Food & Drink

Hey Austin! Time to eat poutine.

Published On 08/21/2014 Published On 08/21/2014
Nick Benson

Austin According to the current season, we should probably be eating heirloom tomato salads and prosciutto-wrapped melon. But come on, listen to your gut. Then make it bigger with fried stuff. Specifically poutine, ensuring you have your proper allowance of the three food groups: cheese, French fries, and gravy. Here are five ways to get it in Austin.

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Banger's
Rainey Street
Thick-cut fries, perfectly seasoned brown gravy, and chunks of curd make Banger's traditional take on poutine the choice for a serious hunger. Pair that with one of their 100-plus beers on tap -- we like the Austin Beerworks Heavy Machinery English IPA. Continue Reading

Haymaker

Haymaker
Manor Road
On top of very generous daily drink specials, sports bar Haymaker features two types of poutine: a traditional version with country brown gravy and a Southern-style one with a peppery white gravy. And don't be shy, add that bacon.

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Frank
Warehouse District
While they're known for their unique sausage recipes, Frank's Canadian Waffle Poutine stands out thanks to their signature thick waffle fries, which are smothered in brown gravy and topped with cheese curds. And love. Pro tip: they have a secret off-menu item called a Canadian Tuxedo which is essentially a poutine hot dog!

Wingzup Bar and Grill

Wingzup
East 41st Hancock
Wingzup is a go-to for game viewing and wings, but interestingly also has four types of poutine. Our favorite is the Wingzup Style, which is topped with onion and mushrooms. 

Salty Sow

Salty Sow
Manor Road
OKAY… so technically this isn't poutine, but it has fries and fattening French sauce, so it feels like a spiritual cousin. Salty Sow has triple-fried duck fat fries served with a very specific 110-minute egg and cold Béarnaise sauce. if you're seeking more spuds, try their always-popular fried smashed potatoes with neck bone gravy.

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1. Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden 79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden not only provides over a 100 beers on tap, but it's also home to one of the district's largest biergartens. Enjoy live music and all the sausage that you can eat.

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2. Haymaker 2310 E Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722 (Cherrywood)

This sports bar serves up gourmet bar bites -- pimento cheese sandos, poutine w/ Wisconsin cheese curds -- and their cocktail menu includes a SLIM JIM-TOPPED BLOODY.

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3. 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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4. Wingzup 1000 E 41st St, Austin, TX 78751

Just opened by a former Wingstop franchisee, this Mecca for pluck-happy sports fans offers 26 flatscreens and a slew of boneless, smoked, or original recipe Buffalos smothered in 20+ sauces from tame (teriyaki, lemon pepper) to firey (mango habanero, ghost pepper).

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5. The Salty Sow 1917 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722 (Central East)

The whole hog resto from the Hopdoddy dudes -- who brought in a pair of veteran chefs from ATL and FLA -- is in the former Red House, with a more polished but still inviting vibe marked by an open kitchen, paintings of gigantic porkers, and light fixtures made of cutlery, which has graduated from tongue to tungsten.

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