The citywide shelter-in-place order that extends over the next few weeks has labeled restaurants as an essential service.
Many restaurants that had never offered takeout service before have pivoted to the new model. While many people will naturally turn to places from which they’ve always ordered takeout (burgers, pizzas, tacos and drive-thrus being the most likely), now is a good time to order from locally owned restaurants that you might not normally consider for takeout.
I understand that some people have serious concerns about takeout, and I address those in the accompanying precautions information. I am not telling you to order takeout; you should do what makes you most comfortable.
I also realize...
While Austin is known for all of the delicious food, living in Austin means that you are going to be eating barbeque on the regular. It’s actually home to some of the best BBQ in the state and even in the country. It continues to grow as more and more barbeque joints open up and the competition for the best flavors increases every year.
Right now you could easily find 20 BBQ restaurants in the city that outperform the rest and that is just narrowing it down to 20. You’ll see new restaurants and food trucks opening up regularly and it’s the favorite dish for a local Austinite. Take a look at a few of the top choices of BBQ in Austin that you’ll want to check out and compare to find your new favorite!
Franklin Barbecue – 900 E. 11th Street, Austin
Coffee shops in Austin are some of the best because you know you’re going to have a unique experience every time. On a cool Austin day or a boost in the morning on your way to work, these coffee shops around town will have just what you need every time.
From Bennu Coffee offering you 24/7 service to Brew & Brew which will serve both coffee and beer to please everyone in your group, here is a look at what you’ll find at the top coffee shops in Austin.
For those that appreciate an original, this is known as being Austin’s “original specialty coffee shop.” You’ll enjoy both local beans and beans from around the world here, making it perfect for those that...
With so many great places for vegans and vegetarians to enjoy a meal in Austin, we had to split this post into two parts. If you missed the first part, you can find it here. Continuing the list, in no particular order, here are a few more of the top choices for vegan and vegetarian food in Austin.
Conscious Cravings - 1311 South 1st Street, Austin AND 4209 Airport Boulevard, Austin
A great place for both vegans and vegetarians with two locations found in the Austin area, Conscious Cravings offers salads and meatless wraps. They serve up modern plant-based cuisine...
There are so many great vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Austin, TX; we had to split this blog into two parts. Austin is a great place for those practicing a no meat diet because of the many great places to go out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here's the first look at the many wonderful vegan and vegetarian restaurants throughout Austin.
Bouldin Creek Cafe - 1900 South 1st Street, Austin
This cafe may be the most popular spot for vegetarians and it's a good spot for vegans, too. Bouldin Creek Cafe is a unique spot offering a great vibe and plenty of wonderful vegetarian options. Most of...
Farm-to-table restaurants have become very popular all over the country. Austin, Texas offers many great choices and with gardens starting to produce soon, it's a great time to enjoy farm-to-table dining in Austin.
Whether you're interested in eating organically or you want to support the local economy, choosing an Austin restaurant sourcing ingredients locally is a great option. Here are some of the top farm-to-table restaurants you can find throughout the area.
Eden East - 755 Springdale Road
Eden East is found on Springdale Farm and provides a real farm-to-table dining...
When you’re new to Austin, you are probably expecting a new climate, a new neighborhood, and new routines. You’ll be getting acquainted to a new city or maybe just a new part of town. It makes you appreciate the change but it can also be overwhelming with so many new things at once. You may be getting used to the hotter temps, the fun music scene, and the outdoor events, but what about the food?
You already knew Texas was known for their barbeque and Tex Mex but where do you even begin on your new Austin restaurant stops? There are a few foods that will get you acquainted to the area in no time and will give you a good place to start trying new eateries. When you get to Austin and want to try some of the Austin classic staples, stop at these...
Are you in the mood for something new in Austin? There are so many options for dining in Austin that sometimes you need a good suggestion for a place you’ve never tried or a place that you didn’t know existed yet. Austin is great for variety with options that you wouldn’t find in just any city.
Of course you can grab your typical favorite barbeque for dinner but many people are ready to hear more about restaurants that have initiated some buzz for unique flavors and menu items. From a twist on your favorite morning donut at the Voodoo Doughnut to the perfect brunch spot to hit this weekend, here is a look at five excellent Austin restaurants that you probably haven’t...
Have you been to Via 313 yet? This popular eatery in Downtown Austin is hard to beat. They are known for their hot pizza made in a Detroit style which means it’s shaped like a square and baked in a deck oven. It’s also known as the upside-down pizza because it’s prepared with a thick Sicilian crust lined with a layer of pepperoni and covered in cheese, toppings, and red sauce.
You can find this favorite pizza joint located at one great location in Austin or at two of their original trailers for pizza-only in Austin. When you’re ready for hot pizza for lunch or dinner, cold drinks, fresh salads, and beer, wine, or cocktails, stop in to Via 313 open every...
Make it a steak night tonight at Saltgrass Steakhouse, Austin’s award-winning steakhouse. The restaurant’s concept dates back to the 1800s, during a time where Longhorns used to roam Texas and ranchers caught on that those in the North were going wild over their beef.
Once the Longhorns made their way to Texas during the winter to graze on the coastal salt grass, the Salt Grass Trail became the spot where the best beef in Texas came from. Now, you can enjoy the Saltgrass Steakhouse located on the historic trail ride in which the annual celebration of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo takes place.
You’ll find it hard to...
If you love Mexican food, you will love La Margarita in Round Rock. The first sign that this is the place to be is the line you will no doubt encounter when you go there for dinner. People literally stand outside and wait to get a taste of this amazing Mexican food. Even though there tends to be people waiting, your wait is never very long.
You will be seated as soon as possible and served promptly. Along with delicious chips and salsa at every visit, a great drink menu and authentic Mexican cuisine, you will enjoy excellent service in a lively setting. Here is a look at what you will enjoy when you visit La Margarita.
What to expect
To get things started, you will...
Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill is the place to go for a bite to eat in Austin. It’s all about American comfort food with your favorite classics served for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even brunch. Enjoy new American and southern cuisine with the whole family at Moonshine featuring a casual atmosphere in the historical Waterloo Compound.
Check out how they are serving classic comfort food with a modern approach over at 303 Red River Street in Austin.
What to Expect
Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill is the perfect place to go for brunch, breakfast this weekend, lunch during the week or for the whole family to grab dinner. It has a little bit of everything to please...
Austin is starting to become recognized for their food offerings. They have been awarded the 8th Best Foodie City For Your Wallet. It is always expanding, and chef’s in the area continue to come up with unique dishes. Here are some one of a kind foods that you will find in Austin.
Queso is a creamy melted cheese sauce that can be put on a variety of things. This can be served on the side with tortilla chips, or put on taco’s or sandwiches. You will find many restaurants in Austin that offer queso, and they all claim to have the best....
CR Surf and Turf is unlike other restaurants you will find in Cedar Park. While dining establishments here boast of stylish and elegant ambiances, CR Surf and Turf has maintained a steady stream of patrons because of its family-style interiors and heartwarming food.
Every dish at CR Surf and Turf is made from fresh ingredients especially anything found on the seafood menu. Steaks, sandwiches and chowders are just a few of their specialties and it is not just about creating filling food. It is all about creating food with a home-style twist that diners will remember for years to come.
Here are a few popular dishes from ...
Bellini’s Texas Grill is a great choice for a bite to eat of your favorite local Texan cuisine. Check them out in Cedar Park over at 12800 W Parmer Lane open seven days a week. You can stop in for lunch or dinner and they even feature catering options for those special events in your life or for the office party that you forgot to bring a dish for.
Grab a gift card for your friends and family on the way out and come back every day for daily specials. They feature brunch on the weekends so that you have the perfect excuse to get together with your loved ones over a delicious meal. If you love a good Texas-Tuscan Fusion, check out ...
Since 1986, Hao-Hao Restaurant has been providing the Round Rock area with delicious, home style cooking. This is the place to go if you want to enjoy authentic Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. They provides dine in, take-out and delivery options with healthy cooked-to-order meals perfect for your family. Here's what you can expect when you dine at Hao-Hao.
You will find both a lunch and a dinner menu at Hao-Hao Restaurant. Some of the items you will find on the menus include:
- Crab Wonton
- Egg Rolls
- Spring Rolls
- Chicken Wrapper
- Wonton Soup
Austin, TX offers a variety of choices when it comes to restaurants in the downtown area. Some are more casual in nature and others may be considered just a step above fast food. If you are looking for a higher-end restaurant to enjoy a nice meal or perhaps even to celebrate a special occasion, Truluck's offers you those options.
Proper Attire Is Required
Like many upscale restaurants, Truluck's has guidelines to follow if you plan on enjoying a meal at their location. The specific dress is business casual, although dress shorts are permitted.
Unacceptable attire includes sleeveless shirts, tank tops, gym wear, short shorts and flip-flops. You will also need to leave your hat at the door.
Sampling the Fare...
Mighty Fine Burgers is a fantastic spot to grab your favorite American meal. Burgers, fries and shakes are the specialty at Mighty Fine Burgers in Austin. The company believes in everything of quality from excellent food to a family atmosphere for an affordable price. The restaurant is open in four locations throughout the city featuring hours every day of the week.
They’ve been in business since 2007 offering a modern take on the classic Texas burger. When you’re ready for a great Texas burger from a family-friendly spot right here in Austin, check out Mighty Fine Burgers for affordable prices and delicious food.
What to Expect
The restaurant is located in four spots around town. Check...
Wine Sensation is not so much a restaurant as it is a wine bar. It is a place you come when you love wine and want to experience and enjoy it with other people who love wine too. Mark Reis and his wife Barbra Waldare decided they were so passionate about wine that they decided to share their passion for wine with other people by starting their own wine bar.
Even if you do not know much about wine (such as what flavors you enjoy), you can come to this bar and let this passionate couple help you figure out what your palate is craving.
Wines from Everywhere
You will find wine from all over the world at this establishment. You can order it by the glass, bottle, or even the flight....
Hoody's Sub Shop, an East Coast style sub shop, is founded by Mr. Hood, or more commonly known as “Hoody” in the neighborhood, in 1989. To ensure quality of the subs, only premium cheese and meats from Boar’s Head are used and fresh ingredients are prepared daily. The meat, onions and other ingredients are grilled and cooked right after the order is made, which provides the freshest possible subs.
The restaurant provides a warm family atmosphere. The owner and the staff will have a nice conversation with you as your sub is being made. They are always very friendly. Located just next to Round Rock High School, Hoody’s sub is not just popular with the adults,...