Restaurants in Austin, TX

Any appetite can find what it wants in Texas’ capital city. The lively food scene ranges from Japanese food trucks and kolaches to craft beer and a sunset dinner overlooking Lake Travis. Austin is especially well-endowed with Mexican food (Fonda San Miguel is the classic) and is known for BBQ so good that people actually stand in line for hours just to get some (that would be at Franklin’s). There’s plenty of alternative fare, too, such as health food at High Note or a Hippie Sandwich at Shady Grove. If you like donuts, a short trip north to Round Rock Donuts is essential. And just beyond Round Rock is the town of Taylor, home of Louis Mueller Barbecue, which many consider the best on earth.

Austin’s Most Famous Dishes

Two slices of BBQ brisket, one lean, the other supersucculently fatty

BBQ Brisket

Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato


Gravy-smothered chicken fried steak with eggs and hash browns

Chicken Fried Steak

Tacos filled with shrimp, salad, and jalapeno cream


Austin’s Best Restaurants

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