Arguably the best food truck in Austin right now, Fil N’ Viet is helmed by husband and wife team Kevin and Rosie, who each bring their Vietnamese and Filipino flavors to a single eatery. We love all the creations they lovingly put their spin on, from the Sinigang Wings tossed in tamarind spice and garlic ranch to the Wonton Noodle soup made with pork and shrimp dumplings, Xa Xiu, Bok Choy and their special chili crunch. Every bite will blow your mind—good thing they have Vietnamese iced coffees for the cool down. You’ll get the goodies inside Camp East from Wednesday to Sunday.
How to book: Stop by for counter service, or order takeout online.
Austin rejoiced when the Houston sandwich masters opened shop downtown last summer, and now we finally have a go-to for lunchtime eats. Any of these overstuffed sandwiches are obsession worthy. Take the Crunchy Chicken in sweet pretzel bun or the Borracho Beef in toasted ciabatta, two-handers that you’ll want to finish at home in private away from prying eyes. Trust us when we say you’ll want to dip excess bread in Local Foods’ Classic Chicken Posole, a beautiful broth of poblano, green chiles, cilantro and pumpkin seed garnish. If you’re going easy on the bread, don’t miss their big bowls of salad or fresh poke.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, or order takeout or delivery on Toast.
El Alma is a Barton Springs institution, not just because it throws awesome Cinco de Mayo parties on its breezy rooftop, but because the food tastes like mom’s cooking and the cocktails drink like they were spiked by your big bro. Must-eats include the Roasted Duck Rellens with almond and raisin stuffed poblano, tomato salsa, and rice, or any of their Enchiladas—we love the veggie. Always say yes to the tequila-based drink of the month.
How to book: Order takeout from Toast.
Situated on Airport Boulevard, Sazan is Austin’s most popular and beloved ramen outpost. Obviously, it’s all about the noodles. Its signature bowl is the Paitan Ramen, a steaming hot creamy broth bubbling with arugula, umami egg, and chicken or pork—available in vegan and spicy versions. 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 (outrageous!), 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.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first-served seating (expect long lines on weekends), or get takeout on Toast.
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 shiniest 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 Affogato with coconut ice cream, cookie and espresso, should do the trick. Speaking of which, the Sunday Brunch buffet is worth coming to for the dessert station alone.