clock menu more-arrow no yes
A red race car next to a tall structure in the back.

Filed under:

What to Eat at the F1 Grand Prix 2021 in Austin

Choosing the best food vendors in each zone from biscuit sandwiches to baked potatoes to barbecue sandwiches

A car at Circuit of the Americans during F1.
| Circuit of the Americas

If you buy something from an Eater link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics policy.

Formula 1 Aramco United States Grand Prix 2021 (F1) begins this week in Austin, taking over the Circuit of the Americans (CoTA) tracks for three days from Friday, October 22 through Sunday, October 24. People flock from all over the country to the raceway destination to witness top-of-the-line cars race each other. For those who don’t necessarily care about cars, the track is also hosting major musical performances from Billy Joel and Twenty One Pilots, plus a Spam-eating contest (though it’s unclear if it’s related to the legendary Austin one).

As for COVID measures, CoTA is only requiring negative rapid test results taken after October 20 for people attending select indoor areas. Luckily, there are plenty of outdoor spaces as well.

CoTA offers a ton of food vendors during the car races, and this year’s lineup features a really stellar group of Austin-area restaurants. Eater is here to help guide you to the best of the best restaurant and food trucks, plus other general Austin suggestions.


The Best Food Vendors at F1

Rodeo Driveway at the Main Grandstand

Brasserie Mon Chou Chou: The San Antonio French restaurant’s sticking to overloaded baked potatoes for races. Of the three options, the combination gratinée raclette cheese sauce-Bayonne ham-cornichon sounds like the best one (there’s also a version sans meat).

Commerce Cafe: The chefs behind one of Austin’s best restaurants — Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley of Foreign & Domestic — are dishing out food from their Lockhart restaurant. This means a pork belly BLT.

A handg holding up four tacos.
Tacos from Asador.
Asador/Facebook

Fluff Meringues: Sweet tooths should head to the Austin bakery, which will offer both a pavlova with maple pastry cream, a cinnamon-apple compote, and espresso dark chocolate; and an open-face eclair with caramel mascarpone, toasted pecans, and that same drizzle.

Little Ola’s: Another Austin great, Olamaie, is represented at the race track. Naturally, there are fried chicken biscuit sandwiches with salted honey butter, and really fun cinnamon sugar chips.

The Rest of the Section: Cookie Rich, LeJon, Little Trouble


La Cantina

Asador Tacos: Perhaps the best taco choice throughout the race track is from chef Joe Becerra. The two-plate taco is the move, coming with juicy grilled chicken and/or vegan grilled squash.

Culinary Cowgirls Queso: Queso is a must, so look no further than the H-E-B-approved, Lockhart-based company. The menu features one meat option (brisket) and one vegetarian.

The Rest of the Section: Eldorado Cafe, Taco Flats, Wing Dady


Lone Star Land

Micklethwait Craft Meats: Austin Pitmaster Tom Micklethwait — fresh off his inclusion on the unranked portion of the Texas Monthly barbecue list — knows his way around large-scale events (see: Austin City Limits Music Festival). The short menu combines classics from the Austin truck, plus its truck offshoot Taco Bronco. From the former, get the chopped brisket sandwich; from the latter, the smoked chicken tinga tacos are quite great.

A sandwich with chopped beef brisket in between two bun halves on brown butcher paper.
The brisket sandwich from Guess Family Barbecue.
Guess Family Barbecue/Facebook

Guess Family Barbecue: Another unranked entrant in Texas Monthly’s barbecue list, the Waco restaurant is heading south to cook in Austin. It’s best to go with the sliced brisket sandwich.

Smokin’ Beauty: The Austin Vietnamese barbecue restaurant is whipping up brisket banh mi for the event.

The Rest of the Section: Jag’s BBQ


Taste of Texas

Bao’d Up: The Austin fast-casual mini-chain’s steamed buns make for a handy roaming dish. There are two options, the teriyaki chicken or the spicy brisket, both paired with Sichuan fries.

Four Brothers: While the Austin Venezuelan truck is offering bowls for F1, the tequeños (cheese sticks), pork arepa, and chicken empanada aren’t to be missed.

Shawarma Point: The Austin Mediterranean restaurant’s whipping up wraps, rice plates, and loaded fries topped with shawarma. Go for the lamb wrap and add a side of the falafel bites.

The Cavalier: Sandwiches are fun and easy, especially from the Austin bar. There’s a sweet and spicy chicken sandwich or the vegetarian version made with vegan chicken.

Amy’s Ice Creams: The beloved Austin ice cream chain is going all out with its F1 menu. There are scoops in staple flavors such as Mexican vanilla and butter-pecan, optional waffle cones, floats, and even vegan fruit ices.

The Rest of the Section: Always Hungry, Bohemian BBQ, Chivita Goat Cheese Lovers, Good Times Burgers, J’s Hibachi, Kababque, Nervous Charlie’s, Sazan Ramen, Tiny Pies, Wing Dady, Wings ‘N More


Biergarten

Easy Tiger: The Austin bakery and beer garden mini-chain is dishing out two sausages for F1. There’s the seasonably appropriate hatch green chili pork sausage and then a vegetarian one made with Beyond Meats’s sausage bratwurst.

The Rest of the Section: Central Machine Works

Fried brown round sticks on a red-and-white checkered liner next to an open container of white sauce.
Tequeños from Four Brothers.
Four Brothers/Facebook

Outside of CoTA

Downtown Austin will be bustling during F1 weekend, for entertaining outside of CoTA, hotels, and the pick-up/drop-off point for the shuttles. Here are some maps and guides to the neighborhood.

For other such needs, from fine dining to coffee to late-night bites, the following Eater maps should be able to help out.

Austin Essentials

Breakfast & Brunch

Drinking

Brasserie Mon Chou Chou

312 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, Texas 78215 Visit Website

Amy's Ice Creams

1301 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 440-7488 Visit Website

Bao'd Up

1911 Aldrich Street, , TX 78723 (737) 717-3002 Visit Website

Guess Family Barbecue

2803 Franklin Avenue, , TX 76710 (254) 313-3436 Visit Website

Asador

405 East Seventh 7th Street, Austin, Texas 78701 Visit Website

Shawarma Point

519 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701

Micklethwait Craft Meats

1309 Rosewood Avenue, , TX 78702 (512) 791-5961 Visit Website

Smokin Beauty

11806 North Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78753 (512) 436-9379 Visit Website

Commerce Cafe

118 South Commerce Street, , TX 78644 (512) 359-4993 Visit Website

Easy Tiger

6406 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road, , TX 78752 (512) 494-4151 Visit Website

Little Ola's Biscuits

14735 Bratton Lane, , TX 78728 Visit Website

Fluff Meringues & More

4800 Burnet Road, , TX 78756 (512) 387-0605 Visit Website

Circuit of The Americas

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617 (512) 301-6600 Visit Website

Four Brothers ATX

1720 Barton Springs Road, , TX 78704 (512) 554-5650 Visit Website

The Cavalier

2400 Webberville Road, , TX 78702 (512) 696-4318 Visit Website
Austin Restaurant Openings

Portland Winemakers Open Dripping Springs Tasting Room

Airport Dining Guides

Where to Eat at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA)

Restaurant News Brief

Campus Poke Restaurant Goes Viral on TikTok After UT Purchase Forces It to Close

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Eater Austin newsletter

The freshest news from the local food world