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“Must Try” Restaurant List While Visiting Austin

Jan 09, 2012 No Comments by

Although I didn’t start this blog to become a restaurant critic, I do like sharing my list of favorite restaurants to check out if you’re visiting Austin. If a restaurant has made this list, it either offers a really cool experience or will offer you some of the best food in Austin. I encourage you to visit Yelp and read other’s reviews for these restaurants. From gourmet food trailers to nationally renowned chefs, Austin definitely has one of the best food scenes in the country. So choose a few restaurants for your trip and check them out!

Franklin BBQ – Try their brisket and pulled pork! Try to get there before 11:45, if not earlier.
Stubb’s – Awesome gospel brunch! Make your reservations early.
County Line on the Lake – Nice ride through the Hill Country and restaurant sits on river.
Salt Lick – Long drive, but they spend a lot of time cooking their meats. No real side dishes.

ZTejas on 6th
Hula Hut

Interior Mexican:
Fonda San Miguel

“Natural” American:
Congress Austin
Second Bar + Kitchen 
Roaring Fork
Hudson’s on the Bend



G’ Raj Mahal
Thai Passion

Clay Pit

Authentic Italian:

Cheap Italian:
Mandola’s Italian Market

Justine’s Brasserie 
East Side Showroom – Awesome atmosphere, love their drink selection, good for after dinner beverage.

Eddie V’s on 5th St.  – Sit in the Lounge and listen to the jazz trio! Full dining experience.

HopDoddy – Expect a wait!
Hut’s Hamburgers

Hot Dogs:

Late Night:
24 Diner
Magnolia Cafe
Kerbey Lane South Lamar – always an experience!

Homeslice (NY Style)
Hoboken Pie (NY Style)
East Side Pies (Thin Crust)

Brunch: See Best Brunch Spots in Austin

ZTejas on 6th
24 Diner
Austin Java on Barton Springs

Jo’s on South Congress
Halcyon Lounge

Whole Foods World Headquarters
Mozart’s on the Lake

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Photo Credit: Franklin’s BBQ




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To me, Austin is the perfect city. It combines culture and comfort, diversity and dining, and health and happiness. It is bursting with energy and filled with happiness. The people that live here are creative, friendly, down to earth, and eclectic. That's why I've made Austin my home. The pages of this blog are filled with my insight and experiences that have allowed me to discover the many facets of Austin, Texas. Although you'll create your own journey in Austin, use this as a guide to help you navigate your way through this amazing city. I'm a Broker Associate with Towers Realty and publisher of GayinAustinTexas.com. Find me on Facebook Have a Question? Contact me.
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