It should come as no surprise that the live music capital of the world is poised to delight your taste buds as you soak in the pleasures of your surroundings. When a place is home to more than 200 live music venues (250 and growing), there is certainly an invigorating pulse in Austin, Texas that extends beyond the stage and onto the plate. Wondering where to start as you set out on a culinary adventure in this musical destination?
The culinary scene in Austin, Texas certainly includes beloved Tex-Mex, American classics, food trucks and comfort foods such as authentic barbecue, but visitors will also find delightful farm-to-table experiences and plenty of international options.
Consider any one of these hot spots when dining in Austin…
900 E. 11th
Ranked the top BBQ spot in Texas by Texas Monthly, order their famous smoked brisket and prepare to be amazed. Of course, you’ll want to get in line early for your chance at a flavorful plate. Forming in the early morning hours, you can expect to wait behind more than 100 other anxious diners by the time 8:30 a.m. rolls around.
704 W St Johns Avenue
This self-described “funky” neighborhood restaurant puts out “great small plates” and features an open kitchen. Grab a seat on their outdoor patio and order a pint of cold beer and their Pork Belly Cubano. During Happy Hour, you can get both for just $11.
8557 Research Boulevard
With French baguettes made fresh daily, their Banh Mi sandwiches are the best in Austin, Texas. Order yours with Vietnamese ham, sausage, shrimp or tofu and ask for a generous smearing of their signature pâté. Dining in Austin never disappoints.
Fonda San Miguel
2330 W North Loop Boulevard
Ranked one of America’s 50 Best Mexican Restaurants by The Daily Meal, the Fonda San Miguel offers an inviting atmosphere and extensive menu. Make a reservation early and order their popular Ceviche las brisas or tantalizing Mole, and don’t forget to celebrate the occasion with their house margarita.
Jack Allen’s Kitchen
7720 Highway 71 West
Whether planning an anniversary dinner or Sunday brunch escapade, look no further than Jack Allen’s Kitchen. The owners pride themselves on their fresh, locally-sourced offerings and embody the farm-to-table philosophy. Try their Crispy Salmon, Fat Jack Burger or their Milagro Farm Eggs.
12005 W Highway 290
If a warm slice of heavenly pie is more your style, make a stop at Pieous for their yummy pizza. Taste their homemade mozzarella, extra thick pastrami, mixed greens and more. Everything is made fresh and baked in their brick ovens.
Hey!…You Gonna Eat or What?
1720 Barton Springs Road
Feast away at this beloved food truck! The Monte Cristo, Lonestar BLT, Smoked Ham & Brie are all winners, as evidenced by the gallery of fan photos covering their Yelp page. Look for their bright red and yellow truck at the corner of Barton Springs Road and Zilker Park.
As your tour of Austin comes to a close, you’ll surely come away with a full and happy belly. This animated city knows a thing or two about good food and great music.
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