The Water Trough
Where to Eat in Austin Right Now
The gist: This casual eatery within Lone Star Court is a chance to escape the city—without actually escaping the city. Expect a breezy outdoor setting, Hill Country vibes, and a menu fit for a real-life cowboy.
The food: It don’t get more Texan than this. Appetizers include tasty Chicken Birria Tacos and Chili Con Queso, while mains err on the barbecue side (ribs, brisket, and burgers). Cowboy Bread Pudding and Praline Pecan Pie round up dessert. All courses require clean fingers and a lot of napkins—unless your focus lies squarely on the Lone Star beers on draft.
The cost: Mains $18, sides $5 - $8, dessert $8, beers $4 - $7.