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Where to Eat and Drink in Round Rock

Find Gulf Coast comfort food to giant doughnuts to halal Tex-Mex-Pakistani to Italian in the northern Austin suburb

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Gone are the days when Round Rock was little more than a sleepy suburban sister to Austin's bustling boom town. The north-of-Austin suburb population has grown rapidly for quite some time, which brings along a which comes with a barrage of top-notch dining and drinking establishments in the area.

Now, Round Rock residents don’t have to trek down I-35 — and vice versa, Austinites can head up the highway — for good food and drinks. These include Texas comfort food from Jack Allen’s Kitchen, giant doughnuts from Round Rock Donuts, solid pasta from Gino’s Italian, Southern cuisine from Y’alls Cafe, and much more.

This article was originally written by Melanie Haupt, with updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

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Under the Jack Gilmore umbrella is seafood restaurant Salt Traders Coastal Cooking, which takes the chef’s approach to water-dwelling creatures, which means clam chowder fries, fish enchiladas, and seared scallops. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Pinthouse Pizza

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The popular Austin pizza and brewery mini-chain has an outpost in Round Rock, which means fun beers and loaded pies. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Jack Allen's Kitchen

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Jack Gilmore’s chicken-fried steak could not be contained to just Austin proper, so Round Rock gets to enjoy his Texas comfort fare, including steaks, pimento cheese, tacos, enormous salads, and generous cocktails. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar

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Enjoy American and New American dishes from the Round Rock location of the chain restaurant — think whiskey-braised beef and rotisserie chicken — plus craft cocktails, especially so many whiskey and bourbon sippers. DoorDash deliveries can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Austin-based chain’s Round Rock location is a perfect destination for reliable fajitas and margaritas. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Salt Lick BBQ

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The Dell Diamond baseball stadium-adjacent location of the Driftwood barbecue restaurant is the place to go for all-you-can-eat family-style meals. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

La Margarita Restaurante

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The Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurant is another great place to find fajitas and combination plates. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Teji's Indian Restaurant and Grocery

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There are a plethora of vegan options at the Indian restaurant, as well as biryani rice dishes, freshly baked naan and roti, tandoori, and other South Asian dishes. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Brasas Peruanas

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The Peruvian restaurant in the downtown area offers an array of ceviches, rotisserie chicken meals, and many pisco cocktails. There are indoor dine-in services.

Round Rock Donuts

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It's hard not to crave the iconic yeast creations with the signature yellow glaze. It's horrifying to think that we nearly lost this treasure when the original Round Rock Donuts building was destroyed by fire in 2000. Takeout orders can be placed in person through the drive-thru.

Palermo Pasta House

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The name of the game at the Italian restaurant is pasta, which can be customized with an assortment of sauces. Pizza and calzones are also offered. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Urban Eat.Drink

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Enjoy lunch, brunch, or dinner at this casual restaurant in downtown, or head to the fourth floor behind the restaurant for a speakeasy vibe at its rooftop lounge. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Thai Spoon Restaurant

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The Thai menu at this restaurant includes plenty of soups (tom yum, potak), curries (panang, massaman), and noodles (pad se-ew, lad-na mee krob) for lunch and dinner. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Xian Sushi and Noodle

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Like its Austin counterparts, the mini-chain with two locations in Round Rock (the other on University Boulevard) serves sushi, Chinese entrees, plus noodles and ramen. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

High Country Market & Cafe

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Known as the Gourmet Gas Station, this combination restaurant and service stop is the place to gas up the car, then enjoy a breakfast taco or a burger, and a beer before hitting the road again. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor dine-in services.

The Urban Turban

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The Round Rock food truck focuses on halal Tex-Mex-Pakistani dishes like chicken tikka quesadillas, tandoori chicken tacos, and beef birria. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Cafe Java

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The cafe serves up all-day breakfast plus daily specials which have included dishes like pecan waffles with eggs and bacon, airline chicken risotto, and chorizo migas. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor dine-in services.

Gino's Italian Restaurant and Pizza

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The Italian restaurant from Gino Minardi and his family has been serving seafood, pasta, pizza, chicken piccata, and more since 1993. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone; there are indoor dine-in services.

Aladdin Halal Grill

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The restaurant is all about halal grilled meats, including kebabs and beef tenderloin, paired with rice, vegetable appetizers, dips, and falafels. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are DoorDash deliveries; and there are indoor dine-in services.

Y'all's Cafe

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For fantastic Southern, soul food, and Louisianan Cajun fare, look no further than this cafe. There are fried catfish, chicken-fried steaks, boudin balls, po’ boys, and so much more. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Pho Viet

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For those craving Vietnamese food, find vermicelli, pho, and com tam at this restaurant. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Taco Palenque

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The venerable South Texas/North Mexico chain is found in Round Rock, dishing out those piratas and more through its drive-thru and restaurant. Takeout orders can be placed in person or online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Arepitas

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The South American restaurant is dedicated to Venezuelan cuisine with dishes like cachapas, empanadas, and, of course, arepas. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Veracruz All Natural

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The very first restaurant location of one of the area’s best breakfast tacos offered the food truck the opportunity to experiment with specials, like enchiladas, while also serving those famous migas tacos and more. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

WiseGuys A Chicago Eatery

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For actually good Chicago-style fare, head up to this Round Rock restaurant full of Italian beef sandwiches and loaded Chicago hot dogs. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are Uber Eats deliveries; and there are indoor dine-in services.

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

Under the Jack Gilmore umbrella is seafood restaurant Salt Traders Coastal Cooking, which takes the chef’s approach to water-dwelling creatures, which means clam chowder fries, fish enchiladas, and seared scallops. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Pinthouse Pizza

The popular Austin pizza and brewery mini-chain has an outpost in Round Rock, which means fun beers and loaded pies. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Jack Allen's Kitchen

Jack Gilmore’s chicken-fried steak could not be contained to just Austin proper, so Round Rock gets to enjoy his Texas comfort fare, including steaks, pimento cheese, tacos, enormous salads, and generous cocktails. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar

Enjoy American and New American dishes from the Round Rock location of the chain restaurant — think whiskey-braised beef and rotisserie chicken — plus craft cocktails, especially so many whiskey and bourbon sippers. DoorDash deliveries can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Chuy's

The Austin-based chain’s Round Rock location is a perfect destination for reliable fajitas and margaritas. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Salt Lick BBQ

The Dell Diamond baseball stadium-adjacent location of the Driftwood barbecue restaurant is the place to go for all-you-can-eat family-style meals. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

La Margarita Restaurante

The Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurant is another great place to find fajitas and combination plates. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Teji's Indian Restaurant and Grocery

There are a plethora of vegan options at the Indian restaurant, as well as biryani rice dishes, freshly baked naan and roti, tandoori, and other South Asian dishes. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Brasas Peruanas

The Peruvian restaurant in the downtown area offers an array of ceviches, rotisserie chicken meals, and many pisco cocktails. There are indoor dine-in services.

Round Rock Donuts

It's hard not to crave the iconic yeast creations with the signature yellow glaze. It's horrifying to think that we nearly lost this treasure when the original Round Rock Donuts building was destroyed by fire in 2000. Takeout orders can be placed in person through the drive-thru.

Palermo Pasta House

The name of the game at the Italian restaurant is pasta, which can be customized with an assortment of sauces. Pizza and calzones are also offered. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Urban Eat.Drink

Enjoy lunch, brunch, or dinner at this casual restaurant in downtown, or head to the fourth floor behind the restaurant for a speakeasy vibe at its rooftop lounge. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Thai Spoon Restaurant

The Thai menu at this restaurant includes plenty of soups (tom yum, potak), curries (panang, massaman), and noodles (pad se-ew, lad-na mee krob) for lunch and dinner. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Xian Sushi and Noodle

Like its Austin counterparts, the mini-chain with two locations in Round Rock (the other on University Boulevard) serves sushi, Chinese entrees, plus noodles and ramen. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

High Country Market & Cafe

Known as the Gourmet Gas Station, this combination restaurant and service stop is the place to gas up the car, then enjoy a breakfast taco or a burger, and a beer before hitting the road again. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor dine-in services.

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The Urban Turban

The Round Rock food truck focuses on halal Tex-Mex-Pakistani dishes like chicken tikka quesadillas, tandoori chicken tacos, and beef birria. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Cafe Java

The cafe serves up all-day breakfast plus daily specials which have included dishes like pecan waffles with eggs and bacon, airline chicken risotto, and chorizo migas. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor dine-in services.

Gino's Italian Restaurant and Pizza

The Italian restaurant from Gino Minardi and his family has been serving seafood, pasta, pizza, chicken piccata, and more since 1993. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone; there are indoor dine-in services.

Aladdin Halal Grill

The restaurant is all about halal grilled meats, including kebabs and beef tenderloin, paired with rice, vegetable appetizers, dips, and falafels. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are DoorDash deliveries; and there are indoor dine-in services.

Y'all's Cafe

For fantastic Southern, soul food, and Louisianan Cajun fare, look no further than this cafe. There are fried catfish, chicken-fried steaks, boudin balls, po’ boys, and so much more. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Pho Viet

For those craving Vietnamese food, find vermicelli, pho, and com tam at this restaurant. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Taco Palenque

The venerable South Texas/North Mexico chain is found in Round Rock, dishing out those piratas and more through its drive-thru and restaurant. Takeout orders can be placed in person or online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Arepitas

The South American restaurant is dedicated to Venezuelan cuisine with dishes like cachapas, empanadas, and, of course, arepas. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Veracruz All Natural

The very first restaurant location of one of the area’s best breakfast tacos offered the food truck the opportunity to experiment with specials, like enchiladas, while also serving those famous migas tacos and more. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

WiseGuys A Chicago Eatery

For actually good Chicago-style fare, head up to this Round Rock restaurant full of Italian beef sandwiches and loaded Chicago hot dogs. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are Uber Eats deliveries; and there are indoor dine-in services.

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