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When you visit Central Texas, you'd better bring a big appetite, cuz there is lots of good grub for everybody. Whether you're craving a steak as big as a wagon wheel, smoky and mouth watering bar-b-que, belly warming down-home cookin', blazin' hot chili and Tex-Mex that il' bring a tear to yer eye, fresh-caught gulf seafood, or just a big 'ole juicy burger, we gotcha covered. Austin also has some of the best chefs in the country, and is home to some of the trendiest, new restaurants, whether you are vegetarian ("Get a rope"), or just crave a healthier menu with an upscale atmosphere, you'll find it here.See below for information on some the best places for all types of food in the Central Texas area. We may have thrown in a few that are a little further away than Central Texas due to their legendary reputation all over the Lone Star state.


Texas has wide open ranches and lots of corn fed cattle. That means an abundance of top quality beef in various cuts of thickness, tenderness, and marbling. The finest and most consistent quality beef on the market is certified Angus beef, which is the upper third of USDA Choice and Prime. Only 8% of all beef on the market makes the grade. In Texas, restaurants know that customers crave beef and only those that serve quality charbroiled ribeyes, porterhouses, T-bones, strips, filet mignon, and even chateau briand remain at the top of everyone's list as the best. Listed below are some great places for Texas steaks. A few of the places listed are part of a chain, and we have tried to limit including chain restaurants as much as possible.

The Hoffbrau - Downtown Austin (W. 6th St.)

Austin Land and Cattle Company (Lamar Blvd. & 12th St.)

Bob's Steakhouse (Guadalupe St. & 4th St.)

Texas Land and Cattle Company - North Austin (N. IH-35 & Hwy. 290E)

Texas Land and Cattle Company -South Austin (N. IH-35 & Stassney Ln.)

Texas Land and Cattle Company -South Austin (S. Mopac & Bee Cave Rd.)

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Downtown Austin (W. 7th St.)

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Sugarland 

Perry's Steakhouse Grille - The Woodlands

Vince Young's Steakhouse - Downtown Austin (San Jacinto Blvd. & 3rd St.)

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - Downtown Austin (E. 2nd St. at Convention Center)

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - North Austin (The Domain)

Sullivans' Steakhouse - Downtown Austin (3rd St. & Colorado St.)

Roaring Fork Wood Fire Cooking & American Cuisine - Downtown Austin (Congress Ave. & 7th St.)

Roaring Fork Wood Fire Cooking & American Cuisine - Northwest Austin (Stonelake Blvd.)

Roaring Fork Wood Fire Cooking & American Cuisine - San Antonio III Forks - Downtown Austin (Caesar Chavez St. & Lavaca St.)

Cool River Cafe - North Austin (Parmer Ln. & Amherst Dr.)

Mesa Ranch Steak House - North Austin (Mesa Dr. & Spicewood Springs Rd.) - Closed

Texas Roadhouse - Pflugerville (N. IH-35 & Wells Branch)

Logan's Roadhouse - Round Rock (Louis Henna Blvd. & Sundance Pkwy.)

Longhorn Steakhouse - Round Rock (Louis Henna Blvd. & Sundance Pkwy.)

Salt Grass Steakhouse - Round Rock (N. IH-35 & FM 3406)

Homefield Grill - Round Rock (N. IH-35 & Hester's Crossing)

The Wildfire - Downtown Georgetown (S. Austin Ave.)

Montana Mike's Steakhouse - Georgetown (N. IH-35 & Rivery Blvd.)

The Big Texan - Amarillo

Murphy's Steakhouse - Winchester

Cattlemen's Steakhouse - Ft. Worth

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Dallas

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Houston.


Texas Bar-B-Que is different than que from other parts of the South and Southeast U.S.. While Texas que is best known for slow-smoked beef brisket in a pit area separated from and set further away from the hot flames of Mesquite, Oak, or Pecan wood fires, we also use pork ribs, pork shoulder, chicken, venison and various German style sausages smoked in the same manner. Goat or "cabrito" is also used, but is typically smoked in a ground pit and is more popular in South Texas.Whereas bar-b-que sauce in parts of the Southern U.S.is mustard and ketchup based, Texans pride themselves on limited use of sauce on meat, so as to let the que speak for itself. Old timers learned to make the most of the "brisket" in the early days, which is the cheapest cut, and the toughest, front part of the steer. By slow-smoking it at low temp (200 degrees) with the fat layer on top, the fat drips into the leaner meat section while cooking, which in turn makes it all tender and juicy, with beautiful pink rings around the edges of the meat below the crust (outer charred fat layer) after approx. 8-10 hours of closed-pit smoking. If it is done right, it tastes so darn good by itself that no sauce is needed. But some of the best places learned that a thin, juicy, spicy vinegar and tabasco type sauce goes well with the smoky flavor of Texas que when served along with plain saltine crackers or white bread, topped with dill pickle slices and raw onion. Most traditional places serve it all up on butcher paper without silverware because you can eat it best with your hands and if its good enough, you pretty much need a bath when you get done eating. Andit should all be washed down with an iced cold bottle of Big Red soda water for the ultimate Texas Que experience. Tastes and regions vary when it comes to sides, but you'll find everything from pinto beans and mustard potato salad (or German style potatoes), to avocado slices and sweet corn at various places throughout Texas.

Kruez Market - Lockhart (Hwy. 183)
Smitty's - Lockhart (Hwy. 183)
City Market - Luling (Hwy. 183 & Hwy. 80) 
Snow's - Lexington (Main St.)
Louie Mueller Barbeque - Taylor (Hwy. 79/W. 2nd St.)
John Mueller Meat Co. - Austin (E. 6th St.)
Franklin's Barbeque - East Austin (E. 11th St.)
Micklethwait Craft Meats - East Austin (Rosewood Ave. & E. 11th St.)
Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew - North Austin (N. Lamar Blvd. & Brentwood St.)
Southside Market - Elgin (Hwy. 290E & Hwy. 95)
Meyer's Smokehouse - Elgin (Hwy 290E & Harris St.)
Rider's BBQ - Jarrell (IH-35 & Sonterra Blvd.)
The Pit - North Central Austin (Burnet Rd. & 45th St.)
The Pit - Georgetown (Williams Dr.)
Opie's Bar-B-Que - Spicewood (Hwy. 71)
The Original Salt Lick - Driftwood (FM 1826)
The Salt Lick II - Round Rock (Hwy. 79 & Dell Diamond)
The Salt Lick Airport - ABIA Austin Airport Terminal Gate Area
The County Line on the Lake- West Austin
The County Line on the Hill - West Austin
The Green Mesquite -South Austin (Barton Springs Rd.)
Artz Rib House - South Austin (S. Lamar Blvd.)
The Green Mesquite - South Austin (South Park Meadows Shopping Center)
Railroad BBQ- Dripping Springs Iron Works - Downtown Austin (Caesar Chavez St.)
Lamberts - Downtown Austin (W. 2nd St.)
Blue Ribbon Barbeque - Downtown Austin (E. 4th St.)
Live Oak Barbeque - East Austin (E. 2nd St.)Sam's BBQ - East Austin (E. 12th.)Danny's BBQ - East Austin (E. MLK Blvd.)Ruby's BBQ - North Central Austin (W. 29th St.)House Park Bar-B-Que - North Central Austin (W. 12th St.)Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew - North Austin (N. Lamar Blvd.)Texas Rib Kings - North Austin (Hwy. 183 & Burnet Rd.)Rudy's - Various Locations in Austin, Round Rock, San Antonio 
Bill Miller Bar-B-Que - Various Locations in Austin, Buda, Wells Branch, San Antonio, Corpus Christi 
City Market - Giddings
Cooper's Old Time BBQ - Llano
Black's Bar-B-Que - Lockhart


Texas home cookin' is also a little different than other parts of the South or Southeast U.S.. East Texas is probably closer in tradition to most of the southern recipes that many folks are accustomed. Yep, we love our fried chicken, and bisquits and gravy, and grits, but we also love fried farm-raised catfish with hushpuppies and fried okra. We may crave chicken livers and gizzards from time to time, but we live on chicken-fried steak with piping-hot white cream gravy, mash potatoes, green beans, and Texas toast. Other favorites around here include smothered round steak (pressure cooked) with pea salad, and garden-fresh squash, or liver and onions with a side of white rice, or chitlins and ham hocks with purple hull peas and turnip greens. Cornbread and pinto beans with onion always hits the spot, as does meat loaf with tomato gravy and yeast rolls alongside lima beans and sweet iced tea. Hungry yet? You'll find all this good stuff and more at most of the places listed below.

Threadgill's - North Austin (N. Lamar Blvd.)

Threadgill's - Downtown Austin (Riverside Dr. & S.1st St.)

Jack Allen's Kitchen - Round Rock (FM 3406 & Hoppe Trail)

Jack Allen's Kitchen - Oak Hill (Hwy. 71 & Southwest Pkwy.)

Cotton Patch Cafe - Round Rock (Hwy. 79 & A.W. Grimes Blvd.)

Cotton Patch Cafe - Georgetown (Hwy. 29 & Wolf Ranch Blvd.)

Grace's Home Cookin' (Bigfoots) - North Austin (N. Lamar Blvd.)Arkie's Grill - East Austin (E. 7th St.)Dan's - East Austin (S. Airport Blvd.)Fran's - North Austin (Cameron Rd. & Hwy 290E)Hoover's - Northwest Austin (N. Research Blvd.)Sallie's Home Cookin' - East Austin (Rosewood Ave.)Nubian Queen Lola's Cajun Soul Food - East Austin (Rosewood Ave.)Mama D's - East Austin (Rosewood Ave.)East Side Cafe - East Austin (Manor Rd. & N. IH-35)The Green Mesquite - South Austin (South Park Meadows Shopping Center)The Black-Eyed Pea - North Austin (Burnet Rd. & Hwy 183)Catfish Parlour - Northwest Austin (N. Research Blvd.)Catfish Parlour - South Austin (E. Ben White Blvd.)Catfish Parlour - Georgetown (Williams Dr.)Bob's Catfish & More - Georgetown (San Gabriel Park)Monument Cafe - Downtown Georgetown (N. Austin Ave.)BB's Home Cooking - Georgetown (Williams Dr.)Laurie's Cafe - Downtown Georgetown (Main St.)Springhill Catfish Restaurant - Pflugerville (Three Points)Three Points  - Pflugerville (Three Points) - Now The Texan Cafe - Downtown Hutto (Main St.)


It is hard to beat a home-made burger right off the grill, but the places listed below will leave you feeling more than satisfied when it comes to a good ole, freshly ground-beef, made-to-order burger with all the trimmings. They all have unique styles, but It is hard to beat a quality, hand-shaped, ground-sirloin char-broiled patty when it comes to taste.

Top Notch - North Austin (Burnet Rd.)
Hut's - Downtown Austin (W. 6th St.)
Dirty Martin's Kum-Bak Place - North Central Austin UT Campus Area (Guadalupe St.)
Dan's - North Austin (N. Lamar Blvd.)
Dan's - South Austin (Ben White Blvd. & Manchaca Rd.)
Fran's - Northeast Austin (Hwy. 290 E & Cameron Rd.)
Hillbert's - Central Austin (W. 35th St. & Shoal Creek)
Hillbert's - North Austin (7211 Burnet Rd.)
Nau's Enfield Drug - Downtown Austin - Clarksville Area (West Lynn St.)
Black Sheep Lodge - South Austin (S. Lamar Blvd.)
Abel's On The Lake - West Austin (Lake Austin Blvd. & Enfield Rd.)
Roaring Fork - Downtown Austin (Congress Ave.)
Five Guy's -Central Austin Hyde Park Area (Guadalupe St.)
Five Guy's - Round Rock (Louis Henna & IH-35)
In & Out Burgers - North Central Austin (Airport Blvd. & IH-35)
In & Out Burgers - Cedar Park (FM1 431 & Hwy 183A)
In & Out Burgers - Round Rock (University Blvd. & IH-35)
Mooyah Burgers - Round Rock (University Blvd. & IH-35)
Little Red Wagon Hamburgers - Round Rock (Hwy. 79 & Sunrise Dr.)
The Wildfire - Downtown Georgetown (S. Austin Ave.)
Chris Madrids - San Antonio (Blanco St. & Hildebrand St.)
Mighty Fine - North Austin (Braker & Mopac)
Mighty Fine - Round Rock (University Blvd.)
P. Terry's - North Central Austin UT Campus Area (N. Lamar Blvd.)
P. Terry's - Downtown Austin (Barton Springs Rd. / S. Lamar Blvd.)
P. Terry's - North Austin (Research Blvd. & Burnet Rd.)
P. Terry's - North Austin (North Mopac & Parmer Ln.)
P. Terry's - Northwest Austin (Research Blvd. & Pavillion Dr.)
P.Terry's -South Austin (Ben White Blvd.)
P. Terry's - Southwest Austin (W. William Cannon)
P. Terry's - West Austin (Westlake Dr. & Loop 360)
P. Terry's - Lake Travis (RR620 & Aria Dr.)
Hatcreek Burger Company - North Austin (North Loop & Burnet Rd.)
Hatcreek Burger Company - Georgetown (S. Austin Ave.)Hopdoddy's - South Austin (S. Congress)
Rattlesnake Inn - Georgetown (Hwy. 195)
Dale's Essenhaus - Walburg (FM972)
Poodie's Hilltop Roadhouse - Spicewood (Hwy. 71)...


Texas style Mexican food is very different from the authentic dishes found in Mexico. Texas has a large hispanic population, and a lot of traditionalists have opened restaurants in the Central Texas area over the last couple of decades, but the most popular places feature a Tex-Mex style menu, with dishes that include enchiladas with chili con carne (chili gravy), crispy or puffy style corn and beef tacos, tamales with pork, carne asada, carne guisada, menudo, chalupas, carnitas, fajitas (skirt steak) all with familiar sides such as refried beans, mexican rice, and sometimes a salad with guacamole. Tortillas (flour or corn) are typically served on the side along with the dish, and chips and salsa, and/or queso are served for appetizers. See below for some of the best places for Tex-Mex in the Central Texas area as well as a few traditional Mexican restaurants.

Mi Tierra - Downtown San Antonio (Market St.)
Jacala - San Antonio (West Ave. & Hildebrand St.)
Santa Rita - North Central Austin (38th St.)
Dart Bowl - North Austin (Koenig Ln. & Grover Ave.)
Casa Garcia's Mexican Restaurant- South Austin (S. Lamar Blvd.)
Casa Garcia's Mexican Restaurant - Pflugerville (FM 1825 & Windermere Dr. in Windermere Plaza)
Casa Garcia's Mexican Restaurant - Round Rock (N. IH-35 & Bowman Rd.)
El Chico Mexican Food Restaurant - Various Locations in Temple, Killeen, Waco, Dallas - No Longer in Austin)
Trudy's Texas Star - North Central Austin UT Campus Area (Guadalupe St. & 30th St.)
Trudy's North Star - North Austin (Burnet Rd. & N. Hwy 183)
Trudy's South Star - South Austin (Little Texas Ln.)
Tres Amigos Northeast - Northeast Austin (S. Hwy 183 & Hwy 290E)
Tres Amigos South - South Austin (Slaughter Ln. & Manchaca Rd.)
Tres Amigos Westlake - Southwest Austin (Loop 360 & Westbank Dr.)
Antonio's Mexican Restaurant - Northwest Austin (N. Hwy 183 & Oak Knoll Dr.)
Antonio's Mexican Restaurant - Round Rock (IH-35 & Parker Dr.)
El Faro Taco & Cafe - Wells Branch (Wells Branch Pkwy.)
Posado's - Wells Branch (N. IH-35)
El Rincon - Pflugerville (Pecan St. & Railroad St.)
Camino Real 2 - Pflugerville (FM 685)
Matt's Famous El Rancho - South Austin (S. Lamar Blvd.)
El Arroyo Original "The Ditch" - Downtown Austin (W. 5th St. & Mopac)
El Arroyo Far West - Northwest Austin (Far West Blvd. & Woodhollow Dr.)
Amaya's Taco Village - North Austin (N. IH-35 & Hwy. 290E)
Baby Acapulco (Baby A's) North- North Austin (N. IH-35 & 51st St.)Baby Acapulco (Baby A's) Arboretumville- Northwest Austin (Stonelake Blvd.)
Baby Acapulco (Baby A's) Far North -North Austin-Pflugerville(N. IH-35 & Howard Ln.)
Baby Acapulco (Baby A's) Barton Springs - South Austin (Barton Springs Rd. & Zilker Park)
Baby Acapulco (Baby A's) Eastside - Southeast Austin (Riverside Dr. & Lakeshore Blvd.)
Chuy's Original - South Austin (Barton Springs Rd. & Zilker Park)
Chuy's Arbor Trails - Southwest Austin (W. William Cannon Dr.)
Chuy's Highway 183 - Northwest Austin (N. Hwy 183 & Duval Rd.)
Chuy's Lamar - North Austin (N. Lamar Blvd. & Kramer Ln.)Chuy's Round Rock - Round Rock (N. IH-35 & FM 3406)
El Patio - North Central Austin UT Campus Area (Guadalupe St. & 30th St.)
Serrano's Symphony Square - Downtown Austin (Red River St. & 11th St.)
Serrano's Lakeline - Northwest Austin-Cedar Park (Pecan Park Blvd. & Lakeline Mall Dr.)
Serrano's Southwest - Southwest Austin (Hwy 290W & S. Mopac)
Serrano's Southpark Meadows - South Austin (S. IH-35 & Slaughter Ln. in Southpark Meadows Center)
Serrano's Round Rock - Round Rock (Parker Rd. in La Frontera Center)
Garcia's Mexican Cafe - Downtown Round Rock (Main St.)
Flore's Mexican Restaurant - Austin Four Points (RR620 & FM 2222)
Flore's Mexican Restaurant - Lakeway (RR620 & Lohman's Crossing)
Flore's Mexican Restaurant - Oak Hill (Hwy 290W)
Flore's Mexican Restaurant - Dripping Springs (Hwy 290W)
La Morada - Northwest Austin (Parmer Ln. & N. Mopac)
Maudie's Cafe' Off Lake Austin Blvd. - West Austin (W. 7th St. & Lake Austin Blvd.)
Maudie's Too - South Austin (S. Lamar Blvd.)
El Mason - South Austin (S. Lamar Blvd.)
Maudie's North Lamar - North Austin (N. Lamar Blvd. & Masterson Pass)
Maudie's Hacienda - Southwest Austin (Brodie Ln. & W. William Cannon Dr.
)Maudie's Milagro - Southwest Austin (Loop 360 & Westlake Dr. in Davenport Village)
Maudie's Hill Country - Bee Cave (Hwy 71W & The Shops Pkwy. in the Hill Country Galleria)
Mesa Rosa Original - Northwest Austin(Anderson Mill Rd.)
Mesa Rosa Lakeway - Bee Cave (RR620 South & Home Depot Blvd.)
Mesa Rosa RR620 - Austin-Brushy Creek (RR620 & Brushy Creek Dr.)
Mesa Rosa Round Rock - Round Rock (N. IH-35 & FM 3406)
Rio Grande Tex Mex Original - Round Rock (Mays St. & Bowman Rd.)
Rio Grande Tex Mex - Pflugerville (Foothill Farms Dr. & Central Commerce)
Rio Grande Tex Mex - Hutto (Hwy. 79 & Exchange Blvd.)
Morelia Grill - Round Rock (Hwy. 79 & Georgetown St.)
Morelia Grill - Avery Ranch (Parmer Ln. & Spectrum Dr.)
Morelia Grill - Pflugerville (Stonehill Shopping Ctr. SH130 & SH45)
Rosa's Mexican Cantina - Cedar Park (Hwy. 1431 & Hwy 183A)
Dos Salsas - Downtown Georgetown (Main St. & University Ave.)
Dos Salsas - Cedar Park (FM 1431 & Starwood Dr.)
La Playa - Georgetown (Williams Dr. & Lakeway Dr.)
Garrido's Modern Mexican Cuisine - Downtown Austin (W.3rd St. & Nueces St.)
La Condesa - Downtown Austin (W. 2nd St.)
Polvo's Interior Mexican Restaurant - South Austin (S. 1st St.)
Fonda San Miguel Interior Mexican Cuisine - North Central Austin (North Loop Blvd.)
Curra's Grill - South Austin (East Oltorf & S. 1st st.)
Senor Buddy's - Oak Hill (Hwy 290W)
Hula Hut - West Austin (Lake Austin Blvd. & Enfield Rd.)


Fresh seafood is always wonderful, but is not the same everywhere. The Northeast U.S. is known for the icy waters of the North Atlantic and many people love the white fish flavors of cod, sea bass and the fresh taste of lobster from the harbors of Maine. The Pacific Northwest is known for halibut, trout, and salmon. But the Gulf of Mexico is also home to some of the freshest, best tasting seafood, including red snapper, swordfish, grouper, amberjack, mahi-mahi, talapia, as well as shrimp, crawfish, crab, oysters, and bay scallop. Some of the best restaurants offering fresh seafood are closest to the Gulf region of South Texas, so in order to get it fresh, you have to go where it is caught. Listed below are some of the best seafood places along the coast, as well as higher end restaurants in the Austin area that serve fresh catches brought inland daily.

Casey's - Galveston (Seawall Blvd.)
Gaido's - Galveston (Seawall Blvd.)
Water Street Seafood Company - Downtown Corpus Christi (Water St.)
Water Street Oyster Bar - Downtown Corpus Christi (Water St.)
Tailfins - North Corpus Christi (Holly Rd. at Everhart Rd.)
La Ribera - Corpus Christi (Morgan Blvd. & Brownlee St.)
Doc's Seafood & Steaks - Corpus Christi / North Padre Island (S.P.I.D. Blvd.)
Snoopy's Pier - Corpus Christi / North Padre Island (S.P.I.D. Blvd.)
Johnny D's By The Sea - Corpus Christi / North Padre Island (S.P.I.D. Blvd.)
Pier 99 - Corpus Christi (Shoreline Dr.)
Blackbeards On The Beach - Corpus Christi (Surfside Blvd.)
Black Diamond Oyster Bar - Corpus Christi (S.P.I.D. Blvd.)
Two Georges Seafood - Corpus Christi (Everhart Rd.)
The Railroad Seafood Station - Corpus Christi (Chapparal St.)
A&I Seafood & Steaks - Corpus Christi (Ocean Dr.)
The Yardarm Restaurant - Corpus Christi (Ocean Dr.)
Shrimp n' Stuff - Galveston (Avenue O)
Willie G's Seafood & Steaks - Galveston (Harborside Dr.)
Fisherman's Wharf Seafood Grill - Galveston (Harborside Dr.)
The Spot - Galveston (Seawall Blvd.)
Landry's Seafood House - Galveston (Seawall Blvd.)
Quality Seafood Market - North Austin (Airport Blvd. & Koenig Ln.)
Captain's Seafood & Oyster Bar - North Austin (IH-35 & W. Reinli St.)
Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar - South Austin (S. Congress Ave.)
Clark's Oyster Bar - Downtown Clarksville Area (W. 6th St. & Blanco St.)
Port A Cafe Seafood Restaurant - South Austin (S. IH-35 & Slaughter Ln. in Southpark Meadows Center)
Eddie V's Shoreline Grill - Downtown Austin (Caesar Chavez Blvd. on Lady Bird Lake)
Truluck's - Downtown Austin (Warehouse District - 4th St. & Colorado St.)
Truluck's - Northwest Austin (Arboretum - N. Research Blvd. & Great Hills Trail)
Finn & Porter's - Downtown Austin (E. 4th St. at Convention Center)
McCormick & Schmick's -North Austin (The Domain)
Pappadeaux's - North Austin (IH-35 & Hwy290E)
Catfish Parlour - Northwest Austin (N. Research Blvd.)
Catfish Parlour - South Austin (E. Ben White Blvd.)Catfish Parlour - Georgetown (Williams Dr.)
Fish City Grill - Georgetown (University Ave. in Wolf Ranch Center)
Fish Daddy's Restaurant - Wells Branch (N. IH-35)
Pacific Star Oyster Bar - Round Rock (IH-35 & Hwy. 79)
Joe's Crab Shack - Round Rock (IH-35 & Mays St.)
Gumbo's Cajun Cafe - Round Rock (RR620 & Chisolm Trail Dr.)
Garbo's - Wells Branch (Bratton Ln. & Merrilltown Dr.)


The original pioneers of Texas, after winning Independence from Mexico in 1836, included not only the early Texican culture, but Germans, Czechs, Swedes, and Polish settlers. These early families farmed the vast areas of Central Texas throughout the late 19th century, and early 20th century, contributing heavily to the agriculture of Texas up until current times. They brought with them advanced farming techniques from the old country, as well as food preparation techniques that became popular later in Texas, such as sausage casing, and smoking meats for use in popular bar-b-que methods used today. Many Germans remained true to the tradition of dishes from their homeland, such as schnitzel, knockwurst, sauerkraut, warm bread and potato salad, while Czechs were known for popular pastries in Europe, such as kolaches, which are still prevalent at many bakeries in Central Texas. Swedes contributed to the popularity of kebabs and falafels, which can be found at many establishments, but other than the traditional swedish meatballs served at the IKEA food market and cafe in Round Rock, it is quite difficult to find any Swedish restaurants (even though Round Rock was originally a Swedish settlement). The first Polish settlement in Texas was Panna Maria, led by Father Leopold Moczygemba in 1864. And many of these Poles fought and died in the earlier fight against the Mexican army for Texas Independence, but the population never flourished in Texas as did other cultures, so it is just as difficult to find Polish restaurants as well.There used to be many more authentic places for good German food, but as the population of Central Texas continues to change, old-style European-influenced restaurants are now losing out to new, more modern establishments. If you still crave some authentic German, or European-style cooking, then try these establishments in the area. Keep in mind that the French and Spanish controlled Texas territory prior to Mexico, so it only seems fair to include them in this list of European eateries as well:

Walburg Restaurant & Biergarten - Walburg European Bistro - Downtown Pflugerville (Main St.) Now Closed
The Old German Bakery & Restaurant - Fredricksburg (W. Main St.)
Der Lindenbaum - Fredricksburg (E. Main St.)
Friedhelms Bavarian Restaurant - Fredricksburg (W. Main St.)
Altdorf Biergarten - Fredricksburg (W. Main St.)
Friesenhaus Restaurant - New Braunfels (South Castell Ave.)
Oma's Haus - New Braunfels (IH-35 & TX46)
Easy Tiger - Downtown (E. 6th St. & Sabine)
Chez Nous - Downtown Austin (Neches St. & E. 6th St.)
Bess Bistro on Pecan - Downtown Austin (W. 6th St.)
Peche - Downtown Austin (W. 4th St. & Colorado St.)
Malaga Tapas & Bar - Downtown Austin (W. Willie Nelson Blvd.)
Fabi + Rosi European Kitchen - West Austin (Hearn St. & Lake Austin Blvd.)
FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar - North Central Austin (29th St. & San Gabriel St.)
Segovia Spanish Restaurant - Southwest Austin (Hwy 71 W.)
Justine's - East Austin (E. 5th St. & Spencer Ln.)
Blue Dahlia Bistro - East Austin (E. 11th St. & Waller St.)
Barley Swine - South Austin (S. Lamar Blvd. & W. Oltorf St.)...


With the tremendous growth of the population in Central Texas over the last couple of decades, many new cultures have emerged to co-exist alongside pioneering cultures. Texas boasts a large new population of transplanted citizens from other areas of the United States, as well as immigrants from all over the world, including India, Japan, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Iran, Nigeria, Haiti, Greece, Turkey, Great Britain, and many other parts of the world. New restaurants have opened to meet the tastes of so many different cultures, and some have emerged as the most popular, and most trendy places to eat. Listed below are some of the more well known restaurants of various ethnic focus.

Uchi + Uchiko - Japanese Dining & Sushi Restaurants - South Austin (S. Lamar Blvd.)
Sway - South Austin (S. 1st St. & Oltorf St.)
Elizabeth St. Cafe - South Austin (S. 1st St.)
Clay Pit Indian Cuisine - Downtown Austin (Guadalupe St. & 17th St.)
Bombay Express - North Austin (N. IH-35 & Parmer Ln.)
Tarka Indian Kitchen - South Austin (Brodie Ln. & S. Mopac)
Tarka Indian Kitchen - Round Rock (N. IH-35 & University Ave.)
Bar Chi Sushi - Downtown Austin (Colorado & 2nd St.)
Pho Saigon Noodle House - Central Austin UT Campus Area (Guadalupe St.)
Madam Mam's Noodles & More - Central Austin UT Campus Area (Guadalupe St.)Aster's Ethiopian - Central Austin UT Campus Area (N. IH-35 & 28th St.)
Alborz Persian Cuisine - North Austin (W. Anderson Ln.)
Zakias Greek Cuisine - North Austin (W. Parmer Ln.)Zorba Greek Restaurant - Round Rock (N. IH-35 & Louis Henna Blvd.)Tino's Greek Cafe - Southwest Austin (Brodie Ln.)
Tino's Greek Cafe - Northwest Austin (N. Hwy. 183)
Drakula Romanian Cuisine - North Austin (Research Blvd.)
Charivari Romanian Cuisine - Houston (Bagby St. & McGowen St.)
Russian House - Downtown Austin (E. 5th St. & Trinity St.)
Sao Paulo's Brazilian Restaurante - Central Austin UT Campus Area (San Jacinto St. & 28th St.)
Masala Wok - North Austin (N. IH-35 & Center Ridge Dr.)
Chago's Carrabean Cuisine - North Austin (N. Lamar Blvd. & St. Johns St.Phara's Mediterranean Cuisine - North Austin (North Loop Dr. & Ave. F)
Turquoise Grill Turkish Cuisine - Round Rock (N. IH-35 & Hester's Crossing)..


Austin continues to grow and prosper, with many more residents looking for fine dining options. Most all of the restaurants on the list below have been here for a long time, offering quality products and exceptional service, but I am sure there will be many more options coming soon that fit this category.

Jeffrey's - Downtown Austin Clarksville Area (West Lynn St.)
Green Pasture's - South Austin (Oltorf St. & Live Oak St.)
Hudson's On The Bend - West Austin Lake Travis Area (RR620 South & Hudson Bend Rd.)
Mansion at Judge's Hill - Downtown Austin (W. MLK Blvd.& Rio Grande St.)
Paggi House - South Austin (S. Lamar Blvd. & Riverside Dr.) - Now Closed 
The Driskill Grill - Downtown Austin (7th St. & Brazos St.)
Parkside - Downtown Austin (6th St. & San Jacinto St.)
Wink - Downtown Austin (N. Lamar & 10th St.)
Olivia - South Austin (S. Lamar & Oltorf St.)
laV - East Austin (E. 7th St. & Onion St.) 
 FARM-TO-TABLE  /  CHEF-INSPIRED. Austin has become less laid back and more trendy these days, and the food culture has changed as well. One of the latest trends has been for restaurants to show freshness by linking what's on the plate to where the food originated. Chef's across the country are embracing the philosophy of "farm-to-table", with many more restaurants either growing their own food, or establishing relationships with local farmers for the best ingredients used in dishes served. The following restaurants are very popular as a result of embracing this "farm-to-table" concept. Dai Due - East Austin (Manor Rd. & Cherrywood Dr.)Swift's Attic - Downtown Austin (Congress Ave. & 3rd St.)24 Diner - Downtown Austin (N. Lamar Blvd. & 6th St.)Trace - Downtown Austin (Lavaca St. & 2nd St.)Thai Fresh Coffee Bar & Restaurant - South Austin (S. 1st St. & W. Mary St.)Wink - Downtown Austin (N. Lamar Blvd. & 10th St.)Whip-In Parlour Cafe - South Austin (S. IH-35 & Oltorf St.)Lenoir - South Austin (S. 1st St. & Annie St.)Sway - South Austin (S. 1st St. & Elizabeth St.)Olive & June - West Austin (35th St. & Jefferson St.)Olivia - South Austin (S. Lamar Blvd. & Oltorf St.)Eden East - East Austin (Springdale Rd. at Springdale Farm)Eastside Cafe - East Austin (Manor Rd. & Dean Keeton St.)Barley Swine - South Austin (S. Lamar Blvd. & Oltorf St.)Salty Sow - East Austin (Manor Rd. & Dean Keeton St.)Qui - East Austin (E. 6th St. & Comal St.)Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile - East Austin (E. Cesar Chavez & Tillery St.)Foreign & Domestic - North Central (E 53rd St. & Ave. H)Olamaie - Downtown (San Antonio St. & 16th St.) 


Based on the demographics of Austin, with many new residents coming from California, and other health conscious areas of the country, there has been a huge increase in trendy new places offering a wide variety of organic and healthy options, as well as vegetarian and vegan menus. Some of the more popular cafes and restaurants that fall into this category would include:..Casa de Luz All Organic Vegetarian - South Austin (Toomey Rd.)Mother's Cafe & Garden - Central Austin UT Campus Area (Duval St.)Mr. Natural 100% Vegetarian - East Austin (E. Caesar Chavez St.)Veggie Heaven - Central Austin UT Campus Area (Guadalupe St.)Bouldin Creek Cafe - South Austin (S. 1st St.)Koriente Restaurant - East Austin (E. 7th St.)Conscious Cravings - Central Austin UT Campus Area (Rio Grande St.)Kerbey Lane Cafe - North Central Austin (Kerbey Ln.)Whole Foods Market Cafe - Downtown (W. 6th St. & N. Lamar Blvd.)Whole Foods Market Cafe - Northwest Austin (N. Hwy. 183 & Loop 360 in Gateway Center)Whole Foods Market Cafe - Southwest Austin (W. William Cannon in Arbor Trails)Whole Foods Market Cafe - Bee Caves (Hwy. 71 & RR620 in Hill Country Galleria)


Yeah, you'll still see bumper stickers with the humorous old adage "Welcome To Texas...Now Go Home!". Those were created in the early 1980's when yankee's moved to the area to work for IBM or 3M, but even us old native Texans have learned to accept newcomers from many different places nowadays. Great food has been one of the wonderful advantages to having new cultures introduced to the area. We may be proud of our recipes here in Texas, but these transplants from New York, Chicago, and other parts of the Northeast U.S. have proven to be experts on Italian favorites like pizza, calzone, ravioli, spaghetti, lasagna, or stromboli. And Jewish deli-style sandwiches like corned-beef, pastrami, or roast beef are some of the most satisfying foods anywhere. Some of the more popular pizza and deli establishments that have become staples in the area include:

Niki's Pizza - Round Rock (RR620 & Lake Creek Pkwy.)
Niki's Pizza - North Austin (N. IH-35 & Center Ridge Dr.)
Frank and Angie's - Downtown Austin (W. 6th St. & West Ave.)
Conan's Deep Dish Pizza - Central Austin UT Campus Area (Guadalupe St.)
Conan's Deep Dish Pizza - North Austin (W. Anderson Ln. & Burnet Rd.)
Conan's Deep Dish Pizza - South Austin (W. Stassney Ln.)
Mangia Chicago Stuffed Pizza - Northwest Austin (Mesa Dr.)
Mangia Pizza - South Austin (Austin Airport Terminal Gate 12)
The Original Brooklyn Pie Company - Northwest Austin (Mesa Dr.)
Bari's Pasta & Pizza - Pflugerville (Pecan St. & Heatherwilde Dr.)
The Original Brooklyn Pie Company - Round Rock (La Frontera Blvd. in La Frontera Center)
Brooklyn Pie Company - Georgetown (Park Ln.)
Paisano's Pizza & Pasta - Georgetown (Leander Rd.)
Yaghi's New York Pizzeria - Various Locations in Austin, Bee Cave, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Georgetown Gino's Pizzeria - Round Rock (S. Mays St.)
Saccone's Pizza & Subs - Northwest Austin (RR620 & Anderson Mill Rd.)
Austin's Pizza - Various Locations in Austin, Pflugerville, Round Rock Brick Oven Pizza - Northwest Austin (N. Hwy. 183 & Braker Ln.)
Brick Oven Pizza - West Austin (W. 35th St.) 
Brick Oven Pizza - Southwest Austin (Brodie Ln.)East Side Pies - East Austin (Rosewood Ave.)
East Side Pies- East Austin (Airport Blvd.)Mr. Gatti's - Various Locations in Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown Little Deli & Pizza - North Austin (Woodrow Ave.)
Murphy's Deli - Downtown Austin (Congress Ave.)
Franconi's Deli - Central Austin UT Campus Area (Nueces St. & 24th St.)
New World Deli - North Central Austin (Guadalupe St. & 41st St. in Hancock Center)
Hog Island Deli - Downtown Austin (4th St. & Lavaca St.)
Noble Sandwich Co. - North Central (Burnet Rd. & Woodrow Ave.)
Manny Hattan's - Northwest Austin (N. Hwy 183 & Loop 360 in Gateway Center)
Carmelo's - Downtown (E. 5th St. & Neches St.)
Vespaio Ristorante - South Austin (S. Congress Ave. & Monroe St.)
Cipollina - Downtown Clarksville Area (West Lynn St. & 13th St.)
Maggiano's Little Italy - North Austin (The Domain)


There is nothing like a good ole down-home, southern-style, cowboy breakfast with eggs and bacon, grits, biscuits and gravy, and a big 'ole stack of buttermilk pancakes to get your day started on the right track. When it comes to the best breakfast places, most are not concerned with counting calories, but you still have healthy options at some of the most popular places in the Austin area. This is Texas, however, and the most requested breakfast dishes nowadays are Tex-Mex staples like huevos rancheros, or migas, and breakfast tacos with ingredients like chorizo and egg, bean and cheese, or sausage and potato, can be found on practically every corner. Some of the most popular gathering spots for great coffee, and large portions of all the best breakfast stuff can be found at these long-time establishments:

Magnolia Cafe - West Austin (Lake Austin Blvd.)Magnolia Cafe - South Austin (S. Congress Ave.)
Kerbey Lane Cafe Central - North Central Austin (Kerbey Ln. & 38-1/2th St.)
Kerbey Lane Cafe UT - North Central UT Campus Area (Guadalupe St. & 26th St.)
Kerbey Lane Cafe Northwest - (N. Hwy 183 & Oak Knoll Blvd.)
Kerbey Lane Cafe South - South Austin (S. Lamar Blvd.)
Kerbey Lane Cafe Southwest - Southwest Austin (W. William Cannon Dr.)
Juan In A Million - East Austin (E. Caesar Chavez Blvd.)
Torchy's Tacos - North Central (Burnet Rd. & Hancock Dr.)
Torchy's Tacos - Round Rock (Hwy. 79 & A.W. Grimes Blvd.)
Taco Deli North - North Austin (Burnet Rd. & N. Mopac)
Taco Deli Central - North Central Austin (N. Lamar & 42nd St.)
Taco Deli South - South Austin (Spyglass Dr. & S. Mopac)
Tamale House - North Central Austin (Airport Blvd. & 51st St.)
Stallion Grill - North Central Austin (Airport Blvd. & 51st St.)
Ken's Subs & Tacos & More - North Austin (Cameron Rd. & Rundberg Ln.)
Bill Miller Bar-B-Que - Various Locations in Austin, Buda, Wells Branch, San Antonio, Corpus Christi
Casa Garcia's - Round Rock (N. IH-35 & Bowman Rd.)
El Taquito Sabor Mexico - Round Rock (S. IH-35 & Louis Henna Blvd.)
Taco Shack - Round Rock (N. IH-35 & University Blvd.)
The Bluebonnet Cafe - Marble Falls (US 281 & FM 1431)