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Eat Your Way Through Austin in One Day

A carefully selected 24-hour schedule of perfect eating and drinking spots in Austin

Veracruz All Natural’s migas poblana taco
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Austin is a major destination for people, whether they’re tourists looking to explore the Texas city, conference attendees flocking to the convention center, traveling musicians playing gigs, or concert and festival-goers (hello, Austin City Limits and South by Southwest). The city is also jam-packed with great restaurants, food trucks, and bars serving up some of the best barbecue, tacos, cocktails, beers, etc., etc., around the capital of the state.

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start, and sometimes there just isn’t enough time to explore everything. (Not everyone has time to wait in line for Franklin Barbecue, but, hey, if you’ve got time, it really is worth it.)

With all of that in mind, Eater Austin put together this handy dining itinerary guiding you through a perfect 24 hours in Austin, full of great food and drink.


7 a.m. - Patika

For some of the best coffee in Austin, wake up bright and early with the help of Patika. The coffee shop focuses on well-crafted espressos and lattes (don’t miss out on the just-sweet-enough vanilla latte) made with local roasts from Flat Track and Wild Gift. Throw in one of the cafe’s biscuits to start the day with some food too.

2159 South Lamar Boulevard, South Lamar


9 a.m. - Veracruz All Natural

Taco at Veracruz All Natural
Taco at Veracruz All Natural
Veracruz All Natural [Official]

For a quintessential Austin experience, hit up the city’s best taco truck for damn fine breakfast tacos at its original location before it moves at the end of the year. Migas are a must, a cheesy mess of eggs, tortilla chips, cilantro, tomatoes, and onions (flour tortillas are recommended). Wash it down with one of the refreshing aguas frescas, particularly one of the fruit-based ones. The truck tends to get busy around lunchtime.

1704 East Cesar Chavez, East Cesar Chavez


11 a.m. - Better Half

A cocktail from Better Half
A cocktail from Better Half
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Since you’re aiming to get as much food drink in you as possible, it’s time for day-drinking. Better Half answers that call with daytime-friendly libations with all sorts of wines, beers, and cocktails. The ciders are particularly fun, featuring Austin cideries like Fairweather Cider Co. If you’re hungry, the cauliflower tots with beet ketchup do the trick.

406 Walsh Street, Clarksville


1 p.m. - La Barbecue

La Barbecue and Austin Eastciders
La Barbecue
LeAnn Mueller

Again, because this is Austin, barbecue is a must. Head back to the east side for smoked meats courtesy of LeAnn Mueller, who happens to be from the legendary Mueller barbecue family (her late father ran Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas, which is now run by her brother Wayne). Yes, get the brisket and beef ribs, especially if the latter’s available. Even better: the former food truck’s newer digs within Quickie Pickie means there is air conditioning while you wait, plus access to coffee and beer if you should so choose. There’s also a patio for alfresco dining too. Note that the restaurant closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

2027 East Cesar Chavez Street, Holly


3 p.m. - June’s

Post-barbecue seems like the right time to grab a glass or two of wine. The list, curated by master sommelier and the restaurant’s namesake June Rodil, is a fine and fun one. Step outside of the box with the last portion of the drinks menu which reads essentially like an et cetera section full of orange and fortified wines. For a snack, indulge in the seasonal burrata plate.

1722 South Congress Avenue, Bouldin


5 p.m. - Uchi

Bincho nigiri at Uchi
Bincho nigiri at Uchi
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The key to enjoying the exquisite sushi and dishes at finer dining Japanese restaurant Uchi is partaking in its stellar happy hour, aka the sake social. That’s when the notable restaurant serves up discounted nigiri, hand rolls, and other fun bites (think grilled escolar and sticky rice cakes). Again, Uchi doesn’t take reservations for the sake social, and the restaurant tends to get filled up fast during happy hour (it’s clear why), so get there right at 5 p.m. and grab a table stat.

801 South Lamar Boulevard, Zilker


7 p.m. - Odd Duck

The pretzel at Odd Duck
The pretzel at Odd Duck
Odd Duck/Facebook

Just down the street, settle into Odd Duck for a proper dinner highlighting the edible exemplification of Austin dining with an eye to very seasonal ingredients and meats used in creative ways. Take the doughy pretzel sticks served with queso made of aerated squash or a giant fish head that is chicken-fried. Chef Bryce Gilmore has been nominated for several James Beard Awards for a reason, after all. Reservations are highly recommended, otherwise, take a seat at the bar.

1201 South Lamar Boulevard, Zilker


9 p.m. - The Roosevelt Room

A drink being made at Roosevelt Room
A drink being made at Roosevelt Room
Roosevelt Room/Facebook

For after-dinner drinks, cocktail bar Roosevelt Room is the place to be. The drinks den is an homage to everything that makes up a perfect drink. While the menu might seem overwhelming as it spanning eras of cocktails (yes, there’s actually a killer Cosmopolitan), everything is made thoughtfully.

307 West 5th Street, Downtown


11 p.m. - Nickel City

A cocktail at Nickel City
A cocktail at Nickel City
Nickel City/Facebook

End the night and even begin the next day at everything-bar Nickel City, where you’ll probably see the very same chefs, servers, bartenders, etc. who served you earlier that day. The neighborhood spot pays an equal amount of attention to beers and shots as it does to cocktails (the “unknown” section is worth exploring). Stave off a potential hangover with late-night bites from on-site food truck Delray Cafe, which whips up drinking-friendly food like coney dogs and sliders.

1133 East 11th Street, Central East Austin


For more Austin dining guides, scope out the heatmap, the Eater 38, and the more-thorough Eater’s Guide to the city.

Veracruz All Natural

111 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78701 (512) 665-2713 Visit Website

Odd Duck

1201 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 433-6521 Visit Website

Patika

2159 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 Visit Website

The Roosevelt Room

307 West 5th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 494-4094 Visit Website

la Barbecue

2401 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78702 (512) 605-9696 Visit Website

Better Half

406 Walsh Street, Austin, Texas 78703 Visit Website

Uchi

904 Westheimer Road, , TX 77006 (713) 522-4808 Visit Website

June's

1722 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 416-1722 Visit Website

Nickel City

1133 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 Visit Website

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