In Austin, there’s a mouthwatering restaurant on every block. New places pop up every month, and beloved diners often change hands or go out of business. In a city that’s known for its unique and adventurous recipes, it can be difficult for businesses to stay open. Some places, however, have had no trouble serving the hungry masses. Here are 11 of the oldest restaurants in Austin.
1. Scholz Garten
This epic beer garten has been open since 1886 and is a popular game day destination. Sholz Garten became an official Texas landmark in 1967.
Cisco's is famous for their breakfast tacos and decadent brunch spread. This restaurant has been serving mouthwatering migas since 1943.
3. Hill's Cafe
This South Austin restaurant's classic food is to die for. The Goodnight family, famous for bringing the chuckwagon through Texas, created this down-home cafe in 1947.
4. The Original Hoffbrau Steakhouse
This Texas staple recently turned 80 years old and is showing no sign of slowing down. The Original Hoffbrau Steakhouse sits on W. 6th and has a menu that will make you salivate instantly. Come on by and get yourself an enormous ribeye.
5. The Frisco
The Frisco burger is famous for a reason. When you sink your teeth into this 1/3 angus beef patty, you'll see why. The Frisco has been serving comfort food since 1953.
6. Sandy's Hamburgers
On a hot summer day, nothing beats a cold cup of custard. Sandy's has been serving up the hits since 1946. It's the ultimate refreshment after a day at Barton Springs Pool.
7. Mrs. Johnson's Bakery
You can satiate your donut craving any time of day at Mrs. Johnson's Bakery. This 24-hour donut shop has been keeping sugar fiends happy since 1948.
8. El Patio
El Patio landed in Austin in 1954. Full of delicious nachos, tangy margaritas, and scrumptious chalupas, this Mexican restaurant will make your taste buds dance for joy.
9. Dirty Martin's Place
The roaring twenties saw flapper girls, prohibition and speakeasies, but it also saw the beginning of the Austin restaurant, Dirty Martin's Place. The first twenty years of business mostly took place in the parking lot with car hops. A lot has changed since this joint opened it's doors in 1926, but the great food remains the same.
10. Lamme's Candies
William Lamme started selling candy in 1878, but the family business almost got lost forever. In a heated poker game, William Lamme lost his delicious candy store. Luckily, his son repaid the $800 debt and claimed the business as his own. Lamme's is famous for their gooey, sweet pralines.
11. Hut's Hamburgers
The menu is simple, but the food is amazing. Hut's Hamburgers opened in 1939.