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The main terminal at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

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

Best airport dining and drinking bets, from barbecue to breakfast tacos to coffee

The still small but mighty Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) really aims to embody the city it serves without seeming inauthentic. The terminal smells like barbecue, the walls are full of local artwork, and, often, there’s some twangy singer-songwriter strumming a guitar for departing and arriving travelers. And even better: there are plentiful local restaurants and shops.

The number of people flying has been increasing steadily to the point where there are oftentimes major lines at TSA (plan accordingly, especially in the mornings). And with the pandemic, there are still changes to the Austin airport. People are still encouraged to wear masks when inside American airports and airplanes (though they’re allowed to take them off for eating and drinking purposes).

Since South by Southwest is very soon, which means tens of thousands of people will descend upon Austin, Eater presents this updated dining guide of the 14 most promising places to grab food and drinks at ABIA (including one in the completely separate South Terminal for those flying Allegiant or Frontier airlines) as well as outside of the airport (nine within, five nearby). Outside of the airport, everything from barbecue to burgers to fun French cuisine is just a quick drive away.

Traveling elsewhere or stuck with connections and layovers? Browse through Eater’s other city airport guides.

Best Bets Inside Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Barbara Jordan Terminal (aka the main terminal)

Where to Grab Food:

Salt Lick Barbecue
No, it's nothing like heading out to the original Driftwood restaurant and loading up on piles of smoked meats, but if a quick taste of Texas is required, the airport's Salt Lick stand will do just the trick. It comes with a mostly Texas-wine bar too.
Service Style: Takeout, dine-in
Location: Between Gates 21 and 22
Hours: 5 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily

Breakfast tacos are very, very, very important for those with early flights. Austin's favorite new-school taco chain has ’em, with favorites like the Otto and migas, plus salsa and its famous doña sauce. For quicker service, take advantage of the digital kiosks.
Service Style: Takeout, dine-in
Location: Next to Gate 23
Hours: 5 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. daily

The Peached Tortilla
The Southern-Asian fusion restaurant branched out with an airport location. On deck are tacos filled with brisket, and crispy pork belly, along with familiar, favorite dishes like barbecue brisket or pad Thai tacos, banh mi bowls, that JapaJam burger, and bacon jam fries.
Service Style: Takeout, dine-in
Location: Across and between Gates 16 and 17
Hours: 5 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. daily

Noble Sandwich Co.
Another one of those shuttered-in-Austin-proper-restaurants-that-now-exist-in-the-airport places, the beloved sandwich spot offers an easy menu of, well, sandwiches, including the fantastic turkey one, alongside sides like mac and cheese.
Service Style: Takeout, dine-in
Location: Between Gates 12 and 14, within Austin City Market
Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

Amy’s Ice Creams
To satiate sweet cravings, head to the airport location of the favorite local ice cream chain. Its signature Mexican vanilla ice cream is available, alongside an array of other flavors plus vegan options, smoothies, and to-go pints.
Service Style: Takeout, dine-in; online ordering is available
Location: Across from Gate 21
Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

Where to Grab Drinks:

Jo’s Coffee
The Austin cafe’s airport location features a strong menu of coffee drinks — including its refreshingly sweet iced Turbo concoction — as well as breakfast tacos and pastries.
Service Style: Takeout
Location: Across from Gate 19
Hours: 4 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily

The Beerdrop
The airport beer bar focuses on offerings from beloved local brewery Austin Beerworks, as well as other local and national breweries, available in cans, bottles, and drafts.
Service Style: Dine-in
Location: Across from Gate 13
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

Second Bar + Kitchen
The Austin-born-and-grown New American restaurant mini-chain expanded into the airport after its original one closed in 2020. This airport iteration is the best place for a good cocktail, from a Negroni to the choose-your-own-spirit Painted Mule to a bloody mary. Food-wise, there’s a solid grab-and-go menu and a full menu.
Service Style: Takeout, dine-in; online ordering is available
Location: Between Gates 15 and 16
Hours: 4:30 a.m. to 9:35 p.m. Monday through Friday; 4:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., Sunday; 4:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Sunday;

Austin Beerdrop at the Austin airport
Austin Beerdrop at the Austin airport
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South Terminal

Food Truck Court
The South Terminal is completely separate from the main ABIA space, accessible through a different entrance. As an ode to the city, there’s an alfresco on-site food truck with outdoor dining areas — De Nada Tacos — plus a concession area with grab-and-go snacks and drinks.
Service Style: Takeout, dine-in
Location: 10000 Logistics Lane
Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

Best Bets Outside Austin-Bergstrom International

(You’ll need at least three hours to get there, eat, and get back.)

Live Oak Brewing Company
Right across the street from the airport is Austin’s oldest brewery, brewing up German- and Czech-style beers, along with German food truck Black Forest. Take advantage of the spacious beer garden.
Service Style: In-door and outdoor dine-in services; to-go beer
Location: 1615 Crozier Lane, five minutes from the airport
Hours: noon to 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday; noon to 8 p.m. Thursday; noon to 9 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday

Dan’s Hamburgers
Burgers in Austin should get more credit, and nobody argues about this longtime joint, with a convenient location in Govalle. If you’re in a pinch, the drive-thru is about the best you could ask for. Order that cheeseburger and spring for a side of spiced curly fries. Early birds can grab an omelet.
Service Style: Takeout, drive-thru, dine-in
Location: 844 Airport Boulevard, Del Valle; 13 minutes from the airport
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

La Barbecue
The renowned smoked meats palace from LeAnn Mueller moved into a new forever home on East Cesar Chavez last year, bringing it that much closer to the airport for quality barbecue needs. The Holly restaurant serves up pounds of meat from brisket to turkey to sauces, alongside hot dogs, sandwiches, and sides. Those looking to bring back some Austin barbecue can also order deli meats, packaged whole briskets, and cold sausages. Bypass the line by preordering ahead of time.
Service Style: Takeout, dine-in
Location: 2401 East Cesar Chavez Street, Holly; 13 minutes from the airport
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday

Live Oak Brewing Company
Live Oak Brewing Company
Live Oak Brewing Company/Facebook

Justine’s Brasserie
For a slightly fancier option, this French-inspired East Side classic is an easy cab ride away with nice outdoor seating, an excellent menu, and good drinks.
Service Style: Takeout, reservations available for dine-in
Location: 4710 East Fifth Street, Govalle; nine minutes from the airport
Hours: 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Monday

Jacoby’s Restaurant and Mercantile
Ranch-to-table dining is made easier with the New Texan restaurant in Govalle, which sources all of its beef from the owner’s family farm out in Melvin. Nothing beats that view of the Colorado River.
Service Style: Takeout, dine-in
Location: 3235 East Cesar Chavez Street, 13 minutes from the airport
Hours: lunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; dinner is from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and then from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; brunch is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

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