Best Places to Dine in Austin
As we’ve mentioned, Austin is a city with enough character and local culture to keep even the most energetic honeymooners on their toes for a solid week of newly-wedded bliss. However, we would be utterly remiss if we failed to mention one of Austin’s hallmark attractions: its food. Whether you’re a barbecue-devouring carnivore, a sustainability-focused vegan, or simply have a food allergy or two up your sleeves (we believe in gluten freedom for all), Austin has sweet and savory options for everyone. And although it may actually be impossible for us to share a fully comprehensive list of this city’s best foodie sites, we have a few of our favorites here just to whet your appetites.
To start, a Texas tradition – barbecue. Austin’s barbecue joints are notoriously tasty and tend to showcase the Texas triad of smoked meats: brisket, sausage and ribs. Franklin Barbecue has been called the best in the country and features the very basics of barbecue. We recommend you make this place a priority – a line forms outside the brick and mortar storefront well before its 11 a.m. opening daily, and the restaurant typically sells out of meat within two hours. Meanwhile, The Salt Lick takes barbecue connoisseurs just outside of town and into the Texas Hill Country and has been an area favorite for more than 40 years.
Inside the city limits, Blue Dahlia Bistro is a European-inspired restaurant known for its focusing on fresh, simple food and date-night appeal. 24 Diner is anything but the average greasy spoon its name implies and combines atmosphere and service with classic American cuisine. Locally sourced, organic comfort food rules here and the beer and wine lists are extensive. We’d eat the Sweet Potato Hash three meals a day, any day. For a spin on another American classic, try Frank. Gourmet hot dogs (vegan and gluten free options available and certified delicious) and clever cocktails come with a generous helping of ambiance.
Finally, even Austin’s fast food takes flavor to an entirely different level. Hopdoddy Burger Bar serves up all-natural, crafted burgers on made-from-scratch buns, while Torchy’s Tacos cranks out tantalizing takes on an Austin staple: the taco. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, these tortillas are stacked with flavor.