A Food Lover's Guide To Austin, Texas
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Last week I ate my way through Austin. Today I’m sharing all of the amazing places that I discovered.
I fell in love with Mañana as soon as I walked in the door. I was instantly drawn to the blue and white tiles and how bright and open the space was. I’m a sucker for beautiful interiors and good coffee - it must be the designer in me. If I had more time in Austin, I definitely would've come back.
While doing research on coffee shops in Austin, Houndstooth Coffee kept popping up a lot. I can let you know that they did not disappoint. We stopped in at the downtown location and it was the perfect way to cool down from the Austin heat.
If you’re a fan of minimalistic interiors, good coffee, and a nice place to get some work done then Seventh Flag Coffee is your place. When we visited, we noticed a good amount of people working on their laptops. There’s also an outside patio where you can sit outside on a nice day and enjoy your coffee.
Ah, the infamous Jo’s. Stop by here when you’re wandering around South Congress street for a cuppa jo (see what I did there) and some breakfast tacos. Don’t forget to check out the famous “I love you so much” mural on the side of the building.
When I found out that TOMS had a coffee shop in Austin, I knew I had to check it out. I really like TOMS as a brand because of their mission to give back to those in need. You can read more on how their improving lives here. I really liked visiting this location because not only did they have a wide selection of shoes and eyewear but, they also had a coffee shop and several places where you can sit back and relax.
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Hands down one of the best places to get brunch and french toast. The portions here are very generous (the french toast pictured below is only half an order!) so I definitely recommend splitting something.
Damn, good tacos. Torchy’s was already on my list but I was further convinced to try it when our Uber driver recommended it. There were so many different taco options that I honestly wanted to get one of everything. Definitely will be coming back here in the future.
Vietnamese food in Austin, Texas? I know, not the first type of cuisine that comes to mind when you think of Texas but hear me out. This cute little cafe has some serious eats. We were inspired to visit when we saw a picture of their beef carpaccio while we were looking up reviews. So of course we had to order it and we were blown away - it is honestly the best beef carpaccio I’ve ever had. The combination of the savory meat, seared peppers, and pickled mushrooms complimented each other so well.
We also ordered the grilled McAllen Ranch flank steak rice vermicelli bowl and banh cuon. Both were also delicious and very filling. I’m already looking forward to coming back to this cafe.
Chopped. Brisket. Sandwich. I ate so many good things in Austin that it’s hard to say which was my favorite but this sandwich definitely makes it up there. My only regret is that my stomach isn’t larger…
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ was recommended by one of our Uber drivers. It is a little bit out of the way (20 minutes away from downtown) but SO worth it. Unlike most of the other popular BBQ places in Austin, we only had to wait in line for maybe 10-15 minutes. Short wait time and good BBQ? Count me in.
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I stumbled on Fresa’s while I was wandering around Austin. It was around happy hour time and I knew it would be a couple of hours before meeting back up with my boyfriend so I figured, why not?
I ordered a margarita, their El Santo taco, and some chips and quesos. Both the marg and taco were so good that I ended up ordering them again.
The perfect place for small bites and a beer. If you want something more on the lighter side order their petite green salad which, unlike the name, isn’t very petite and has the yummiest red wine vinaigrette.
A great place for some good sushi. They actually get their fish from Tsukiji Market in Japan. Try to come during happy hour when it isn’t so crowded. We came back for dinner another night and found that service was slower with a larger crowd.
Emmer & Rye was our favorite place for dinner in Austin. It was also our most expensive meal during our visit (some dishes are $4 a BITE). The plates are definitely on the smaller side but the food is delicious and the presentation is superb. One of our favorite dishes was the red snapper.
TIP: call ahead of time to make a reservation and ask to sit at the chef’s table. Being able to watch the chefs prepare the food added another level to an already great experience.
A great place to get some sausage. They also have a large amount of beer on tap. Come out during the evening for some live music and good food and drink.
Perla’s has a great outdoor seating area and serves some of the best seafood in town.
I didn’t actually get to try this place when I was in town but every time I passed by it was packed! I’ve read great things about the food here so I’m keeping it on my list for next time.
Thanks for reading and I hope this helps narrow down your list on places to eat and drink in Austin, Texas. For those of you who have been to Austin before, what were some of your favorite places? Let me know in the comment section below!