Food in Austin

Book unique experiences offered by locals in Austin.

About Food in Austin

Austin has experienced a food renaissance. No longer are cheesy grits, bratwursts, and cheesy enchiladas the only (delicious) options! Rooted in the southern culinary culture that built Tex-Mex and Texas BBQ and based in a sustainability-oriented community, Austin is a great place to eat!

The food trailer culture in Austin has encouraged up-and-coming chefs to test their recipes on the public, a process that often results in a cult following for less-than-traditional fare that follows to brick-and-mortar restaurants.

What to Eat?

Tex-Mex, southern cooking, barbecue, margaritas, tacos, farm-to-table, food trailers.



As film director Robert Rodriguez said, "People don't live in Austin to work, they work to live there."

Your server or bartender is no exception, and the service industry in Austin supports the creative work of many musicians, artists, programmers, and writers.

Tip servers and bartenders 20% minimum and add more for excellent service.

Price per Meal

$8-$20 per entree, before tax and tip.

Best Restaurants

Mexican or Tex-Mex: Guero's El Arroyo, Nuevo Leon, La Condesa, Chuy's
Barbecue: Franklin's BBQ, Louis Miller BBQ, Lambert's
Southern: Threadgill's, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
Nose-to-Tail and Farm-to-Table: Barley Swine, Foreign & Domestic, Salty Sow
Pubs: Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, Easy Tiger
Higher End: Uchi/Uchiko, Congress, Olivia, Jeffrey's, the soon-to-be-opened Qui

Best Cafes

24 Hour: 24 Diner, Kerbey Lane Cafe, Magnolia Cafe
Tacos: Torchy's Tacos, TacoDeli, Taco Shack
Other Cafes: Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse and Cafe, Spiderhouse, Blue Dahlia Bistro, several located within the flagship Whole Foods Store

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