A Food Lover’s Guide to Austin, Texas

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Photo: Jeremy Keith
Photo Credit: Jeremy Keith

If Austin, Texas were a perfume it would smell like barbeque, with an undertone of breakfast tacos and craft beer.

I was going to write a “Best Places to Eat In Austin” article, but that would be impossible, seeing as there are hundreds of “best” places to eat in my wacky hometown.

This is a tiny sprinkle of Austin eateries that will leave you fat, happy and searching for more.

1. Torchy’s Tacos

Photo Credit: Jen
Photo Credit: Jen

I’m salivating as I write these words. Torchy’s has gone beyond the egg, cheese and potato basics to create flavor blends that are like a roller coaster ride for your taste buds (a roller coaster that you love, and won’t make you sick.) I have dreams about the Fried Avocado taco.

2. Magnolia Café

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Photo Credit: Dyxie

This is the “something for everyone” café- but unlike many similar cafes, Magnolia has perfected everything they offer. You can close your eyes, randomly point to something on the menu and be sure to love it.

3. Rudy’s

Photo Credit: Steve Fishman
Photo Credit: Steve Fishman

You can’t go to Texas without trying the BBQ, and Rudy’s has nailed the elusive “perfect BBQ formula.” I don’t even eat much meat, but turn into a raving carnivore at this joint.

4. The Cafe at Central Market

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Photo Credit: G

Make sure to eat some fresh and delicious fare at this café before journeying into the attached gourmet grocery store- it will help you avoid spending hundreds of dollars on fabulous food you didn’t even know you needed.

5. Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Photo Credit: Connie Tsang
Photo Credit: Connie Tsang

This “beef bar” stays true to Austin’s au natural vibe by providing beef from (hormone and antibiotic-free) humanely raised cows, hand cut fries and buns made from scratch every day. Want a strangely fabulous pairing? Try the Green Eggs and Ham burger with a Cilantro Jalapeno Margarita.

6. Home Slice Pizza

Photo Credit: Mr. Jose Gonzalez
Photo Credit: Mr. Jose Gonzalez

Located in a very “Austin-y” part of town (South Congress) Home Slice serves up a quintessential Austin experience with hand tossed pizzas (try the White Clam Pizza!), plenty of pizza-friendly booze (try a Lone Star!) and occasional events like the Carnival of Pizza (they had a fortune teller!)

7. Uchi

Photo Credit: Elaine Huang
Photo Credit: Elaine Huang

Not your run of the mill sushi establishment. Uchi stays true to the “Keep Austin Weird” credo by creating surprisingly delicious fusions with ingredients like fried apple puree and salmon. Don’t knock it till you try it!

8. Roaring Fork

Photo Credit: Lisa O'Neill
Photo Credit: Lisa O’Neill

This is where you go for some old school fancy food that’s worth the cost. All entrees are prepared on, or in, a wood fire rotisserie, open flame grill or wood oven, and the happy hour is a big fat yes- specifically because of their Big Ass Burger.

9. Amy’s Ice Cream

Photo Credit: Frederick Fenyvessy
Photo Credit: Frederick Fenyvessy

I choose arrival and departure times at the Austin airport that coincide with the hours of the Amy’s Ice Cream located there. I refuse to visit Austin without one (or seven) trips to this ice cream palace. Amy’s boasts creamy artisan creations that send you on an epic flavor adventure- and their employees have seriously fun personalities, and ice cream flipping skills.

10. Food Trucks

Photo Credit: Kim Maida
Photo Credit: Kim Maida

Austin thrives on food trucks, thus creating stiff competition. Take yourself on a food tour by checking out the site Roaming Hunger, picking out a few trucks that strike your fancy and heading out on a taste-bud quest that is sure to please.

Regardless of the type of food or dining experience you enjoy there is something something in Austin for everyone. With great hotel options and lots to do your next amazing vacation is only a quick flight away.

 

About the Author: Bailey Gaddis

Bailey is the author of Feng Shui Mommy (coming out May 2017!), a mother, Hypnotherapist and lover of adventure. She has lived in California, Texas, Mexico, Peru, and the Honduras and is currently landed in Ojai, California. She found her ideal life-partner in a surfing-Aussie who is often the catalyst for their international travel (that's on a budget, with a toddler!) She is a contributing writer for Flight Network, Babble, Huff Post, Scary Mommy, Your Tango, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Women's Day and Elephant Journal. A collection of her writing can be found at BaileyGaddis.com

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