It's Worth Getting Sloppy For This Grilled Cheese Taco
1. Taco Flats5520 Burnet Rd #101, Austin
2. The Peached Tortilla5520 Burnet Rd #100, Austin
3. Fork and Taco4801 Burnet Rd, Austin
4. Fixe500 W 5th St, Austin
5. The Aristocrat Lounge6507 Burnet Rd, Austin
6. Due Forni106 E Sixth St, Austin
7. Fork and Vine3010 W Anderson Ln, Austin
8. Stouthaus Coffee4715 South Lamar Blvd #102, Austin
9. Radio Coffee & Beer4208 Manchaca Rd, Austin
Despite the name, Taco Flats is much more of a bar than a taco joint -- though it would serve you well to arrive hungry and thirsty. This famous hippie hangout of the 1970s shuttered almost 30 years ago, and has now been revived in its original Burnet Rd location. The dive bar has received a facelift and has a sleek sports bar look, over 30 craft beers on tap, six wines on tap, and a cocktail program helmed by veterans from Midnight Cowboy and Eastside Showroom. Must-tries include the Agave Old Fashioned (reposado tequila, mezcal, honey, mole bitters), El Chuco (Sotol Blanco, fresh lime, orgeat, mole bitters) and the No-mah-mes (espadin mezcal, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, fresh lime, spicy bitters). True to old-school Austin, their menu runs the gamut from carnitas tortas to hemp seed burgers and "hippie tacos" with grilled Oaxaca cheese, refried black beans, and house pickled escabeche -- all on delicate, house-made tortillas, of course.
By its name, it’s not all too clear that Austin’s The Peached Tortilla specializes in simple southern food with an Asian flair. But a restaurant by any other name couldn’t smell as smoky and sweet as Peached Tortilla’s dry rubbed brisket and pork belly, which are each braised for over 3.5 hours, low and slow. The rest of the menu consists of Asian-influenced greens, Mexican street fare, big plates, and shareables. These flavors might jolt your taste buds, but worry not; you’ll be placated by The Peached Tortilla’s bright, pleasant atmosphere.
From the clean-but-playful interior to the fresh flavor combinations, Fork and Taco is bring a dose of fun to the booming Burnet Rd restaurant scene. In the tradition of new restaurants, they're serving only all-natural meats and source local and organic. You're going to be hooked on the Pulled Pork 5 Spice (topped with soy maple creme, asian slaw, and cilantro).
Fixe, with its very experienced chef/management team, is doing upscale-Southern with a dedicated grits menu and a barrel-aged craft cocktail program.
Housed in the former Poodle Dog Lounge location, The Aristocrat adds unpretentious, dive-y charm to this strip of Burnet. You can play skee-ball and pool, but you're here for the drinks... and they're good. Check out the Mexican Painkiller (100% agave pineapple & jalapeño infused tequila, coconut cream, fresh squeezed OJ, and Peychaud's bitters).
Due Forni is a casual pizza and wine spot where you can watch spaghetti Westerns and choose between pies from one of two ovens -- a Roman oven turning out thin and crispy-crusted 'zas, and another Neapolitan oven making a thicker, softer bread.
Located in North Austin, Fork & Vine offers New American cuisine with a playful Austin twist. Be sure to try the fried free-range chicken, which comes with Gouda mac 'n' cheese, watermelon salad, and a jalapeño cheddar biscuit. They also have lots of craft beer.
Located in the same building as St. Phillip, Stouthaus brings serious coffee cred to South Austin. In addition to serving Cuvee coffee, they have baked goodies and a selection of local craft beers.
Radio Coffee & Beer in South Austin is the perfect combination of Stumptown coffee, cozy backyard dog-friendly patio, extensive amounts of beer on tap and a constant presence of food trucks outside selling breakfast tacos. Every Wednesday night, catch a movie on the patio, and other nights of the week, Radio often hosts live music or comedy. The cozy interior provides the perfect environment for studying and working during the day.