Austin has such an amazing food scene! I was so impressed when I got the chance to visit as part of the Bold Food: Austin Tour.
In the four days of food tour, I was literally full the entire day every day! Though BBQ and Food Truck culture here are so prominent, Austin also has strong fine dining restaurants offering farm to table dining and modernist cuisines.
During my time there, I got the chance to try a wide range of food in different restaurants. Here are 15 Places To Eat including some of the best restaurants, food trucks and BBQ in Austin (and in Greater Austin)!
Website / Location: 6555 Burnet Rd #400, Austin, TX 78757, USA
What To Eat: Tasting Menu
A farm to table restaurant, Barley Swine is one of the best restaurants in Austin and was my favourite during my trip.
The tasting menu with wine pairing was such a unique experience showcasing creative seasonal dishes based on the availability of ingredients – like this pig skin noodles with hot sauce, almond and shrimp.
Boteco Food Truck
Website / Location: 1403 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
What To Eat: Picanha Grelhada
Boteco Food Truck is one of the best food trucks for Brazilian food. The steak from the Picanha Grelhada was tender and perfectly cooked.
The combination of all the ingredients was just mindblowing – the crunch from farofa, sourness from the pico de gallo, the sweetness of caramelized onions and the bite of rice and beans.
East Side King
Website / Location: 1618 E. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702 USA
What To Eat: Pork Belly Meshi, Poor Qui’s Buns, Fried Kimchi
Where to eat in Austin for food truck fare mixed with alcohol? East Side King has got you covered. This Asian-inspired food truck is located inside a bar.
The pork belly is melt in your mouth tender and so flavourful. With the Meshi, the touch of furikake and spicy chili paste just elevated the pork, and goes so well with beer!
The steamed buns in the Poor Qui’s Buns soak up that delicious pork belly juices, which combined with the hoisin sauce and cucumber kimchi taste gives a unique flavour profile.
The Fried Kimchi was very unique as I’ve never had it fries. It goes amazing with beer and the million dollar sauce that comes with it is so good!
Website / Location: 900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
What To Eat: Brisket and Pork Ribs
Definitely not a trip to Austin without checking out Franklin Barbecue, right? Franklin Barbecue is considered not just the best BBQ restaurant in Austin but in the world!
And indeed the Brisket was the best quality out of all I tried. Very fatty and melt in your mouth tender just how I like them.
The pork ribs were also very juicy and well seasoned.
Website / Location: 1503 S 1st St., Austin, TX 78704 USA
What To Eat: Miss Shortcake and ODB Doughnuts
One of the most popular places to eat for desserts in Austin is Gourdough’s, and it’s also a food truck!
The donuts are just plain amazing and, as their description says, Big. Fat. The dough had the perfect combination of crispy on the outside, and soft and moist on the inside.
The Miss Shortcake has a great combination of sweet and fruity with generous amounts of fresh-cut strawberries. The strawberries were great in balancing the sweetness.
The ODB is fun bite-sized snacks. It uses doughnut holes instead and the bite from coconut flakes added more to the fun.
Website / Location: 1906 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
What To Eat: Brisket and Pulled Pork
Look up where to eat BBQ in Austin and you will surely find La Barbecue.
I found La Barbecue had the most flavourful brisket. Smoked perfectly, it’s very addicting because you just want the smokey flavour lingering in your mouth forever.
The pulled pork is one of the best I’ve had – moist, fatty and very savoury. It’s also not the tough stringy ones that get stuck in between your teeth.
Louie Mueller Barbecue
Website / Location: 206 W 2nd St, Taylor, TX 76574, USA
What To Eat: Beef Ribs and Jalapeno Sausage
Definitely one of the best BBQ Restaurants outside Austin for beef ribs I’ve had. It’s massive, fall of the bone, well-marbled and melt in your mouth tender with a perfect balance of flavour and seasoning.
I loved the Jalapeno Sausage because it was very meaty and juicy… and spicy – I love spicy and I found theirs was the spiciest out of the BBQ places in this list.
Lucky’s Puccias and Pizzeria
Website / Location: 1611 W 5th St #175, Austin, TX 78703, USA
What To Get: Lucky’s Puccia
One of the best restaurants in Austin for a quick Italian fare is Lucky’s Puccias and Pizzeria.
It was my first time having Puccia, which are Italian sandwiches where the bread is made in the traditional fashion using wood fired oven.
The bread was just amazing – freshly made, crispy crust and light and airy on the inside with smoky flavour.
Mix that with the fresh prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato, arugula, chipotle aioli and you get one memorable sandwich.
Olamaie Southern Food Restaurant
Website / Location: 1610 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
What To Eat: Buttermilk Biscuits, FL Red Snapper, Carolina Gold Rice Hush Puppies, Kil’t White Button Mushrooms, Strube Ranch 16oz Wagyu Ribeye
Considered as one of the best fine dining restaurants in Austin, Olamaie is a farm to table restaurant specializes in Southern Food.
The first thing you’ll hear about this place is their biscuits. Seriously, Olamaie has the best buttermilk biscuits I’ve had – perfectly flaky and buttery outside with moist, airy and soft inside.
It comes with a side of honey butter with sea salt, which you have to try as well as it just elevates the biscuit even more.
Another eye-opener for me here was the use of Carolina Gold Rice in both FL Red Snapper and Hush Puppies. I’ve never had them before, and they were amazing.
It was the first American-made rice and has a unique flavor. For the FL Red Snapper, the fish was delicious and cooked to perfection.
But what really won in this dish is the herb fumet and with hickory-smoked roe mixed with the Carolina Gold Rice.
Now imagine that in a deep-fried ball. The hush puppies were an amazing starter to highlight the Carolina Gold Rice.
After that crunchy hush puppy exterior is the gummy bite of flavourful Carolina Gold Rice, which goes so well with the charred garlic and chive onion dip.
Website / Location: 1407 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
What To Eat: Tiramisu Boozy Ice Cream
Austin is quite a hot city and you’ll need to cool off with some ice cream. One of the best places for ice cream in Austin is Prohibition Creamery.
With the “Prohibition” in its name, they really mean boozy here.
The Tiramisu Ice Cream is boozier in taste than it is sweet. It is very creamy and had a strong taste of rum without overpowering the tiramisu flavour.
Website / Location: 701 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78701, USA
What To Eat: Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder Carnitas
Where to eat Mexican food in Austin? Roaring Fork is conveniently located downtown inside the Intercontinental Stephen F Austin Hotel.
The pork shoulder carnitas was very soft and moist like a fall off the bone ribs. The salsa verda on top goes so well with it and helps to balance the fat.
Southside Market & Barbeque
Website / Location: 1212 US-290, Elgin, TX 78621, USA
What To Eat: Homemade Original Elgin Hot Sausage and Lamb Ribs
One of the best restaurants for BBQ sausages and lamb ribs outside of Austin is Southside Market & Barbeque.
There’s a reason why they sell 3 million pounds of these Homemade Elgin Sausages per year. It’s amazing – very meaty, juicy and well seasoned! And I love the spicy kick.
Perfectly seasoned, very tender and fatty, the lamb ribs are a must-eat at Southside Market, especially since lamb ribs are not commonly found in other BBQ joints.
Terry Black’s Barbecue
Website / Location: 1003 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
What To Eat: Brisket, Pork Ribs and Beef Ribs
Known for one of the best BBQ in Austin, Terry Black’s Barbecue is consistently good in just about everything they offer.
The moist brisket was the maybe the fattiest from all the briskets I had and just melts in your mouth.
The pork ribs were perfectly seasoned, juicy and falls of the bone – and so was their beef ribs!
Website / Location: 1311 South First St., Austin, Texas 78704 USA
What To Eat: Chips and Salsa
You’ll be surprised to learn that Torchy’s is known for the best Mexican food truck for chips and salsa in Austin.
And it’s true! Their homemade chips and salsa are a must! The salsa is very fresh and addicting!
Website / Location: 1704 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
What To Eat: The Fish Taco Especiales and Migas Tacos
One of the best Mexican food trucks in Austin, Veracruz Tacos is known for their Fish Taco Especiales, which tasted very fresh.
The grilled tilapia was cooked perfectly and very flavourful with the grilled taste.
The Migas Tacos here was the best I had with its warm fresh tortilla, crunchy tortilla chips, moist melting monterey jack cheese and fresh avocado.
- Check out what it was like with the Bold Food Tour in Austin:
Hope this food guide gives you an idea on where to eat in and around Austin!
I can’t wait to be back as I loved the food scene here. Please let me know what you find are the best restaurants in Austin I should eat/drink for my next visit.