Foodies from all over will find plenty to be happy about when they make the trip to Austin, Texas. This hip city features incredible restaurants in Austin TX with a variety of cuisine to satisfy any cravings.
Austin is known for both popular Texas cuisine as well as its own unique eats that are seldomly found outside the city. While in Austin, eat like a local and forgo the pancakes and eggs in favor of a breakfast taco. The kolache is another local breakfast favorite, a pastry that was originally brought to Austin by Czech immigrants and has remained for its savory goodness. Those who thought Fritos were simply an indulgent snack can reconsider when enjoying a Frito pie as a meal at one of the Austin eateries. And for heartier meat lovers, chicken fried steak, brisket, and Texas-raised beef can all be found in droves within Austin’s restaurant scene. With so many options to choose from, the only challenge on your epicurean journey to Austin is narrowing down your top choices. With this list to get you started, here are where you need to dine at during your Austin getaway:
Day 1: Tacodeli
Start your first day in Austin out on the right foot by putting some serious thought into the most important meal of the day. While tacos may not be the first food that comes to mind for breakfast, a stop in Tacodeli presents your chance to eat like a local. The first Tacodeli began in Mexico City and then was brought to Austin with the same authentic flavors. The breakfast menu boasts nearly a dozen breakfast taco options in addition to a build-your-own option. The Jess Special is a favorite, made with migas, jack cheese, and avocado. Sip a steaming cup of locally roasted fair-trade coffee for the perfect caffeine boost to start your day! Tacodeli is also open for lunch and dinner in select locations. Hours vary upon location, of which there are six located in Austin.
Day 2: Contigo
For your classic Texas menu of freshly smoked meats and delicious craft beer, come check out Contigo. This restaurant features a minimalist menu with ranch-inspired dishes and beautiful scenery.
2027 Anchor Ln
Austin, TX 78723
Open 5:00pm – 11:00pm Monday through Thursday, 5:00pm – 12:00am Friday through Saturday, and 10:00am – 2:00pm Sundays
Day 3: Franklin Barbecue
One of the most popular (and best tasting) barbecue joints in Austin is Franklin Barbecue. Expect to wait in line for at least an hour, but the food will be absolutely worth it. Secret tip: Order online for pickup in advance to beat the line.
900 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
Open 11:00am – 3:00pm Tuesday through Sunday, closed Mondays
Day 4: Tamale House East
Nothing tastes better than the freshly prepared tamales found at the Tamale House East. Their fourth-generation owners have kept the recipe the same for years. Enjoy the lush patio and ice-cold cocktails and beers to pair with your meal.
1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
Open 9:00am – 3:00pm Wednesdays, 9:00am – 11:00pm Thursday through Saturday, 9:00am – 5:00pm Sundays, closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Day 5: Bufalina
Sometimes a perfectly oven-roasted pizza is all you need to make an incredible meal. Bufalina has perfected the art of pizza baking at their diner found right in downtown. Wine lovers can even choose bottles not found anywhere else in the city from their unique wine list. Bufalina now operates with a second location on Burnet, making it even easier to get delicious pizza.
1519 E Cesar Chavez #200
Austin, TX 78702
Open 11:00am – 11:30pm Wednesday through Sunday, closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Day 6: Lenoir
Enjoy a three-course meal made from Texas-sourced ingredients at the tiny South Austin restaurant, Lenoir. Reservation is required to find a table, but the delicious menu, including a wine garden, is sure to please any palate.
1807 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
Open 5:00pm – 10:30pm Tuesday through Saturday, 5:00pm – 9:00pm Sundays, closed Mondays
Day 7: Kerlin BBQ & Lambert’s
On your final day in Austin, indulge in a kolache from Kerlin BBQ, only available on Sundays. These flaky pastries are stuffed with ingredients such as sausage, cheese, or brisket. Kerlin BBQ is located at 2207 E Cesar Chavez Street and is open on Sundays from 11am-4pm. They are also open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am-4pm.
In the evening, head to Lambert’s for Happy Hour from 5pm-7pm for Austin’s infamous Frito pie. Topped with chopped beef, goat cheese, pico, and house queso, this indulgence is the perfect way to culminate your culinary journey to Austin! Lambert’s is located at 401 West 2nd Street.
A Culinary Inspired Vacation
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