From barbecue to Tex Mex, Austin has a unique flavor. You can’t really call yourself an Austinite until you’ve tasted these delicious concoctions. These 10 irresistible restaurants define Austin.
1. Juan in a Million
If there's one thing Austinites love (in addition to music), it's breakfast tacos. Nobody crafts a taco quite like Juan in a Million. The Don Juan taco comes piled high with all of your favorite flavors. Taste for yourself at 2300 E Cesar Chavez St.
2. Scholz Garten
As the oldest restaurant in Texas, Scholz Garten is an Austin institution. Whether you're there celebrating a Longhorn victory or just munching on their freshly baked pretzels, you'll always have a great time at 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
3. Gourdough's Donuts - Austin, Texas, USA
Their slogan is simple, and it says it all. At Gourdough's, big fat donuts reign supreme, and they'll put anything on top of a fried piece of dough. Stop by their food trailer at 1503 S 1st St for some sugary sweet confections. Their brick and mortar at 2700 S Lamar Blvd serves everything from dessert to donut burgers!
4. Franklin Barbecue
With lines this long, you know it has to be good. When people think of Austin barbecue, their minds immediately rush to Franklin. The smoky brisket and fall-off-the-bone ribs will make your mouth water. Get to 900 E 11th St early if you want to order some barbecue!
Paying tribute to the old Armadillo World Headquarters, Threadgill's bursts with Austin pride. Munch on some delectable chicken fried steak while staring at musical photos from days gone by. Threadgill's has two locations. Visit them at their south restaurant at 301 W Riverside Dr and north location at 6416 N Lamar Blvd.
6. Texas Chili Parlor
The Texas Chili Parlor sits right around the corner from the Texas State Capitol at 1409 Lavaca St. This legendary joint has been dishing up delicious bowls of chili since 1976. Famous for it's role in the movie
Death Proof and in Guy Clark's song "Dublin Blues," The Texas Chili Parlor is an iconic Austin restaurant.
7. Matt's El Rancho
Matt's El Rancho makes food so delicious, LBJ had them delivered to the white house while he was in office! After coming from humble beginnings, this delectable Tex Mex restaurant now has a massive dining room at 2613 S Lamar Blvd.
8. The Original Hoffbrau Steakhouse
Nothing tastes as good as the original. Hoffbrau Steakhouse laid its roots in Austin in the 1930s, and the steaks are to die for. Taste the magnificence at 613 W 6th St.
9. Hill's Cafe
Hill's Cafe took root in 1947 when Charles Goodnight opened a modest coffee shop and cafe. Today, this restaurant is home to amazing chicken fried steak and fabulous country music. Check out the history at 4700 S Congress Ave.
10. Kerbey Lane Cafe
There's no better place for late night eats than Kerbey Lane Cafe. Whether you order that irresistible Kerbey Cowboy Queso or a short stack of buttermilk pancakes, your taste buds are sure to thank you. Kerbey Lane has several locations throughout Austin, but the original can be found at 3704 Kerbey Lane.
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