compare the two and then head over to Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery (quacksbakery.com) for one of their “salty oat” cookies (trust us)—the ultimate combination of salty-sweet goodness. INSATIABLE SWEET TOOTH? HERE ARE MORE TO TRY: Capital City Bakery 2211 E. Cesar Chavez St. capitalcitybakery.com Holy Cacao 1311 S. 1st St. (trailer) theholycacao.com La Mexicana Bakery 1924 S. 1st St. la-mexicana-bakery.com La Patisserie 602 W. Annie St. lpaustin.com Tiff’s Treats 1806 Nueces St. & other locations cookiedelivery.com There’s a flavor for every palate in Austin. For more mouth-watering temptations, whet your appetite at: members.austinchamber.com/ restaurants-food-beverages FOOD TRAILERS OUT OF THE BOX: AUSTIN’S FOOD TRAILER MOVEMENT While fancy restaurants are popping up all over Austin, there is another emerging trend for foodies in town: food trailers. This unique dining experience is a cheap, quick, and— most important—tasty way to sample some of Austin’s best cuisines. It’s a commitment to make reservations and dine at a new Mediterranean restaurant and splurge on drinks, tax, and tip. Sampling a falafel on your lunch break at a new food trailer on Sixth Street is a no-brainer. TRAILER FOOD TUESDAYS From BBQ to burgers to coffee and vegan munchies, Austin’s food trailers are an efficient way to serve the city’s hungry denizens and expose them to new foods. On the last Tuesday of every month from March through October from 5-9 p.m., stop by the Long Center to sample food from numerous local trailers and one special out-of-town truck. Follow @trailerfoodtues on Twitter for information on upcoming events. trailerfoodtuesdays.com
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