While pimento cheese isn’t Austin’s beloved queso, it’s delicious, and it’s very Southern. Take cheese, mix it with mayonnaise and cherry peppers, and it makes for the best kind of spread there is. Here are the best places to find the cheesy condiment in Austin, from Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s pre-meal starter, Haymaker’s deep fried grilled pimento cheese sandwich, to Second Bar and Kitchen’s cheese stuffed into chicken fried olives. Is your favorite pimento cheese missing from the list? Let us know in the comments or on the tipline.Read More
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Where to find the cheesy Southern staple.
Jack Allen's Kitchen
Pimento cheese is so important at Jack Allen’s Kitchen that every diner gets a small portion with every meal. The cheese here is made with three cheeses, included cream cheese, and Worcestershire sauce.
The Southern truck serves pimento cheese on its own, along with crackers, or in grilled cheese form. Get both for extra indulgence. Their spread is made with cheddar and pepperjack cheeses, mayonnaise. For an extra kick, they toss in green Tabasco sauce and pickled jalapeños. [Photo: Red Star Southern/Instagram]
Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile
The pimento cheese at the rustic restaurant on the East Side is served with arugula and crackers. [Photo: Jeff Amador/EATX]
Avenue B Grocery & Market
The Hyde Park grocery store sells a no-frills pimento cheese sandwich.
Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club
Since the pimento cheese isn't always guaranteed to be on the menu, it should always be ordered whenever it makes an appearance.
The small loaf of chewy pretzel bread makes for the perfect companion with The Hightower’s pimento cheese.
Noble Sandwich Company
Both locations of the sandwich empire serve a vegetarian-friendly pimento cheese sandwich, with smoked green onions, romaine, olive oil, and pickles. If that’s not enough, for dinner, order the smoked hot dog covered in pimento cheese, too.
Second Bar + Kitchen
The team behind Second Bar and Kitchen came up with the brilliant idea of chicken frying olives, and then stuffing them with pimento cheese, creating the ultimate bar snack. [Photo: Michael U./Yelp]
The spicier pimento cheese is made with roasted red bell peppers, green onions, and hot sauce, and sides of celery sticks and bread. [Photo: Hillside Farmacy/Facebook]
Nau's Enfield Drug
Pretend it's 1950 by eating the classic cheese in sandwich form at the classic drug store and soda shop.
A deep-fried beer-battered pimento cheese sandwich is a thing that really exists at Haymaker.
Artisanal hot dogs and sausages were meant to be covered in pimento cheese, as some of the offerings at Frank are. This includes the Southern Belle, a Vienna beef hot Polish hot dog with pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, a Cajun remoulade, and scallions.
Counter Cafe knows sandwiches, and the grilled pimento cheese is no exception. It comes with lettuce, tomatoes, and red onions. [Photo: Counter Cafe/Facebook]