Food & Drink

Austin’s 9 Most Underrated Restaurants

Published On 07/07/2015 Published On 07/07/2015
Ashlyn Allison
Roppolo's Pizzeria
James Besser
Fork And Taco
Ashlyn Allison
Evangeline Cafe
Daruma Ramen
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1. Roppolo's Pizzeria 316 & 414 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

This late night pizza stop (open until 3 am) actually serves pizza that tastes good, even when you haven't been in bars all night. They have two locations on 6th Street and two mobile food trucks. Tip: You can find coupons on their website.

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2. Nasha 1614 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

You may not have heard of Nasha, but their lamb puff samosas are really something worth knowing about. As are there tandoori tacos and spice inspired cocktails. That's right: Tex-Mex/Indian fusion.

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3. Micklethwait Craft Meats 1309 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

Smoking and barbecuing craft meats, Micklethwait has authentic, Texas country-style BBQ, including specialty homemade sausages that vary daily. This ramshackle, neighborhood spot serves up some of the best meat in the ATX (beef rib, brisket, pulled pork, chops 'n sausage, to name a few offerings), all of which you can enjoy at camp-style outdoor picnic tables with a cold beverage in hand.

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4. Fork + Taco 4801 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756 (Brentwood)

Tacos are almost their own food group in Austin, but at Fork + Taco they have been bold enough to make the assertion that tacos are to be eaten with forks (gasp!). However, their high end, locally sourced ingredients make for some pretty swanky tacos, even for taco land. Toppings include adobo brisket, green chili pork, and redfish tempura.

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5. Santorini Cafe 11800 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

This unassuming house-restaurant is quickly gaining a loyal following. The lamb menu items should definitely be your go-to, and if you're going to make the trek out here you should probably get a glass of sangria for $2.50 and drink it on the patio.

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6. Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge 9070 Research Blvd Ste 305, Austin, TX 78758 (North)

As the only yakitori lounge in Austin, this restaurant has its own niche. The wide array of sushi and Japanese dishes are complimented by cocktails and over 15 different types of sake.

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7. Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78745 (South Austin)

Serving classic Cajun and Creole all the way inland in South Austin, Evangeline Cafe embraces its root with live music and a relaxed atmosphere. Look out for annual events like their Crawfish Boil and Mardi Gras celebrations.

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8. Turf N Surf Po' Boys 405 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701 (Warehouse District)

The dude behind the ramshackle Congress Ave seafood trailer has expanded into the kitchen of the Lavaca St Bar, serving the same menu of meaty American comforts and delivered-daily fish, which they're now grilling, frying, blackening, and stuffing into either tacos or the Artful Dodger's favorite group of people (po' boys).

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9. Daruma Ramen 612B E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Dirty 6th)

Obviously named after the doll of a legless Buddist monk, Daruma's a tiny 28-seat Kome offshoot slinging a short-but-sweet menu that eschews their signature pork tonkatsu broth in favor of whole chicken broth. Their delicious menu includes the Shio (roasted chicken, boiled egg, bok choy, sesame seeds, goji berry), hybrid chicken/seafood stock Shoyu, a Miso holdover from their first location (ground chicken, soy sauce-flavored boiled egg, shredded red pepper), and even a Vegan option.