clock menu more-arrow no yes
Discada tacos
Discada tacos
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

The Best Dishes Eater Austin Editors Ate in 2019, Mapped

From momos to gnocchi to pasta to sushi to tacos

View as Map
Discada tacos
| Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

Every week, Eater Austin editors share their dining recommendations and favorite dishes, so we thought we’d highlight the best of the best with this handy map. From momos to gnocchi to pasta to sushi to tacos, here are the 19 best dishes Eater Austin editors ate in 2019.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chana Masala Frito Pie at Lark & Owl Booksellers

Copy Link
205 W 6th St Suite 101
Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 688-5582
Visit Website

I’m a sucker for a good bookstore, especially one containing a cafe run by the folks behind one of my favorite Austin restaurants Better Half. What especially caught my eye and eventually my stomach was the chana masala Frito pie, where spiced chickpeas lay atop a bed of Frito chips, all with a big dollop of raita. The spices and textures (firm chickpeas, crisp chips, cooling dip) all worked wonderfully together. —Nadia Chaudhury

2. Momos at Himalaya Kosheli

Copy Link
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #148
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 582-0157
Visit Website

For Nepalese fare, I really enjoy Himalaya Kosheli up in Barrington Oaks, and yes, it’s even approved by my Nepalese friends. Dig into the Nepali Khana (food) section. That’s where you’ll find bountiful options, from momos aplenty (both fried and steamed) to springy chow mein to sauce-laden lamb chilis. —Nadia Chaudhury

3. Korean Barbecue at Charm Korean BBQ

Copy Link
1200 W Howard Ln
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 505-8513
Visit Website

The big peg of Korean barbecue restaurant Charm Korean BBQ is its all-you-can-eat options, which work out to be better deals than just ordering off the a la carte menu especially if you’re in a group. Different level come with endless platters of meats from thin slices of beef to spicy marinated pork to spicy whole baby octopus, all of which are good choices. It also comes along with dishes that aren’t meant to be grilled, like the slightly chilly cold noodles served in ice and an array of banchan. Pro-tip: request specific desired meats, otherwise the staff will just send out whatever first. Pair everything with some bottles of soju. (1200 West Howard Lane, near Parmer Center) —Nadia Chaudhury

4. Onigiri at Sugar Pine

Copy Link
8578 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 520-9046
Visit Website

Cute restaurant Sugar Pine serves up a stellar, simple Japanese menu, making it the perfect place for a low-key anniversary dinner. The onigiri — the spicy tuna in particular — is tasty seasoned rice packed with fillings ranging from meats to avocado to tofu. —Nadia Chaudhury

5. Shabu-Shabu at DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya

Copy Link
7301 Burnet Rd Ste 101
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 893-5561
Visit Website

Walk into the romantically lit room of the shabu-shabu restaurant, with intricately carved wood details, create your own individual bowl (no sharing necessary!), and enjoy tender meats, fresh vegetables, noodles, and other delicacies to dip into your broth. Absolutely do not miss the Keep Austin Dipping queso dip, ideally paired with a cut of beef for a take on a cheesesteak. —Erin Russell

The shabu-shabu setup at DipDipDip
The shabu-shabu setup at DipDipDip
Courtney Pierce/EATX

6. The Tasting Menu at Barley Swine

Copy Link
6555 Burnet Rd #400
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 394-8150
Visit Website

Barley Swine’s August tasting menu single-handedly reminded me why Austin is such an exciting dining scene. The standout dish was a delicate snapper and summer squash perched in a vibrant broth with lemongrass and basil, amplified with spicy greens. Even the celery sorbet, which I initially viewed with trepidation, offered a welcome wake-up call to the palate. —Erin Russell

The crispy smoked butternut squash dish from Barley Swine
The crispy smoked butternut squash dish from Barley Swine
Richard Casteel/Barley Swine/Facebook

7. Strawberry Salad and Parisian Gnocchi at Foreign & Domestic

Copy Link
306 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 459-1010
Visit Website

A salad of the season’s first strawberries with bright greens, pecans, and heavenly ricotta was a crowd-pleasing start at Foreign & Domestic. Fluffy Parisian gnocchi (made with pâte à choux rather than heavy potatoes) joined oyster mushrooms, mustard greens, and decadent koji butter for a plate rich with umami. —Erin Russell

Parisian gnocchi at Foreign & Domestic
Parisian gnocchi at Foreign & Domestic
Foreign & Domestic/Facebook

8. The Empress at DFG Noodles

Copy Link
3505 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 677-9334
Visit Website

The Empress — an aromatic concoction of chicken, carrots, and chilis in a creamy coconut curry — is the standout at the roaming food truck, deftly blending the cultures in the region. My order is served atop vermicelli rice noodles and topped with a fried egg (because, obviously) and tastes like a mini-vacation across the Pacific. —Erin Russell

The Empress at DFG Noodles
The Empress at DFG Noodles
DFG Noodles/Facebook

9. Amatriciana at Patrizi's

Copy Link
2307 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 522-4834
Visit Website

Italian food truck Patrizi’s entire setup at the Butterfly Bar is special, from the whimsical patio to complimentary fresh bites. Hope the special amatriciana is available, which is wonderfully and actually very spicy (the sauce is made with dried peppers). Add a side of the giant firm meatball with some pomodoro sauce, and alternate bites between the two. T—Nadia Chaudhury

The Amatriciana from Patrizi’s
The Amatriciana from Patrizi’s
Patrizi’s/Facebook

10. Crab Rice at Olamaie

Copy Link
1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-2796
Visit Website

Olamaie’s crab rice is luscious, buttery crab plated between crispy rice and a rice porridge dotted with bursts of citrus. It’s a parade of decadent flavors and textures. —Erin Russell

11. Wine and Cheese at The Parlour

Copy Link
109 N Nugent Ave
Johnson City, TX 78636

The Parlour, the rustic new tasting room from Southold Farm & Cellar in Johnson City, is right off the main square of Johnson City, serves the winery’s selections (my favorite was the juicy red Lightsome). Additionally, the snacks include a killer cheese and charcuterie board with Confituras jam, Pure Luck chèvre, and mesquite-bean baguette sourdough served with rich, creamy butter from Vermont. —Erin Russell

12. Tacos at Discada

Copy Link
1319 Rosewood Ave #2024
Austin, TX 78702

The tiny corn tortillas at the Rosewood truck are filled with discada, a mixture of beef, pork, and vegetables cooked in seven tiers a plow disc, where each layer is cooked in the previous one’s juices, leading to a perfectly tender and juicy stuffing. The tacos are small enough that a single one works as a snack or an order of eight makes for a meal. (1319 Rosewood Avenue, Rosewood) —Nadia Chaudhury

Discada tacos
Discada tacos
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

13. Barbacoa at Micklethwait Craft Meats

Copy Link
1309 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 791-5961
Visit Website

Bypass the usual barbecue staples at smoked meats truck Micklethwait Craft Meats and opt for the barbacoa instead. The shredded beef cheeks are just exquisitely tender and rich in a way that isn’t super overwhelming. —Nadia Chaudhury

A barbecue plate from Micklethwait Craft Meats
A barbecue plate from Micklethwait Craft Meats
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

14. Sushi at Uroko

Copy Link
1023 Springdale Rd Bldg 1 Suite C
Austin, TX 78721
(512) 520-4004
Visit Website

The gloriously fun, friendly tour through several pieces takes only 45 minutes at omakase restaurant Uroko. My favorites were the luscious Scottish salmon and the rich duck breast. —Erin Russell

15. Burritos at Troublemaker

Copy Link
1209 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1448
Visit Website

The new bar that took over the former Hightower digs is all about San Diego burritos, where the food item is stuffed with straight-up french fries instead of rice and beans, plus all of the other ingredients.

A friend and I ordered the carne asada and the pollo asado to share (you can get them cut in half). I was presented with a slender one that was more manageable. I preferred the carne asada, which came with just-rightly-tender cuts of marinated steak. The fries added a nice texture and flavor to the overall burrito, and the house-made flour tortillas are amazingly excellent. —Nadia Chaudhury

San Diego burritos at Troublemaker
San Diego burritos at Troublemaker
Courtney Pierce/EATX

16. Ricotta Semifreddo at Il Brutto

Copy Link
1601 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 580-8779
Visit Website

I would not have ordered the ricotta semifreddo at Italian restaurant Il Brutto based solely on the odd inclusion of tomato. However, the tomatoes (which are salted and savory on its own) blend perfectly with the other toppings of kiwi and pickled strawberry to create a luscious, juicy crown of fruit that melds with the creamy semifreddo. The crunchy crepe dentelle at the base provided a lovely contrast in texture. —Erin Russell

17. Sorbet and Salted Cream at Emmer & Rye

Copy Link
SkyHouse, 51 Rainey St #110
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 366-5530
Visit Website

The Rainey Street restaurant has done several versions of this dessert and all of them are mind-blowing. Lighter than ice cream, the cold fruit sorbet melds with the rich cream to heighten focus on the individual flavors. Pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph also has a version of this dessert at Kalimotxo, the team’s Spanish tapas restaurant. —Erin Russell

18. Mapo Tofu at Sichuan River

Copy Link
4534 West Gate Blvd
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 892-6699
Visit Website

When it’s cold out, I crave what I consider comfort food (read: Asian curries and saucy dishes) for takeout. Enter the excellent mapo tofu from Chinese restaurant Sichuan River. The ever-so-slightly-mouth-numbing (thank you, Sichuan peppercorns) version comes with a spicy sauce (I embrace and eat all of the straight-up peppers), silky tofu cubes, whole little beans, and just the right amount of ground meat. I highly recommend getting the green beans, and mix everything together with rice, for a wonderful play on textures. —Nadia Chaudhury

19. Cinnamon Rolls at Teal House Coffee & Bakery

Copy Link
1716 E Slaughter Ln
Austin, TX 78744
(832) 577-4336
Visit Website

The cinnamon rolls from South Austin truck Teal House Coffee and Bakery are the real deal. The bun was pillow-soft, the frosting was just the right amount of sweet, and the family running the trailer was adorable. There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh-baked cinnamon rolls on a weekend morning, and the taste of these is even better than that. —Erin Russell

Teal House’s cinnamon rolls
Teal House’s cinnamon rolls
Teal House/Facebook

1. Chana Masala Frito Pie at Lark & Owl Booksellers

205 W 6th St Suite 101, Georgetown, TX 78626

I’m a sucker for a good bookstore, especially one containing a cafe run by the folks behind one of my favorite Austin restaurants Better Half. What especially caught my eye and eventually my stomach was the chana masala Frito pie, where spiced chickpeas lay atop a bed of Frito chips, all with a big dollop of raita. The spices and textures (firm chickpeas, crisp chips, cooling dip) all worked wonderfully together. —Nadia Chaudhury

205 W 6th St Suite 101
Georgetown, TX 78626

2. Momos at Himalaya Kosheli

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #148, Austin, TX 78759

For Nepalese fare, I really enjoy Himalaya Kosheli up in Barrington Oaks, and yes, it’s even approved by my Nepalese friends. Dig into the Nepali Khana (food) section. That’s where you’ll find bountiful options, from momos aplenty (both fried and steamed) to springy chow mein to sauce-laden lamb chilis. —Nadia Chaudhury

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #148
Austin, TX 78759

3. Korean Barbecue at Charm Korean BBQ

1200 W Howard Ln, Austin, TX 78753

The big peg of Korean barbecue restaurant Charm Korean BBQ is its all-you-can-eat options, which work out to be better deals than just ordering off the a la carte menu especially if you’re in a group. Different level come with endless platters of meats from thin slices of beef to spicy marinated pork to spicy whole baby octopus, all of which are good choices. It also comes along with dishes that aren’t meant to be grilled, like the slightly chilly cold noodles served in ice and an array of banchan. Pro-tip: request specific desired meats, otherwise the staff will just send out whatever first. Pair everything with some bottles of soju. (1200 West Howard Lane, near Parmer Center) —Nadia Chaudhury

1200 W Howard Ln
Austin, TX 78753

4. Onigiri at Sugar Pine

8578 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

Cute restaurant Sugar Pine serves up a stellar, simple Japanese menu, making it the perfect place for a low-key anniversary dinner. The onigiri — the spicy tuna in particular — is tasty seasoned rice packed with fillings ranging from meats to avocado to tofu. —Nadia Chaudhury

8578 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78758

5. Shabu-Shabu at DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya

7301 Burnet Rd Ste 101, Austin, TX 78757
The shabu-shabu setup at DipDipDip
The shabu-shabu setup at DipDipDip
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Walk into the romantically lit room of the shabu-shabu restaurant, with intricately carved wood details, create your own individual bowl (no sharing necessary!), and enjoy tender meats, fresh vegetables, noodles, and other delicacies to dip into your broth. Absolutely do not miss the Keep Austin Dipping queso dip, ideally paired with a cut of beef for a take on a cheesesteak. —Erin Russell

7301 Burnet Rd Ste 101
Austin, TX 78757

6. The Tasting Menu at Barley Swine

6555 Burnet Rd #400, Austin, TX 78757
The crispy smoked butternut squash dish from Barley Swine
The crispy smoked butternut squash dish from Barley Swine
Richard Casteel/Barley Swine/Facebook

Barley Swine’s August tasting menu single-handedly reminded me why Austin is such an exciting dining scene. The standout dish was a delicate snapper and summer squash perched in a vibrant broth with lemongrass and basil, amplified with spicy greens. Even the celery sorbet, which I initially viewed with trepidation, offered a welcome wake-up call to the palate. —Erin Russell

6555 Burnet Rd #400
Austin, TX 78757

7. Strawberry Salad and Parisian Gnocchi at Foreign & Domestic

306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751
Parisian gnocchi at Foreign & Domestic
Parisian gnocchi at Foreign & Domestic
Foreign & Domestic/Facebook

A salad of the season’s first strawberries with bright greens, pecans, and heavenly ricotta was a crowd-pleasing start at Foreign & Domestic. Fluffy Parisian gnocchi (made with pâte à choux rather than heavy potatoes) joined oyster mushrooms, mustard greens, and decadent koji butter for a plate rich with umami. —Erin Russell

306 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

8. The Empress at DFG Noodles

3505 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78722
The Empress at DFG Noodles
The Empress at DFG Noodles
DFG Noodles/Facebook

The Empress — an aromatic concoction of chicken, carrots, and chilis in a creamy coconut curry — is the standout at the roaming food truck, deftly blending the cultures in the region. My order is served atop vermicelli rice noodles and topped with a fried egg (because, obviously) and tastes like a mini-vacation across the Pacific. —Erin Russell

3505 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd
Austin, TX 78722

9. Amatriciana at Patrizi's

2307 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
The Amatriciana from Patrizi’s
The Amatriciana from Patrizi’s
Patrizi’s/Facebook

Italian food truck Patrizi’s entire setup at the Butterfly Bar is special, from the whimsical patio to complimentary fresh bites. Hope the special amatriciana is available, which is wonderfully and actually very spicy (the sauce is made with dried peppers). Add a side of the giant firm meatball with some pomodoro sauce, and alternate bites between the two. T—Nadia Chaudhury

2307 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

10. Crab Rice at Olamaie

1610 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701

Olamaie’s crab rice is luscious, buttery crab plated between crispy rice and a rice porridge dotted with bursts of citrus. It’s a parade of decadent flavors and textures. —Erin Russell

1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701

11. Wine and Cheese at The Parlour

109 N Nugent Ave, Johnson City, TX 78636

The Parlour, the rustic new tasting room from Southold Farm & Cellar in Johnson City, is right off the main square of Johnson City, serves the winery’s selections (my favorite was the juicy red Lightsome). Additionally, the snacks include a killer cheese and charcuterie board with Confituras jam, Pure Luck chèvre, and mesquite-bean baguette sourdough served with rich, creamy butter from Vermont. —Erin Russell

109 N Nugent Ave
Johnson City, TX 78636

12. Tacos at Discada

1319 Rosewood Ave #2024, Austin, TX 78702
Discada tacos
Discada tacos
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

The tiny corn tortillas at the Rosewood truck are filled with discada, a mixture of beef, pork, and vegetables cooked in seven tiers a plow disc, where each layer is cooked in the previous one’s juices, leading to a perfectly tender and juicy stuffing. The tacos are small enough that a single one works as a snack or an order of eight makes for a meal. (1319 Rosewood Avenue, Rosewood) —Nadia Chaudhury

1319 Rosewood Ave #2024
Austin, TX 78702

13. Barbacoa at Micklethwait Craft Meats

1309 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702
A barbecue plate from Micklethwait Craft Meats
A barbecue plate from Micklethwait Craft Meats
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

Bypass the usual barbecue staples at smoked meats truck Micklethwait Craft Meats and opt for the barbacoa instead. The shredded beef cheeks are just exquisitely tender and rich in a way that isn’t super overwhelming. —Nadia Chaudhury

1309 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702

14. Sushi at Uroko

1023 Springdale Rd Bldg 1 Suite C, Austin, TX 78721

The gloriously fun, friendly tour through several pieces takes only 45 minutes at omakase restaurant Uroko. My favorites were the luscious Scottish salmon and the rich duck breast. —Erin Russell

1023 Springdale Rd Bldg 1 Suite C
Austin, TX 78721

15. Burritos at Troublemaker

1209 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
San Diego burritos at Troublemaker
San Diego burritos at Troublemaker
Courtney Pierce/EATX

The new bar that took over the former Hightower digs is all about San Diego burritos, where the food item is stuffed with straight-up french fries instead of rice and beans, plus all of the other ingredients.

A friend and I ordered the carne asada and the pollo asado to share (you can get them cut in half). I was presented with a slender one that was more manageable. I preferred the carne asada, which came with just-rightly-tender cuts of marinated steak. The fries added a nice texture and flavor to the overall burrito, and the house-made flour tortillas are amazingly excellent. —Nadia Chaudhury

1209 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

Related Maps

16. Ricotta Semifreddo at Il Brutto

1601 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

I would not have ordered the ricotta semifreddo at Italian restaurant Il Brutto based solely on the odd inclusion of tomato. However, the tomatoes (which are salted and savory on its own) blend perfectly with the other toppings of kiwi and pickled strawberry to create a luscious, juicy crown of fruit that melds with the creamy semifreddo. The crunchy crepe dentelle at the base provided a lovely contrast in texture. —Erin Russell

1601 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

17. Sorbet and Salted Cream at Emmer & Rye

SkyHouse, 51 Rainey St #110, Austin, TX 78701

The Rainey Street restaurant has done several versions of this dessert and all of them are mind-blowing. Lighter than ice cream, the cold fruit sorbet melds with the rich cream to heighten focus on the individual flavors. Pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph also has a version of this dessert at Kalimotxo, the team’s Spanish tapas restaurant. —Erin Russell

SkyHouse, 51 Rainey St #110
Austin, TX 78701

18. Mapo Tofu at Sichuan River

4534 West Gate Blvd, Austin, TX 78745

When it’s cold out, I crave what I consider comfort food (read: Asian curries and saucy dishes) for takeout. Enter the excellent mapo tofu from Chinese restaurant Sichuan River. The ever-so-slightly-mouth-numbing (thank you, Sichuan peppercorns) version comes with a spicy sauce (I embrace and eat all of the straight-up peppers), silky tofu cubes, whole little beans, and just the right amount of ground meat. I highly recommend getting the green beans, and mix everything together with rice, for a wonderful play on textures. —Nadia Chaudhury

4534 West Gate Blvd
Austin, TX 78745

19. Cinnamon Rolls at Teal House Coffee & Bakery

1716 E Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78744
Teal House’s cinnamon rolls
Teal House’s cinnamon rolls
Teal House/Facebook

The cinnamon rolls from South Austin truck Teal House Coffee and Bakery are the real deal. The bun was pillow-soft, the frosting was just the right amount of sweet, and the family running the trailer was adorable. There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh-baked cinnamon rolls on a weekend morning, and the taste of these is even better than that. —Erin Russell

1716 E Slaughter Ln
Austin, TX 78744

Related Maps