We’ll admit Indian restaurants have never quite been Austin’s strongest suit, but now that Curry Up Now’s open at the Domain Northside, fans of all things spice (i.e. us) have never been happier. We love the spins on traditional Indian street food, especially the Bun Samosa with vegan snacklins (it’s like a burger, but more flavorful) and the Keto Bowl with riced cauliflower and wok-tossed paneer. This is Texas, so there’s no getting away from putting some of this grub in a burrito, whether that be Tikka Masala Burrito or a Hella Vegan Burrito, and you can’t leave without sampling a curry, like the Lamb Keema. Finally, a reason to stay at the Domain all day long.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, or order delivery on Goldbelly.
Situated on Airport Blvd—a.k.a. Asian feast central—Sazan is Austin’s most popular and beloved ramen outpost. Obviously, it’s all about the noodles here. Its signature bowl is the Paitan Ramen, a steaming hot creamy broth bubbling with arugula, umami egg, and chicken or pork. It’s available in vegan and spicy versions, too—if you can handle a little heat, definitely try it, as it’s laced with a delicious nutty cream to soften the burn. Also on the menu are Indomitable Chicken Wings (seasoned with curry rub and cilantro), Osaka-worthy Takoyaki octopus balls, mochi desserts, and a selection of Japanese-inspired craft cocktails (the Shun-Sational Old Fashioned is perfection), plus sake and beer.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order delivery via Uber Eats.
Rainey Street may be torn down and undergoing a cookie-cutter makeover (outraged!), but Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden is going absolutely nowhere (phew!). The beloved restaurant is, as you’ll guess, dedicated to the almighty sausage, and here you’ll sink your teeth into a jumbo variety of the stuff. There’s the classic Bratwurst, a spicy Italian, a beer-infused Drunk Chicken and even a cheesy Jalapeño Cheddar Brat. Plus all the sides and fixings, and wall after wall of beers on tap. Stop by for brunch, kick back over drinks with your pals, or stuff your face whilst listening to live music. Banger’s promises a bangin’ time, the good old Rainey Street way.
How to book: Stop by for first time, first-served seating (expect long lines on weekends), or get takeout on Toast.
One of the city’s fanciest restaurants, Ciclo is modern Texan with a Latin touch. Choose between the indoor dining room or brunch out on the flourishing oak tree-covered patio overlooking Lady Bird Lake. Standout menu items include the Sea Scallop & Pork Belly with mole verde crudo and escabeche baby carrot as well as the classic Flambéed Texas Wagyu Tomahawk. Mains aside, you’ll also need to factor in stomach space for the House Bread; a mini cast iron of four of the most delectable and shiny parker house rolls you’ll probably ever taste, complete with pots of local butter and good flow honey. If there’s ever an unforgettable breadbasket, this is it. As for dessert, the Coco Afogato with coconut ice cream, cookie and espresso, should do the trick. Speaking of which, the Sunday Brunch buffet is worth coming for the dessert station alone.
As far as Austin’s Thai community is concerned, this casual little eatery is number one. Everything, including the sauces, is homemade, and best of all? It's super affordable and of excellent quality. For anyone who ever vacationed in Bangkok, this place will instantly bring back street food memories. Menu items include Pad Thai, Gaeng Keow Wan green curry, and Tamarind Duck. Of course, it wouldn’t be Texas without a Thai Taco (roti wrap with crispy pork belly, yellow onion, and bell pepper tossed in sweet Thai basil sauce). Another thing we love about this place is that a set gratuity is automatically added, meaning no need to fumble with your cell calculator after one too many Singhas.
How to book: Call 512-284-7004 to reserve.
A family-friendly indoor-outdoor space serving coastal Texan fare and over 30 beers on tap, TLC is all the Southern comforts rolled into one restaurant. Expect large portions, great prices, sports on the screens, and patrons in casual attire. Bring your party to TLC’s boil experience, where you’ll choose from fresh catch like Texas Gulf Shrimp or Littleneck Clams, customize it with your choice of flavoring and sauce, and devour it alongside Texas corn and red potatoes. Other menu highlights include Candied Bacon Deviled Eggs, Mac & Cheese, Redfish & Crab, and Cowboy Ribeye. For dessert, sweet spots go to the Giant Milkshakes or the Season Fruit Cobbler.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order takeout via Toast.