austin restaurant guide

For my city guides, I try to have a mix of everything - new restaurants, iconic venues, and tourist spots worth a visit. These will range from casual cafes for breakfast to suit jacket fine dining. As with all guides, it is not exhaustive but hopefully full of wonderful recommendations that will help you make the most of your visit! Here's what I love in Austin:


torchy's tacos 

Mexican street-food-style tacos in inventive varieties, including for breakfast.

1311 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704



Thin-crust slices & pies for dining in or carry out, open late for takeaway on weekends.

1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704


Veracruz All Natural

Simple trailer serving tacos with spit-grilled meats or veggie options, plus migas.

1704 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702



Sushi plus creative hot & cold dishes in a stylish, sophisticated setting.

801 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704


odd duck 

Upscale eatery doling out locally sourced New American chow in a contemporary setting.

1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

 photo: kelly rucker 

photo: kelly rucker 


French-American comfort food with modern twists in an airy space that also stocks gourmet groceries.

2307 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78756


la barbecue

Hopping BBQ stand in Aztec Food Trailer Park for brisket, pulled pork & sausages at picnic tables.

1906 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Salty Sow

Braised, poached & stewed dishes served in a laid-back setting.

1917 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722


Ramen Tatsu-ya

Popular noodle house & bar with a funky vibe serving classic ramen with many options for topping.

1234 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704


josephine house

Stylish yet casual, seasonal New American dining in a cute house 

1601 Waterston Ave, Austin, TX 78703

 photo: a piece of toast

photo: a piece of toast

Elizabeth Street Cafe

Charming outpost offering French breakfast bites & creative Vietnamese plates 

1501 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

 photo: business insider

photo: business insider

the salt lick

It's BYOB at this venerable cash-only, BBQ spot with a rustic setting & live music outdoors.

18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619

 photo:  Obsev

photo: Obsev

Voodoo Doughnuts

Creative donuts in a colorful, quirky environment 

212 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701



Quick serve Korean BBQ tacos, rice bowls, kimchi fries & other Korean-Mexican eats.

823 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701



Southern classics elevated by farm-fresh ingredients in a rustic space with a lush garden 

3235 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

 photo: the feed

photo: the feed

Franklin Barbecue

Long lines form early for brisket, pulled pork & other smoked meats at this lunch-only spot.

900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702


eden east

Farm-to-table dinner destination serves weekly New American set menus on the grounds of a farmhouse.

755 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702

 photo: east side king

photo: east side king

East Side King  

This hip food truck serves Asian-fusion bites until late.

1618 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702



Ironic names & unique toppings on fried-dough treats served until late-night from a vintage trailer.

2700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704