As the temperatures drop and the days grow shorter, we at Austin Vacation Rentals have determined there are many ways to stay warm, but the most delicious way is by enjoying winter meals at some of our favorite winter dining spots. Offering dishes that are hearty and filling, their spicy goodness brings warmth to our bodies from the inside out while feeding our souls and if your winter journey brings you to Austin in the coming months, this Austin dining guide will help you enjoy all of the best meals in town!
Olive and June, 3411 Glenview Avenue
Italian food always warms the heart and the modern versions of your favorite Italian dishes served at Olive and June will help the rest of you stay warm as well! Specializing in farm fresh ingredients, every bite will be better than your last, and if you want a real treat, be sure to order their pork meatballs made with tomato and fig mostarda! Also featuring a strong wine and cocktail menu, their handmade cocktails will never let you down and their wines range from the lightest and most bubbly to the darkest of reds!
Salty Sow, 1917 Manor Road
Known for their swine, wine, and beer, the Salty Sow offers laidback fun and a meat-centric menu designed to keep you warm on the coldest winter days! A unique appetizer menu offers a tasty beginning and includes truffled deviled eggs and a chicken liver mousse in a jar and their main menu mixes Tex-Mex and barbecue specialties guaranteed to linger in your dreams for years to come. And if you leave without sampling the chocolate truffle cake that is the focal point of their dessert menu, we can promise you will regret it forevermore!
Austin Dining at Moonshine Grill, 303 Red River Street
Of course, if you want to stay warm even during a winter storm such as the one we faced last January in Austin, the quickest and most fun wait to do so is with a visit to the Moonshine Grill! Serving sandwiches that are piled high with the best ingredients, main dishes that are hot and delicious and include chicken and waffles and a horseradish crusted salmon, it is the drink menu that will convince you to take off your extra layers and tuck into a 2nd Lady Bird made with mezcal, Aperol, lemon, and lavender.
Warm Up Your Nights
Choosing Austin Vacation Rentals for your accommodations is the best way to stay warm at night; reserve your favorite today!
Austin is a bustling and eclectic city, home to many unique neighborhoods and a stellar lineup of local eateries, BBQs, and breweries. Whether you’re on the go wanting to grab a cup of coffee while exploring Austin’s vibrant streets, or simply looking for a place to have a relaxing lunch, check out these local Austin cafes below!
301 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
Monday-Friday: 7 AM to 5 PM Saturday-Sunday 8 AM to 4 PM
Austin Java is a diverse space with classic coffeeshop vibes and an impressive café menu. It’s the coffeehouse where you can work for hours uninterrupted with your laptop or meet with friends and family to enjoy all-day breakfast with lively conversation. Their menu has an impressive assortment of benedicts, tacos, sandwiches, burgers, and pasta. Try something with an Austin flair, such as the brisket tacos with jalapeno slaw and queso fresco, or the Lemon Garlic Shrimp Linguine, Texas gulf shrimp in a lemon garlic cream sauce. The atmosphere is just as colorful as the menu, with local artwork hung inside that you can purchase if a piece strikes your fancy! As a bonus, there’s lovely outdoor seating facing City Hall where you can take in the bustle of downtown as you enjoy your beverage or meal!
1010 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Monday-Friday: 7 AM to 10 PM Saturday: 8 AM to 10 PM Sunday: 8 AM to 4 PM
Located just east of downtown in the Cesar Chavez neighborhood, this little café is a piece of local history in more ways than one! The owners are from the neighborhood, and Cenote started as a dream of bringing a place with excellent coffee and food to the area they call home. It’s housed in a historic building from 1887, and the site was actually featured on Austin’s first ever hand-drawn map! Today, you’ll find them serving up not just fantastic coffee, but a full food menu with farm-fresh eats and local ingredients, such as vegetables, eggs, and bacon from Texas farms. In addition to the food and coffee, they offer a selection of Texas craft beer and have an impressive wine list. This is definitely one of the best Austin cafes!
1300 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
7 AM to 9 PM daily
If you’ve ever been browsing pictures of Austin online and come across the iconic “I love you so much!” graffiti, then we’re pleased to let you know that Jo’s Coffee is its home! Located in the neighborhood of South Congress, Jo’s is famous for more than just its trademark graffiti—they’ve also won the Austin Chronicles “Critic’s Coffee” choice for three consecutive years! Here you’ll find refreshing lattes and coffee creations, as well as freshly baked goods, and if you get there early, you’ll be able to order delicious and hot breakfast tacos. Stop by when the weather is gorgeous to enjoy their outdoor-only covered seating, or during one of their community events such as the Pet Parade or Chili Cookoff! And of course, be sure to take your own photo with the graffiti painted on the side of the building of one of the best Austin cafes!
Austin Cafes and Vacation Rentals—Your Ticket to the Perfect Vacation
From high-rise condos to single-family homes to waterfront luxury rentals, we truly have it all in our extensive portfolio of high-quality vacation rentals. We aim to create a seamless home-away-from-home experience for our guests and go above and beyond to ensure that you have the vacation of a lifetime! Give us a call and speak to one of our property specialists, and we’ll help you find the perfect Austin vacation home today! Browse some of the most popular activities to explore during your stay in Austin!
Our favorite part of any vacation is getting to try out the foods that are celebrated in the region we visit: Mexican in Arizona, comfort food in the south, seafood in the ocean states, and of course, our own barbecue right here in Texas. When you’re visiting Austin, the amount of restaurant choices can be a bit overwhelming, and because we love to help our guests with every aspect of their vacations, we are offering this list of the best spots for local Austin food to ensure you don’t miss out on a single taste experience!
Bouldin Creek Café, 1900 South 1st Street
Proving that meat doesn’t have to be the star of every show, even deep in the heart of Texas, this vegetarian coffee shop and art haven is a hit with our Austin locals. Its colorful interiors and tastily prepared vegetarian dishes make everyone feel at home and well-fed; we promise, you won’t miss the meat when you taste their grilled cheese sandwiches or their fajitas Italianas made with portobello mushrooms!
Tamale House East, 1707 East 6th Street
The great thing about Texas is the way we’ve claimed nearly every food type as our own and made it better! Tamale House East is a prime example. Offering tacos and tamales of every type, their breakfast tacos are the perfect way to start out a day of sightseeing in Austin. Try the potato and chorizo tacos; you can thank us later!
Uchi, 801 South Lamar Boulevard
Sushi has become an All-American dish, enjoyed by the entire family, and if you take the time to visit Uchi, we think you’re going to love it even more! Featuring creative sushi and an extensive cooked dish menu in which the chef takes a non-traditional approach to preparing the traditional Japanese favorites, the sasami yaki is one of our favorites, but feel free to explore the menu and find a favorite of your own!
Texas Chili Parlor, 1409 Lavaca Street
Spicy food lovers will rejoice at the flavors found in this much-loved local eatery. Everything on the menu of Texas Chili Parlor has that little extra kick that brings heat to your palate and warmth to your heart! Try the Texican Burger and you’ll never go back to plain old hamburgers again!
Unique and Wonderful Local Austin Food
The epicurean world of Austin is unique and wonderful, just like the luxury rentals you can find with Austin Vacation Rentals! Discover the style that is truly unique to Austin when you rent one of our classic homes. Whether you are looking for a spacious condo, cozy 1 bedroom home or even a 3 bedroom rental, we have the perfect rentals for you! Contact us today to book your stay.