Welcome to Austin, y’all. Most people know Austin for its live music scene or as a tech town. What only an exclusive few know is that Austin spends more money per person on food than any other city in the US, including New York and San Francisco. We love our food here in Austin, whether we shop at the Whole Foods headquarters or hang out by the food trucks.
Since y’all are headed to town for the Mikrotik User Meeting, I thought I’d share my top picks for dining here in Austin. Unfortunately, there’s no way I can do justice to all the great dining here, so my sincere apologies if I missed your favorite places. Leave comments on what I missed and why!
BBQ: You can’t come to Central Texas and not try our smokehouse BBQ. Whenever possible, go where you buy the BBQ by the pound and get it served on butcher paper. My top picks for Austin Originals are:
Kreuz Market - Established in 1900, it’s one of the oldest and most respected BBQ joints in the state
619 N Colorado St, Lockhart, TX 78644
PROTIP: I know everyone will tell you about Franklin’s, which is amazing. But if you’re going to have to wait 2 hours for BBQ, you might as well make the 45 minute drive to Kreuz’s and try their Prime Rib!
Stubb’s BBQ - Okay, so they don’t serve on butcher paper here, but Stubb’s has been an Austin institution for music and food so long it has street cred.
801 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Taco’s: Austin is going through a Mexican street taco Renaissance right now, and the tacos are amazing. Definitely make time for some tacos.
Torchy’s Tacos - You can tell you’re in Austin when you get your Torchy’s because it’s good and the price says so
2809 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Cabo Bob’s - So this is a burrito/taco place, but it’s an Austin original and does it well.
500 E Ben White Blvd D-100, Austin, TX 78704
Southern Comfort: Oh yeah, we do southern comfort food as well. We’re talking chicken fried steak or smothered pork chops. Do NOT seek medical advice before going to these places.
Hoover’s - Voted the best chicken fried steak in Austin, yeah, it’s worth it
2002 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Mattie's - A great historic home with deep history. Definitely worth a visit.
811 W Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704
All Night Diners: Built for the clientele who will show up at 3:00 am to study or eat pancakes to wind down from a night out, it’s one of those funky things you just have to try.
Kerbey Lane Cafe - Go for the pancakes or the Eggs Francisco. This is an Austin original.
3003 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Magnolia Cafe - I don’t think I’ve ever seen this place in the day time.
1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Something Sweet: My wife and I disagree on ice cream. She will stand by her Bluebell, and I like mine from Amy’s.
Amy’s Ice Cream - Get the Mexican vanilla.
1301 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Just Darn Good:
Driskell Bar - Best historical spot
Uchi - Award winning sushi
Hideaway Kitchen & Bar - Top Rated
Roaring Fork - Amazing steaks and sides