Food & Dining | Good Food In Austin, Texas
Austin, TX is widely known as the Live Music Capital of the world, but did you also know Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the US? Home to one of the largest Music, Movie, and Tech festival, South by Southwest (SXSW) and home to Austin City Limits Festival (ACL), it’s no surprise Austin is also quickly growing as one of the best places to eat.
Whether you’re in the mood for some good down south barbecue or a vegan dish, Austin has you covered. From 5 star menus to trailer park dinning, you’re sure to find something to fulfill your appetite. Here is a list of places you must visit if you’re ever in Austin, I promise you will not be disappointed.
Franklin’s BBQ - (www.franklinsbbq.com). When you pull up to E.11th St from I-35, you can smell the barbecue before you arrive at Franklin’s. Be prepared to stand in line at least 2-3 hours BEFORE Franklins open, so get there before 11 am and bring a folding chair and cooler filled with snacks. You won’t be alone, it’s basically a party outside with 100+ plus of your long lost friends. Now I bet your saying, “2 hours is a long time to wait for food”, but once the doors open, you are going to be in barbeque heaven. Franklin’s has been rated one of the “Best Barbecue in the World” by several magazines and bloggers.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar – (www.hopdoddy.com). Like most popular places to eat in Austin, Hopdoddy’s Congress Street location is known to have a line circling half of the building. Lucky for you, it moves rather quickly and is worth the wait. This is like no burger joint I've ever been to, because they are truly one of a kind. For example, they do everything in house. From baking the rolls to grinding the meat, Hopdoddy is a one stop shop in providing the freshest crafted burger in town. And for those that don’t eat beef...no worries, they have a killer Turkey Burger and Vegan Burger (to name a few) that will leave you beyond satisfied.
Magnolia Café – (www.themagnoliacafe.com). If you are on a budget and you still need to satisfy your taste buds with $10-$15…look no further than Magnolia Café. There no frills about this place and just like all the good places to eat in town, there is a wait unless you get there early. With 2 locations to choose from, you’re really going for the food and not the decor. The menu that I’m most familiar with is the Breakfast menu which is served 24 hours a day. With buttermilk pancakes the size of a standard 10in plate, it’s fair to say you can share there delicious items, but only if you choose to. While you’re there order the Love Migas, which will leave your belly and wallet happy.
Hey Cupcake – (www.heycupcake.com) . Now you can’t come to Austin without enjoying a Hey Cupcake. Founded by a guy who was “Vanilla Dreaming”, Hey Cupcake was established in 2007, but closed down 2 months after opening. However, Wes Hunt didn't let that minor setback stop him from fulfilling his dreams, and a few months later he was back in business selling his tasty treats out of the now famous Airstream trailer, which has its own spot on South Congress ( not far from Hopdoddy or Magnolia Café). With 8 staple flavors to choose from and names like, “Michael Jackson to 24 Carrot”, Hey Cupcake will stir up that kid in all of us when we have a cupcake in hand.
No matter the reason you’re in Austin, you should never have any trouble finding a great music and a great place to eat. That goes for any city you’re in, so take your time and explore and enjoy your surroundings. Don’t be afraid to ask the locals where they like to frequent or check out websites like Yelp (www.yelp.com), which should get you some great suggestions along with honest opinions. Always keep an open mind when it comes to food and never say never.