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The Austin Food Bucket List: 50 Things You Need to Eat Before You Die

Published On 11/10/2015 Published On 11/10/2015

It’s no one’s favorite topic, but every once in a while death tweaks us by the ear and whispers, “Listen man, before you and I play chess, or battleships, or Mario Kart, or whatever for your soul, you have some serious living to do.” Well, to help you with that, we’ve put together a bucket list of the 50 greatest foods in Austin to eat before you die...

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Hamachi pipettes

VOX Table

Address and Info

South Lamar

VOX Table is not only home to the best cocktail program in Austin, the menu is equally playful and the hamachi pipettes are no exception. Tiny plastic pipettes are filled with a coconut vinaigrette, then the smoked hamachi and tomato are skewered onto the stem. As you eat the bite, you simultaneously SQUEEEEEZE the liquid into your mouth, and it basically becomes a flavor party. Also entertaining: watching your date/parents/co-workers try to figure out how to eat it.

Smoked brisket tacos

Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ

Address and Info

South Austin

It’s a known fact that James Beard Award winner, Aaron Franklin, loves Valentina’s moist brisket and homemade tortillas. And so will you. The smoky brisket is cooked over mesquite, and the tortillas are freshly-made, thick, soft, and buttery. The tacos are topped with sea salt, lime, guacamole, tomato, and serrano salsa. 

Olamaie

Dewberry Hills Farm chicken

Olamaie

Address and Info

Downtown

B&B potato salad, chips, Olamaie BBQ Olamaie serves a modern interpretation of traditional Southern classics. Our cuisine respects the ideas of seasonality and locality inherent in the vintage cookbooks used for inspiration. In honor of the past, we serve produce from growers no farther than 200 miles away. Texas beef and pork, sustainable seafood, as well as the finest artisan products grace these tables.

Camembert tempura

Komé

Address and Info

Airport Blvd

It’s known throughout the land that Komé has badass fresh sushi and authentic Japanese fare but what is not common knowledge is that they also have tempura-fried Camembert cheese! The French cheese is battered, fried, and served with a honey dipping sauce. Now, how does THAT sound?

Off menu apple pie

Odd Duck

Address and Info

South Lamar

Odd Duck’s pastry chef, Susana Querejazu’s off-the-menu apple pie can be shared amongst three-four people. The apple pie is served in a small cast iron and topped with chamomile ice cream. The pie is made with Eagle Mountain Apache blue cheese -- a cheddar-style blue cheese -- crumbled on the bottom as well as in the pie dough, and some fresh blue cheese is sprinkled on top of the pie. The pies are baked to order with only ten pies made per night. Treat yo’ self!

Nicolai McCrary

Beef panang curry

Thai-Kun

Address and Info

East Sixth

Chef Thai Changthong refuses to Americanize his food. His beef panang curry is a homage to the cuisine he grew up eating. The beef is simmered for hours in super-spicy curry and served over jasmine rice and topped with kaffir lime leaf and holy basil. We’ll refrain from any “fire-in-the-hole” jokes here, but know that you will need lots and lots of water.

Brisket 

Franklin BBQ

Address and Info

East Eleventh

Do we really need to explain? Forget the hype, forget the line drama, Aaron Franklin is a BBQ genius. His brisket is juicy and tender and, well... kind of sexy to be honest. Need a plan? Wake up early, email your boss and tell him/her know that you have strep throat, get in your car, get in line, and then eat all the brisket. The next day show up bright and early to work, smile, and blame it on allergies.

Courtesy of Launderette

Plancha burger

Launderette

Address and Info

Holly

It’s fun-sized. It doesn’t come with lettuce, or tomatoes, or fancy cheese. And, guess what? We could care less. It’s a perfect beef patty (with a bit of bacon mixed in) on a challah bun with American cheese, special sauce, and a side of pickles.

Courtesy of Jack Allen’s Kitchen

Chicken fried beef ribs

Jack Allen’s Kitchen

Address and Info

Oak Hill

Nothing says “‘MURICA!” quite like a menu section dedicated to “Chicken Fried Anything.” Patrons of Jack Allen’s kitchen love the chicken fried beef ribs served with green chile gravy, chunky red smashers, and Chef’s veggies.

Courtney Pierce

“The Perfect Ten” steak

Vince Young Steakhouse

Address and Info

Downtown

This is not just any steak: this is a Texas-raised, Akaushi beef cooked to juicy perfection. It will be the best thing you have ever put in your mouth. It will bring you to tears. Nothing will be the same. Don’t even get us started on the bacon mac and cheese.

Kate LeSueur

Triple fried duck fat fries

Salty Sow

Address and Info

Downtown

A huge portion of house-made fries triple fried in duck fat served with an egg that has been cooked for 110 minutes at a low temperature and cold béarnaise sauce for dipping. During happy hour (4:30pm-6:30pm everyday), the fries are only $5.50. Holla!

Escargot

Péché

Address and Info

Warehouse District

Escargot (my car go?) with a garlic herb butter -- so classic, so Freeeench! It goes great with literally any spirit, as Péché is known for their insane selection of pre-Prohibition cocktails. And speaking of spirits, there’s absinthe in the dish! 

Swift's Attic

Korean flank steak

Swift’s Attic

Address and Info

Congress Avenue

Sometimes, the obvious brunch options become a little dull -- thankfully, Swift’s Attic has this Korean-inspired savory dish. Tender, juicy Korean barbecue flank steak is served on top of crispy, fried rice balls, aka “jumeok bap cakes.”

California club

ThunderCloud Subs

Address and Info

Central Austin

Thundercloud is an Austin institution and nobody’s life would be complete without sampling their best sandwich. The California club is turkey, bacon, and a generous swipe of guac -- we like to request swiss, lots of lettuce, tomato, salt, pepper, and of course Thunder Sauce.

Deviled Eggs

Lenoir

Address and Info

South First

Your aunt Helen never made deviled eggs like these. Lenoir has elevated the Southern classic by topping them with bowfin caviar and a sprinkle of seaweed. Order them in Lenoir’s new wine garden for only $6!

Famous Southern fried chicken and waffles

MAX’s Wine Dive

Address and Info

Downtown

Max’s is famous for their famous jalapeño-buttermilk fried chicken. Deep-fried, “slow and low,” in order to maintain its savory juiciness and rosy color, their famous Southern fried chicken comes with mashed potatoes, collard greens, and a slide of Texas toast -- and you can even request the gluten-free version!

Machi cure

Uchi

Address and Info

Lamar

From the James Beard Award-Winning Chef Tyson Cole, Uchi, and sister restaurant Uchiko are in a class all their own. Favorite dishes from Uchi include the machi cure, often called the Japanese nachos pairing smoked baby yellowtail, with yucca crisps, marcona almond, Asian pear, and garlic brittle.

Lloyd Thompson

Chicken fried steak biscuit and gravy

Salt & Time

Address and Info

East Seventh

You know when a chicken fried steak is so large that it curls up? This dish, available on Salt & Time’s Sunday brunch menu, involves a huge, curly, crispy chicken fried steak on a thick biscuit, and topped with gravy, AND a fried egg. It’s life changing.

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Biscuits

Fixe

Address and Info

Downtown

Fixe packs the house every night, and in addition to being known for delicious, modern takes on Southern classics and fantastic hospitality, they are also known for their biscuits! They sell more than 360 of the “three fat biscuits” every night. The Southern starter is served with house-made spicy 'nduja sausage spread and house-made seasonal preserves.

Fukumoto

Pork belly yakitori

Fukumoto

Address and Info

East Sixth

When visiting new spot, Fukumoto, be sure to order the pork belly yakitori -- it comes three pieces per skewer. The marinated pork belly is charred so that the fat becomes slightly crispy yet very juicy. Scratch that, order several. 

NG BMT

Bánh mì

Ng BMT

Address and Info

North Austin 

Ng BMT is a total hidden gem, quietly tucked in the back of the Hong Kong Supermarket. They bake their own baguettes daily and make their own tofu. The bread is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, the meat is flavorful, and the pickles veggies are crisp and fresh. And, they are only $5, including tax. You’re welcome.

El Sancho Loco

La Barbecue

Address and Info

East Cesar Chavez

Everything they smoke is juicy and just as good as Franklin, but we’ve got a soft spot for the hilariously-named, “El Sancho Loco”. A sandwich piled high with sausage, pulled pork, chopped beef, and pickled red onions, because YOLO.

Via 313 Pizza

The Detroiter

Via 313

Address and Info

East 6th Street

Via 313 makes pizza like pizza is probably made in heaven. The Detroiter is the be-all and end-all of pizzas; thick pan crust with crispy cheese edge, double layer of cheese, and double layer of pepperoni.

The “All The Way Burger”

TRACE

Address and Info

Downtown

The restaurant also offers an off-menu, mega burger called the "All The Way Burger. It is an 8oz Niman ranch burger, comes with Tillamook cheddar, butter lettuce, beefsteak tomatoes, and house pickles on a brioche roll. You also have the option to add house-cured maple pork belly, fried organic egg, lump crab cake, avocado, Gonzales mushrooms, and crisp bacon. 

East Side King

Beet fries

East Side King

Address and Info

East Cesar Chavez

East Side King has managed to make beets more addictive as French fries. The beets are fire-roasted then fried, which gives them a thin crispy skin, and served with Kewpie mayo. They’ll make a believer out of anyone who has ever had an aversion to the red root. 

Anastacia Uriegas

Holy Mary

Freedman’s 

Address and Info

Campus

Here’s drink that qualifies as an entire meal. The Holy Mary is a liter of Forty Creek Barrel Select whisky, smoked cherry tomato Bloody mix, house-made two-day BBQ sauce, lime juice, and Fire and Damnation bitters that's topped with, wait for it… a half pound of brisket, sausage, and spare ribs! It’s available during brunch on Sundays.

Black and Bleu pizza

Second Bar + Kitchen

Address and Info

Downtown

Pizza isn’t necessarily what Second Bar + Kitchen is known for, but this pizza is a total hit. The flavor profile is complex and indulgent: black truffle, bleu cheese, pork belly, medjool dates, and red onion on a perfect crust.

Ramen Tatsu-ya

Tonkotsu Original

Ramen Tatsu-Ya

Address and Info

Cestview

The gang at Ramen Tatsu-ya have managed to create a cult classic with their ramen. Their signature bowl of ramen is a rich, complex, pork bone broth filled with thin noodles, tender chashu pork (soy braised pork belly), a marinated soft boiled egg, wood ear mushrooms, scallions, and your choice of add-ins. There is often a line but service moves lightning fast!

Kaffir lime fried chicken bun bowl

Elizabeth Street Cafe

Address and Info

South First 

This Vietnamese cafe and French bakery is not only visually stunning in all of it’s attention to details, but they have a killer bun bowl. It combines rice vermicelli with lettuces, herbs, cucumber, carrot, roasted peanuts, nuoc cham, and is topped with kaffir lime fried chicken. Definitely one of their most popular dishes. 

Brisket frito pie

Micklethwait Craft Meats

Address and Info

East Eleventh

Sometimes you want a little something different in your BBQ repertoire, and this is the answer! Micklethwait’s briket frito pie combines Fritos topped with brisket, chili, cheddar, cilantro, escabecha, red onion, and crema. 

Popcorn tofu po’boy

Wheatsville

Address and Info

Guadalupe

Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, Wheatsville has really got something special in their popcorn tofu po’boy. The French roll is filled with firm fried tofu, sprouts, veggies, and cashew-tamari dressing that makes this sandwich a perfect lunch option for only $7.

Hopfields

Pascal burger

Hopfields

Address and Info

Campus

The French bistro meets craft beer bar makes one stand-out burger. The Pascal burger is a thick beef patty with Camembert cheese, cornichon aka tiny pickles, whole grain mustard, caramelized onions, and their ridiculously good pomme frites.

Mozzarella

Due Forni

Address and Info

Sixth Street

From their three options of mozzarella for the mozzarella bar, try the stracciatella with red peppers. It’s served with freshly-baked flatbread that is the same as their pizza dough. Cheese and bread FTW!

Son In Law

Sway

Address and Info

South First

This Thai dish brings together all the elements you want in comfort food. Braised pork shoulder, thick soy, nahm prik pla (spicy Thai sauce), and a crispy farm egg on top of rice that soaks up all the sauces. 

Margherita pizza

40 North

Address and Info

South First

This little trailer in a South First food park is quietly selling out of dough everyday, and for good reason. Their wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas combine perfect, chewy-yet-crispy crust and unique toppings. Get any pie on the menu, just go now. 

laV

Brioche Doughnut Holes

laV

Address and Info

East Seventh

Warm, pillow-y, and so good! Guests of laV love the brioche donut holes as either a dessert or a starter at brunch. Feeling brave? Try spreading laV’s creamy pate on them!

Pastrami sandwich

Pieous

Address and Info

Southwest Austin

This sandwich is hailed as the best Pastrami in Austin. Joshua Kaner starts with whole, untrimmed briskets that are then cured in a wet brine with spices. The brisket is then dried and rubbed, smoked with live oak for about 14 hours, then steamed. The result: thick, juicy, flavorful pastrami that brings all the boys (and girls) to the yard.

Luke's Inside Out

The Burger

Luke’s Inside Out

Address and Info

South Lamar

Luke Bibby, the quirky owner of Luke’s Inside Out makes one of the best tasting burgers we've ever had. It’s an 8oz sirloin patty with bacon, cheddar, and according to his menu, “love”. Amen, Luke, amen. 

Ceviche

Isla

Address and Info

Warehouse District

Austin’s only dedicated Tiki bar also has a very island-y menu. We love their shrimp and scallop ceviche served with citrus, cucumber, and crispy corn tostadas. It doesn’t hurt that you can have a couple of classic Tiki cocktails with dinner, either!

Mac and cheese

Clark’s Oyster Bar

Address and Info

Clarksville

So creamy, so cheesy, and baked to perfection. Clark’s Shells & Cheese is otherworldly AND topped with fresh lump crab. Sign us up!

Strawberry cake

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile

Address and Info

East Cesar Chavez

Jacoby’s makes a Strawberry Cake you have to try. It’s a family recipe passed down from owner Adam Jacoby’s Grandmother. The flavors and simplicity of the cake evoke a warm sense of a nostalgia. 

Gelateria Gemelli

Gelato

Gelateria Gemelli

Address and Info

East Sixth

In their stylish storefront, the owners of Gelateria Gemelli are taking great care to create authentic Italian gelato and sorbet in uniquely classic flavors. Get a load of these: olive oil, Vietnamese coffee, sesame vanilla, lemon thyme sorbetto. Also, you can have a Negroni or an Italian amaro with your dessert!

Dinuguan

Qui

Address and Info

East Seventh

This is a case of “sounds funky, tastes amazing” -- dinuguan is pork blood stew, Paul Qui makes a version of his grandmother’s recipe with crispy gnocchi and black trumpet mushrooms. The flavor is decidedly rich and authentic. 

Shellfish risotto

Jeffrey’s

Address and Info

Clarksville

The elegant eatery that set the standard for fine dining in Austin is also home to the fanciest risotto. It’s creamy, perfectly executed, sprinkled with peas and topped with wood roasted lobster, king crab, bay scallop & gulf prawns with butternut squash, lemon & uni butter -- and the portion is perfect for sharing.

Anastacia Uriegas

Tom kha shrimp and grits

Kin + Comfort

Address and Info

North Austin

This dish is an unexpected mash-up of cultures and flavors that just works together so magically. The classic coconut lime flavors of thai tom kha soup combine with Southern-style shrimp and grits.

Lemon ricotta pancakes

Josephine House

Address and Info

Clarksville

Josephine House whips up a perfect stack of fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes served with strawberries, blueberries, maple syrup, and house-made cultured butter. Who can say no to pancakes? Not us. 

Verde chili fries

Casino El Camino

Address and Info

Sixth Street

Although they are known for their burgers and Halloween-ish decor, Casino is also home to a fantastic basket of fries. The verde chili fries are fries topped with garlic-y tomatillo sauce and melted white cheese. And by “garlic-y” we mean, don’t even think about taking a first date -- better yet, go alone so you won’t have to share. 

Courtesy of Susan Atkinson

A gyro

Santorini Cafe

Address and Info

North Lamar

Do you have a hankerin’ for a gyro made with soft, warm pita, perfectly seasoned meat, veggies, giant dollop of tzatziki, and a side of fries? Yeah, us too. Head over to Santorini’s for just what we described. Their prices are super cheap, and the owners are great folks.

Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

Breakfast tacos

Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

Address and Info

East Seventh

Joe’s has been around for a long time and has a distinct family feel to it. If you love legit Tex-Mex, you’ll love their breakfast tacos, specifically anything with bacon! They fry the bacon, dredge the bacon in flour, and fry it again, so it’s super crispy, and the flour tortillas are soft, powdery, and the perfect vessel for your b-fast taco creation.

Enchiladas

Dart Bowl

Address and Info

Brentwood

This ooey-gooey, food-coma inducer has long been an Austin classic. So next time you’re in the mood for bowling, load up on this iconic meal.

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Anastacia Uriegas is an Austin writer who does NOT recommend eating all the things on this list in one sitting. Follow her at @AnaUrie.

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1. VOX Table 1100 South Lamar Blvd, 2140, Austin , TX 78704

Vox Table is known around Austin for their killer New-American style small plates and lively craft cocktail bar, but this South Lamar restaurant serves up a serious brunch on the weekends. The must try of the menu is Olive Oil Pancakes with fig/walnut butter and maple syrup. If brunch isn't your thing, stop by and try dinner menu, featuring a wide variety of meat and fish entrees, or happy hour specials.

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2. Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ 7612 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78745 (South Austin)

This family-run truck in Capital City serves some Tex-Mex, some barbecue, and some plates that combine the two. Expect mesquite-smoked brisket and ribs served three ways: as platters with coleslaw and pickles, loaded into hamburger buns, or folded into tacos house-made flour tortillas and guacamole. Its location right behind Star Bar means it's a great spot for the post-drinking munchies.

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3. Olamaie 1610 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Housed in a charming cottage just south of campus, Olamie offers a menu with picks such as skillet cornbread (with stewed okra, fairytale eggplant), sweet tea red wattle pork chop (charred apple, sorrel, pickled red onion), and apple pie with buttermilk ice cream.

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4. Kome 4917 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 (Hyde Park)

Designed by Japanese craftsmen, Kome has a modern atmosphere that compliments its homestyle Japanese comfort food. An extensive menu of Izakaya style meals and sushi rolls have influences from the owners' travels to other parts of Asia, with an added Austin flare.

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5. Odd Duck 1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Communal seating, a huge patio, and an open kitchen (sit at the bar for a great view!) make a perfect setting for Odd Duck's local, farmer's market-inspired cuisine. You can enjoy brunch, lunch, and dinner menus inspired by the Texas seasons, featuring local favorite dishes like the pimento cheeseburger, as well as some craft cocktails, beer, and wine.

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6. Thai­-Kun 1104 East Sixth St, Austin, TX 78702

Located at the back of Wonderland, Thai-Kun is a food truck collaboration from chefs Paul Qui and Thai Changthong, offering up Thai-inspired dishes like Beef Panang Curry. Grab a seat at one of their picnic tables.

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7. Franklin Barbecue 900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

This lunch-only spot often sees long lines of customers waiting to order pulled pork, brisket and other smoked meats. Chef Aaron Franklin brought quality barbecue to Austin that was excellent enough to earn him the 2015 James Beard Award for "Best Chef: Southwest." His BBQ is so lauded that meat lovers from around the world regulalry make a pit stop at this shack-like locale in East Austin.

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8. Launderette 2115 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702

Executive Chef Rene Ortiz and pastry chef Laura Sawicki are fearless in the kitchen. The flavor combinations on the menu at Launderette are both complex and approachable, featuring favorites like the charred octopus, plancha burger (quite possibly the best burger in Austin), roasted parsnips, birthday cake ice cream sandwich... scratch that. Everything. Try everything on this menu. Stop by for dinner, weekday lunch, weekend brunch, or for their weekly happy hour specials.

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9. Jack Allen's Kitchen 7720 W Hwy 71, Austin, TX 78735 (West Austin)

Jack Allen's has nightly rotating specials of locally sourced additions to their usual menu, but also make sure you stop by for their brunch, or even just to try a cocktail, like the Cucumber Jalapeño Rita, with Tequila, St. Germain, muddled cucumber, fresh jalapeños, simple syrup, and fresh lime.

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10. Vince Young Steakhouse 301 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Vince Young Steakhouse is a subtly track-lit meat-feasting destination segmented by room-dividing wine racks, brass chain curtains, and snaking brown & dark burnt-orange booths. Along with its melt-in-your-mouth perfect steaks, Vince Young Steakhouse has a killer wagyu brisket burger with cheddar, house-made pickles, and hand-cut fries. With the perfect atmosphere for a romantic evening, this place is only open for dinner and closed on Sundays. We recommend stopping by for their happy hour, where you can get some of their delicious yet pricey entrees for a discount.

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11. 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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12. Peche 208 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Warehouse District)

Consciously attempting to recreate the European art of mixology that was largely lost in America as a result of Prohibition, Peche is a genuine cocktail paradise, and it's the only place in Austin that you can experience absinthe "in its true form".

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13. Thundercloud Subs 1608 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

Thundercloud is an Austin (and perhaps Texan) institution and nobody’s life would be complete without sampling their best sandwich. Enter the California club, a turkey, bacon, and guac wonder with which we like to request swiss, lots of lettuce, tomato, salt, pepper, and of course Thunder Sauce.

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14. Lenoir 1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

A locavore's haven, Lenoir serves French-inspired cuisine that unites community and fresh ingredients to cultivate a new food experience through a seasonal and prix fixe-style menu. Sample dishes from the sea like snapper ceviche with avocado puree, lime serrano and summer melons or rove the land with roasted guinea hen, kasu noodles, antelope ham broth, string beans, and sprouts. Guests can also dine at Lenoir's wine garden, which offers small plates and shareables alongside a variety of beer, cider, and wine.

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15. Max's Wine Dive 207 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Max's Wine Dive offers what 10yr-old you thought rich people have for every meal: Champagne and fried chicken. Max's is a great spot for brunch, head there and enjoy the huge wine selection and legendary mac 'n cheese.

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16. Uchi 801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Serving up sushi and Japanese cuisine in South Austin, Uchi does have a larger price tag and you may encounter a wait -- but there's good reason for that in the deliciously fresh ingredients and bold flavors that you'll find inside. Grab a seat and order away, or put your trust in your servers and chefs and let them pick for you.

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17. Salt & Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria 1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

A butcher shop and bakery, Salt & Time slices up local, sustainable meats from farms around Austin and Central Texas. Tex-Mex (Migas, empanadas) and Southern (biscuits and gravy, pork hash) plates dominate brunch on the weekends, and every day it offers a Butcher’s Cut menu with eight to 10 high-quality offerings -- including Angus and wagyu -- cooked to medium-rare heaven. If you’re ready to up your steak game at home, Salt & Time’s butcher shop has fresh and aged steaks ready to be wrapped and weighed.

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18. Fixe 500 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Fixe, with its very experienced chef/management team, is doing upscale-Southern with a dedicated grits menu and a barrel-aged craft cocktail program.

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19. Fukumoto 514 Medina St, Austin, 78702 (East Austin)

This place serves traditional sushi from renowned Chef Kasu Fukumoto. You are going to want to try the Hama Toro.

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20. Ng BMT 8557 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

Situated in the Hong Kong Market, this small sandwich shop is known for French cuisine, banh mi, and other Vietnamese dishes. Try the marinated pork with house mayo, pickled carrots, and jalapeños.

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21. La Barbecue 1200 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

La Barbecue is a permanently placed BBQ trailer serving up delicious brisket, house-made sausages, ribs, and pulled pork in East Austin. A BYOB policy and live music on Saturday and Sunday only sweeten the deal.

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22. Via 313 61 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

This brick-and-mortar trailer boasts Detroit-style pizza (arguably the lovechild of Chicago's deep-dish/casserole pizza and the Big Apple's traditional slice), made fresh by two brothers who visit Motown annually for new ideas.

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23. Trace 200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Trace, located in downtown Austin, is an American resto serving up farm-to-table fare. Get creative and try out some antelope loin or venison sausage.

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24. East Side King 1618 1/2 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

Some of the finest comfort food Austin has to offer. Be sure to try the fried brussel sprouts.

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25. Freedmen's 2402 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705 (Utwest Campus)

This is not your average barbecue joint. Freedman's has a patio and outdoor beer garden that offers a variety of brews on tap as well as a retro soda shop-inspired cocktail list. If you're not a fan of the throwbacks, the $3 tacos, tamales and whiskey of the month happy hour should entice you. Check out this vintage-y, saloon style spot near UT for rollicking night out on the town.

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26. Second Bar + Kitchen 200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Second Bar + Kitchen prides themselves on creating a true farm-to-table experience, offering small plates, pizzas, and various entrees. Our personal favorite is the Congress Burger, which is essentially the Rolls Royce of Austin burgers; ground brisket & chuck, gruyére cheese, shallot confit, and horseradish pickles, with the option to double the meat and cheese, add pork belly, avocado, fried egg, and seared foie gras. There are also a wide variety of wines, beers, and craft cocktails. Stop by Second for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

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27. Ramen Tatsu-Ya 8557 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758 (North Central)

Nothing compares to the lovingly simmered broth made at Ramen Tatsu-ya. The gang here has managed to create a cult classic with their menu. Try their signature bowl of ramen is a rich, complex, pork bone broth filled with thin noodles, tender chashu pork (soy braised pork belly), a marinated soft boiled egg, wood ear mushrooms, scallions, and your choice of add-ins. There is often a line but service moves lightning fast.

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28. Elizabeth Street Cafe 1501 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

The brainchild of barbecue and seafood masters Perla and Lambert, Elizabeth Street Cafe serves up Vietnamese dishes with French accents. Try a "Shaking" Steak & Eggs with Niman Ranch ribeye, sauteed spinach, spicy caramel, and toast, or a peach galette with homemade puff pastry and chia ice cream, slathered in ginger peach compote.

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29. 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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30. Wheatsville Co-op 3101 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 (Utwest Campus)

Austin's only natural foods co-op deli & grocery, offering you a chance to buy your own little slice of the store and get sale prices on all their fresh eats.

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31. Hopfields 3110 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 (Hyde Park)

A cathedral-inspired gastropub, Hopfields creates an upscale atmosphere where locals can enjoy craft beer, French wine, and a menu filled with French cuisine (or, at least, French-inspired takes on American classics). You can opt of a low key night of cheese plates and Pinot Grigio, or chow down on the colossal Pascal Burger and a nice craft beer.

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32. Due Forni 106 E Sixth St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

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.

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33. Sway 1417 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Sway serves up modern Thai cuisine in a chic atmosphere with refined versions of staples like pad thai and more exotic favorites such as jungle curry. Offered twice daily is Moo Sway, which sounds vaguely like a newfangled dance move, but is actually a family-style smorgasbord. The feast is by reservation only and includes Thai-style pork shoulder, a dozen freshly shucked oysters, and other fixings.

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34. 40 North 1502 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

The only thing better than fresh, wood-fired pizza is fresh, wood-fired pizza and the libation of your choice. At this BYOB trailer, patrons can pair their specialty pies with a glass (let's be real—bottle) of fine wine.

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35. laV 1501 East 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

An impressive wine list, intriguing dishes like Wood Oven Bouillabaisse with squid, clams, and blue prawn, and a complimentary valet make laV the ideal spot to go when you want to feel like a celebrity... then treat yourself to a Meyer Lemon Cream and feel like a slightly larger celebrity.

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36. Pieous 12005 HW 290 W, Austin, TX 78737 (West Austin)

A classic Austin pizza joint serving up pies from the traditional, to one with BACON MARMALADE. They've also got local brews on tap and WHY HAVEN'T YOU LEFT YET AFTER READING "BACON MARMALADE"?

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37. Luke's Inside Out 1109 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (Austin)

Though this purveyor of giant sandwiches is in fact a trailer, don't underestimate the life-size flavor of its sandwiches. Serving up sammies like "The Cow" prepared with Brisket Banh Mi smoked brisket, cucumbers, carrots, cilantro, jalapeños & siracha aioli, Luke's individual portions pack enough flavor and caloric heft for your entire day's meals.

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38. Isla 208 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Warehouse District)

Peché’s sister restaurant/bar, Isla, brings its A-game with a fantastic Caribbean food menu, and a bevy of tropical libations.

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39. Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile 3235 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Boasting a number of Southern-inspired menu items -- such as shrimp and grits, family-style braised greens, and pork confit fritters -- Jacoby's Mercantile is the perfect spot for al fresco with friends, offering a view of the Colorado River most people have never seen. Must-try items include the Muskoka Smash (Bulleit Rye, blackberry, basil, & lemon), and for "supper" a Bone-In Ribeye with a side of Mac-n-Cheese (made with sour cream and Roggenbier).

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40. Gelateria Gemelli 1009 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703 (East Austin)

The flavors at the gelateria include Olive Oil, Valrhona Chocolate, Pistachio, Salted Caramel, Basil & Pine Nut, and Toasted Hazelnut -- among others. The organic small-batch flavors are all made on location. They also serve coffee, sweet pops, and even some cocktails.

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41. Qui 1600 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

The first solo venture of James Beard award-winning Paul Qui, the appropriately named Qui is a minimalist's dream, from the rigid lines of its wood furnishing and rectangular layout, to the bright pops of color provided by the garnishes atop the Japanese fusion fare. The trendy image is only enhanced by the fruity gin-based cocktails and the meals that come to the table in small portions, like crispy pig's head, squid, and seared scallops.

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42. Jeffrey's 1204 West Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703 (Clarksville)

Jeffrey's offers a fine dining experience unrivaled by any other restaurant in Austin. The French-American menu centers around prime beef dishes grilled and roasted over local live oak. Consider going big and fancy with the Texas Wagyu bone-in ribeye, and make sure you top it off with a healthy dose of foie gras butter. Jeffrey's interior is as elegant as the ambience, filled with plush chairs, white tablecloths, and a fireplace.

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43. Kin & Comfort 1700 W Parmer Ln, Austin, TX 78727

Kin & Comfort is a rare opportunity to taste what happens when Thai cuisine meets Southern comfort food -- try the Panang Mac & Cheese, Tom Kha Shrimp & Grits, and Thai Meatloaf & Gravy.

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44. Josephine House 1601 Waterston Ave, Austin, TX 78703 (Clarksville)

Josephine House, located in the Clarksville area, is the sister location of Jeffrey's, another fine dining location in Austin. Here you'll enjoy cozy little nooks to dine in in this little cottage establishment, as well as a patio and lawn on which you are also free to lounge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus use locally-sourced ingredients to craft their delicious dishes, and if you're around during the weekend, there's also a tasty brunch selection.

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45. Casino El Camino 517 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701-3741 (Dirty 6th)

The bar known for its punk rock attitude is also known for its Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives-approved burger. Try the famous Amarillo Burger, three-quarters of a pound of Angus Beef, with Serrano chiles, jalapeño jack cheese, and cilantro mayo. Also stop by for one of its monster Bloody Marys. Choose a spice level (1-10) and watch as they pile on the taquitos, meatballs, sausages, bacon, celery, olives, cucumber, lemon, various pickled items, and cilantro garnishes.

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46. Santorini Cafe 11800 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

This unassuming house-restaurant is quickly gaining a loyal following. The lamb menu items should definitely be your go-to, and if you're going to make the trek out here you should probably get a glass of sangria for $2.50 and drink it on the patio.

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47. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop 2305 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

At its current East Side Austin location since 1969, this family-run Tex-Mex diner serves all-day breakfast and lunch plates like house-made tortillas, thick-cut bacon, breaded pork chops, and refried beans. Don't leave without stopping at the pastry counter for cookies, pan de huevo, and other Mexican baked goods.

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48. Dart Bowl 5700 Grover Ave, Austin, TX 78756 (Brentwood)

Ignore the fact that this place is located in a bowling alley (or don't, bowling alleys are pretty sweet), and dive into some of the best damn enchiladas in town -- then strap on a pair of recently disinfected velcro shoes and get those bumpers lowered.

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49. Swift's Attic 315 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Located the second floor of the historic (and now defunct grocery store) Swift's Premium Food Co. building on Congress Avenue, the appropriately named Swift's Attic serves up eclectic small plates and creative cocktails for hipstered out Austinites. Among a brunch Bloody Mar bar and generous daily happy hour deals, Swift's offers sophisticated meats, seafood, snacks, and cocktails. Must trys are Korean BBQ flank steak, squid "fries," and the Pop Rocks charred edamame.

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50. Clark's Oyster Bar 1200 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703

A small neighborhood seafood joint, Clark's Oyster Bar, prides itself on simple, sustainable seafood with a cozy ambiance. The maritime cache is fully stocked with house-made breads, burgers, and an extensive brunch menu, but the oysters, which come in a breadth of both East and West Coast options that rotate out with availability and season, are an essential order.

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