Food & Drink

8 Places to Eat Frito Pie in Austin

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 jalapeño. Add Fritos for free!

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.

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 jalapeños, and red onion -- just one of many reasons it continues to be a local favorite.

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

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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