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17 Top-Quality Fast-Food Spots in Austin

Where to find quick and delicious meals

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MezzeMe's grain bowl
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Homegrown fast-food and fast-casual restaurants and chains are still enjoying a boom here in Austin, resulting in quick meals without sacrificing quality and physical well-being.

Switch up from that go-to Whataburger with these top quality fast food spots in Austin that also happen to be local. For the fresh-vegetable oriented, there is Galaxy Cafe, burgers from P. Terry's, shawarma from The Halal Corner, Indian curries from Tarka, drive-thru salads from Baby Greens, grain bowls from Honest Mary’s, tacos, pizza, pho, and more. This update includes Bird Bird Biscuit, Sour Duck Market, and Fareground

For quality food at a cheaper price, scope out Eater’s picks for essential or newer cheap eats or tacos under $3. Otherwise, check out more options for take-out restaurants, burgers, salads, whole chickens, kid-friendly spots, and restaurants offering easy parking.

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With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Honest Mary’s

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9828 Great Hills Trl Ste 300
Austin, TX 78759

The grain bowl restaurant makes use of quinoa, poke, black forbidden rice, and soba noodles, for satisfying meals that don't sacrifice taste.

A grain bowl from Honest Mary’s
A grain bowl from Honest Mary’s
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2. Dos Batos Tacos

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2525 W Anderson Ln Bldg 1 Ste 175
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 452-0001
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This shop has been quietly serving wood-fired chicken, beef, and veggie tacos and tortas in an unassuming strip mall environment since 2010.

A torta from Dos Batos Tacos
A torta from Dos Batos Tacos
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3. Baby Greens

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1508 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757

Baby Greens came back with a brand new drive-thru and basically the same favorite salad-driven menu with some new additions.

The Asian salad from Baby Greens
The Asian salad from Baby Greens
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4. MezzeMe Mediterranean Kitchen

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4700 W Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 900-8200
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Owner Moody Ugur came back from Turkey to open the fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant, which focuses on customizable meals from pitas to grain bowls full of doner kebabs, falafel, cheese, and harissa.

Shakshuka and roasted eggplant from MezzeMe
Shakshuka and roasted eggplant from MezzeMe
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5. The Halal Corner

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1200 Barbara Jordan, Suite 300, Austin
Texas, 78723

Otherwise known as Kismet 2, Mueller-area folks have responded positively to this outlet’s gyros, shawarma, and vegetarian delights, all served Middle Eastern-style.

A platter from Halal Corner
A platter from Halal Corner
Michelle N./Yelp

6. Bird Bird Biscuit

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2701 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 761-4922
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The biscuit restaurant won Eater Austin’s fast-casual restaurant of the year award for good reason: the sturdy biscuits make for great, quick, and easy sandwiches with fillings like eggs, cheese, sausages, and breaded chicken.

Bird Bird Biscuit sandwich
A Bird Bird Biscuit sandwich
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7. Sour Duck Market

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1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 394-5776
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Bryce Gilmore turned to the fast-casual approach for his third restaurant, still full of creative, seasonal dishes but with quicker service available for dine-in or to-go. Think sandwiches with spicy pork, kimchi, and turnip chutney; goat chili; and smoked short ribs.

Sour Duck’s burger
Sour Duck’s burger
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8. Fresa's Chicken al Carbon

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915 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 428-5077
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Fresa’s drive-thru offers high-quality rotisserie chicken and sides under the direction of chef Rene Ortiz. The tortas and ice cream are also worth a look. There's a South First location, too, with dine-in space and margaritas.

A bowl from Fresa’s
A bowl from Fresa’s
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9. East Side Pies

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1401 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-0933
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Pull up and grab a slice or two at one of four locations of this scrappy pizza joint, which partners with local farms for its ingredients.

Pizza from East Side Pies
Pizza from East Side Pies
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10. Fareground

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111 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

The food hall is all about great fast-casual options, from Henbit’s bowls and sandwiches, tacos with fresh corn tortillas at Dai Due Taqueria, quick sushi from Ni-Kome, and more.

Various dishes at Fareground
Various dishes at Fareground
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11. P. Terry's

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404 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 473-2217
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Patrick Terry redefined fast food in Austin with his emphasis on high-quality ingredients handled with care. This means non-scary beef, carefully sourced potatoes, and made-from-scratch veggie burgers.

A burger from P. Terry’s
A burger from P. Terry’s
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12. 101 by Tea Haus

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929 Airport Blvd Ste #132
Austin, TX 78752

Tea Haus’ other fast-casual restaurant is an exploration of various quicker Asian dishes, from Taiwanese beef noodles, bulgogi tacos with tater tots, curry cutlets, and more.

Tater tots at 101 by Tea Haus
Tater tots at 101 by Tea Haus
Noreen T./Yelp

13. Tacodeli

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1500B Spyglass Dr
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 732-0303
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This growing local taco chain prides itself on sourcing local, organic ingredients when possible, and has several vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items.

The barbacoa taco at Tacodeli
The barbacoa taco at Tacodeli
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14. Chi'lantro

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1509 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 428-5269
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Owner Jae Kim’s growing Korean barbecue-inspired mashups include rice bowls, Korean-style fried chicken wings, and those kimchi fries.

Korean fusion dishes from Chi’lantro
Korean fusion dishes from Chi’lantro
Chi’lantro/Facebook

15. Torchy's Tacos

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1822 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-9025
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Come for the Trailer Park (fried chicken and cheese in a flour tortilla), stay for the queso.

16. Tarka Indian Kitchen

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5207 Brodie Ln Ste 120
Sunset Valley, TX 78745
(512) 892-2008
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The folks behind Clay Pit offer up Indian curries, chaat, and kabobs in a fast-casual context.

Curry from Tarka
Curry from Tarka
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17. Pollo Rico

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730 W Stassney Ln
Austin, TX 78745
(812) 555-3672

Pick up Monterrey-style grilled chicken as a family-style meal (whole, half, or quarter chickens), or in tacos.

1. Honest Mary’s

9828 Great Hills Trl Ste 300, Austin, TX 78759
A grain bowl from Honest Mary’s
A grain bowl from Honest Mary’s
Honest Mary’s/Facebook

The grain bowl restaurant makes use of quinoa, poke, black forbidden rice, and soba noodles, for satisfying meals that don't sacrifice taste.

9828 Great Hills Trl Ste 300
Austin, TX 78759

2. Dos Batos Tacos

2525 W Anderson Ln Bldg 1 Ste 175, Austin, TX 78757
A torta from Dos Batos Tacos
A torta from Dos Batos Tacos
Dos Batos/Yelp

This shop has been quietly serving wood-fired chicken, beef, and veggie tacos and tortas in an unassuming strip mall environment since 2010.

2525 W Anderson Ln Bldg 1 Ste 175
Austin, TX 78757

3. Baby Greens

1508 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757
The Asian salad from Baby Greens
The Asian salad from Baby Greens
Baby Greens/Facebook

Baby Greens came back with a brand new drive-thru and basically the same favorite salad-driven menu with some new additions.

1508 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757

4. MezzeMe Mediterranean Kitchen

4700 W Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751
Shakshuka and roasted eggplant from MezzeMe
Shakshuka and roasted eggplant from MezzeMe
MezzeMe/Facebook

Owner Moody Ugur came back from Turkey to open the fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant, which focuses on customizable meals from pitas to grain bowls full of doner kebabs, falafel, cheese, and harissa.

4700 W Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78751

5. The Halal Corner

1200 Barbara Jordan, Suite 300, Austin, Texas, 78723
A platter from Halal Corner
A platter from Halal Corner
Michelle N./Yelp

Otherwise known as Kismet 2, Mueller-area folks have responded positively to this outlet’s gyros, shawarma, and vegetarian delights, all served Middle Eastern-style.

1200 Barbara Jordan, Suite 300, Austin
Texas, 78723

6. Bird Bird Biscuit

2701 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Bird Bird Biscuit sandwich
A Bird Bird Biscuit sandwich
Chelsea Laine Francis

The biscuit restaurant won Eater Austin’s fast-casual restaurant of the year award for good reason: the sturdy biscuits make for great, quick, and easy sandwiches with fillings like eggs, cheese, sausages, and breaded chicken.

2701 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

7. Sour Duck Market

1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702
Sour Duck’s burger
Sour Duck’s burger
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Bryce Gilmore turned to the fast-casual approach for his third restaurant, still full of creative, seasonal dishes but with quicker service available for dine-in or to-go. Think sandwiches with spicy pork, kimchi, and turnip chutney; goat chili; and smoked short ribs.

1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78702

8. Fresa's Chicken al Carbon

915 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
A bowl from Fresa’s
A bowl from Fresa’s
Fresa’s/Facebook

Fresa’s drive-thru offers high-quality rotisserie chicken and sides under the direction of chef Rene Ortiz. The tortas and ice cream are also worth a look. There's a South First location, too, with dine-in space and margaritas.

915 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

9. East Side Pies

1401 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702
Pizza from East Side Pies
Pizza from East Side Pies
East Side Pies/Facebook

Pull up and grab a slice or two at one of four locations of this scrappy pizza joint, which partners with local farms for its ingredients.

1401 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702

10. Fareground

111 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Various dishes at Fareground
Various dishes at Fareground
Fareground/Facebook

The food hall is all about great fast-casual options, from Henbit’s bowls and sandwiches, tacos with fresh corn tortillas at Dai Due Taqueria, quick sushi from Ni-Kome, and more.

111 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

11. P. Terry's

404 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
A burger from P. Terry’s
A burger from P. Terry’s
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

Patrick Terry redefined fast food in Austin with his emphasis on high-quality ingredients handled with care. This means non-scary beef, carefully sourced potatoes, and made-from-scratch veggie burgers.

404 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

12. 101 by Tea Haus

929 Airport Blvd Ste #132, Austin, TX 78752
Tater tots at 101 by Tea Haus
Tater tots at 101 by Tea Haus
Noreen T./Yelp

Tea Haus’ other fast-casual restaurant is an exploration of various quicker Asian dishes, from Taiwanese beef noodles, bulgogi tacos with tater tots, curry cutlets, and more.

929 Airport Blvd Ste #132
Austin, TX 78752

13. Tacodeli

1500B Spyglass Dr, Austin, TX 78746
The barbacoa taco at Tacodeli
The barbacoa taco at Tacodeli
Tacodeli/Facebook

This growing local taco chain prides itself on sourcing local, organic ingredients when possible, and has several vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items.

1500B Spyglass Dr
Austin, TX 78746

14. Chi'lantro

1509 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Korean fusion dishes from Chi’lantro
Korean fusion dishes from Chi’lantro
Chi’lantro/Facebook

Owner Jae Kim’s growing Korean barbecue-inspired mashups include rice bowls, Korean-style fried chicken wings, and those kimchi fries.

1509 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

15. Torchy's Tacos

1822 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Come for the Trailer Park (fried chicken and cheese in a flour tortilla), stay for the queso.

1822 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

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16. Tarka Indian Kitchen

5207 Brodie Ln Ste 120, Sunset Valley, TX 78745
Curry from Tarka
Curry from Tarka
Tarka/Facebook

The folks behind Clay Pit offer up Indian curries, chaat, and kabobs in a fast-casual context.

5207 Brodie Ln Ste 120
Sunset Valley, TX 78745

17. Pollo Rico

730 W Stassney Ln, Austin, TX 78745

Pick up Monterrey-style grilled chicken as a family-style meal (whole, half, or quarter chickens), or in tacos.

730 W Stassney Ln
Austin, TX 78745

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