Texas Food Scene: 10 Awesome Eateries in Austin

The city of Austin has been called an oasis in the vastness of Texas. At a population of approximately 950,000 in a relatively compact area, it ranks smaller in size than Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. However, it is arguably the most unique of the bunch. Known for legendary tacos and barbecue, a booming tech field, and live music, Austin has lots to live for. What better way to live than to eat, drink, and be merry?
Well, you’ve got lots of living to do. Here are some of the best restaurants in Austin, which are loved by locals and travellers alike.
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In the centre of downtown on Rio Grande St is Holy Roller, a breakfast, lunch, late night joint. They describe themselves as a restaurant inspired by the spirit of punk rock with a hint of religious kitsch.
Try their brisket fries and Grilled Cheesus or a wonderfully nostalgic meal like the Bombshell Burger. We guarantee you won’t leave hungry. Holy Roller also offers a selection of cocktails, beers, and wines.
Spread across five locations in Austin is mouthwatering Detroit-style pizza to quench your cheesy cravings. One of the original locations sits in a food truck on the corner of 6th and Rio Grande, but offers a covered dining area praised by reviewers.
The Texas Monthly claims that Franklin Barbecue serves the best barbecue in the known universe. They may be right. This lunch-only spot is open 4 hours a day, 6 days a week, and honestly, you’ll have to show some dedication to get in. People build long lines before opening hours so they can get a taste of that heavenly brisket and smoked meats.
Tacos are basically a religion in Austin. This five-location chain was founded by sisters Reyna and Maritza Vazquez in 2008 and has sourced local ingredients and makes tortillas in-house, which explains the All Natural part. Their fajita steak tacos will change your outlook on life and make you hate mainstream “taco” chains forever.
Reviewers praise Emmer and Rye for its trendy farm-to-table food and atmosphere. They even have an in-house garden. Servings are relatively modest which allows visitors to try more than one dish on one stomach.
Per their website: “A neighbourhood spot that just happens to be in a hotel. Deep Texas goodness for breakfast, lunch and dinner.” This casual scene is open all day, 7 days a week, to serve nearly anything you fancy. Amazing breakfast pastries? Yes. Brunch? Yes. Charming dinner? Sure. Cocktails? Absolutely.
This Jewish-style deli is famed for its delicious bagels, sandwiches, soup and specialty coffee. The hot spot is open seven days a week and sits north of Austin on Far West Boulevard.
In East Austin is Suerte, an authentic and colorful Mexican-style spot. With a full bar, outdoor patio, and locally sourced ingredients, the flavor-filled dishes can be enjoyed in a wonderful atmosphere. With the massive popularity, it’s recommended reserving a table about a month in advance.
Soursop, at St. Elmo’s Brewing Company, specializes in Pan-Asian dishes. The lunch and dinner joint displays excellent reviews from patrons online. Try the yummy spring rolls and roti. You won’t be disappointed.
10. Otoko
Looking for Japanese dishes in Austin? Look no further than Otoko. This 12-seat restaurant is located at South Congress Hotel. Head chef Yoshi Okai blends Tokyo-style sushi and Kyoto-style kaiseki into one menu. Add in cocktails and you’re looking at a quant, casual night.
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Daniela Frendo

Daniela Frendo

Hi! I'm a Maltese blogger based in Scotland. I created Grumpy Camel to help travellers connect with places through culture, history and cuisine.

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