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Austin's 24 Most Iconic Dishes

Eat your way through the city's culinary essentials

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Austin is 182 years old, and in that time, certain dishes have stood out amongst the fray as the best, most delicious representations of the city. To help figure out those must-eat meals, Eater put together a handy guide to Austin's most iconic dishes.

The city’s defining dishes range from a mix of old and new. There are the classic pancakes at Kerbey Lane Cafe, migas plates from Cisco’s, Franklin Barbecue’s world-famous briskets, tacos galore, and much more. This update includes the Monster Cookie from Henbit and barbecue klobásníky from Kerlin BBQ.

For more defining Austin eats, check out the city's most classic restaurants, iconic meat dishes, barbecue, tacos, burgers, and pizzerias.

As with all businesses, 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 are changing constantly. Wear a mask, tip well, and if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurants/trucks themselves.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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1. Roast Duck at Din Ho Chinese BBQ

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8557 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 832-8788
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The roast duck has always been the right move at this Chinese barbecue favorite. Takeout orders can be placed online and deliveries are available. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

2. Tonkotsu Ramen at Ramen Tatsu-ya

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8557 Research Blvd, #126
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 834-8810
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Few (non-barbecue) dishes have captured Austin diners' attention like Ramen Tatsu-ya's lovingly prepared ramen, turning these noodle soups into instant cravable classics. Takeout orders for all locations can be placed online. All locations feature indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The tonkotsu ramen at Ramen Tatsu-ya
The tonkotsu ramen at Ramen Tatsu-ya
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3. Pancakes at Kerbey Lane Café

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3704 Kerbey Ln
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 451-1436
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The city’s quintessential diner is known for its fluffy stacks of pancakes, especially the gingerbread ones. Takeout orders for. all locations can be placed online. There is indoor and some outdoor dining available at all locations.

Kerbey Lane Cafe’s pancakes
Kerbey Lane Cafe’s pancakes.
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4. Popcorn Tofu Po’ Boy at Wheatsville Food Co-Op

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3101 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 478-2667
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Yes, it’s a food co-op, but its deli dishes up one of the city’s best vegetarian sandwiches. The popcorn tofu po’ boy comes dressed up in cashew-tamari dressing, a bunch of vegetables, and dill pickles on a French roll. Takeout orders for both locations can be placed online.

A sandwich with breaded tofu and greens.
The popcorn tofu po’ boy.
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5. Chicken Fried Steak at Hoover’s Cooking

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2002 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 479-5006
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Classic dishes just taste better in classic restaurant spaces. The chicken fried steak slathered with cream gravy at chef/owner Hoover Alexander’s restaurant is a perfect example of just that. Takeout orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

Hoover’s chicken fried steak
Hoover’s chicken fried steak
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6. Crispy Fried Gulf Oysters at Jeffrey's

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1204 West Lynn
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 477-5584
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A dish that is so iconic it stayed on the menu even after the restaurant got a serious revamp by now-owners Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman. The fried Gulf oysters are dabbled with a fruity apple-cider sauce, spiced leeks, and chervil, now served on the shell. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

7. Biscuits at Olamaie

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1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-2796
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After years of being a secret item, the famous fluffy biscuits at Olamaie, which come with honey butter, have earned their rightful place on the menu. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Biscuits at Olamaie
Biscuits at Olamaie
Katie LeSeuer

8. Steak at ALC

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1205 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-1813
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Formerly known as Austin Land & Cattle, ALC is your best bet for a classic, laid-back steak dinner. Takeout orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

Steak at ALC
Steak at ALC
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9. Chili at Texas Chili Parlor

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1409 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 472-2828
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The beauty of a classic restaurant devoted to chili is how many ways chili can be enjoyed. As Frito pie? On a hot dog? A burger? Baked potato? Just on its own? You do you, and get it as spicy or mild as you want it. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

10. Cauliflower Tots at Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 645-0786
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How does the Better Half team get the cauliflower so crispy? The all-day casual restaurant’s cauliflower tots served with a side of really good beet ketchup are a work of culinary magic. Takeout orders. can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

11. Brisket at Franklin Barbecue

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900 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 653-1187
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Austin's most talked-about and craved dish, Aaron Franklin's magically delicious brisket has come to define the city across the country and world. Advanced pickup orders can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

12. Monster Cookie at Henbit

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111 Congress Ave #010
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 527-3054
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The fast-casual stall at downtown food hall Fareground is known for its massive Monster Cookie laden with chocolate chips and pecans. It was created by pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph of the Emmer and Rye Group. Takeout orders can be placed online, and national shipping via Goldbelly is available. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

13. Migas at Cisco's Restaurant

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1511 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 478-2420
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Soak up Austin political history and a hangover-killing breakfast in one fell swoop at the East Sixth restaurant. There are indoor dine-in services.

14. Butcher’s Burger at Salt & Time

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1912 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1383
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The butcher shop burger at Salt & Time is very special and unique: it’s made up of whatever steak trimmings are available that day, plus mayonnaise and sour pickles on a brioche bun. Takeout orders can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Salt & Time’s burger
Salt & Time’s burger.
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15. Migas Taco at Veracruz All Natural

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1704 East Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 981-1760
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The migas taco has been around long before Veracruz opened over 14 years ago, but sisters Reyna and Maritza Vazquez behind this trailer phenomenon took an Austin classic to the next level. Takeout orders for all locations can be placed online. There are on-site dine-in services and areas available, many with outdoor areas.

The migas taco from Veracruz
The migas taco from Veracruz.
Veracruz All Natural

16. Hama Chili at Uchi

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1509, 801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4808
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The Japanese restaurant’s classic bright and citrusy hama chili dish has yellowtail, Thai chilis, and citrusy ponzu. Takeout orders can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Uchi’s hama chili
Uchi’s hama chili.
Uchi/Facebook

17. Brisket Klobásníky at Kerlin BBQ

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2207 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 412-5588
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Available only on Sundays, this barbecue trailer’s klobásníky features brisket and cheese stuffed into a soft pastry. It was created by co-owner Amelis Kerlin. The meaty baked good is also available at its new dedicated truck, Kerlaches, on Webberville Road. Email preorders are available, takeout orders can be placed in person, and there is outdoor dining available. (While Kerlin calls the item “kolaches,” the term usually refers to the sweet version of the pastry. klobásníky refers to the meat-stuffed iteration.)

Kerlin BBQ’s kolaches
Kerlin BBQ’s kolaches.
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18. Ice Cream Sandwich at Launderette

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2115 Holly St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 382-1599
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Though its originator Laura Sawicki is no longer at the Holly restaurant, her oh-so-fun birthday cake ice cream sandwich is so iconic that Launderette faked everyone out by pretending to take the dessert off the menu for April Fools’ Day once. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Launderette’s birthday cake ice cream sandwiches
Launderette’s birthday cake ice cream sandwiches
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19. Mexican Vanilla Ice Cream at Amy

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1301 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 440-7488
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Go super-classic at this Austin ice cream institution chain, and don’t skimp on the toppings. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online.

20. A Slice of Pizza at Home Slice Pizza

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1415 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-7437
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Home Slice ushered in a pizza revolution in Austin when it opened over 16 years ago, and the New York-style pies still garner serious loyalty. Takeout orders can be placed in person. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A slice of pizza from Home Slice
A slice of pizza from Home Slice
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21. Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt's El Rancho

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2613 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 462-9333
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The Bob is queso's perfect form, with taco meat and guacamole. Takeout orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s
The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s.
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22. Al Pastor Taco at Rosita’s

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1801 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 442-8402
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One of the few restaurants serving pastor from a genuine trompo, Rosita’s is a key place to start your pastor education. Takeout orders can be placed online. It’s open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

23. Avocado Margarita at Curra's Grill

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614 E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-0012
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The creamy boozy avocado margarita from Curra’s is another pinnacle of Tex-Mex achievement in Austin. Takeout orders can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

24. The Real Deal Holyfield at Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

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11500 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78748
(512) 221-4248
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It’s impossible to have too many tacos, and Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ proves that point with its perfect melding of Austin’s deep true loves, barbecue and Tex-Mex with the trailer’s breakfast-ready Real Deal Holyfield. Opt for brisket with a fried egg, beans, bacon, and tomato serrano salsa. Takeout orders can be placed online. There. areoutdoor dining areas.

The Real Deal Holyfield at Valentina’s
The Real Deal Holyfield at Valentina’s
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1. Roast Duck at Din Ho Chinese BBQ

8557 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

The roast duck has always been the right move at this Chinese barbecue favorite. Takeout orders can be placed online and deliveries are available. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

8557 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78758

2. Tonkotsu Ramen at Ramen Tatsu-ya

8557 Research Blvd, #126, Austin, TX 78758
The tonkotsu ramen at Ramen Tatsu-ya
The tonkotsu ramen at Ramen Tatsu-ya
Ramen Tatsu-ya/Facebook

Few (non-barbecue) dishes have captured Austin diners' attention like Ramen Tatsu-ya's lovingly prepared ramen, turning these noodle soups into instant cravable classics. Takeout orders for all locations can be placed online. All locations feature indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

8557 Research Blvd, #126
Austin, TX 78758

3. Pancakes at Kerbey Lane Café

3704 Kerbey Ln, Austin, TX 78731
Kerbey Lane Cafe’s pancakes
Kerbey Lane Cafe’s pancakes.
Kerbey Lane Cafe/Facebook

The city’s quintessential diner is known for its fluffy stacks of pancakes, especially the gingerbread ones. Takeout orders for. all locations can be placed online. There is indoor and some outdoor dining available at all locations.

3704 Kerbey Ln
Austin, TX 78731

4. Popcorn Tofu Po’ Boy at Wheatsville Food Co-Op

3101 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
A sandwich with breaded tofu and greens.
The popcorn tofu po’ boy.
Wheatsville/Facebook

Yes, it’s a food co-op, but its deli dishes up one of the city’s best vegetarian sandwiches. The popcorn tofu po’ boy comes dressed up in cashew-tamari dressing, a bunch of vegetables, and dill pickles on a French roll. Takeout orders for both locations can be placed online.

3101 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

5. Chicken Fried Steak at Hoover’s Cooking

2002 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Hoover’s chicken fried steak
Hoover’s chicken fried steak
Hoover’s Cooking/Facebook

Classic dishes just taste better in classic restaurant spaces. The chicken fried steak slathered with cream gravy at chef/owner Hoover Alexander’s restaurant is a perfect example of just that. Takeout orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

2002 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

6. Crispy Fried Gulf Oysters at Jeffrey's

1204 West Lynn, Austin, TX 78703

A dish that is so iconic it stayed on the menu even after the restaurant got a serious revamp by now-owners Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman. The fried Gulf oysters are dabbled with a fruity apple-cider sauce, spiced leeks, and chervil, now served on the shell. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

1204 West Lynn
Austin, TX 78703

7. Biscuits at Olamaie

1610 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701
Biscuits at Olamaie
Biscuits at Olamaie
Katie LeSeuer

After years of being a secret item, the famous fluffy biscuits at Olamaie, which come with honey butter, have earned their rightful place on the menu. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Steak at ALC

1205 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Steak at ALC
Steak at ALC
ALC Steaks/Facebook

Formerly known as Austin Land & Cattle, ALC is your best bet for a classic, laid-back steak dinner. Takeout orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

1205 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

9. Chili at Texas Chili Parlor

1409 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

The beauty of a classic restaurant devoted to chili is how many ways chili can be enjoyed. As Frito pie? On a hot dog? A burger? Baked potato? Just on its own? You do you, and get it as spicy or mild as you want it. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

1409 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701

10. Cauliflower Tots at Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

406 Walsh St, Austin, TX 78703

How does the Better Half team get the cauliflower so crispy? The all-day casual restaurant’s cauliflower tots served with a side of really good beet ketchup are a work of culinary magic. Takeout orders. can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703

11. Brisket at Franklin Barbecue

900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

Austin's most talked-about and craved dish, Aaron Franklin's magically delicious brisket has come to define the city across the country and world. Advanced pickup orders can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

900 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

12. Monster Cookie at Henbit

111 Congress Ave #010, Austin, TX 78701

The fast-casual stall at downtown food hall Fareground is known for its massive Monster Cookie laden with chocolate chips and pecans. It was created by pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph of the Emmer and Rye Group. Takeout orders can be placed online, and national shipping via Goldbelly is available. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

111 Congress Ave #010
Austin, TX 78701

13. Migas at Cisco's Restaurant

1511 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Soak up Austin political history and a hangover-killing breakfast in one fell swoop at the East Sixth restaurant. There are indoor dine-in services.

1511 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

14. Butcher’s Burger at Salt & Time

1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Salt & Time’s burger
Salt & Time’s burger.
Salt & Time/Facebook

The butcher shop burger at Salt & Time is very special and unique: it’s made up of whatever steak trimmings are available that day, plus mayonnaise and sour pickles on a brioche bun. Takeout orders can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

1912 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

15. Migas Taco at Veracruz All Natural

1704 East Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702
The migas taco from Veracruz
The migas taco from Veracruz.
Veracruz All Natural

The migas taco has been around long before Veracruz opened over 14 years ago, but sisters Reyna and Maritza Vazquez behind this trailer phenomenon took an Austin classic to the next level. Takeout orders for all locations can be placed online. There are on-site dine-in services and areas available, many with outdoor areas.

1704 East Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78702

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16. Hama Chili at Uchi

1509, 801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Uchi’s hama chili
Uchi’s hama chili.
Uchi/Facebook

The Japanese restaurant’s classic bright and citrusy hama chili dish has yellowtail, Thai chilis, and citrusy ponzu. Takeout orders can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

1509, 801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

17. Brisket Klobásníky at Kerlin BBQ

2207 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Kerlin BBQ’s kolaches
Kerlin BBQ’s kolaches.
Kerlin BBQ/Facebook

Available only on Sundays, this barbecue trailer’s klobásníky features brisket and cheese stuffed into a soft pastry. It was created by co-owner Amelis Kerlin. The meaty baked good is also available at its new dedicated truck, Kerlaches, on Webberville Road. Email preorders are available, takeout orders can be placed in person, and there is outdoor dining available. (While Kerlin calls the item “kolaches,” the term usually refers to the sweet version of the pastry. klobásníky refers to the meat-stuffed iteration.)

2207 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

18. Ice Cream Sandwich at Launderette

2115 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702
Launderette’s birthday cake ice cream sandwiches
Launderette’s birthday cake ice cream sandwiches
Launderette [Official]

Though its originator Laura Sawicki is no longer at the Holly restaurant, her oh-so-fun birthday cake ice cream sandwich is so iconic that Launderette faked everyone out by pretending to take the dessert off the menu for April Fools’ Day once. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

2115 Holly St
Austin, TX 78702

19. Mexican Vanilla Ice Cream at Amy

1301 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Go super-classic at this Austin ice cream institution chain, and don’t skimp on the toppings. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online.

1301 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

20. A Slice of Pizza at Home Slice Pizza

1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
A slice of pizza from Home Slice
A slice of pizza from Home Slice
Home Slice/Facebook

Home Slice ushered in a pizza revolution in Austin when it opened over 16 years ago, and the New York-style pies still garner serious loyalty. Takeout orders can be placed in person. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

1415 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

21. Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt's El Rancho

2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s
The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s.
Matt’s El Rancho/Facebook

The Bob is queso's perfect form, with taco meat and guacamole. Takeout orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

2613 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

22. Al Pastor Taco at Rosita’s

1801 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741

One of the few restaurants serving pastor from a genuine trompo, Rosita’s is a key place to start your pastor education. Takeout orders can be placed online. It’s open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

1801 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78741

23. Avocado Margarita at Curra's Grill

614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704

The creamy boozy avocado margarita from Curra’s is another pinnacle of Tex-Mex achievement in Austin. Takeout orders can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

614 E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

24. The Real Deal Holyfield at Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

11500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78748
The Real Deal Holyfield at Valentina’s
The Real Deal Holyfield at Valentina’s
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

It’s impossible to have too many tacos, and Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ proves that point with its perfect melding of Austin’s deep true loves, barbecue and Tex-Mex with the trailer’s breakfast-ready Real Deal Holyfield. Opt for brisket with a fried egg, beans, bacon, and tomato serrano salsa. Takeout orders can be placed online. There. areoutdoor dining areas.

11500 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78748

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