Top Choice Barbecue in East Austin

Franklin Barbecue

This famous BBQ joint only serves lunch, and only till it runs out – usually well before 2pm. In fact, to avoid missing out, you should join the line – and there will be a line – by 10am (9am on weekends). Just trea…
Top Choice American in East Austin

Dai Due

Even your basic eggs-and-sausage breakfast is a meal to remember at this lauded restaurant, where all the ingredients are from farms, rivers and hunting grounds in Texas, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Supper Club d…
Mexican in East Austin

Veracruz All Natural

Two sisters from Mexico run this East Austin taco truck (an old bus), which may serve the best tacos in town. Step up to the window, order a migas breakfast taco (you must!) then add a quesadilla or torta for variet…
French in East Austin


With a lovely garden setting festooned with fairy lights, Justine's is a top spot for wowing a date. French onion soup, seared scallops and grilled pork chop are standouts on the small, classic brasserie menu. There…
American in East Austin

Salty Sow

Behold the porcine wonder! This snout-to-tail restaurant advertising 'swine + wine' offers a thoroughly modern take on down-home cooking, including plenty of choices in the nonpork category.
Cafe in East Austin


One of our favorite cafes in Austin, Cenote uses seasonal, largely organic ingredients in its simple but delicious anytime fare. Come for housemade granola and yogurt with fruit, banh mi sandwiches and couscous curr…
Modern American in East Austin


A brilliant repurposing of a former washeteria, Laundrette boasts a stylish, streamlined design that provides a fine backdrop to the delicious Mediterranean-inspired cooking. Among the many hits: crab toast, wood-gr…
Mexican in East Austin

Mi Madre's

Barbacoa, chorizo and adobado are just a few of the authentic Mexican specialties here. In fact, it was recommended by a friend who said the barbacoa was just like his grandma used to make. Praise doesn't come much …
Thai in East Austin

Thai-Kun at Whisler's

The beef panang curry is, simply put, amazing. Served from a colorful food truck behind Whisler's cocktail bar, this spicy curry is one of a half-dozen noodle and curry dishes on the menu, all under the oversight of…
Mexican in East Austin

Licha's Cantina

This cozy cottage may lure you in with its $5 drink specials at happy hour (4pm to 6pm Tuesday to Friday), but the interior Mexican dishes will have you sticking around. Eat inside, or in the yard out front, or sett…