Restaurants

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 Japanese in Market District, Clarksville & North Austin

Uchiko

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 Barbecue in Dripping Springs

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 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…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Market District, Clarksville & North Austin

Amy's Ice Cream

It's not just the ice cream we love; it's the toppings that get pounded and blended in, violently but lovingly, by the staff wielding a metal scoop in each hand. Look for other locations on Guadalupe St north of the…
Top Choice Steak in Amarillo

Big Texan Steak Ranch

A classic, hokey Route 66 roadside attraction, the Big Texan made the move when I-40 opened in 1971 and has never looked back. Stretch-Cadillac limos with steer-horn hood ornaments offer free shuttles to and from ar…
Top Choice Cajun in Port Arthur

Larry's French Market & Cajun Restaurant

Larry's is the real Louisiana deal. You can't get more authentic than this rustic restaurant and dance hall. During lunch the local specialties – including shrimp creole, fried crawfish and gumbo – are served cafete…
Top Choice Steak in El Paso

Cattleman's Steakhouse

This place is 20 miles east of the city, but local folks would probably drive 200 miles to eat here. The food is good, and the scenery is even better. Portions are huge, and for just $6 extra you can share an entree…