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Where To Eat in Austin

By admin | April 26, 2012

Photo: Liang Shi

We’re excited for the first-ever Austin Wine & Food festival this weekend! And to commemorate, we’re shining some light on the awesome Austin food scene. With the help of some Austin natives, we’ve put together a list some of the best food spots to hit while you’re in Austin. So if you’re heading over to Austin, Texas for the Fest, be sure to sneak off for a moment and try some of these local hot spots.

Best place for tacos: You can’t go to Texas and not eat Tex-Mex. With that said, tacos must be first on your to-do list. And with that said, Torchy’s Tacos is THE place for tacos in Austin.  What started out as just one taco truck has now expanded into a taco empire with several locations in Austin and eventually spread to Dallas and Houston. Not only are the tacos unbelievable here, but the affordable prices make it a win-win!

Best pizza place: It’s always a treat to find NewYork-style pizza even when you’re not in New York and Homeslice Pizza is certainly serving it up in Austin. Started by three friends about 10 years back, Homeslice Pizza offers authentic, hand-tossed pizza by the pie or slice in colossal sizes, as New York pizza should be served!

Best burger joint: What goes together better than burgers and beer? Nothing that we can think of! And Hopdoddy Burger Bar is the best place to grab both in Austin. Hopdoddy was formed to showcase the perfect union of burgers and beer and with the fresh all-natural burger meat ground daily and burger combos like the Janis Joplin and El Diablo, Austin natives keep coming back.

Best bar to grab a drink: There are a ton of bars in Austin, but East Side Showroom is known for its artful cocktails. This family-owned and operated bar and restaurant is an homage to the time when the classic cocktail was epitomized and “slow food” ruled the country. With the freshly squeezed juices, hand-picked herbs, and homemade syrups and infusions, ESSR is the place for that drink that hits the spot!

Best ice cream shop: Amy’s Ice Cream is a classic Austin establishment. It offers  over 300 flavors of ice cream and fruit ices and most importantly, can be found all over Austin. While Amy’s is an Austin must-try, there has been a lot of buzz about a new ice cream shop called Lick. Their ice cream flavors include exotic twists like roasted beet & fresh mint and cilantro-lime, making this place a definite to look out for.

Best food truck: A unique part of Austin is the food trailers (Yes, we know they are everywhere now, but they’ve been in Austin for quite a while!).  Our favorite is East Side King (Top Chef Winner Paul Qui’s trailer) with the divine-tasting pork belly on rice, sous-vide beef tongue, chicken skin buns and “pho” buns as top favorites. While you’re at it, also check out Qui’s highly-praised Uchiko. And since you shouldn’t try just one food truck, other favorites include: Hey Cupcake and G’raj Mahal.

Want to win a food-themed weekend in Austin, check out Food Republic’s giveaway here.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Austin?

Photo: Liang Shi

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