Where to Eat in Austin, Texas

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Launderette

Austin, United States

This former launderette is now a popular eatery that has crowds queuing up around the corner. The chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki serve up traditional Mediterranean dishes with a spin – we love the mussels with serrano ham and green chilli butter.

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2115 Holly Street TX 78702

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Hillside Farmacy

Austin, United States

Playing on its previous life as a drugstore, this restaurant still has all of its original cabinets, which add to the Fifties flavour of the place. The menu focuses on comfort food, including blueberry pancakes with brown butter.

Address

1209 East 11th Street Austin TX 78702

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Veracruz All Natural Food

Austin, United States

The question of where to find Austin’s best Mexican food is contentious. But for many, the vibrant flavours of the breakfast tacos, light quesadillas, citrusy fish and spit-grilled meats mean Veracruz wins every time. It’s so well-loved that a bricks-and-mortar branch has now opened in nearby Round Rock. Pretty spectacular considering the trailer began life flogging snow cones.

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1704 East Cesar Chavez Street TX 78702

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Ms P’s Electric Cock

Austin, United States

When the craving for fried chicken calls, locals head to Ms P’s. These silver, bullet-like trailers can be found in a few locations around the city, serving up crunchy, dangerously moreish food. The chicken is prepared using a two-step brining process before being seasoned with 12 different spices and fried in peanut oil.

Address

1101 South Congress Avenue TX 78704

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Paperboy

Austin, United States

The menu at this sunny trailer is all about seasonality and local produce – organic meat and fruit from the farms nearby, as well as the bread from local bakeries. Try the sweet toast with ricotta, blackberry jam, peaches and granola, or the steak and potatoes with braised pork belly and poached eggs.

Address

1203 East 11TH Street TX 7870

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El Primo

Austin, United States

El Primo operates out of a small white truck in a car park. The Mexican chef whips up tacos, burritos, tortas and quesadillas, more authentic and full of flavour than you’ll have had before. Share a table with builders, schoolchildren, hipsters and chefs as you devour smoky tripas (tripe), or chicken and beef-tongue tacos drizzled with homemade green chilli sauce.

Address

2011 South 1st Street TX 78704

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Micklethwait Craft Meats

Austin, United States

Barbecue pilgrims flock to this tiny trailer, which is run by pitmaster Tom Micklethwait. The meat is smoked fresh every day in a small smokehouse a few feet away. Using long, temperature-regulated smoking techniques, Micklethwait has become renowned for its juicy brisket and five types of sausage, served with tangy barbecue sauce.

Address

1309 Rosewood Avenue TX 78702

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Odd Duck

Austin, United States

Bryce Gilmore’s restaurant sits on the site of his original trailer, which had exactly the same name. Odd Duck serves creative, colourful dishes made using local produce. Brunch on the corn scramble with fried soft-shell crab and mango relish, or try the wagyu ribeye with oyster mushrooms and beef-crackling potatoes for dinner.

Address

1201 South Lamar Boulevard TX 78704

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Chicon

Austin, United States

The options at this laid-back east Austin spot are all delightfully shareable. Take the mussels with sauerkraut, lardons and smoked pork broth or the grilled octopus with caper berries, chilli and mint. Come brunch, there are dishes including hot chicken with dill crème fraiche and banana bread with camomile butter to squabble over.

Address

1914 East 6th Street TX 78702

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Emmer & Rye

Austin, United States

Unreasonably good-looking kitchen staff whip up a daily changing menu from locally sourced ingredients in this elegant yet casual dining room. They ferment pickles and preserves in house. Dishes including heirloom tomato salad, beef tartare with plantain leaves and smoked beetroot granita are wheeled out on carts in a dim sum-style service.

Address

51 Rainey Street 110 TX 78701

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Franklin Barbecue

Austin, United States

People once made a living on Craigslist being paid to stand in line for this legendary barbecue joint. The only person who has ever skipped the queue is Barack Obama, who promptly bought lunch for a couple of patrons. Considered the best barbecue on earth, Franklin serves up glistening brisket, pulled pork and succulent ribs. Dolly Parton hits will almost certainly be playing on the speakers.

Address

900 East 11th Street TX 78702

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Café No Sé

Austin, United States

Take a break from shopping Austin’s trendy SoCo boutiques at this chic all-day café set inside the South Congress Hotel. The highly ‘grammable daily brunch, with its elevated classics (hello, avocado toast topped with Aleppo carrots), all day rosé special and patio perfect for people-watching, make this the place to be and be seen on a sunny afternoon. Stay for dinner to experience chef Kendal Duque’s playful interpretations on West Coast fare such as roasted bronzini over squid ink risotto.

Address

South Congress Hotel 1603 South Congress Avenue 78704

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Curcuma

Austin, United States

Mingle with Austin’s wellness crowd at this vegan food truck’s new location next to Soma Vida: a co-working space catering to the health-conscious. Curcuma has mastered the art of superfood drinks with its nourishing tea tonics, smoothies, elixirs and cacao-based coffee beverages. Creative bowls, broths and desserts are worth a try too. The must-have is the Golden Mylk, made with homemade coconut milk and its special Curcuma Golden Paste, which you can now bring home to make your own rendition of this cult favorite.

Address

2324 East Cesar Chavez Street 78702

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Casa de Luz

Austin, United States

Grounded in the belief that the best recipe for restoration is plant-based foods paired with meaningful connections, Casa de Luz has been leading Austin’s wellness community for the last 30 years. Make your way past gently flowing fountains and on-site yoga classes to discover this partially volunteer-run restaurant nestled in a forest of bamboo. The vegan, daily changing set menu includes a soup, salad, entrée and dessert, all offered in what ought to be the city’s most tranquil dining room.

Address

1701 Toomey Road 78704

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Picnik

Austin, United States

What began in 2013 as a repurposed shipping container on South Lamar catering to the paleo crowd, has since grown to two grab-and-go-style food trailers and a full-service brick-and-mortar restaurant. Everything is gluten, soy, corn and peanut-free, vegan- and paleo-friendly, and pretty much any modification is welcome. Don’t miss the Butter Coffee – a velvety concoction of organic coffee, grass-fed butter and MCT oil. Not to worry if you do however, Picnik’s popular beverages are now sold at Whole Foods nationwide.

Address

4801 Burnet Road 78756

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JuiceLand

Austin, United States

You’d be hard-pressed to go a day in this city without spotting someone toting a JuiceLand smoothie. This Austin institution boasts a colourful menu of cold-pressed bottled and freshly-pressed juices, satisfying smoothies, booster shots and vegan eats. Whether you’re feeling under the weather or simply in need of a pick-me-up, the 25 locations across the city make it easy to quench your thirst.

Address

1625 Barton Springs Road 78704

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True Food Kitchen

Austin, United States

With recycled furniture and an entirely organic, locally sourced menu that prioritises whole foods, True Food Kitchen is all about cherishing the planet. Don’t be intimidated by the plethora of appetisers, salads, pizzas, bowls, burgers and sandwiches on offer – vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and calorie-count labels are here to help. Despite having more than 30 restaurants across the US (including two in Austin), this location’s infectiously positive atmosphere and thoughtful dishes make True Food Kitchen feel more like a neighbourhood joint.

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11410 Century Oaks Terrace Suite 100 78758

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ATX Food Co.

Austin, United States

Conveniently located next to the “Central Park of Texas”, this vegan, zero-waste food truck is the place to refuel while exploring Zilker Park. A selection of nutrient-dense beverages, bowls, tacos and salads contain 102 mineral foods known to heal the body. ATX Food Co. was born when co-owner Raad discovered he could overcome illness simply by incorporating healing foods into his diet. His enthusiasm for remedial, locally sourced ingredients results in flavour-packed dishes made with love and presented with warm hospitality.

Address

1601 Barton Springs Road Lot 1 78704

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Koriente

Austin, United States

Take refuge from the rowdy bars on Dirty Sixth in this cosy space where you’ll find arguably the healthiest Asian food in the city. Motivated by a desire to create feel-good alternatives to the overly-salty Korean dishes he grew up with, the owner has crafted a menu of MSG-free, low-salt, low-sugar Korean-ish dishes that will satisfy both your palate and wallet. We recommend a daytime visit to round out your lunch with complimentary miso soup, salad and pickled vegetables.

Address

621 East 7th Street 78701

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Flower Child

Austin, United States

Flower Child entices even the least health-conscious diner with their casual, feel-good food offered in an equally uplifting space. Whether you’re a meat-eater, vegan or gluten-free, the two Austin locations offer a wide selection of wraps, salads, bowls and customisable plates that will ensure no one is left hungry. With a menu as flavourful as it is diverse, highlighting ingredients such as red japonica rice and pistachio pesto, Flower Child proves that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring.

Address

11721 Rock Rose Avenue 78758

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Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon

Austin, United States

Vibrant colours, Insta-friendly graphics and a string-light-adorned patio shaded by majestic oak trees provide an ideal backdrop for sampling Fresa’s shareable dishes. Wood-grilled meats are completed with homemade tortillas, vivacious salsas, grilled vegetables and fresh salads. While the two locations are go-to spots in the city for rotisserie chicken, its aji-glazed prawns will fool anyone into believing they’re dining seaside. Margarita fans will love the weekday happy hour from 3pm–6pm.

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1703 South First 78704