Big box grocery stores and supermarkets such as H-E-B, Central Market, Randalls, and Whole Foods Market are slammed right now, with the high demand for groceries while enforcing social distancing rules combine to result in limited hours, frequently sold-out supplies, and overbooked delivery services.
Luckily for Austin, there are a lot of smaller, local, independent, and under-the-radar grocery stores, supermarkets, and markets (and occasional restaurants with marketplaces) that are still offering groceries, household goods, meals (both frozen and prepared), and more. They follow below, listed alphabetically.
As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each store is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Be sure to wear a mask if you’re shopping in person, picking up an order, or accepting a delivery order, and, if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the shops themselves and tip well.
For a running list of Austin restaurants that are adding first-time markets and stores at this time, Eater has it covered elsewhere.
99 Ranch: The national Asian supermarket operates one location in Austin. It’s open for in-person shopping as well as pickup, local delivery, and shipping (though with delays). Expect an array of pan-Asian vegetables, fruits, noodles, frozen foods, and more. (6929 Airport Boulevard, Highland)
Antonelli’s Cheese Shop: The shop is full of, yes, cheese, and everything else that makes for a great cheese board (charcuterie, jams, crackers, etc.) through online or call-ahead ordering for curbside pickups or Favor deliveries. For those who need help picking out cheeses, there’s a whole virtual cheesemonger thing too. (4220 Duval Street, Hyde Park)
Asahi Imports: The Japanese market is full of all sorts of goods, such as rice, noodles (ramen, soba), flour, spices and seasonings, produce, frozen foods, prepared meals,snacks, household goods, and even sushi-grade fish. During this time, orders can be placed online through a Google form or via text message for curbside pickup. Customers can also shop in person while following social distancing rules. (6105 Burnet Road, Brentwood)
Asia Market: The Asian grocery shop and restaurant is back open for curbside pickup orders taken over the phone at (512) 383-5009 and online. (8650 Spicewood Springs Road, Barrington Oaks)
Borderless European Market: The Eastern European store is open for in-person shopping. On deck are all sorts of groceries, jarred foods, pickled and frozen goods (yes, pelmeni and pierogi), cured meats and fish, and cheese from Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania. (2121 West Parmer Lane, Suite 113, North Austin)
Con’ Olio Oils & Vinegars: The olive oil, food, and wine shop is open for in-person and online orderings. (3500 Ranch Road 620 South, Bee Cave; 10000 Research Blvd, Suite 130, Arboretum)
Dai Due: The butcher shop and restaurant moved its operations online for pickup orders via its walk-up window. The offerings include a variety of cheeses, gumbo, bread, condiments, grains, dry goods (even yeast and flour), and all sorts of meats. (2406 Manor Road, Cherrywood)
Dia’s Market: The grocery store and deli is open for in-person shopping, with items such as dry goods, grains, pasta, breads, snacks, soups, and more. (812 Justin Lane, Crestview)
Fiesta Mart: The Texas-based supermarket chain, which is known for its strong selection of Mexican and South American products among other international items, has two Austin locations open for in-person shopping. Each one will open at 7 a.m. for elderly customers, and is limiting the number of shoppers allowed inside at the same time. (3909 North I-35 Service Road, Cherrywood; 5510 South I-35, East Congress)
Filipino Asian Mart: The Filipino grocery store is still open for in-person shopping, with all sorts of groceries, packaged foods, and snacks from the Philippines and other Asian countries. (615 West Slaughter Lane, Slaughter South)
Fresh Plus: The Austin grocery store mini-chain with four locations throughout the city is offering curbside pickups from its Allandale, Hancock, and Clarksville stores.
Gandhi Bazar: The South Asian grocery store is open for in-person shoppers. Its shelves are full of produce, dry goods (rice, beans, flours, spices), curries, frozen items such as samosas and rotis, and household products. The shop offers curbside pickups too. (8650 Spicewood Springs Road, Barrington Oaks)
H-Mart: The Korean supermarket chain operates a single Austin location, which is currently open with all sorts of kimchi, produce, dry goods, and retail/household items. Customers can shop in person or order items online for shipping, though there are delays. (11301 Lakeline Boulevard, Lakeline)
Han Yang: The Korean supermarket is open for in-store shopping. (6808 North Lamar Boulevard, Suite A-110, Brentwood)
Hana World Market: The Asian grocery store is open for in-person shopping, with shelves full of various Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese products and food items. (1700 West Parmer Lane, Scofield Farms)
Hong Kong Supermarket: The vast pan-Asian supermarket is full of produce, ingredients, and household items for in-person shopping. (8557 Research Boulevard, North Austin)
Hudson Meat Market: The meat shop is open for web and phone orders available for curbside pickups, including sausages, chopped brisket and steaks, chicken, steak, and more. The store will donate a pound of sausage to the Central Texas Food Bank with every purchase of its butcher box package. (1800 South Congress Avenue, Bouldin Creek)
Kinda Tropical: The East Austin restaurant already had a built-in market component, full of household and dry goods, produce, and cigarettes. Curbside pickups can be arranged by phone (512) 373-8430 or through its web store. (3501 East Seventh Street, East Austin)
Longhorn Meat Market: The meat shop, whose products include a variety of meat packs and briskets, is open only for pickup orders placed online. (2411 East Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard, Chestnut)
Man Pasand: All locations of the South Asian supermarket are open, selling all sorts of South Asian products, produce, spices, and frozen foods. (3601 West William Cannon Drive, South Austin; 12625 North I-35, Tech Ridge Center)
La Michoacana Meat Market: The seven Austin locations of the Houston-based Mexican supermarket are open for in-person shopping, and there are Instacart deliveries available. (throughout Austin)
Mongers: The seafood restaurant is keeping its market section open in its new home, with seafood, meats, and prepared foods, available for in-person, call-ahead, and limited online orders. (4119 Guadalupe Street, Hyde Park)
Mour Cafe: The cafe and retail shop is still open for pickups placed in person. (1414 Shore District Drive, Riverside)
MT Supermarket: The pan-Asian supermarket is open for in-person shopping with food and goods from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and South Asia. (10901 North Lamar Boulevard, North Lamar)
Phoenicia Bakery and Deli: Both locations of the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean establishment are open for in-person shopping and offer specialities from the regions, including all sorts of pitas, snacks, spreads, sweets, and baked goods. (4701 Burnet Road, Brentwood; 2912 South Lamar Boulevard, Barton Hills)
Quality Seafood: The retail portion of the longtime fish shop is open for in-person shopping with fresh and frozen seafood, prepared salads and foods, sauces, and more. (5621 Airport Boulevard, North Loop)
Quickie Pickie: Both locations of the convenience store and grocery are open for in-person and call-ahead pickup orders, plus delivery through DoorDash. Bonus: the East Cesar Chavez location is also home to the stellar smoked meats haven La Barbecue, which is serving pickup orders too. (1208 East 11th Street, Central East Austin; 2027 East Cesar Chavez Street, Holly)
Rebel Cheese: The vegan deli is open for only curbside pickup and delivery orders placed online. All sorts of vegan meats and cheeses are available, along with condiments, sauces, jarred goods, and sweets. (2200 Aldrich Street, Suite 120, Mueller)
River City Market: The South Congress market and deli is open for in-person shopping with household items, packaged snacks and foods, and more. Curbside pickup seekers can call ahead too. (2209 South Congress Avenue, Travis Heights)
Royal Blue Grocery: Almost all locations are open (minus the downtown store on Congress Avenue) for in-person shopping and call-ahead ordering with curbside pickup. The markets have also expanded their offerings, with items like produce, bread, eggs, milk, snacks, and drinks. (throughout Austin)
Salt & Time: The butcher and retail shop expanded its offerings to function as a full-on grocery store with produce, dairy products, dry goods, and, of course, meat. There’s curbside pickup and in-person shopping. (1912 East Seventh Street, East Austin)
Shahi Foods: The international grocery store with a South Asian emphasis is still open for in-person shoppers, featuring produce, meats, dry goods, and prepared foods. (12410 North Lamar Boulevard, River Oak Lake Estates)
Stuffed Cajun Meat Market & Speciality Food Store: The Cajun meat and seafood store is open for in-person shopping, call-ahead pickups, and online ordering for pickup, though the latter only applies for orders of live crawfish and turduckens. (12226 Ranch Road 620 North, Shenandoah)
Swedish Hill: The Clarksville bakery already functioned as a market, but now it’s offering curbside and takeout pickups for orders placed online or over the phone, as well as delivery. Its roster of goods includes produce, meats, seafood, dairy, jarred goods, spices, and frozen packaged foods like chicken pot pies and broths. (1120 West Sixth Street, Clarksville)
Thom’s Market: The South Austin mini-chain is open for in-person shoppers, with various goods, packaged food items, and more. (1418 Barton Springs Road, Zilker; 160 East Riverside Drive, South River City; 1500 Spyglass Drive, Barton Hills)
Wheatsville Co-op: Both locations of the Austin supermarket co-op are open for in-person shopping as well as pickup and Instacart deliveries. (3101 Guadalupe Street, North Campus; 4001 South Lamar Boulevard, South Lamar)
Whip In: The South Asian convenience store, market, restaurant, and bar has been expanding its retail offerings, with eggs, milk, bacon, pet food, household goods, toiletries, and more. Call ahead for curbside pickup or shop in person. (1950 South I-35 Frontage Road, Travis Heights)
Wok ‘n Express: The campus Chinese restaurant and convenience store is still open for in-person shopping. (4413 Guadalupe Street, Hyde Park)
Update, August 28: 11:02 a.m.: This story was originally published on April 10. It has been updated throughout to reflect additional local markets.