The amount of good eatin’ in this town is simply insane, and we’ve really only just scratched the brisket bark…

the restaurant list

Here is a nearly comprehensive list of restaurants (of note) in Austin. We don’t seek to comprehensively list trailers because they are so ephemeral (and we don’t have time to keep up!), but we include trailers of note.

We’ve incorporated ratings for Texas Monthly (TM** or higher), Austin Monthly (AM [if they rate it, it’s worthy], AMbest), Austin-American Statesman (AAS-#.#, AAStop25-17, AAStop50-18), and Eater Austin’s Eater Essential (EE). If we can find it, we include links to their full reviews. We’ve also included our own rating, aW*, with links to our full review in the blog. AtoZtoB is an upcoming stop on our trip through the alphabet of Austin restaurants.

Our rating scale means:

   –         meh [think twice]
   *        OK [it’ll get the job done]
   **      good [solid neighborhood joint]
   ***    damn good [we’ll be back]
   ****  holy sh!t [transcendental]
each $ = $10; cost is based on a typical entree and appetizer (no drinks)
A place larger, bolder, and red as blood is a place we’ve eaten at. Crossed out means closed. 😦  The rest are TBE: to be eatin’!


Abel’s on the Lake
Acai Hut
Ah Sing Den (TM**)

Alamo Drafthouse

Almarah Mediterranean Cuisine

Alta’s Cafe

Alcomar (AM) [CLOSED]

Amaya’s Taco Village (EEp)


Andiamo (AWl***; AAS-6.5)

Anthem [tex-asian pub]
Apis Restautant & Apiary (AAStop25-17#12; AAS-9.5; EEp)
Arlo Grey (TM**)
Arpeggio Grill (EEp)
Artista Rosso

Arturo’s Underground Cafe

Asiana (EEp)

Aster’s Ethiopian Restaurant (AM)

Asti Trattoria (AM; TM**; EEp)

ATX Cocina (AAS7.0; aW***)

what’s the deal? hi-end, chef’d up Mexican food
aW: food***; drink;***; atmosphere***; service***; instagrammability***
cost: $$$$$$
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Auguste & Marcel (TM**)

Austin Beer Garden Brewing (ABGBs)

Austin Cheese Company
Austin Daily Press

Austin Diner (AM)

Austin Land and Cattle Company (AM)
Austin’s Habibi
Austin’s Pizza

Avenue B Grocery

Aviary (AM; TM**; aW***)

web&where: interwebs; 2110 South Lamar Boulevard; (512) 916-4445
what’s the deal? wine and chef’d-up small dishes you can enjoy tapas-style
aW: food***; drink; ****; atmosphere***; service****; instagrammability***
cost: $$$
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Azul Rooftop Bar at the Westin


Baby Greens

Backspace (AM)

The BackYard at Waller Creek
Baguette et Chocolat (AM)
Bakery Lorraine
Balkan Cafe & Grill
Bao’d Up (AM)
Bar Chi Sushi

Barlata (AMbest; TM**; aW***)

web&where: interwebs1500 south lamar boulevard; (512) 473-2211
what’s the deal? real-deal Catalan tapas
aW: food***; drink; ***; atmosphere**; service**; instagrammability***
cost: $$$
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Barley Swine (AMbest; AWl****; TM****; AAStop25-17#6; AAStop50-18#5; aW****)

web&where: interwebs; 6555 burnet road; (512) 394-8150; reservations
what’s the deal? world class food for locavores
aW: food****; drink;****; atmosphere***; service****; instagrammability****
cost: $$$$$$$$$$ (tasting menu; could be less ordering a la carte)
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Bar Peached
Batch Craft Beer and Kolaches (AM)
BD Riley’s Irish Pub

The Beer Plant (AMbest)

Be More Pacific (AM)

Bennu Coffee
Berry Austin
Better Half (TM**)
Biderman’s Deli (EE)
Big Kahuna

Bill Miller BBQ #35 (TM**)

Bird Bird Biscuit

Black’s Barbecue

Black Star Coop

Blenders and Bowls
Blue Cat Cafe

Blue Dahlia Bistro (AM; EEp)

Blue Star Kitchen + Bar (aW**)

web&where: interwebs; 4800 burnet road; (512) 454-7827
what’s the deal? comfort cuisine in a hip setting
aW: food**; drink;**; atmosphere**; service**; instagrammability**
cost: $$
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Boiler Nine (AM; TM**; AAStop25-17#24)

Bob’s Steak & Chop House
Bobo’s Snack Bar
Bombay Dhaba (AM)
Bonchon [Korean; Round Rock]
The Bonneville

Bouldin Creek Cafe (AM; EE)

Bowie BBQ
Branch BBQ (TM**)
The Brewers Table (TM**; AAStop50-18#18)
The Brewtorium
Briggo Coffee

Broken Spoke

Brown’s BBQ (TM****)
Bueno Aires Cafe (AM; EE)
Bufalina (AM; TM**; AAStop25-17#19; AAStop50-18#15)

Bufalina Due (TM**; EE; AAStop25-17#19; AAStop50-18#15)

Buford’s Backyard Beer Garden

Bullfight (AMbest)

Bun Belly (TM**)
Burger Bar
Burn Pizza + Bar

Burro Cheese Kitchen


Cabo Bob’s Burritos (aW*)

web&where: interwebs; various
what’s the deal? Local burrito joint that is run by beach bums
aW: food*; drink; -; atmosphere -; service*; instagrammability*
cost: $
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Cafe Blue DT Austin

Cafe Express

Cafe Josie (TM**)

Cafe Malta (EEp)
Cafe Nena’I (AM; AAS-9.0)

Café No Se (TM**; AAS-8.5)

Cane Rosso (TM**)
Cannon + Belle
Capital City Bakery
Capital Grill



Caroline Restaurant
Carpenters Hall (Olamaie chef)
Casa Columbia (AM)
Casa De Luz (AM)
Casino El Camino (AM; EEp)
The Cavelier
Cenote (AM)
Central Machine Works Brewery
Central Standard (AMbest; TM**; AAS-6.5)
Charm Korean BBQ (AAStop50-18#26)

Chez Nous (AM; TM**)

Chi’lantro (AM)

China Spice

Chinatown (AM; TM**)

Chupacabra Cantina


Cielo Bistro Mexico
Cipollina (AM)

Cisco’s (AM)

Citizen Eatery

Clark’s Oyster Bat (AMbest; TM***)

Coast (TM**)
Colleen’s Kitchen (AM)

Conan’s Pizza

Confituras Little Kitchen (AM)
Con Madre Kitchen

Contigo (AM; TM**; EE; AAStop50-18#47; aW*)

web&where: interwebs; 2027 anchor lane; (512) 520-1998
what’s the deal? ranch-style chow in a mod-rustic setting
aW: food*; drink; *; atmosphere*; service*; instagrammability**
cost: $$

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CookBook Cafe
Cool Beans
Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge


Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden (AM)
Counter 3.Five.VII (AMbest)
Counter Cafe (EEp)
Counter Culture (AM)
Country Boyz Fixins

County Line (AM)

Cover 3 (TM**)

Crawfish Shack and Oyster Bar (AM)

Crown and Anchor

Cru: A Wine Bar (AM)

Cuba512 (AM)
Curra’s Grill (EEp)


Dai Due (AMbest; AWl****; TM**; AAStop25-17#3; AAStop50-18#13; EE)

Daily Juice (AM)

Darcy’s Donkey Irish Pub and Restaurant


Dart Bowl (EEp)

Darumen Ramen

Dawn’s Thai Kitchen

Dean’s One Trick Pony (burgers)

Dee Dee (AMbestEE; aW**)

web&where: interwebs; 2500 east 6th street
what’s the deal? northern Thai street food
aW: food**; drink;**; atmosphere – ; service*; instagrammability**
cost: $$
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DeSano Pizza Bakery (TM**)

Del Frisco’s Grill
Din Ho (EE)
Dirty Martin’s
District Kitchen + Cocktails
DK Sushi (AM)

Doc’s Backyard

Dolce Neve
Donn’s BBQ (TM**)

Dos Batos (AM)

Downtown Burgers


The Driskill Grill


Eastside Cafe (AM; EE)

East Side Pies (AM)

Eastside Tavern (TM**)

Easy Tiger (AM)

Eberly (AM; TM**)

Eden East (AMbest)
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood (AM)
Edge Rooftop Pool Bar and Cabanas
El Alma Cafe (AM)

El Arroyo (AM)

El Borrego de Oro

El Chile

El Chipiron (AM; TM**)

Eldorado Cafe (AMbest)

Elizabeth Street Cafe (AM; AAStop50-18#45)

El Mercado

El Meson

El Naranjo (AM; TM****; AAStop25-17#22; AAStop50-18#19; EE; aW**)

web&where: interwebs; 85 rainey street; (512) 474-2776; reservations
what’s the deal? quiet Oaxacan food in the bustling Rainey Street District
aW: food***; drink;*; atmosphere*; service**; instagrammability**
cost: $$$$$
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El Patio

El Primo (EEp)
El Sunzal

Emmer & Rye (AMbest; ; TM***; AAStop25-17#5; AAStop50-18#1, EE)

Empowered Coffee (aW**)

web&where: interwebs; inside RunLab at 410 pressler street
what’s the deal?
 solid drip and some bites served up by friendly folks with developmental disabilities
aW: food*; drink; **; atmosphere*; service****; instagrammability**
cost: $
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Enoteca Vespaio (EE)

Epicerie (AM)


Evangeline Cafe (EE)


Fabbi + Rossi (AM; AAStop50-18#42)

Fareground (AM)

First Watch Daytime Café (aW**)

web&where: interwebs; various
what’s the deal? breakfast chain doing it right
aW: food**; drink;*; atmosphere*; service*; instagrammability**
cost: $$
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Fixe (AMbest; TM**; aW***)

web&where: interwebs; 500 west 5th Street; (512) 888-9133; reservations
what’s the deal? Chef’d-up southern fare with the best damn biscuits this side of the Seine
aW: food***; drink;**; atmosphere**; service**; instagrammability***
cost: $$$$

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Fleming’s Prime

Flower Child (AM)

Fogo de Chao

Fonda San Miguel (TM***; EE)

Foodheads (AM; EEp)

Foreign & Domestic (AM; TM**; EE; AAStop50-18#14; aW***)

web&where: interwebs; 306 east 53rd street; (512) 459-1010
what’s the deal? seriously chef’d up farm-to-table
aW: food***; drink; ***; atmosphere***; service***; instagrammability***
cost: $$$
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Forthrights Café (AM)

Frank (AM)

Frank & Angie’s

Franklin’s Barbecue (AMbest; TMtop50BBQ[#2]; TM*****; AAStop25-17#10; AAStop50-18#12; EE)

Freedman’s (TMtop50BBQ; TM****)

Fresa’s Chicken Al Carbon (AMbest; TM**; AAStop50-18#36)

Fresko Eats
Fricano’s Deli (EEp)
Fukumoto (TM**)


Gabriela’s (TM**; aW**)

web&where: interwebs; 900 east 7th street; (512) 840-1569
what’s the deal? hi-fi Michoacán in a lo-fi setting
aW: food**; drink;**; atmosphere**; service**; instagrammability**
cost: $$$
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Garbo’s (AM)
Garrison’s (TM**)
Geraldine’s (TM**)
Goodall’s Kitchen (TM**)
Gordough’s Public House (AMbest)
Gossip Shack
G’raj Mahal (AM)
Grizzelda’s (TM**)
The Grove Wine Bar and Kitchen (AM)

Guero’s Taco Bar (AM)

The Guild

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken (AM; aW**)

web&where: interwebs; 117 san jacinto boulevard; (512) 474-4877
what’s the deal? Memphis-style hot chicken
aW: food**; drink;*; atmosphere**; service**; instagrammability**
cost: **
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Gusto (aW**)

web&where: interwebs; 4800 burnet road; (512) 458-1100
what’s the deal? italian in a hip setting
aW: food**; drink;**; atmosphere***; service**; instagrammability**
cost: $$$$
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Habana (AM)
Halal Brothers
The Halal Corner
Halal Guys
Halcyon (TM**)
Hanks (TM**)
Happy Chicks


Hecho en Mexico (AM)
Hestia (coming early 2019)
Hideaway Kitchen and Bar
High Note
Hill’s Cafe (moving?)

Hillside Farmacy

Market Eatery at Hmart (TM**)
Hoboken Pie


Holy Roller (AMbest; TM**; EE; AAStop50-18#30; aW***)

web&where: interwebs; 509 rio grande street; (512) 502-5119
what’s the deal? delicious lunch for the punk rock aspirational class
aW: food***; drink;***; atmosphere****; service***; instagrammability***
cost: $$$
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Home Slice Pizza (AM; AAStop50-18#24)

Honest Mary’s (AM)

Hoover’s Cooking (EE)


Hopfields (AM; AAStop50-18#22)
Hops and Grain
Hotel San Jose
Hot L Coffee

Houndstooth Coffee (AM)

House of the Rising Tanuki-San
House Park Bar-B-Que
House Wine (AM)
Hudson’s Hill Country (TM**)

Hula Hut

Hummus Among Us ATX

Hut’s Hamburgers


III Forks

Il Brutto (AM; TM**)
Inchin’s Bamboo Garden
Intero (AM; TM**; AtoZtoB)
Irene’s (AM; TM**)

Iron Cactus

Ironworks BBQ (TM**)

Italic (AM)

It’s Italian Cucina (TM**)


Jack Allen’s Kitchen (EE)

The Jackelope (AM)
Jacoby’s (TM**)

Jeffery’s (AMbest; TM***; EE; AAStop50-18#17)

Jester King

Jinya Ramen Bar
Joann’s Fine Foods [texmex]

Jo’s Coffee (AM)

Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop
Josephine House (AM; TM**)
JT Youngblood’s Texas Chicken (TM**)
Juana Taco

Juan in a Million (AM)

Juice Girl

Juiceland (AM)

Juliet Italian Kitchen (TM**)

Julio’s Cafe (AM)

June (TM**) [orange wines and buratta plate]
June’s All Day (AAStop25-17#20; AAStop50-18#20; AtoZtoB)

Juniper (AMbest; TM***; AAStop25-17#6; AAStop50-18#9)

Justine’s (AM; EE; AAStop50-18#41)


Kanji Ramen
Kemuri Tatsu-Ya (AMbest; TM***; AAStop25-17#9; AAStop50-18#6; EE; AtoZtoB)

Kerbey Lane Cafe (AM)

Kerlin BBQ (TM****; EE)
Kesos Tacos
Kicked Up Grub

Kim Phung (AM)

Kinda Tropical

Kiwami Ramen (aW**)

web&where: interwebs; 2700 west anderson lane; (512) 336-8888
what’s the deal? surprisingly solid ramen without the wait
aW: food**; drink;*; atmosphere*; service*; instagrammability**
cost: $$
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Knotty Deck and Bar
Kome Sushi (AM; TM**; EEp)
Korean Komfort
Kuneho (AASTop25#23)
Kyoten Sushiko (AMbest; AASTop25#13; EEp)


La Barbecue (AM; TMtop50BBQ; TM****; EEp)
La Cafe Crepe

La Condesa (EEp)

Lady Quackenbush’s Cakery
La Mata (AM; TM**; AAStop50-18#50)

Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue (AM; TM****)

La Mexicana Bakery

La Patisserie Bakery (AM)

La Pena
Las Trancas
Last Straw [tropical]
La Traviata (AM; TM**)

Launderette (AMbest; TM****; AAStop25-17#18; AAStop50-18#16; EE)

Lavaca Teppan

La Volpe [italian + southern]

Le Bleu (AAStop50-18#29; aW***)

web&where: interwebs; 9070 research boulevard, suite 303; (512) 770-1100
what’s the deal? The best Vietnamese in town
aW: food***; drink;*; atmosphere*; service**; instagrammability***
cost: $$
Lenoir (AM; TM***; AAStop25-17#2; AAStop50-18#11; EE)
Le Politique (AM)
Leroy & Lewis (AMbest; TM****)
L’estelle House (TM**)
Li Hot Pot & BBQ
Licha’s Cantina (AM; AAStop50-18#27)
Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum (TM***)
Little Barrel and Brown
Little Big Burger
Llama’s Peruvian Creole
L’Oca d’Oro (AMbest; TM**; AAStop25-17#8; AAStop50-18#7; EE; AtoZtoB)
Lonesome Dove Western Bistro (TM**)
Look Noodles and More

Loro (TM***; AAStop50-18#46)

Lucky Robot

Lucy’s Fried Chicken (AM)

Lucy’s on the Lake

Lunar Pizza


Madam Mam’s

MAD Greens
Madras Pavilion (AM)

Magnolia Cafe (AM)

Maiko (AM)

Mai Thai

Malibu Poke
Mama Fu’s Asian House

Mandola’s Italian Market (AM)


Maria’s Taco Express (AM)

Mattie’s at Green Pasture (AMbest; TM**; AAStop50-18#33)

Matt’s El Rancho (AM)

Max’s Wine Dive

Me Con Bistro (AM)
Mellizoz Tacos (AM)
Michelada’s Cafe y Cantina

Michi Ramen (TM**)

Micklethwaite Craft Meats (AMbest; TMtop50BBQ; TM****; AtoZtoB)

Mi Madre’s (AM)

Modern Market

Monger’s Market + Kitchen (AMbest)

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Mother’s Cafe and Garden (AM)

Mozart’s on the Lake

Murphy’s Deli
Musashino Sushi Dokoro (TM**; EE)
My Name Is Joe (TM**)


Nancy’s Sky Garden
Native Bar & Kitchen (TM**; AtoZtoB)

Nau’s Enfield Drug

Nekter Juice Bar

Nervous Charlie’s [bagels]

New Fortune

New World Deli (AM)

Next Level Burger
Ng Cafe
Nickel City
Nightcap (TM**)
Ni-Kome Sushi and Ramen
Nobibi [opening 2019]

Noble Sandwich Company (AMbest)

NoNo’s Tacos

Noori’s Grill
North Italia

Numero 28


Oasis Texas Brewing Company
Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar
Odd Duck (AMbest; TM***; AAStop25-17#4; AAStop50-18#10; EE)
Oddwood Ales
Ok wood (TM**)
Olamaie (TM****; AMbest; AAStop25-17#1; AAStop50-18#4; EEp; AtoZtoB)
Old School Bar & Grill
Old Thousand (AMbest; TM**; AAStop25-17#21; AAStop50-18#48)

Olive and June (AM; TM**)

The Omeletry (AM)

OneTaco: An Urban Taqueria (aW*)

web&where: interwebs; various
what’s the deal? An urban taqueria
aW: food*; drink;*; atmosphere*; service*; instagrammability**
cost: $
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The Onion
The Original Pancake House
Osteria Pronto
Otherside Deli
Otoko (AMbest; TM**; AAStop25-17#13; AAStop50-18#8; EE)


Pacha Organic Cafe
Papalote Taco House (EEp)
Paperboy (AM)
Paper Route Bakery

Parkside (TM***; AAStop50-18#23)

Pars Deli

Paul Martin’s
Peace Bakery

Peached Tortilla (AM; TM**; EE)

Peli Peli

Perla’s (AM, TM***; AAStop50-18#37)

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille (TM**)
Phara’s Mediterranean Cuisine & Christopher’s Casbah
Phoebe’s Diner
Picnik (AMbest; ; TM**)
Phoenicia Bakery & Deli
Phoenician Resto Cafe
Pho Saigon (EEp)
Pieous (AMbest; AAStop50-18#49)

Pinthouse Pizza (AM)

Piranha Killer Sushi
Pitchfork Pretty (AMbest; AAStop25-17#11; AAStop50-18#2, EEp; AtoZtoB)
Poke-Poke (TM**)

Polvo’s (AM)

Pool Burger (AM)

Posse East

P. Terry’s (AM)



Quality Seafood Market (EE; AtoZtoB)

Quattro Gatti


Radio Cofee and Beer (AM)

Ramen Tatsu-Ya (AMbest; AWl***; AAStop50-18#34; EEp)

Ranger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden (AM)
RA Sushi Bar

Red Ash Italia (AMbest; TM***)

Red’s Porch


Roaring Fork

Rolling Smoke Barbeque (TM**)

Roosevelt Room

Ropolo’s Pizzeria
Rosewood (TM**; AtoZtoB)
Rosita’s Al Pastor
Russell’s Bakery and Coffee Bar
Royal Jelly (AM)
The Russian House (AM)
Ruth’s Chris Steak House


Saffron Indian Fusion (AMbest; AAStop50-18#38)
Saigon Le Vendeur (EE)

Sala & Betty

Salt and Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria (AMbest; AAStop50-18#32; EEp)

Salt Lick (AM)

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking (AM)

Salty Sow (AM)

Salvation Pizza

SAM’s Bar-B-Que (EEp)


Sarah’s Mediterranean Grill

Santa Rita Cantina (aW**)

web&where: interwebs; 1206 west 38thstreet; (512) 419-7482
what’s the deal? TexMex
aW: food**; drink;**; atmosphere*; service***; instagrammability*
cost: $$
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Sa-Ten (AM)
Savor de Moi
Sazon (AM)
Schaller’s Stube Sausage Bar

Scholz Garden

The Science Cream

Second Bar + Kitchen (TM**)

She’s Not Here [asian-pacific]
Shore Raw Bar and Grill
Sichuan River (EE)
Siena Ristorante Toscana
Sixth and Waller
Ski Shores
Sloan + Parker (11/2019)
Snap Kitchen
Snooze (TM**)
Snowy Village Dessert Cafe
Soto (AMbest; TM**)

The Soup Peddler (AM)

Sour Duck Market (AAStop50-18#25)
Soursop (AM)

South Congress Cafe (AM)

Southside Flying Pizza
Stella San Jac (AM)

Stiles Switch (AM; TMtop50BBQ; TM****)

Stonehouse Coffee and Bar (AM)

Stoney’s Pizza
Street (TM**)

Stubb’s BBQ

Sugar Momma’s Bakeshop (AM)
Suerte (TM***; AAStop50-18#3, AtoZtoB) [mexican]

Summer Moon (aW*)

web&where: interwebs; various
what’s the deal?
 wood-fired coffee in a modern setting
aW: food*; drink; ***; atmosphere**; service*; instagrammability*
cost: $
Super Burrito on 5th
Sushi Junai
Swad (AM)
Sway Modern Thai (AMbest; TM***; EE; AAStop50-18#40)

Sweetish Hill Bakery Cafe & Deli

Sweet Chive

Swift’s Attic (AM; TM**; EEp)

The Switch

Szechuan House (EEp)


T22 Chicken Joint (aW**)

web&where: interwebs; 7211 Burnet Road; (512) 520-1998
what’s the deal?
 Nashville-style hot chicken
aW: food**; drink; **; atmosphere*; service*; instagrammability**
cost: $$
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Tacodeli (AMbest; TM**; EEp)

Taco Flats

Taco More (EEp)

Taco Ranch

Taj Palace (AM)

Tamale House East (EE)
Tam Deli & Cafe (EEp)

Tarka Indian Kitchen (AM)

Taste of Ethiopia (AM; AAStop50-18#44; EEp)
The Tavern
Taverna Austin
TC Noodle House (AM)
Tea Haus (AM)
Ten Oak

Terry Black’s Barbecue (AM; TMtop50BBQ; TM****)

Texas Chili Parlor

Texas French Bread (AM; TM***; AAStop50-18#35; EE)

Texican Cafe
Thai Fresh
Thai-Kun (AMbest; TM**; AAStop50-18#31; EEp)


Thundercloud Subs

Tillery Bar and Cafe
Tillie’s [new american]
Tino’s Greek Cafe (AM)
Tiny Boxwood’s (TM**)

Tiny Pies (AM)

Tio Pepe Chicken
TnT Tacos and Tequila
Tommy Want Wingy
Tomodachi Sushi (AM; EEp)

Top Notch

Torchy’s Tacos (AMbest; EEp)

Tous Les Jours (AM)


Trio (TM**)
Troy Restaurant
True Food Kitchen (AM; TM**)
Truluck’s (AM; AtoZtoB)
Tyson’s Tacos


Uchi (AMbest; TM****; AAStop25-17#15; AAStop50-18#21; EE; AtoZtoB)

Uchiko (AMbest; AAStop25-17#15; AAStop50-18#20; TM****)

Uncle Julio’s
Uncle Nicky’s
Uncorked Wine Bar
Unit-D Pizzeria (TM**)

Upper Crust Bakery (AM)

UZeat (AM)


Valentina’s TexMex BBQ (TMtop50BBQ; TM****; EE)

Vaquero Taquero

Veggie Heaven

Velvet Taco (TM**)

Veracruz All Natural (AM; TM**; EE; AAStop50-18#39)


Via 313 (AMbest; EE; AAStop50-18#43)

Vic’s Bar-B-Que (TM**)
Vinaigrette (AM; TM**; AtoZtoB)
Vince Young Steakhouse

Vino Vino (AM; TM**; EEp)

Vista Brewing

Voodoo Doughnuts


Waller Creek Pub House

Walton’s Fancy and Staple (AM; TM**)

Ways and Means Oyster House


Wholy Bagel

Wild Chix & Waffles (aW*)

web&where: interwebs; 7714 burnet road; (512) 888-9766
what’s the deal? Chicken and waffles in a funky coffee shop
aW: food*; drink;*; atmosphere**; service*; instagrammability**
cost: $$
Wild Kitchen + Bar
Willie’s Bar-B-Q (TM**)
Winebelly (AM; TM**)

Winelair [COMING SOON]

Wink (AM; AAStop50-18#28; EEp)

Wright Brothers Brew and Brew (AM)
Wu Chow (AMbest; TM**; AtoZtoB)


Xian Sushi and Noodle


Yoshi Ramen Austin
Yummi Joy
Yuyo (AM; TM**; AtoZtoB)


Zaika Indian Contemporary Fusion
Zhi Tea (AM)
Zocalo Cafe (AM)
Zucchini Kill (AM; AtoZtoB)


III Forks (AM)

1886 Bakery (AM)

24 Diner (AM)

34th Street Cafe (aW**)

web&where: interwebs; 1005 west 34thstreet; (512) 371-3400
what’s the deal? quiet neighborhood spot
aW: food**; drink;**; atmosphere**; service**; instagrammability**
cost: $$$$
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40 North [pizza]
68 Degrees (TM**; AtoZtoB)
827 Rays Kitchen + Cellar
888 Pan Asian Restaurant (EE)


torchy’s tacos

The best damn tacos in town. 


location (1207 south 1st street; 512.366.0537; $)

other locations

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hey cupcake!


“original” location (1511south congress avenue; 512.476.CAKE; $)

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molly’s sno-cups

location (404 south lamar boulevard; $)

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east side kings


(various; $)

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ranch 616

One of our favorite local restaurants featuring Texicana fusion. Enjoy a ranch water before dinner and listen carefully to the specials. And be sure to eat a fried pie!


location (616 nueces street; 512.479.7616; $$$)

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salt lick


location (18300 fm 1826, driftwood, texas; 512.858.4959; $$)

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coopers in llano

Legend has it around my office that I cried like a baby the first time I ate brisket from Cooper’s in Llano. I claim it was the onions. Nonetheless, those very well could have been tears of joy. It’s a bit of a haul outside of Austin, but you gotta drive to get the best, my friend. You gotta drive…


location (505 west dallas, llano, texas; 325.247.5713; $$)

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Chuy’s is a junky (in a good way) Elvis worshipping kinda place where Jenna Bush got busted for underage drinking. Good TexMex, though, with an appropriate worshipping of green chile every fall. There are several across town, but this one is the quaintest (and where Jenna got busted).


location (1728 barton springs road; 512.474.4452; $)


Fancy bar-b-que is one way to describe Lamberts. Gol darn good que is another way. Everything is good, oh so good. Be sure to call for reservations, although they are not needed if you get there early.


location (401 west 2nd street; 512.494.1500; $$$)

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wink is a quiet little fine-dining place that specializes in using local ingredients to make world-worthy dishes.


location (1014 north lamar boulevard; 512.482.8868; $$$)

smitty’s in lockhart

As far as the all-around bbq experience goes in Texas, Smitty’s is the holy grill. Located in an old building off the town square of Lockhart, you enter down a long smoked-for-a-hundred-years hallway and proceed to the pits in the back. After choosing your meat, you proceed to the dining area for a Big Red (traditional), white bread, and an avocado before settling down to business with a sheet of brisket and cue armed with only a knife and an appetite. Moving from dark and heat into light and cool is like being reborn with a plate of meat in your hand. All in all, it can’t be beat. No m’am, it can’t be beat…


location ( 208 south commerce, lockhart, texas; 512.398.9344; $$)

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When we lived in the ‘hood, we would go here a lot (almost every Saturday morning) because it was practically right outside our front door, but we would come even if we lived across town. Fabulous breakfast tacos and delicioso sandwiches in a quaint old house in the Gyspy Grove neighborhood.


location (616 west 34th street; 512.420.8400; $)

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maria’s taco xpress

Maria’s used to be this dive (and by dive, we mean dive with a capital d) that fronted a trailer park. The land was sold to make way for condos and a drugstore. The Austin uproar was so loud that it threatened the redevelopment, so the developer made room for a new Maria’s off to the side. Maria’s is a much nicer place, and the tacos are still dee-lish.


location (2529 south lamar boulevard; 512.444.0261; $)

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Vespaio is a nice mid-scale place to get your Italian on. Next door is its little cafe, Enoteca, in case you’re not in the mood for all that fussiness…


location (1610 south congress avenue; 512.441.6100; $$$)

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The z is an old fave of ours and a great place to take guests in from out of town that want a nice place to eat with southwestern flavor as well as other, more traditional, choices. Although they are no longer on the menu, they’ll still serve our favorite dish, navajo tacos, if asked. Two locations.


location central (1110 west 6th street; 512.478.5355; $$)

location north (9400 arboretum drive; 512.346.3506; $$)

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III forks

We’ve never been (we’re not big beef eaters…), but this is supposed to be THE place to get your steak on. Based on all of the great reviews and all of the famous people, local and not, that go there, it’s probably a good spot. Hopefully they hand out three spoons, too…


location (111 lavaca street; 512.474.1776; $$$)

fonda san miguel

The best place in town to get interior Mexican food. Has a great Sunday brunch to boot.


location (2330 west north loop boulevard; 512.459.4121; $$$)

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clay pit

Probably the best place in town to get some continental Indian cuisine. The building The Clay Pit is in is also quite lovely; old limestone from Austin’s olden days when Texans still fought Indians (the native kind).


location (1601 guadalupe street; 512.322.5131; $$)

upper crust bakery

What we consider to be Austin’s best breakfast bakery. The yummiest pastries, ample in portion. Real popular with the locals. Their cinnamon rolls are a whirlpool of flavor.


location (4508 burnet road; 512.467.0102; $)

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This is THE place to go in town for sushi, the chef written up by oodles of national foodie magazines for his inventive sushiness.


location (801 south lamar boulevard; 512.916.4808; $$$)


Neat brewing coop with really really good food. Workers earn a living wage, so no tipping allowed. Onsite, local, state, and micr-brews from across the country on rapidly rotating taps.


location (7020 easy wind drive; 512.452.2337; $$$)

eastside cafe

The Eastside is an old stalwart of Austin fine dining and ahead of its time in being on the eastside before being on the eastside was cool. They focus on using fresh ingredients, including many from their gardens nearbay.


location (2113 manor road; 512.476.5858; $$$)

1886 cafe and bakery

A competently yummy little cafe that put the qua into quaint. Located in the belly button of the beautiful Driscoll Hotel.


location (604 brazos street; 512.391.7121; $$)

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hyde park bar and grill

A long stalwart of the Austin foodie scene, locals come here for local treats, including the best french fires in town.


location (4206 duval street; 512.458.3168; $-$$)

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amy’s ice cream

We remember the first time we had shakes from Amy’s. We each drank half of what we were served and then drove home for a three hour nap… But what Amy’s is really famous for is ice cream with a barnyard of flavors that change daily and the goofy hats and antics of the cream servers. Sometime they even have Shiner Bock (and other adult-) flavored ice creams.


location (3500 guadalupe street; 512.458.6895; $)

and various other locations

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roaring fork

A fine-dining establishment notable for competent, good chow. Our favorites are the Big Ass Burger, a burger as big as Texas, the half-price food during happy hour, and several New Mexican items (including green chile stew and green chile macaroni & cheese). Great location in the thick of downtown; popular with the politicians and lobbyists.


location (701 congress avenue; 512.583.0000; $$$)

the hoffbrau

This is the original Hoffbrau, and it shares precious little with the chain now based on its name. This restaurant is right out of the 1930s and small-town Texas. In fact, when you walk in, you often get that authentic “Who the hell just rode in?” look from the regulars. The food is also served in a decades-old style with steaks and just about everything else literally (and we mean literally) swimming in an inch of butter (no hyperbole here, my friends…). Sadly, the Hoffbrau may be a-changing its ways, perhaps in a nod to the condo highrises sprouting about it: a couple years ago, it got air-conditioning. Blasphemy!


location (613 west 6th street; 512.472.0822; $$)

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second bar + kitchen

Great downtown chow from the kid sister of the next-door high end “Congress” (now closed). Special pizzas and drinks are delicious.


location (200 north congress avenue; 512.827.2750; $$)

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lucy’s fried chicken

Even fried chicken can’t hide from Austin gourmets! With a great selection of local beer as well as other dishes (notably oysters), Lucy’s has quickly become a stalwart of upperish scale down home cooking behind pallet architecture.


south location (2218 college avenue; 512.297.2423; $$)

north location (5408 burnet road; 512.514.0664; $$)

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hopdoddy burger bar

Freakin’ delicous slow-food burgers that started in Austin and starting to crawl across America.


south location (1400 south congress avenue; 512.243.7505; $)

north location (2438 a west anderson; 512.467.2337; $)

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This is the restaurant in the W Hotel in downtown Austin. Hipster swank decor, live music, people watching, the nearby Willie Nelson statue, and delicious food make this a great weekend morning brunch spot.


location (200 lavaca street; 512.542.3660; $$$)


swift’s attic

Very cool and hip place with fantastic food. A fave of a number of our friends. Tapas-like in its dishes with inventive cocktails. Near the Sixth Street District.


location (315 congress avenue; 512.482.8842; $$-$$$)

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Another warm and hip place with great food.


location (301 east 6th street; 512.474.9898; $$-$$$)

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walton’s fancy & staple

Neat little cafe on in the west 6th district owned by Sandra Bullock. Great for brunch.


location (500 west 6th street; 512.542.3380; $$)

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24-hr chow

Whenever we’re out with friends and it gets past 3 am, we look at each other and yelp “Pancakes!” There’s something about being out too late that prompts additional lateness for flapjacks. Of course, all these local faves serve other items as well…

kirby lane cafe

This place = pancakes. Gonna go get some now…


location (3704 kirby lane; 512.445.4451; $)

other locations

magnolia cafe


location (2304 lake austin boulevard; 512.478.8645; $)

other locations

24 diner


location (600 north lamar; 512.472.5400; $$)

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My personal fave is the “Eye Opener”: two fluffy biscuits piled high with scrambled eggs and gravy. Just what you need before you head out to dig a big hole or something. Pancakes and migas are also excellent. Waitstaff are excellently tattood with great taste in tunage.


location (3101 north IH-35; 512.478.7107; $)

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alamo drafthouse

If you are the multi-tasking sort, then this is the place for you: at the Alamo Drafthouse you can watch a movie, eat lunch or dinner, and drink a few beers without leaving your seat. Eternal witsters, the Alamo provides specialized pre-film fill material that is often better than the film. For special events, they tie the menu to the film. An Austin original.


location (320 east 6th street; 512.476.1320; $$)

other locations

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Until Aster’s came along, I thought Ethiopeans ate bugs and whatever got dropped from airplanes. Now I know that they like spicy food eaten with a spongey flat bread. Eat like an Ethiopean and don’t use a fork!


location (2804 north IH-35; 512.469.5966; $$)


Real yummy tacos from the low end of the budget spectrum via the good folks at Manuel’s. Particularly wonderful are the agua frescas: refreshing Mexican fruit drinks made daily that you can mix and match (and drink all you want!).


location (3023 guadalupe street; 512.480.8226; $)


Stylish downtown Mexican restaurant with real good food. We are particulary fond of their soups: tortilla and black bean. Live music during Sunday Brunch often provided by our buds, Son y No Son.


location (310 congress avenue; 512.472.7555; $$$)

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