Where we're going, we don't need... menus! That's because this is a roundup of Austin's five most must-get off-menu options in all of Austin-dom, from secret Frito pies to bleu cheese-slathered Cajun spicy waffle fries...
Austin's off-menu secrets, revealed
The Hipster, Torchy's
From the deepest, darkest depths of the Internet (so, Reddit), stories have foretold of a treasure trove of secret Torchy's goodness. The most heralded of them all, though? The Hipster, featuring panko-breaded fried tuna, bacon, green chiles, black beans, cilantro, cotija, and avocado sauce.
Frito Pie, Yellow Jacket Social Club
There's no comfort food quite like a Frito pie, and the gastronomers over at Yellow Jacket will make you one of the city's best if you pinkie swear you won't tell millions of people about it on your men's interest site. Whoops!
Secret Fries and Poutine Dogs, Frank
The venerable dog-slingers at Frank will whip you up either a) Cajun spicy waffle fries with bleu cheese, b) loaded nacho fries (cheese, beans, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, sour cream), or c) a Vienna beef Poutine Dog (aka the Canadian Tuxedo) smothered in gravy and cheese curds.
Breakfast in a Cup, Tacodeli
Because eating a breakfast taco while driving is just begging for a chorizo stain, the fine folks at TacoDeli will kindly make any of their morning delights in an easy-to-transport vessel that's much less likely to ooze juice all over your wrinkled Oxford.
Located at the South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery, this original Torchy's location slings all of their greatest eats, from the Brush Fire with Jamaican jerk chicken, grilled jalapenos, mango, sour cream, cilantro, and diablo sauce on a flour tortilla, to all sorts of delicious breakfast options.
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.
This little walk-up window and drive-thru shack on South Lamar has a classic 1950s vine and a diner-style menu to match. The choice is simple: a beef, chicken, or veggie burger with or without cheese (or an egg burger is you show up in time for breakfast), a side of french fries and a milkshake (they've got the regulars plus caramel and root beer flavors) -- a true American classic. You're better off ordering from your car 'cause there's no seating outside by the walk-up window.
Although Frank's is known for its exotic/creative hot dogs and sausages -- featuring antelope, venison, kangaroo, and veggie -- it also boasts a memorable selection of fries, with highlights being the chili cheese waffle fries, Canadian waffle poutine, and Rueben. Also on the menu is Frank's popular Bloody Mary, the Red Headed Stranger, which is comprised of bacon-infused Tito's vodka, a house-made Bloody mix (containing 20-something-ish ingredients), a rim of "Frank salt," and then garnished with black pepper bacon, a jalapeño-stuffed olive, a pepperoncini pepper, and a little chunk of cheddar cheese.
This Austin taco hotspot prides itself on using local and organic ingredients and creating lasting relationships with its suppliers, which is all in the service of creating a healthier and closer-knit community (with tacos!) The family-run business makes freshness a priority, constantly changing and updating the menu with the best of what's available and making room for new inventions from the kitchen. Breakfast tacos, vegetarian and vegan tacos, and an entirely gluten-free menu mark Tacodeli's commitment to giving their customers what they want, and still making delicious food while they do it.