• September 11, 2023
  • Lauren Critzer
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A Local’s Guide to Austin’s Culinary Delights: Indulge in the Tastiness of the Lone Star State!

Hello, fellow food enthusiasts! Let’s embark on a tasty journey and dive deep into the culinary ocean that is Austin, Texas. Here, we’re going to unwrap the best local specialty foods that Austin has to offer, captivating your taste buds with the city’s gastronomic richness.

Austin Breakfast Tacos: A Flavorful Start to Your Day

When in Austin, Breakfast Tacos is a must-have for your morning food ritual! Its origin dates back to the Hispanic influence in Texas, and it features a drool-worthy mixture of eggs, bacon, refried beans, cheese among changeable ingredients, all tucked snugly inside a soft tortilla.

  • Veracruz All Natural: Named after their home state in Mexico, sisters Reyna and Maritza sparked a taco revolution in Austin, going from a juice-push cart to being featured on Food Network. Their Migas Taco, filled with eggs, slightly crunchy tortilla chips, ripe avocados, and melted Monterey Jack cheese, has a loyal fan base. The secret to their success is freshness, with no compromises to quality, even though expanding into several locations.

  • TacoDeli: TacoDeli is synonymous with Austin’s breakfast tacos. Started by Austin-based Roberto Espinosa, the Cowboy Breakfast Taco here is a wholesome mix of tender beef simmered in rich salsa, scrambled eggs, onions, cilantro, accompanied by monterey jack cheese. It’s a rodeo of flavors that leaves you yearning for more.

The Irresistible Charm of Austin’s BBQ

The rich smoky quintessence of Barbecue is not just Austin food; it’s Austin identity. The city’s numerous barbecue joints, with the tantalizing aromas of grilled meats wafting, are hard to resist.

  • Franklin Barbecue: Aaron Franklin’s humble venture started in a trailer is now world-renowned for its heavenly succulent brisket. This melt-in-your-mouth, impeccably cooked brisket with a dark smoky exterior, moist interior, and perfect fat-to-meat ratio is nothing short of perfection. Your patience in the serpentine queue will be rewarded with the best BBQ experience of your life.

  • La Barbecue: Another wonder spot for BBQ in town is La Barbecue, where traditions merge masterfully with innovation. Home to the fantastic slow-cooked brisket, the place has a rustic charm like no other. The meat, prepared under the watchful eye of experienced pitmasters, has a unique smoky flavor that adds layers to its taste.

Unraveling the Tex-Mex Magic

The perfect marriage between Texan and Mexican cuisines, Tex-Mex, is the heart and soul of Austin’s culinary prowess.

  • Trudy’s Tex-Mex: Serving up a storm since 1977, Trudy’s Tex-Mex is a celebration of genuine Tex-Mex flavors with a Texan flair. Among their special delicacies, the Stuffed Avocado, which is chicken-filled, beer battered, served on a bed of Queso Blanco, accompanied by rice and refried beans, is a hit. Don’t forget to enjoy their famous Mexican Martini, a drink so potent, it has a two-drink limit per customer!

  • Chuy’s: A stalwart in the Austin Tex-Mex scene, Chuy’s started in an abandoned barbecue joint in 1982 and has now branched out across America. Chuy’s serves hearty portions and their Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken – which is a crispy chicken covered with Lay’s potato chips – reminiscent of The King’s love for comfort food, is a smashing hit.

Exotic Street Food: Austin’s Food Trucks

Austin’s vibrant Food Truck scene brings global cuisine to our sidewalks, tempting Austinites and travelers alike with eclectic menus.

  • Arlo’s: Arlo’s busts the myth that plant-based food can’t be comfort food. Their Bac’n Cheeze Burger is the star dish, bringing together a ‘meaty’ patty with ‘cheezy’ toppings and ‘bac’n’, all of which are 100% plant-based and 200% delicious.

  • Kebabalicious: Immerse yourself in the wholesome experience of Turkish street food with Kebabalicious. Their succulent, beautifully marinated and seasoned kebabs, dripping with savory juices are moderately spicy and exceptionally tasty.

Indulge in Local Goodness at Austin’s Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets are local treasure troves offering fresh local produces and a real glimpse of Austin’s soul.

  • SFC Farmers Market Downtown: Keeping alive the ‘support local’ initiative, this downtown farmers market is a weekly hub of all things fresh. The Saturday market stalls overflow with fresh produce, small-batch items, and inviting aromas from food vendor stalls.

  • The Market at Mueller: This greenspace over the former airport offers the charm of picnic tables, amphitheater stages and food stands. You can interact with local vendors, indulge in delicious bites, listen to live music, and lots more.

Sweet Indulgences: Donuts, Pies and Ice Creams

The sweet side of Austin’s culinary scene is no less captivating, featuring everything from gargantuan donuts to homemade ice creams.

  • Gourdough’s Public House: At Gourdough’s, their donuts are not only doughnuts. They’re enormous, creative indulgences that will redefine what a donut means to you. They’ve got wild creations like the Scarlett Love; a red velvet cake ball donut covered with cream cheese icing and cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top.

  • Amy’s Ice Creams: Amy’s, a haven for frozen dessert lovers, has been an Austin institution since 1984. They offer a dizzying array of flavors, from classics to the downright outlandish, such as the famous ‘adult-only’ Shiner Bock beer-flavoured ice cream.

Embark on your gastronomic tour equipped with this guide to the best local specialty foods in Austin. Savor the robust breakfast tacos, experience smoky barbecues, delight in Tex-Mex traditions, explore the diverse food truck scene, and surrender to epic desserts. Feel the city’s vibrant culinary heartbeat and bask in the flavors of Austin, the true tastiness of the Lone Star State. As Austin locals say, it’s not just about eating, it’s about feasting, feeling, and finding joy in every bite. Enjoy your food exploration!

Lauren Critzer

I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and after college, I moved to San Francisco to explore new opportunities and broaden my horizons. I fell in love with the city's vibrant culture and unique atmosphere, but eventually, I moved again, this time to Austin, Texas.

As much as I loved living in different parts of the country, having a baby boy brought me back to my hometown in Charlottesville, where I now live with my husband, our little one, and two furry friends. I enjoy going to wineries, taking my pups everywhere, and spending quality time with my family.

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