There’s nothing like a great local diner to tickle the taste buds, and Austin sure delivers when it comes to that.
Needless to say, it’s hardly surprising that the food culture of Austin spans cowboys, Mexican, southerners and the trendy and modern. For an eccentric city, it’s not shocking! Here’s our top picks.
Where better to start then at Hoover’s cooking? Chicken fried steak, the Texas classic, is served up here in one of Austin’s best incarnations. And the portions are super generous too. They serve up other southern staples like candied yams, mustard greens, tomatoes and okra and more. Or opt for fried catfish, smoked ham, ribs, meatloaf and pork chops. Or head to the Black Star Co-op to sample the magnificent craft breweries on offer in Austin. Remember, the area is fast becoming famous for its local brews, and you can sample most of them at the Black Star Co-op. Complement the drinks with a great cheeseburger, shrimp and grits, English pub style chips or be brave and pick from the ‘irrational specials’ list!
East Side King is a great example of the Austin love of food trailers. Rolling through the streets, the chefs on this Asian inspired trailer all hail from the Asian fusion restaurant Uchi. There’s three trailers on the go through Austin, one specializing in hot fried chicken, steamy pork belly buns and fried beets, one in Chinese sausage, tempura, corn tortillas and more, and the last a menu that includes beef rib, quail and foie gras. It’s an experience not to be missed.
Talking about unmissable experiences, be sure to stop and sample some of the night life on 6th street in the increasingly notorious SoCo area of Austin while you’re hinting down your meals. Or be sure to view one world theatre offerings for a great music experience.
There is, of course, a huge music scene in Austin, and a ton of great venues offer fabulous shows nightly. Or, if you’re more active, head out into the area for beautiful lakes, bike trails and hiking experiences, you’ll need it to burn off the calories to leave you hungry for the offerings of Franklin Barbecue. There’s a reason the line starts at 9am, 2 hours before they open! You can’t miss this iconic pulled pork, sausage and smoked brisket. They even have their own unique expresso barbeque sauce to try. In an area renowned for its barbeques, you can’t miss this on off your list!
If Mexican is more your style, head to Joe’s Bakery and Mexican food for a treat. This family owned bakery lays down the best of Tex Mex to delight any palette, from tacos to refried beans and more. We get hungry just thinking about them. Or let the bakery section kidnap you and force you to oggle the beautiful pastries and buns on sale- you won’t be able to miss out!
No matter what your taste in food and entertainment, Austin has something to delight everyone’s taste buds and pocket book.