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…
Top Choice Tex-Mex in South 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. It may not serve the best Tex-Mex in town but with its free chips and salsa, refreshing margaritas and …
Top Choice Burgers in South 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 it make…
American in Market District, Clarksville & North Austin

Barley Swine

Small plates. Tantalizing flavors. Locally sourced. Changing menus. Snout-to-tail culinary creations. And craft cocktails. All served in a rustically chic setting. Yep, hardcore farm-to-table joints are trending the…
Tex-Mex in South Austin


Oh Tacodeli, how we love your handcrafted tacos – surely blessed with the smiles of angels. From the Tacoloco with its adobo-braised brisket to the Pollo Fantistico with its shredded chicken and crema Mexican, the t…
Barbecue in Downtown

Coopers Old Time Pit Bar-B-Cue

The downtown lunch crowd has discovered this new outpost of beloved Cooper's Bar-B-Cue in Llano. Pick your meat at the counter (paid by the pound) then add sides. We're partial to the jalapeño mac-and-cheese, which …
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.
American in Market District, Clarksville & North Austin

Kerbey Lane Café

Kerbey Lane is a longtime Austin favorite, fulfilling round-the-clock cravings for anything from gingerbread pancakes to black-bean tacos to mahimahi. Try the addictive Kerbey Queso while you wait. (They have vegan …
Barbecue in Downtown


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.