Austin Eats

nota bene:  I’ve expanded this post with input from a friend

As a once and always-in-spirit denizen of Austin, Texas, I’m often asked where to eat there. Below is a list of what I just sent to my friend Jonathan Tasini who will be there next week for a bloggers’ meeting:

Comment with your ideas and I’ll keep this post updated. Check back for updates.

First take note: Sixth Street is mostly fun for tourists and Frat Boys, not for food and music aficianados

If you want to wander, head to South Congress a few blocks below the river

Some of my favorite restaurants:

Guero’s — Fun place on hip South Congress Street, a Bill Clinton fave for Tex Mex

(If you go to Guero’s for dinner also check out the Continental Club across the street for music

El Sol Y La Luna — Unpretentious small Tex-Mex, Central American restaurant on South Congress, good for lunch. I love this place

The Shady Grove: on the grounds of an old trailer park on Barton Springs Road; pick a table outside, hang out, very Austin, a good place to go with friends; hippie, cowboy and some Mexican food:

Changos — Grab some fabulous fish tacos on the go (I never miss this on a trip)

Fonda San Miguel — Fancy Mexican; a beautiful restaurant though a little snooty; this is gourmet Mex not Tex Mex

Cisco’s: on the east (read black and Hispanic) side of town, open only for breakfast and lunch, the most authentic place on this list; if you haven’t gotten them elsewhere for breakfast, get the migas

Jeffrey’s impress your date — High end fusion / nouvel cuisine;


The Salt Lick
Head out of town for world-famous BBQ:

The Oasis out on Lake Travis — For the fabulous view, not necessarily the food; worth the trip to get a sense of the Hill Country

Other restaurants recommended by my buddy Beth Myler:

Uchi-sushi on s. lamar

Mars-now on s. congress

Vespaio-great italian, good bar on s. congress

home slice pizza-s. congress

boticelli‘s-italian w/beer garden on s. congress

“Can you tell I spend a lot of time on S. Congress???” asks Beth

Las Manitas-downtown [also one of my favorites, where all the leftie politicos go for brunch or lunch – but I heard it may be going out of business]

ZTejas-W. 6th

Galaxy Cafe-cheap and healthy West Lynn+11th

Zocalo-healthy mexican-next to Jeffreys on West Lynn

Chez Nous-downtown, french

My favorite shopping:

Moxie and the Compound

Neiman’s Last Call

2 thoughts on “Austin Eats

  1. Evelyn Brister says:

    My sister, whose palate was trained during graduate school in Montreal, eats at the East Side Cafe whenever she can afford it. On trips back home, I make a point of shopping and then eating at Central Market on Lamar–convenient to so many places and Texas-sized portions of memorable gelato!

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