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

Best airport dining and drinking bets, including barbecue, breakfast tacos, coffee, and bloody marys

Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

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 or during big events in the city).Since the holiday travel season kicks off soon — Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s, and just general winter time off — 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 car ride 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. (But also, if you’re spending time in Austin or live in Austin, there are excellent barbecue spots elsewhere.)
Service Style: Takeout, dine-in
Location: Between Gates 21 and 22
Hours: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. or last flight daily

Tacodeli
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 9:30 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 9:30 p.m. or until last flight daily

Noble Sandwich
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: 5 a.m. to 8:15 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
Location: Across from Gate 21
Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through 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 8:15 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
Location: Between Gates 15 and 16
Hours: 4:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. Thursday through Friday; 4:30 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 4:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Saturday; 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, but keep in mind hours are dependent on flight schedules.


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 Tuesday; noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday and 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 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Distant Relatives
One of the city’s best barbecue spots is luckily a short drive from the airport with plentiful parking and seating available. The award-winning food truck focuses on modern African American smoked meats, leading to dishes like pulled pork with tamarind molasses and beef brisket sandwiches with hot mustard. And it happens to be parked at Meanwhile Brewing, which offers great beers.
Service Style: Takeout, dine-in
Location: 3901 Promontory Point Drive, McKinney; 13 minutes from the airport
Hours: noon to 8 p.m. or until everything is sold out, Wednesday through Sunday

A tray of barbecue and sides.
Distant Relatives’s barbecue.
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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: 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: 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Amy's Ice Creams

3100 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 851-2697 Visit Website

The Peached Tortilla

5520 Burnet Road, , TX 78756 (512) 330-4439 Visit Website

Live Oak Brewing Company

1615 Crozier Lane, , TX 78617 (512) 385-2299 Visit Website

Justine's

4710 East 5th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 385-2900 Visit Website

Jo's Coffee

1300 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 444-3800 Visit Website

Distant Relatives

3901 Promontory Point Drive, , TX 78744 (512) 717-2504 Visit Website

Second Bar + Kitchen [East Austin Hotel]

1108 East Sixth Street, Austin, Texas 78702 Visit Website

Tacodeli

1500 Spyglass Drive, , TX 78746 (512) 732-0303 Visit Website

Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

3235 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78702 (512) 366-5808 Visit Website

Noble Sandwich Co.

4805 Burnet Road, , TX 78756 (512) 666-5124 Visit Website

Dan's Hamburgers

5602 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 (512) 459-3239 Visit Website

Austin Beerworks

3001 Industrial Terrace, , TX 78758 (512) 821-2494 Visit Website

The Salt Lick

18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619 (512) 858-4959 Visit Website

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

3600 Presidential Blvd, Austin, TX 78719 (512) 530-2242 Visit Website

De Nada

4715 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78702 512-615-3555 Visit Website
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