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8 Austin Restaurants for Catering a Tailgate

Leave the deep-frying to the pros

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It may be tradition to tailgate with food, but sometimes the actual cooking should be left to the pros. These Austin restaurants can take care of logistics so tailgaiters can devote more of their energy on cheering for the teams, like, say, the Texas Longhorns.

Wings are a classic accompaniment to football, and ordering from Plucker’s means access to the restaurant’s full variety of sauces. Soursop makes spicy sambal wings, with a variety of other unique dishes to choose from to complete the menu. Cane Rosso’s tailgating specials also features wings, along with portable pizza rolls and popcorn-fried cheese.

Of course, chicken is not the end-all be-all of tailgating. Kreuz Market has a barbecue tailgate special that weighs in at over 12 pounds, and Hat Creek Burger Co. can deliver juicy burgers.

At the University of Texas, The Tailgate Guys rent spots on the LBJ Lawn with the option to add catering from Hoover’s, Pok-e-Jo’s, Tacodeli, and Chick-fil-a. Independent tailgating parties have many more options.

For more tailgate-worthy food, scope out Austin’s best chicken wings, fried chicken, whole chickens, barbecue, and takeout. Otherwise, check out the city’s best sports bars.

Everything below is listed in an unranked order. If there are any tailgating places missing from the list, let Eater know on the tipline or within the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lucy's Fried Chicken

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5408 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 514-0664
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Fried chicken is hard to turn down for any occasion, and tailgates are no exception. Lucy’s can create a custom menu, including sides and pies.

Fried chicken basket from Lucy's Fried Chicken
Fried chicken basket from Lucy's Fried Chicken
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2. Hat Creek Burger Co.

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4407 Bee Cave Rd #212
West Lake Hills, TX 78746
(512) 732-2025
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Though burgers are standard tailgate fare, sometimes it’s best left to the experts. Hat Creek Burger Co. will deliver trays of burgers, chicken nuggets, salad, and breakfast.

Burger and fries from Hat Creek Burger Co.
Burger and fries from Hat Creek Burger Co.
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3. The Halal Guys

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2915 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 761-3633
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Gyro meat and white sauce are prime ingredients for a party. The Halal Guys catering allows for guests to customize meals.

A pita sandwich from Halal Guys
A pita sandwich from Halal Guys
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4. Fresa's Chicken al Carbon

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1703 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 992-2946
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DIY tacos or eat rotisserie-style with Fresa’s famous chicken, fresh tortillas, rice, beans, and a side of choice. Fresa’s can deliver margarita kits too.

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Fresa’s
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5. Pluckers

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3909 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 443-9464
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Go the classic tailgate route with wings and choice of sauces. Plucker’s offers other options like chicken sandwiches or Buffalo bites as well, and meal orders include a side and brownies.

The chicken wings from Pluckers
The chicken wings from Pluckers
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6. Cane Rosso

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4715 S Lamar Blvd #103
Sunset Valley, TX 78745
(512) 904-0534
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The Neapolitan-style pizzeria just rolled out options for tailgating, including pizza rolls, corn, wings, popcorn-fried cheese, and meatballs.

Cane Rosso’s Bad Hombre pizza
Cane Rosso’s Bad Hombre pizza
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7. Soursop

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440 E SAINT ELMO RD STE G2
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 522-7710
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For more adventurous tailgating palates, look into catering from Asian-inspired Soursop. Shrimp chips and queso, sambal wings, and other creative options still fit with game-day flavors.

Soursop wings
Soursop wings
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8. Kreuz Market

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619 N Colorado St
Lockhart, TX 78644
(512) 398-2361
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Though a bit out of town, this famed barbecue restaurant is fully equipped to provide for a crowd. The Texas Tailgate BBQ special feeds 25 to 30 people, and includes brisket, prime rib, spare ribs, and sausage.

Kreuz Market brisket and smoked sausage
Kreuz Market brisket and smoked sausage
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1. Lucy's Fried Chicken

5408 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
Fried chicken basket from Lucy's Fried Chicken
Fried chicken basket from Lucy's Fried Chicken
Lucy's Fried Chicken/Facebook

Fried chicken is hard to turn down for any occasion, and tailgates are no exception. Lucy’s can create a custom menu, including sides and pies.

5408 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

2. Hat Creek Burger Co.

4407 Bee Cave Rd #212, West Lake Hills, TX 78746
Burger and fries from Hat Creek Burger Co.
Burger and fries from Hat Creek Burger Co.
Hat Creek Burger Co./Facebook

Though burgers are standard tailgate fare, sometimes it’s best left to the experts. Hat Creek Burger Co. will deliver trays of burgers, chicken nuggets, salad, and breakfast.

4407 Bee Cave Rd #212
West Lake Hills, TX 78746

3. The Halal Guys

2915 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
A pita sandwich from Halal Guys
A pita sandwich from Halal Guys
Halal Guys/Facebook

Gyro meat and white sauce are prime ingredients for a party. The Halal Guys catering allows for guests to customize meals.

2915 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

4. Fresa's Chicken al Carbon

1703 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Fresa’s
Fresa’s
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

DIY tacos or eat rotisserie-style with Fresa’s famous chicken, fresh tortillas, rice, beans, and a side of choice. Fresa’s can deliver margarita kits too.

1703 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

5. Pluckers

3909 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
The chicken wings from Pluckers
The chicken wings from Pluckers
Melissa Skorpil

Go the classic tailgate route with wings and choice of sauces. Plucker’s offers other options like chicken sandwiches or Buffalo bites as well, and meal orders include a side and brownies.

3909 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

6. Cane Rosso

4715 S Lamar Blvd #103, Sunset Valley, TX 78745
Cane Rosso’s Bad Hombre pizza
Cane Rosso’s Bad Hombre pizza
Cane Rosso/Facebook

The Neapolitan-style pizzeria just rolled out options for tailgating, including pizza rolls, corn, wings, popcorn-fried cheese, and meatballs.

4715 S Lamar Blvd #103
Sunset Valley, TX 78745

7. Soursop

440 E SAINT ELMO RD STE G2, Austin, TX 78745
Soursop wings
Soursop wings
Nicolai McCrary

For more adventurous tailgating palates, look into catering from Asian-inspired Soursop. Shrimp chips and queso, sambal wings, and other creative options still fit with game-day flavors.

440 E SAINT ELMO RD STE G2
Austin, TX 78745

8. Kreuz Market

619 N Colorado St, Lockhart, TX 78644
Kreuz Market brisket and smoked sausage
Kreuz Market brisket and smoked sausage
Kreuz Market/Facebook

Though a bit out of town, this famed barbecue restaurant is fully equipped to provide for a crowd. The Texas Tailgate BBQ special feeds 25 to 30 people, and includes brisket, prime rib, spare ribs, and sausage.

619 N Colorado St
Lockhart, TX 78644

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