Article Contributor: Ben Burton, Austin Community College | Journalism Major
Austin, the capital city of Texas is constantly expanding and developing which increases the demand for quality produced national and international food. When Austin was still a small city, it gained a big reputation due to the mouth-watering grilled and smoked Barbecue, delicious breakfast tacos, outstanding TexMex, and the home-style southern cooking that satisfied hungry customers. As Austin rapidly evolves, the restaurants, food trucks and trailers, grocery stores, markets, bakeries and delis, and farms offer more interesting options to choose from. Here is a list of some great Austin restaurants featuring different styles of cuisine with a few examples of what they serve.
BBQ | Franklin Barbecue
900 E. 11th St.
Best brisket- national following, sausage, pork ribs, potato salad, slaw
TEX-MEX | Habanero Mexican Cafe
501 W. Oltolf St.
Mesquite cooked fajitas, huge gorditas,habanero salsa
BREAKFAST TACOS | Tamale House
East 1707 E. 6th St.
Chipotle migas taco, home-made tortillas, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros
SOUTHERN | Hoover’s Cooking
2002 Manor Rd.
Chicken-fried steak, pork ribs, sandwiches
ITALIAN | Juliet’s Italian Kitchen
1500 Barton Springs Rd.
Modern/classic Italian fare, pork marsala, pizza, salmon crudo
MEXICAN | Fonda San Miguel
2330 W. North Loop Blvd.
Carne asada la tampiquena, mixote, chuleta, pescados, mariscos, enchiladas
FRENCH | Justine’s
4710 E.5th St.
Steak, snails, pork chops, duck legs, steak, tartare, pasta, salmon, mussels
GERMAN | Bangers Sausage House
79 Rainy St.
20+ home-made sausages, smokehouse, fries, barbecue, 200+tap beers, unleashed dog park, live music stage
IRISH | B.D. RILEY’S
1905 Aldrich St. #130
Sliders, potato skins, Irish-style nachos, steak poutine, wings, fish & chips, bangers, and mash
FINE DINING | Jeffrey’s
1204 W. Lynn
Caviar, crispy-fried gulf oysters, Peking duck breast, all-natural steaks, rack of lamb
INDIAN | Clay Pit
1601 Guadalupe St.
Goat curry, lamb roganjosh, goan yellow curry (shrimp), butter chicken, tandoori salmon, 8+ types of naan, kebobs
GREEK | Santori Cafe
11800 N. Lamar Blvd.
Feta fries with lamb, gyros, pizza, dolmas, tzatziki, moussaka
JAPANESE | Uchi
801 S. Lamar Blvd.
Sushi rolls, bacon steakie, hamachi nabe (yellow tail), butaniku midori, Natsu sake (salmon or pork), hot rock (beef)
THAI | Sap’s Fine Thai Cuisine
5800 Burnet Rd. & 4514 West Gate Blvd.
Sap’s special panang beef curry, po tak seafood, tiger cry (beef), mussel maniac, satay
CHINESE | Lin Asian Bar
1203 W. 6th St.
Hawaii sesame chicken, orange peel beef, rocky smoked duck, dim sum (small dishes)
ARMENIAN | Russian House
307 E. 5th St.
Beef stroganoff, uzbeck plou (lamb), chicken shashlik, shnizhel (pork)
FOOD TRUCKS AND TRAILERS
Austin’s food culture prospers, thanks to the numerous food trucks throughout the city. Compared to dining in a restaurant, a food truck’s low-overhead cost can get you bigger portions of great food for less money. Here is a few examples of popular food trucks and food truck parks. Food truck parks are great for groups of people who are together that like different types of cuisine.
5000 Burnet Rd. (park’s name and location)
Eight trucks or trailers. Check the website for the line-up and the hours of business. There is a playscape for kids.
Arbor Food Park
1108 E. 12th St.
Check the website for the days and hours, and the food truck line-up.
1720 Barton Springs Rd.
Open Monday-Saturday 11 AM until 9 PM Sunday 11 AM until 8 PM. Next to Barton Springs Pool and Zilker Park.
Spicy Boys Fried Chicken
1701 E. 6th St.
Pan Asian sandwiches, wings, tater tots, Thai dipping sauces
Patrizi’s Italian Food Truck
2307 Manor Rd.
Hand-pulled Italian noodles and homemade sauce. Outdoor dining and live music.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
11500 Manchaca Rd.
Great brisket, homemade tortillas, refried beans, salsa, barbecue breakfast tacos
Hudson Meat Market
1800 S. Congress Ave.
Longhorn Meat Market
2411 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Salt and Time
1912 E. 7th St.
5621 Airport Blvd.
4119 Guadalupe St.
Phoenicia Bakery and Deli
4701 Burnet Rd. & 2912 S. Lamar Blvd.
Swedish Hill Bakery
1120 W. 6th
River City Market
2209 S. Congress Ave.
Texas Farmer’s Market at Mueller
2006 Philomena St., Mueller Lake Park
Sundays 10 AM -2 PM
SFC Farmer’s Market
422 Guadalupe St.
Republic Square Saturdays
9 AM- 1 PM Live Music
Barton Creek Farmer’s Market
2901 S. Capital of Texas Highway-Barton Creek Square
Saturdays 9 AM – 1 PM
Boggy Creek Farm
3414 Lyons Rd.
Wednesday-Saturday 8 AM – 1 PM
Freshly harvested produce, meats and cheeses, fresh eggs, fruits, dairy, bread, and more….
Green Gate Farms
8310 Canoga Ave.
Saturdays 10 AM – 12 PM
Organic vegetables, baked goods, meats, and poultry
2615 E. 6th St.
Chicken, turkey, duck, quail, and eggs