I’ve now visited Austin twice. Both times were for the Austin City Limits Music Festival and both were amazing. This time around I stayed a few days before and after the festival and got to explore more of the city. And really the best way to describe my exploration was eating my way through Austin. From the BBQ to the tacos to even some French food I was blown away.
Whenever my friends head to Austin the first words out of my mouth are always you have to eat here! So here is my official list of where you have to eat here for Austin, Texas.
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If you are talking about food in Austin you have to start with the BBQ and while I’d still like to compare a couple more, for me Saltlick took the prize for both the food and the atmosphere. I was lucky to have a friend also visiting in town and her brother, who is studying at UT, took us out with a group of his friends.
It is BYOB so we stopped by a grocery store and then headed off. I only wish I got to enjoy the drive out there before dark. There was a bit of a wait, but there are nice patio benches to open up a beer and enjoy. We took the time to wander around as well including taking a look at the BBQ pit.
Once we got seated we opened another beer and reviewed the platters. I went for one of the smaller ones since I knew it would already be a ton, but some of the guys with us got the all you can eat. From the sausage to the ribs the meat was tender and full of flavor. The potato salad and coleslaw was some of the best I’ve ever had, and I really like potato salad. Not only was the food great but we had a blast. While there is great BBQ inside of Austin I recommend taking at trip out to Saltlick for the full experience.
Now I am a California girl and have high standards on all forms of Mexican food. And Austin did not disappoint with its own variation of style and flavors. My favorite was Tacodeli, which serves a very wide variety of tacos including some very good fish and vegetarian options. My family consists of gluten-free, paleo and vegetarians and this place hit the spot for everyone. It was hard to only choose a few options to enjoy. I finally chose the Mojo Fish Taco and Carne Asada.
Of course in Texas you have to just keep eating meat (sorry vegetarians), and one of my favorite spots was Hopdoddy Burger Bar on South Congress. They have a variety of flavorful patties and toppings. While the line was very long we were able to order a beer as we waited in line next to the bar and there was just enough room to sit down outside after we ordered our food.
For breakfast, the best spot we came across was the Magnolia Cafe. We had a great visit before heading to the music festival and I loved the Texan Benedict with a chipotle hollandaise. The whole family walked away stuffed.
One last spot I have to mention is the Eastside Cafe. To start, I have a minor obsession with restaurants in old houses. This was a great one and the food was even better. We started with some baked brie and they had a little bit of everything on the menu. It was elevated homestyle cooking. Well worth traveling a little out of downtown.
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The food in Austin is to die for and is a reason to go in itself. From the BBQ to the tacos almost everything you eat will melt in your mouth. Have you explored Austin’s eats? I’d love your recommendations since I can’t wait to go back again. And I did! Last year, I had a chance to go back and eat my way through even more of Austin. It was so good that I had to write a new post on it. So find three more meals you can’t miss in Austin, Texas.