Even with Austin’s vast variety of restaurants, it’s easy to get stumped on the question, “Where should we go for dinner?” Don’t let indecisiveness but a damper on your night out. This quick and easy bucket list outlines the 10 meals you need to eat in Austin this year.
1. Old Thousand's Brisket Fried Rice
Run (don't walk!) to Old Thousand for their epic brisket fried rice. When you combine juicy, tender brisket from LA Barbecue with Old Thousand's flavorful Chinese pork and scrumptious rice, you're in for a truly tremendous meal. Taste this epic dish at 1000 E 11th St.
2. Juan in a Million's Don Juan Taco
This massive breakfast taco is not for the faint of heart. Comprised of the perfect combination of eggs, cheese, potatoes, and bacon, this ginormous meal is feat within itself. Taste this mega taco at 2300 E Cesar Chavez St.
3. Poke-Poke's Create-Your-Own Poke Bowl
The process to crafting your own delicious meal at Poke-Poke is simple. Choose your rice, flavor, and add-ins, and voila! A delicious, sashimi bowl is right at your fingertips. Whether you're craving fresh ahi tuna or shiso salmon, you're certain to devour a delicious dish. Visit Poke-Poke at 3100 S. Congress or 2320 Hancock Dr.
4. Dart Bowl's Enchiladas
Dart Bowl proves that you don't have to go to a fancy restaurant to get crave-able food. Yes, Dart Bowl is a bowling alley, but they also serve some of the most amazing enchiladas in Austin. And when a city is known for it's Tex Mex, you know this is a high honor! Taste these cheesy, rich, concoctions at 5700 Grover Ave.
5. Wild Chix and Waffles's Waffle Burger
Does life get any better than this? Wild Chix and Waffles, located at 7714 Burnet Rd, knows that we could all afford to indulge every once in a while. Their humongous waffle burger combines the best of breakfast and lunch, and you'll want to savor every last bite.
6. Buffalina's Margherita Pizza
Sometimes, all you need are some high quality, simple ingredients to make a memorable dish. Bufalina Pizza's classic Margherita will fill your soul with comforting, warm happiness. Head over to 1519 E Cesar Chavez St. or 6555 Burnet Rd. to taste for yourself.
7. Quality Seafood Market's Gumbo
Quality Seafood Market's gumbo is the best you can get outside of Louisiana. This rich, flavorful comfort food will put a slap-happy grin on your face. Quality Seafood Market has been around for 80 years. If you haven't stopped by yet, what are you waiting for? Visit this Austin staple at 5621 Airport Blvd.
8. Nasha's Tikka Masala Enchiladas
Indian/Tex Mex fusion may sound odd, but the result will knock your socks off. Head over to Nasha at 1614 E 7th for the best of both worlds. Their enchiladas are not what you're used to. This dish is smothered in tikka masala sauce and loaded with your choice of chicken, ground lamb, saag (spinach), or the traditional Indian cheese paneer. Guacamole and basmati rice come on the side.
9. Valentina's Brisket Tacos
If there's anything Austinites love, it's BBQ and tex mex, so it's no wonder that Valentina's is one of the city's most popular food trucks. Their brisket taco is the perfect combination of spicy and smoky, and it'll make your taste buds do a happy dance. Taste this divine goodness at 11500 Manchaca Road.
10. VOX Table's Vox Burger
Served only on Saturday and Sunday brunch, the vox burger will kickstart your day in the best way possible. If the fried onion ring on top doesn't seal the deal for you, then their combination wagyu and Angus beef definitely will. VOX Table can be found at 1100 S. Lamar Blvd Suite 2140.