One of my favorite things about Austin? Hands down, the food. Austin is full of amazing local joints that always kept me wanting more. So, when I found out that I would be visiting, I started a list of restaurants I would have to hit up in the 2 days I would be there. Here's a quick recap of the delicious eats I had there:
Wednesday - Lunch
Whataburger. Amazing fast-food hamburger all over town. The fries and chocolate shakes are fabulous as well.
Wednesday - Dinner
Rudy's BBQ is amazing! This is the moist brisket, and their restaurant is in the Country Store (AKA Gas Station). They have a few locations around the city. AND, after looking at their site, I just found out there is one in Colorado Springs...a 4-hour round-trip drive for BBQ isn't bad, right?
Thursday - Breakfast
Torchy's Tacos - Breakfast Tacos - They have a few locations all over the city.
Thursday - Lunch
Cabo Bob's is easily the best burrito i've ever had. They seem like a chain, but in all reality it is one of a kind. They have 4 flavors of tortillas that they make right in front of you, and 6 options for fillings. I highly recommend the shredded pork burrito; it is delicious.
Thursday - Dinner
Magnolia Cafe - It's famous! This restaurant has been featured on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives and it is excellent. They are open all day and my favorite from them is the breakfast tacos.
Friday - Breakfast
Bouldin Creek Cafe. I must admit, my in-laws had me a little skeptical when they wanted to take me there. Most of their menu is vegan and vegetarian, and I am a super meat-eater. But, I had the most delicious almond croissant for breakfast, and it wasn't super busy in the morning, which was nice.
Friday - Lunch
Whole Foods - I know, I know, so not local. But, this downtown Whole Foods in Austin is spectacular! About 1/4 of the store is basically just a giant food court with the most amazing food. I had a huge pepperoni calzone, and a slice of turtle cheesecake. They have so many different options and indoor and outdoor seating right in the heart of downtown. I had never eaten there when I lived there, and am disappointed I missed out for so many years.
So, if you are ever headed to Austin, be sure to check out the local spots! Keep Austin Weird is their motto, and these places achieve that! You will see some characters, but that is what makes Austin great!
P.S. I didn't get a chance to eat there, but I also highly recommend Red's Porch. They have the best burger I have ever had in my life and a very neat restaurant.