Food & Drink

8 Places to Eat Frito Pie in Austin

Anastacia Uriegas Published On 01/08/2015 Published On 01/08/2015
Anastacia Uriegas

While the origin of Frito pie is debatable (some say New Mexico, some say Texas), one thing is not: these creative takes that we found are undeniably delicious and unequivocally "Austin." From brisket to bison and everything in between, you'll be in meat-bathed-corn-chip heaven. That's sounds gross, but it's totally not.

Denim Koshell

Cover 3

West Anderson Lane
Head over to Cover 3 for lunch (11am-3pm) for their Frito pie. It's made with a secret chili with queso recipe, cheddar, onions, and house-pickled chiles with onions & cilantro.

Veronica Meewes

Micklethwait Craft Meats

Rosewood
Their brisket Frito Pie is just another home run for Micklethwait Craft Meats, which can stand up there with the big boys in town. This tasty snack is a handful of Fritos topped with their signature moist brisket, cheddar, red onion, escabeche, and cilantro.

Johnny Livesay

Black Star Co-op

Crestview
Black Star's aptly-named fiery chili, "Bowl of Red," is made with 44 Farms beef brisket braised in a spicy Texas chili, and topped with sharp cheddar cheese, onions, and jalapeƱo. Add Fritos for free!

Texas Chili Parlor

Texas Chili Parlor

Downtown
Since the mid-'70s, Texas Chili Parlor has been serving chili to a devoted group of patrons, including sports fans and Texas legislators -- and its Frito pie is a big part of that storied history.

Foodspotting/Megan Goldsby

Kerbey Lane Cafe

Multiple locations
Local favorite, Kerbey Lane Cafe, has a bison Frito pie that combines bison and pork chili served on top of Fritos, black beans, sour cream, cheese, pickled jalapeƱos, and red onion -- just one of many reasons it continues to be a local favorite.

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Whip In

South Austin
Whip In has amazing Indian food, and the South Asian Frito pie is an intriguing mash-up of flavors. It's made with Fritos (obviously), black beans, spicy Bastrop beef chili, cheddar-jack cheese, sour cream, and a cilantro chutney. Mmmm...

Frank

Frank

Warehouse District
Okay, so it's vegetarian and gluten-free, but it's oh-so-good. Frank is keeping it simple with a veggie chili served on top of Fritos with cheese, sour cream, and onions. You won't even miss the meat.

Anastacia Uriegas

Yellow Jacket Social Club

East Fifth
YJSC's chili is seasoned to perfection and served baseball field-style: in the bag. Pair that with a cold Pearl Snap, and you're good to go.

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1. Cover 3 2700 West Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757 (North Central)

Home of TX Monthly's 12th-best burger in the state, this fine-dining sports bar has 20+ HDTVs for you to enjoy. Come in on the weekend, and you'll be enjoying those TVs with $4 make-your-own Bloody Marys.

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2. 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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3. Black Star Co-Op 7020 Easy Wind Dr, Austin, TX 78752 (Austin)

Black Star is a not-for-profit neighborhood brew-pub and eatery entirely owned and run by its members, with power-to-the-people policies like one-member/one-vote on all decisions, end-of-year profit redistribution, and a living wage for all.

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4. Texas Chili Parlor 1409 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Texas Chili Parlor is an Austin staple that's been propping up Austin's Mylanta consumption dishing up delicious and super-spicy chili for over 40 years.

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5. Whip In 1950 S Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Whip In has a lot going for it: 72 beers on tap, growlers for you to take your brews home, live music every night of the week, and Indian cuisine with a Texas flare.

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6. Frank 407 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Although Frank is known for its creative hot dogs and sausage sandwiches made with nontraditional meats like antelope, venison, and kangaroo, it also boasts an extensive selection of fries, including chili cheese and Reuben waffle fries. Its cold beer menu includes gluten-free ales, rare craft beers, and ciders.

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7. Yellow Jacket Social Club 1704 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Austin)

This high school mascot-inspired bar has a late-night patio with plenty of ambiance, booze, and not-so-bar-like snacks. Locally soured ingredients make their handmade paninis and apps as tempting as that second drink.

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