It’s an indisputable fact: I ate really well during our short trip to Austin, with a good balance of both indulgent and healthy meals.
Austin is known for its citywide obsession with breakfast tacos, and I was happy to dive right in and sample various options around the city almost every morning of our stay. As a Californian, I was also thrilled to try real Texas BBQ, and was not disappointed one bit. Fall-off-the-bone brisket is truly king down in Austin. Yep, still dreaming about that.
I wasn’t in Austin nearly long enough, and there was so much more that I wanted to eat, but there simply wasn’t enough time (or stomach space). Veracruz All Natural was on the top of my list, but we just didn’t make it. I came across an interesting article on one of my last days in Austin, that highlighted Veracruz and some other businesses within Austin food scene that aren’t always given their due credit. Definitely an interesting read.
I’ll be back to Austin, but for now here’s a brief round up of the spots I loved the most on my trip to Texas’ capitol city.
Torchy’s Tacos (Various Locations)
There were three places that I kept hearing when I asked for taco recommendations: Veracruz, Tacodeli, and this one. The brisket taco set the bar so high the first day, with the meat so tender and a generous helping within the taco itself. I still remember sitting on a picnic table on S 1st in the middle of the afternoon and thinking what took me so dang long to get down to Texas and this insanely delicious BBQ.
Jo’s Coffee (South Congress)
Consistently good breakfast tacos, strong coffee, and one of the best outdoor patios around to take your sweet time on and watch the world go by on South Congress. The Instagram popular “I love you so much” is on the side of the café and a great spot to document your visit.
Bouldin Creek Café (South Austin)
Holy hipster this spot was my favorite find, and I honestly didn’t realize it was completely vegetarian until we returned the following morning for breakfast. Our first visit was for late night eats after the Continental Club and the Warm Harvest Bowl with roasted brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, squash, garlic and kale was exactly what I needed. This place screams Austin, from its disheveled waiters to its quirky, mismatched décor. I was hesitant at first to order the tofu scramble for breakfast, but after the first bite, I was a quick fan. The spices are seriously magical.
My parents were also in town for a family wedding, and I wanted to take them to a nice brunch spot, that was also healthy-ish. This spot was casual, delicious, and best of all had a beautiful patio. It also had gluten-free options, including delicious bread alternatives. Highly recommended.
Tacodeli (South Austin)
For solid breakfast tacos this is the place to go. There are healthy options (hello spinach and egg whites) or more traditional options like The Jess Special (migas, jack cheese, avocado). There is also a build your own option, where you can pile on homemade chorizo, queso fresco, and jalapenos. A majority of their tacos are gluten free, since they use 100% corn tortillas.
Terry Black’s BBQ (South Austin)
So funny story, I’m numerically challenged and accidently ordered ¾ pound of brisket (which was WAY too much meat). I realized I meant to say ¼ pound later. Oops. Cue the food coma. At least I had dinner for the next night (and spoiler it was just as good the day after). I also love how you can get your own sides (green beans, coleslaw, potato salad, etc.) cafeteria-style, before ordering the meat. This is a great alternative to other BBQ places that have eternally long waits, although Micklethwait is on my list for next time.
Spider House Café & Ballroom (University of Texas)
Yulia, a fellow food travel blogger recommended this spot to meet, promising that it was as Austin as it gets. From the outdoor seating surrounded by a collection of trinkets, it was one of my favorite places to sit outside and soak in the warm Texas sun. I just got tea, but I’d like to come back later for their cocktails.
Texas Honey Ham Company (Bee Cave)
Breakfast number two with the family was much more casual and consisted of breakfast tacos (surprise, surprise) alongside college students in their sweats. Great place for a delicious, no-fuss mid-morning meal. Their pulled pork sandwich also looked good too.
Where are your favorite places to eat in Austin?