Top Choice Barbecue in Austin


Torn between barbecue and fine dining? Lambert's serves intelligent updates of American comfort-food classics – some might call it 'uppity barbecue' – in a historic stone building run by Austin chef Lou Lambert.
Top Choice Tex-Mex in Austin

Güero's Taco Bar

Set in a former feed-and-seed store from the late 1800s, Güero's is an Austin classic and always draws a crowd. Come for homemade corn tortillas (the tacos al pastor are excellent), chicken tortilla soup and refresh…
Top Choice Barbecue in Austin

The Salt Lick

It's worth the 20-mile drive out of town just to see the massive outdoor barbecue pits at this park-like place off US 290. It's a bit of a tourist fave, but the crowd-filled experience still gets our nod. BYOB. Hung…
Top Choice Barbecue in Austin

Franklin Barbecue

America's most famous barbecue spot only serves lunch, and only till it runs out – usually well before 2pm. In fact, to avoid missing out, you should join the line by 10am (9am on weekends). Just treat it as a tailg…
Top Choice Japanese in Austin


Not content to rest on his Uchi laurels, Chef Tyson Cole opened this North Lamar restaurant that describes itself as 'Japanese farmhouse dining.' But we're here to tell you, it's hard to imagine being treated to fan…
Top Choice American in 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 non-pork category.
Top Choice Burgers in Austin

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

People line up around the block for the burgers, fries and shakes – and it's not because burgers, fries and shakes are hard to come by in Austin. It's because this place slathers tons of love into everything they ma…
Cafe in Austin

Galaxy Cafe

Oh, that flourless chocolate cake! Or is it the sweet-potato french fries with the blue- cheesey burger? Or maybe it's the retro self-serve diner decor (in a former laundromat) that keeps 'em coming back.
Mexican in Austin


Fun, festive and just a little divey, Polvos serves central-Mexican food that always packs in a crowd. Try some of the dozen or so salsa varieties with one of the fierce margaritas.
Sandwiches in Austin

Jo's Coffee

Walk-up window, shaded patio, plus great people-watching…throw in breakfast tacos, gourmet deli sandwiches and coffee drinks. Stick it in the middle of hopping South Congress, and you've got a classic Austin hangout…