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Fried shrimp and fries from Huckleberry
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Where to Eat Around Austin FC Stadium Q2

The best restaurants and food trucks for pre- and post-game bites

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Soccer fans are gearing up for the first home game of the city’s first major league sports team the Austin FC at the Q2 Stadium in North Burnet. And, since this is Austin, a city full of great dining options, there are plenty of amazing restaurants and food trucks found just outside of the stadium.

Here are Eater Austin’s picks for the best restaurants near the Q2 Stadium in the North Burnet and North Austin areas, perfect for those meals before and after soccer games. Find everything from barbecue sandwiches at Slab BBQ to seafood platters from Huckleberry to banh mi from Le Bleu to tacos at Taqueria Los Regios.

There’s also Eater Austin’s official Q2 Stadium guide, as well as the best breweries around the stadium and the best Austin FC watch parties.

As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant/truck is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things do change. Follow the business’s rules, be sure to wear a mask, and tip well.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Halal Bros

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The Austin Middle Eastern mini-chain’s North Austin restaurant is there for all halal food needs, from gyro to shawarma to kebabs with rice plates and wraps plus sides like falafels and dolmas and sweet baklavas. The restaurant is open for dine-in service; to-go orders can be placed online, and there are third-party deliveries. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

The chicken with rice plate at Halal Bros
The chicken with rice plate at Halal Bros
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Huckleberry

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The heralded truck parked at North Burnet brewery Circle Brewing Company is all about sustainable seafood. This means everything from sandwiches (a fried black drum, po’ boys, shrimp rolls) to a massive fried seafood platter to quesadillas stuffed with blue crab. Indoor and outdoor dine-in areas are available courtesy of the brewery and takeout is available through in-person or call-ahead ordering. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

A fish sandwich from Huckleberry
A fish sandwich from Huckleberry
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Taqueria Los Regios

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In search of excellent tacos outside of the stadium? The bright yellow truck in North Burnet is the place to go. There are both breakfast and lunch corn tortilla tacos with fillings such as eggs, nopales, barbacoa, chicharrones, and more. The specials aren’t to be missed either, potentially offering everything from taquitos to cheesy gringas. There is outdoor seating available. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

SXSE Food Co.

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The food truck parked at North Austin brewery 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative offers two different dining experiences. First, there’s the tasting menu (aka the chef’s table), where the Laotian courses are paired with the brewery’s beers. Then there’s the a la carte menu spanning Southern American-Southeast Asian fare (think chicken wings drenched in caramel sauce, steamed buns stuffed with pulled pork, confit chicken with rice, and skewers). Pickup and deliveries for that menu can be placed online. The taproom is open with indoor and outdoor areas. Reservations are required for the chef’s table meal, which tends to take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. with availability starting in late July. The a la carte hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and then from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Pork belly skewers with rice from SXSE Food Co.
Pork belly skewers with rice from SXSE Food Co.
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Turnstile Coffee Beer and Spirits

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Okay, this is more for coffee than anything else, but the North Burnet cafe and bar is an excellent place for caffeinated beverages, offering classic drip coffee, cold-brew, and espresso drinks. Food-wise, there are pastries from Easy Tiger, as well as there’s an array of burgers, chicken sandwiches, and salads. To-go orders can be placed online or through the drive-thru, and there’s indoor and outdoor dine-in service. Hours are from 7:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday, and 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

The patio at Turnstile
The patio at Turnstile
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Salty Cargo

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The far north Austin food court Hawaiian-Asian restaurant expanded with a food truck at North Austin brewery Celis. The menu includes already-classics from the original menu, from poke to tori katsu sandwiches to Hawaiian-style pork ribs to juicy plump garlic-butter firecracker shrimp. Celis’s taproom features both indoor and outdoor seating. Hours are from noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

The poke at Salty Cargo
The poke at Salty Cargo
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Mikado Ryotei

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Reliable sushi can be found at this North Burnet Japanese restaurant. There’s an expansive nigiri menu alongside rolls and smaller seafood-based dishes (ceviche, steamed mussels, etc.). There’s indoor dine-in service; to-go and delivery orders can be placed online. Hours are from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. daily.

Sushi from Mikado Ryotei
Sushi from Mikado Ryotei
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Le Bleu

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Some of the city’s best Vietnamese fare can be found just on the other side of Research Boulevard in the North Shoal Creek neighborhood. The menu spans expert banh mi to vermicelli bowls to pho to skewers. Evening entrees include an array of classic dishes from shaking beef to crispy crepes. To-go orders can be placed online; there is no dine-in service. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

A bowl from Le Bleu
A bowl from Le Bleu
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Slab BBQ & Beer

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The stellar barbecue sandwich location is conveniently located near the stadium, making it that much easier to get delicious smoked meats. The sauce-drench sandwiches range from classics like the pulled pork or the brisket to over-the-top ones like the Donk with every single kind of smoked meat, along with pork ribs, barbecue-topped nachos, and vegetable-smoked meats bowls. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services, as well as takeout orders placed online or in-person and third-party deliveries. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and then from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

One of the barbecue sandwiches at Slab BBQ
One of the barbecue sandwiches at Slab BBQ
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Halal Bros

The Austin Middle Eastern mini-chain’s North Austin restaurant is there for all halal food needs, from gyro to shawarma to kebabs with rice plates and wraps plus sides like falafels and dolmas and sweet baklavas. The restaurant is open for dine-in service; to-go orders can be placed online, and there are third-party deliveries. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

The chicken with rice plate at Halal Bros
The chicken with rice plate at Halal Bros
Halal Bros/Facebook

Huckleberry

The heralded truck parked at North Burnet brewery Circle Brewing Company is all about sustainable seafood. This means everything from sandwiches (a fried black drum, po’ boys, shrimp rolls) to a massive fried seafood platter to quesadillas stuffed with blue crab. Indoor and outdoor dine-in areas are available courtesy of the brewery and takeout is available through in-person or call-ahead ordering. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

A fish sandwich from Huckleberry
A fish sandwich from Huckleberry
Huckleberry/Facebook

Taqueria Los Regios

In search of excellent tacos outside of the stadium? The bright yellow truck in North Burnet is the place to go. There are both breakfast and lunch corn tortilla tacos with fillings such as eggs, nopales, barbacoa, chicharrones, and more. The specials aren’t to be missed either, potentially offering everything from taquitos to cheesy gringas. There is outdoor seating available. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

SXSE Food Co.

The food truck parked at North Austin brewery 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative offers two different dining experiences. First, there’s the tasting menu (aka the chef’s table), where the Laotian courses are paired with the brewery’s beers. Then there’s the a la carte menu spanning Southern American-Southeast Asian fare (think chicken wings drenched in caramel sauce, steamed buns stuffed with pulled pork, confit chicken with rice, and skewers). Pickup and deliveries for that menu can be placed online. The taproom is open with indoor and outdoor areas. Reservations are required for the chef’s table meal, which tends to take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. with availability starting in late July. The a la carte hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and then from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Pork belly skewers with rice from SXSE Food Co.
Pork belly skewers with rice from SXSE Food Co.
SXSW Food Co./Facebook

Turnstile Coffee Beer and Spirits

Okay, this is more for coffee than anything else, but the North Burnet cafe and bar is an excellent place for caffeinated beverages, offering classic drip coffee, cold-brew, and espresso drinks. Food-wise, there are pastries from Easy Tiger, as well as there’s an array of burgers, chicken sandwiches, and salads. To-go orders can be placed online or through the drive-thru, and there’s indoor and outdoor dine-in service. Hours are from 7:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday, and 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

The patio at Turnstile
The patio at Turnstile
Turnstile Coffee/Facebook

Salty Cargo

The far north Austin food court Hawaiian-Asian restaurant expanded with a food truck at North Austin brewery Celis. The menu includes already-classics from the original menu, from poke to tori katsu sandwiches to Hawaiian-style pork ribs to juicy plump garlic-butter firecracker shrimp. Celis’s taproom features both indoor and outdoor seating. Hours are from noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

The poke at Salty Cargo
The poke at Salty Cargo
Courtesy of Salty Cargo

Mikado Ryotei

Reliable sushi can be found at this North Burnet Japanese restaurant. There’s an expansive nigiri menu alongside rolls and smaller seafood-based dishes (ceviche, steamed mussels, etc.). There’s indoor dine-in service; to-go and delivery orders can be placed online. Hours are from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. daily.

Sushi from Mikado Ryotei
Sushi from Mikado Ryotei
Mikado Ryotei/Facebook

Le Bleu

Some of the city’s best Vietnamese fare can be found just on the other side of Research Boulevard in the North Shoal Creek neighborhood. The menu spans expert banh mi to vermicelli bowls to pho to skewers. Evening entrees include an array of classic dishes from shaking beef to crispy crepes. To-go orders can be placed online; there is no dine-in service. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

A bowl from Le Bleu
A bowl from Le Bleu
Le Bleu/Facebook

Slab BBQ & Beer

The stellar barbecue sandwich location is conveniently located near the stadium, making it that much easier to get delicious smoked meats. The sauce-drench sandwiches range from classics like the pulled pork or the brisket to over-the-top ones like the Donk with every single kind of smoked meat, along with pork ribs, barbecue-topped nachos, and vegetable-smoked meats bowls. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services, as well as takeout orders placed online or in-person and third-party deliveries. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and then from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

One of the barbecue sandwiches at Slab BBQ
One of the barbecue sandwiches at Slab BBQ
Slab BBQ/Facebook

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