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Micklethwait Craft Meats’ brisket chili Frito pie with sliced brisket
Micklethwait Craft Meats’ brisket chili Frito pie with sliced brisket
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Where to Dig Into Austin’s Best Frito Pies

The hearty crunchy snack

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Micklethwait Craft Meats’ brisket chili Frito pie with sliced brisket
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The Frito pie is a perfect balance of spicy chili (hold the beans, naturally), shredded cheese, raw onions, and salty crunchy Frito chips. The snack or meal is even better served in a Fritos bag paired with a cold beer. Learn about the history of the Frito pie too, including its origins and composition, with Eater National’s breakdown.

Austin’s best Frito pies can be found served straight from the chips bag at Yellow Jacket Social Club, barbecue trailers like Micklethwait Craft Meats and Kerlin BBQ. There are traditional takes from Texas Chili Parlor, a vegan version from Frank, eggy brunch ones from Lamberts, and even a Japanese-Texas blend from Kemuri Tatsu-ya.

Likewise, look through Eater’s best bets for chili in Austin, along with the city’s essential barbecue spots, newer barbecue places, sandwiches, and side dishes.

If there are any major missing Frito pies below, let Eater know through the tipline or within the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Stiles Switch

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6610 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 380-9199
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The Brentwood barbecue restaurant’s Frito pie makes use of chopped brisket of course. For an added bonus, ask to top it with sliced sausage.

Stiles Switch’s Frito pie
Stiles Switch’s Frito pie
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2. Texas Chili Parlor

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1409 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 472-2828
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With chili right there in its name, this place is a sure bet for good Frito pie, in varying levels of spiciness.

Texas Chili Parlor’s Frito pie
Texas Chili Parlor’s Frito pie
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3. Micklethwait Craft Meats

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1309 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 791-5961
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The barbecue trailer’s brisket Frito pie is made with brisket chili and sliced brisket for a double-hit of meat.

Micklethwait’s brisket Frito pie
Micklethwait’s brisket Frito pie
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4. Frank

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407 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-6894
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The Frito pie at the hot dog palace comes either in traditional form, or meat-free with vegan chili. Add the diced onions, it won’t be a mistake.

Frank’s Carne Knowledge Frito pie
Frank’s Carne Knowledge Frito pie
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5. Lamberts Downtown BBQ

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401 West 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-1500
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For a fancier take on the dish for brunch, comes to Lamberts where the Frito pie is made with chopped beef brisket, queso, goat cheese, and topped with runny poached eggs. It’s available sans egg at the bar the rest of the week too.

Lambert’s Frito pie
Lambert’s Frito pie
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6. Shady Grove

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1624 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 474-9991
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The loaded Frito pie comes with Airstream chili, both cheddar and jack cheese, and jalapenos, served from the bag.

Shady Grove’s Frito pie
Shady Grove’s Frito pie
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7. Yellow Jacket Social Club

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1700 E 5th St.
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 480-9572

Take a seat at the outdoor patio while chowing down on Frito pies, served in individual chip bags.

Yellow Jacket Social Club’s Frito pie
Yellow Jacket Social Club’s Frito pie
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8. EastSide Tavern

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1510 E Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 840-1799
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The Frito pie at the East Cesar Chavez table-service barbecue restaurant comes topped with queso.

Eastside Tavern’s Frito pie on the right, tater tots on the left
Eastside Tavern’s Frito pie on the right
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9. Kerlin BBQ

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1700 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 412-5588
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Keep an eye out for Kerlin BBQ’s Frito pie specials. The hearty snack is potentially made with brisket or pulled pork.

Kerlin’s Frito pie
Kerlin’s Frito pie
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10. La Barbecue

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2027 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 605-9696
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La Barbecue’s take on Frito pie comes in sandwich form. The La Frito Loco is made with the chips plus pulled pork and chopped beef on a potato bun.

La Barbecue’s La Frito Loco sandwich
La Barbecue’s La Frito Loco sandwich
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11. Kemuri Tatsu-Ya

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2713 E 2nd St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 893-5561
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The Japanese-Texas izakaya’s chili cheese takoyaki is actually just Frito pie served with octopus fritters and crackers, and it’s worth a try.

Kemuri’s chili cheese takoyaki
Kemuri’s chili cheese takoyaki
Doug M./Yelp

12. Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

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1950 S Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-5337
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The Indian version of the pie uses spicy beef chili and cilantro chutney for an extra kick.

Whip In’s Frito pie
Whip In’s Frito pie
Whip In/Facebook

1. Stiles Switch

6610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78757
Stiles Switch’s Frito pie
Stiles Switch’s Frito pie
Stiles Switch/Facebook

The Brentwood barbecue restaurant’s Frito pie makes use of chopped brisket of course. For an added bonus, ask to top it with sliced sausage.

6610 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78757

2. Texas Chili Parlor

1409 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701
Texas Chili Parlor’s Frito pie
Texas Chili Parlor’s Frito pie
Jamie M./Yelp

With chili right there in its name, this place is a sure bet for good Frito pie, in varying levels of spiciness.

1409 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701

3. Micklethwait Craft Meats

1309 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702
Micklethwait’s brisket Frito pie
Micklethwait’s brisket Frito pie
Micklethwait Craft Meats/Facebook

The barbecue trailer’s brisket Frito pie is made with brisket chili and sliced brisket for a double-hit of meat.

1309 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702

4. Frank

407 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
Frank’s Carne Knowledge Frito pie
Frank’s Carne Knowledge Frito pie
Frank/Facebook

The Frito pie at the hot dog palace comes either in traditional form, or meat-free with vegan chili. Add the diced onions, it won’t be a mistake.

407 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

5. Lamberts Downtown BBQ

401 West 2nd St., Austin, TX 78701
Lambert’s Frito pie
Lambert’s Frito pie
Brad B./Yelp

For a fancier take on the dish for brunch, comes to Lamberts where the Frito pie is made with chopped beef brisket, queso, goat cheese, and topped with runny poached eggs. It’s available sans egg at the bar the rest of the week too.

401 West 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701

6. Shady Grove

1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Shady Grove’s Frito pie
Shady Grove’s Frito pie
Paul S./Yelp

The loaded Frito pie comes with Airstream chili, both cheddar and jack cheese, and jalapenos, served from the bag.

1624 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

7. Yellow Jacket Social Club

1700 E 5th St., Austin, TX 78702
Yellow Jacket Social Club’s Frito pie
Yellow Jacket Social Club’s Frito pie
Tara D./Yelp

Take a seat at the outdoor patio while chowing down on Frito pies, served in individual chip bags.

1700 E 5th St.
Austin, TX 78702

8. EastSide Tavern

1510 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702
Eastside Tavern’s Frito pie on the right, tater tots on the left
Eastside Tavern’s Frito pie on the right
EastSide Tavern/Facebook

The Frito pie at the East Cesar Chavez table-service barbecue restaurant comes topped with queso.

1510 E Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78702

9. Kerlin BBQ

1700 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Kerlin’s Frito pie
Kerlin’s Frito pie
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

Keep an eye out for Kerlin BBQ’s Frito pie specials. The hearty snack is potentially made with brisket or pulled pork.

1700 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

10. La Barbecue

2027 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
La Barbecue’s La Frito Loco sandwich
La Barbecue’s La Frito Loco sandwich
Kevin E./Yelp

La Barbecue’s take on Frito pie comes in sandwich form. The La Frito Loco is made with the chips plus pulled pork and chopped beef on a potato bun.

2027 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Kemuri Tatsu-Ya

2713 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78702
Kemuri’s chili cheese takoyaki
Kemuri’s chili cheese takoyaki
Doug M./Yelp

The Japanese-Texas izakaya’s chili cheese takoyaki is actually just Frito pie served with octopus fritters and crackers, and it’s worth a try.

2713 E 2nd St
Austin, TX 78702

12. Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

1950 S Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78704
Whip In’s Frito pie
Whip In’s Frito pie
Whip In/Facebook

The Indian version of the pie uses spicy beef chili and cilantro chutney for an extra kick.

1950 S Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78704

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