The word “foodie” means many things to many people. To some, it invokes images of haute cuisine served with stunning views, while, to others, it’s all about a love of culinary adventure and a more rustic approach to cooking. Luckily, Austin has plenty of options for both. Whether you’re a vegan or a carnivore, a health nut or a lover of indulgence, there’s something in the heart of Texas for you. Read on for a rundown of some of the top eats in Austin according to foodies of every kind.
Get in Line (It’s Worth It)
Is it really a visit to Austin without a stop at the world-famous Franklin BBQ? Lots of locals say no, and that’s part of the reason why the Austin BBQ institution’s popularity has reached such epic proportions. This eastside icon is only open for lunch and you’ll have to wait several hours to get to the front of the line, so arrive in the morning and bring your patience with you. Even huge celebrities have asked to skip the line and been turned down, so who knows – you might be in famous company while you wait.
Turn Up the Spice
Texas is also known for its mouth-watering Tex-Mex and Mexican food, of course, and it’s got an endless list of excellent taquerias and enchilada houses to choose from. One local favorite is Veracruz All Natural, which has expanded over the years from one food truck to several brick-and-mortar and truck-based locations around town. Two more local taco empires on the rise are Torchy’s and Chuy’s. Make sure to indulge in the dips at both: Torchy’s queso is some of the best in town, and Chuy’s creamy jalapeño dip is so good, it’s inspired a legion of fans to try to make it at home.
Step Up to the Truck
There are food trucks all over Austin – so much so that you could eat every meal of every day from them. With everything from tasty vegan fare at Arlo’s and The Vegan Nom to finger-licking chicken wings at Tommy Want Wingy and delectable lobster rolls at Garbo’s, no one will go hungry. For a truly indulgent experience, Gourdough’s Big Fat Donuts can please even the most ravenous sweet tooth, smothering their donuts in every kind of sauce and topping imaginable. And if you’re with a group of people who have diverse tastes, the ever-accommodating Austin food scene has that covered too. Head to The Picnic on Barton Springs Road, where nearly a dozen food trucks serve up everything from Thai, Venezuelan, and Italian food to seafood, cupcakes, and even popsicles.
Take in the View
You can also make the most of Austin’s picturesque landscape and engage several senses at once on the deck at The Oasis, a hillside eatery overlooking Lake Travis. Make a dinner reservation and join your fellow diners in the restaurant’s tradition of clinking glasses at the exact moment the sun dips below the horizon. Then, to end the night on an even sweeter note, head to another locale on a lake for coffee and dessert: Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, overlooking Lake Austin.
Wherever your adventures take you on your quest to try all the top restaurants in Austin, be sure to stay at a Hilton property and enjoy the city’s flavors for as long as you’d like. To make the most of your Austin experience, learn more at Travel.Hilton.com/Austin.