Traveling between Austin and Houston is just a part of life for any Austinite, whether it’s for business, pleasure, or family. The two and a half hour car ride (give or take) can get pretty boring, so it’s worth planning a road trip stop or two for food, refuel, and bathroom breaks along U.S. Route 290, SH 71, and I-10.
Eater gathered the best food and drink pit stops along the well-traveled path between Austin and Houston. There’s favorite highway gas station/convenience store Buc-ee’s, kolaches from Hruska’s and Weikel’s, tacos from Taqueria Rio Verde, barbecue from Truth BBQ, sausages from Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse, mead from Rohan’s Meadery, and much more. Once in Houston, there are plenty of restaurants to explore. And remember, there’s always a Whataburger somewhere, waiting with burgers and honey biscuit sandwiches.
For other well-trodden Texas paths, Eater Houston offers its picks for the Dallas–Houston artery, and Eater Dallas tackled the Dallas–Austin trek. Look out for Eater Austin’s dining suggestions along I-35 guide to trekking down to San Antonio. Keep up with the rest of Eater Road Trip Week on Eater Austin, as well as the other sites.
Everything below is listed in geographical order, from west to east. If your favorite Austin-Houston road trip dining stop is missing below, let Eater know through the tipline, within the comments, or over on the forum.Read More