Where You Must Eat to Call Yourself a True Austinite

The city of Austin has exceptionally good food and features everything from smoked barbecue dishes to classic Mexican cuisine. For those of you who are looking for the best local fare in town, here are the best venues to check out to eat like a true Austinite.

Barley Swine

Barley Swine is a unique restaurant that serves small, one-of-a-kind, and organic plates that are made for sharing. Here you’ll find delicious gastro oddities such as shrimp with fried heads, chicken fried egg, and a brisket roasted with coffee rub. Along with being a local favorite, the restaurant also serves guests an extensive selection of specialty beers and wines, which is perfect for a night out on the town.

Franklin Barbecue

If you’re looking for the best barbecue in town (and don’t mind long lines), look no further than Franklin Barbecue. Whatever you do, just make sure that you arrive at the restaurant early for lunch, as Franklin opens at 11 a.m. and frequently sells out within 2 hours. The perfectionist pit master, Aaron Franklin, even goes as far as cutting each customer’s meat to order, with every piece slow smoked over an oakwood fire. After taking one bite of Franklin’s tender brisket, you’ll wonder how anything so moist, delicious, and heavenly is even allowed to exist!

You'll find tasty and tender cuts of meat at Franklin Barbecue.
You’ll find tasty and tender cuts of meat at Franklin Barbecue.

Quality Seafood Market

Another renowned Austin favorite is Quality Seafood Market, which has been filling the city streets with scrumptious smells for years. The market hosts food trucks, cooking classes, and a variety of farmers market stalls within the space. With fresh gulf oysters, tasty fried seafood, and their famous $2 fish taco, this Austin staple is a hit with locals and tourists alike. Just be sure to leave room for their famous dessert, crack pie, which is an Austin twist on the classic pecan pie.

El Azteca

If you happen to find yourself in East Austin, don’t miss out on the authentic El Azteca. The chicken mole with rice and beans, steak ranchero, and cabrito are unavoidable favorites at the restaurant and is the perfect spot for traditional Mexican dishes. With colorful decor, refreshing margaritas, and tasty appetizers, it’s an excellent place to spend a weekend night with friends and family.


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