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Top 50 + Places to Eat in Austin

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Who is hungry? As well as being the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin is the foodie destination for Texas. From the top BBQ joints to the best tacos and margaritas, visitors (and locals) won’t miss a meal in Austin. In addition to the Tex-Mex stables, ATX features some of the best pizza from locally-owned pizza places. Grab some recommendations for date Night in Austin too. Don’t forget about independent coffee shops and premium ice cream all in Austin. Here are the Top Places to Eat in Austin.

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Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ Taco. Credit: Catherine Parker

BBQ in Austin 

Barbeque in Texas is all about the beef, especially brisket. It’s tender and smoky when it’s smoked right. Most BBQ joints smoke their meat overnight. In addition to brisket, diners can find house-made sausage, ribs, smoked turkey and chicken. Here are some on the top places to get BBQ.

Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ

Swing by this food trailer for BBQ tacos. Find a heavenly blend of Tex-Mex flavors and smoked meat inside a tasty tortilla.

Located at 11500 Menchaca Rd. Austin, TX, 78748. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 7:30  a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Franklin Barbecue

Sample the legendarily tender brisket along with other meats since the dining room is closed. With a three-day advance purchase, order 3 pounds (up to 25 pounds), then grab it curbside.

Located at 900 E. 11th St. Austin, TX. 78702. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or sold-out.

La Barbecue

Part of the Louie Mueller BBQ dynasty from Taylor, TX, find authentic BBQ in Austin. Grab some BBQ to-go along with sides, like the house-made pickles, next to a convenience store. 

Located at 2401  E. Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Micklethwait Craft Meats

Selling out a fanciful vintage trailer, order meats-by-the-pound and scratch-made sides.

Located at 1309 Rosewood Ave., Austin, TX 78702. Open Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew

In the mid-century Violet Crown Shopping Center, Stiles Switch offers the BBQ goods. Order BBQ plates, family packs, meats-by-the-pound and sides along with craft beer. 

Located at 6610 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78757 Open Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Another location in Cedar Park. 

Terry Black’s Barbecue

Another big name in BBQ, Terry Black’s serves BBQ family packs, meats-by-the-pound along with sides and dessert.

Located at 1003 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704. Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (10 p.m. on Firday and Saturday). 

Slab BBQ and Beer

With four locations, Slab serves meat-by-the-pound and sandwiches with an emphasis on pork. 

9012 Research Blvd. Ste. C4, Austin, TX 78758. 

Westgate Lanes,  2701 W. William Canon Dr., Austin, TX 78745

Sunset Valley, 6218 Brodie Ln., Austin, TX 78745 along with a location in Cedar Park.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Classic Tex Mex combo plate at Juan in the Million. Credit: Catherine Parker

Tacos and Tex Mex 

Tacos are a religion in Texas. And even though a terrible taco joint in the upper mid-west owns the Taco Tuesday (it serves tator-tots as a side for tacos), it’s a sacred tradition in Texas. 

Matt’s El Rancho 

Opening in 1952, Matt’s is an original Tex Mex joint in Austin. Find a large bar area and dining room with house-made tortillas. 

Located at  2613 S. Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78704. Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

El Arroyo 

Find daily Austinisms on its outdoor sign on 5th St. and it even has a book full of the quirky sayings. Grab some Tex-Mex and serious margaritas to enjoy on its patio. 

Located at 1624 W. 5th St. Austin, TX, 78703. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. most days, later on the weekend. 

Maudie’s Tex-Mex

Maudie’s is a neighborhood favorite, serving up classic Tex Mex fare. Find several locations across the Austin area each with its own hours. 

Maudie’s Cafe—2608 W. 7th St. Austin, TX 78703

Maudie’s Two–1212 S. Lamar, Austin, TX 78704

Maudie’s Hacienda—9911 Brodie Ln. Austin, TX 78748

Maudie’s Milagro—3801 N. Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78746

Maudie’s North Lamar—10205 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78758 and a location in Bee Cave

Juan in a Million

Breakfast tacos are an Austin must and here’s one of the top places to grab them. Don’t want breakfast, then find a full lunch menu too. 

Located at 2300 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Guero’s Taco Bar

With an ideal spot along the South Congress, find a full menu of Tex-Mex and a margaritas. Find locals and tourists alike. 

Located at 1412 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cisco’s Restaurant Bakery and Bar

An Austin institution for breakfast, order some Migas for a locals favorite. Tops for breakfast though open all day. 

Located at 1511 E. 6th St. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Mi Madre’s Restaurant

Serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner, order up your favorite Tex Mex favorites, like enchiladas or tacos.

Located at 2201 Manor Rd., Austin, TX 78722. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.


With six locations across the Austin area, Chuy’s opened its first restaurant In Austin back in 1982. The original on Barton Springs and most offers a classic car in the bar area that serves free chips and salsa at happy hour. 

Barton Springs—1728 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704

Arbor Trails—4301 William Cannon, Bldg C, Austin, TX 78749

North Lamar—10520 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78753

Highway 183—11680 N. Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78759

Round Rock—2320 N IH 35, Round Rock, TX 78681

Cedar Park—4911 183A Toll Road, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Hours differ by location.

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Pinthouse Pizza

Local pizza chain with serious pizza and brews. Offering take-out and make-pizza-at-home kits along with gluten-free options. 

4729 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78756

4236 S. Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78704

2800 Hoppe Trail, Round Rock, TX 78681

Open at all locations Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday) 

Home Slice Pizza 

Serving New York Style pizza, calzones and salads.

1415 S. Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78704. Open daily from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

501 E. 53rd. St., Austin, TX 78751. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Via 313 

Serving up Detroit-style pizza, or square pieces, at five locations across Austin. 

3016 Guadalupe Suite #100, Austin, TX 78705 

6705 Highway 290, Number 503, Austin, TX 78735

1802 E. 6th St., Austin, TX 78702

1335 Whitehouse Blvd. #200, Cedar Park, TX 78613

2111 N. Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664

6705 E. Highway 290, Suite 503, Oak Hill, TX 78735

Open Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 


61 Rainey St. Austin, TX 78701

600 W. 6th St. Austin, TX 78701

Open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Bufalina and Bufalina Due

Dishing up Neapolitan-style pizza along with appetizers. Reservations accepted for outdoor dining. 

2215 E. Cesar Chavez St. Austin, TX 78702. Open Monday to Friday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

6555 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78757. Open Monday to Friday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

East Side Pies 

Endless options and inventive sauces for a not-your-everyday pizza. 

5312 Airport Blvd. Suite G, Austin, TX 78751. Open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

1401 Rosewood Ave., Austin, TX 78702. Open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

13265 N. Highway 183, Suite B, Austin, TX 78750. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Little Deli and Pizzeria 

A neighborhood pizza and deli with decades in Austin. 

7101-A Woodrow Ave., Austin, TX 78757

1804 Briarcliff Blvd., Austin, TX 78723

Both locations open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Backspace

Pizza, antipasta and panini along with extensive wine list. 

507 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701. Open Tuesday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). Reservations recommended for dine-in. 

1739 W. Anderson Ln., Austin, TX 78757 Open Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. – 2 p. m.. and 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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If the night is lovely then spend it at Justine’s courtyard. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Date Night in Austin

Justine’s Brasserie

Need a dose of romantic of marble-topped tables with market umbrellas topped with patio lights. Add free-flowing baskets of crusty bread and creamery butter along with a French menu. It’s divine and a must for the Austin Restaurant Guide.

Located at 4710 E 5th St. Open daily from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday) closed Tuesday.


Artful Japanese food served in an unstated dining room. For the best of the daily and regular menu, order the omakase, or chef’s tasting menu. It features 10 different courses, perfectly prepared and presented.

Located at 4200 N. Lamar Blvd. Open Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations accepted.

Peche Sinful Cocktails & Cuisine

Enjoy a pre-prohibition cocktail in a French-inspired dining room with an impressive list of absinthe. Make it an evening with a menu of French brasserie musts using Texas products. 

Located at 208 W. 4th St. Open daily from 5 p.m. to late. Reservations accepted.

Avocado Toast in Austin
Avocado toast at Josephine House in Ausitn. Credit: Catherine Parker

Boozy Breakfast and Brunch 

Josephine House 

It’s the little sister to the formidable fine dining restaurant, Jefferey’s. Perfect for a special breakfast get together. Savor the avocado toast or the chicken tortilla soup also find a la carte and barista-made coffee for a smaller appetite. Also serves a dinner menu starting at 4 p.m. 

Located at 1601 Waterston Ave. Austin, TX 78703. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

June’s All Day 

Find a mix of brunch bistro classics with a dash of Americana, like the fried chicken sandwich and the croque madame. Also serves lunch and dinner menu along with a pub night special.

Located at 1722 South Congress. Open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Café No Sé

A minimalist interior serving French pastry shoppe-inspired baked goods along with brunch favorites with international flavors. Extensive wine list and the patio offers ideal location for people watching. 

Located at 1603 South Congress St., Austin, TX 78704. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Easy Tiger

A mix of amazing bread with beers on tap, it’s an Austin brunch thing.

6406 N. Interstate 35 Frontage Road. Ste 1100, Austin, TX 78752.

3508 S. Lamar Blvd. Ste 200, Austin, TX 78704

1501 E. 7th St., Austin, TX 78702

All locations open daily from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday)

I love you so much mural
Jo’s Coffee Shop with the ‘I love you so much’ mural. Credit: Catherine Parker

Austin’s Independant Coffee Shops 

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters

Since it’s right on Lake Austin features a large deck and open till midnight, Mozart’s is hopping after dark. Then add the occasional live music and it’s a must. Mozart’s roasts coffee in-house and offers a full selection of desserts. It was a must for the Austin Restaurant Guide.

Located at 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. Open daily from 7 a.m. to midnight.

Jo’s Coffee

It’s the coffee shop with the iconic I Love You So Much mural . With a walk-up counter and an outdoor patio, it’s a South Congress must.

Located at 1300 S. Congress Ave. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Halcyon Coffee + Bar + Lounge

A must for after dinner coffee drinks in the Austin’s Downtown Entertainment District. Grab a cup or even a cocktail in a space that feels like a bar, except with an espresso machine. Open until 2 a.m. dowtown.

Located 218 W. 4th St. and 1905 Aldrich St. #110. Opens daily at 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Kick Butt Coffee

As a bonus, Kick Butt is a small live music venue in the evening. It’s Austin a thing. Try a London Fog, an Earl Gray Tea with steamed milk. Or the Cold Brew with a breakfast taco, another Austin must.

Located at 5775 Airport Blvd. #725. Opens at 6 a.m. on weekdays, 7 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Amys Ice Cream
Amy’s Ice Cream on South Congress. Credit: Catherine Parker

Austin’s Ice Cream Shops

Amy’s Ice Cream

It all started in 1984, now Amy’s offers 350 different flavors on a rotation. It’s a home-grown favorite with 13 locations across the Austin area. It has to be included in my Austin Restaurant Guide.

Lick Honest Ice Cream

Another home-grown Austin shop, find sweet and savory flavor combinations, like dark chocolate, olive oil and sea salt.

Located at 1100 #1135 S. Lamar Blvd., 6555 Burnet Rd. #200, 1905 Aldrich St. #150.

What do you want to eat? Here's 30+ restaurants, joints and trailers across Austin, Texas, to find something to eat. Find tops BBQ joints in Austin, get the best tacos in Austin along with top Tex-Mex. Find the best pizza in Austin from locally owned restaurants. Grab some recommendations for Date Night in Austin. Don't forget about independent coffee shops and premium ice cream. Where to eat in Austin | Best locally owned restaurants in Austin #Austin

Catherine Parker has a passion for travel and seen all 50 U.S. States. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting architectural and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas dividing her time between writing and restoring a pair of 100-year-old houses. She shares her life with her three kids and her husband.

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