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If you are looking for a fun, family-friendly town that has some of the best food options around, head to the capital of Texas.
We ate so much incredible food in our recent Austin, Texas trip, my mouth is watering just making this list. If you love hot sauce and tex-mex food as much as I do, then run, don’t walk to the capital of Texas. I’m very proud of the fact that we ate at almost 15 different places in 5 short days. Friends, I do this for you.
If you go to one place in Austin, let it be Veracruz. These were my favorite tacos and we went three times while we were here. Food Network named their migas tacos one of the best tacos in America, so you know that’s a must-order.
Don’t leave without one of their giant agua frescas; we ordered one to share the first time, then got wiser the next few times. Yes, it’s large and yes, you will drink it all.
When I told you all we were heading to Austin, so many of you recommended Torchy’s. And it was good, but I think Tacodeli and Veracruz were better. They have some great vegetarian options, and I recommend the fried avocado taco, the mushroom taco and the street corn.
The tacos were good but Tacodeli’s salsa dona is hands-down the best thing I ate in Austin. The first thing I did when I came home was to recreate that recipe, which you can find my jalapeno salsa recipe here.
I smuggled 10 containers of it home from Tacodeli after going to Whole Foods three times after they were sold out each time. I could drink it. (Um, I have drank it.) They have a wide range of breakfast and vegetarian tacos. I recommend hiking the Spyglass Trailhead first to build up a little appetite. Then, order whatever your heart desires and smother everything in Salsa Dona.
I met a group of dietitians at Colleen’s for dinner one night, after heading to Torchy’s for a first dinner with BL and Vander. Therefore, I wasn’t super hungry and only ended up having a glass of wine and the fried green tomatoes.
However, everyone at the table loved their meals, so it’s a good spot to check out. I dined with fellow plant-based dietitian, Sharon Palmer, and she loved the quinoa salad.
Need a break from all of the tacos? Head to Juice Austin, a super cute juice truck that’s close to downtown. Besides Tacodeli and Colleen’s, all of these spots are close to downtown. We rented a car the first day, but then walked from downtown to all of these spots afterwards.
It’s the best way to travel with a baby, especially during naptime. My son and I split the kale juice and my husband had a smoothie bowl.
This was another recommended spot for us; El Primo’s is a breakfast truck on the side of the road that’s classic Austin. We had the breakfast tacos with beans and while they were delicious (the homemade tortillas made it), I didn’t think they were as good as Tacodeli or Veracruz. However, we also ordered beans and eggs, which isn’t the most mind-blowing combination. If you love big, meaty tacos- then check this place out.
I’m putting Elizabeth Street Cafe on the list because we received no less than 15 people telling us to go here. We never dined in, but we did get a vegetable pho to go one evening. Honestly, this was our least favorite thing that we ate and I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it. However, we went back and got the Bahn Mi and that was fantastic– highly recommend it!
Ah, I love Easy Tiger so much. A bakery in the front and a beer hall/garden in the back. We obviously have no issue taking our baby to a bar, and this spot was super accommodating and friendly to letting us do so. We ordered a whole avocado for my son to snack on and he at the entire damn thing. My god, there is no guess who his mama his. They also have incredible homemade pretzels and a great beer list.
The menu at Peached Tortilla is super inventive, which made me want to try it. They have lots of meat options and one vegetarian taco: arugula, peanuts, toasted coconut, kewpie, watermelon radish, and lime.
I told you we ate a TON of tacos. A ton. And, I don’t feel bad about it. Tacos are one of my favorite meals and I loved getting to try out so many options in one week. I loved these from Taco Joint, especially the soyrizo tacos; get the chipotle sauce to add on top.
I don’t think any trip to Austin is complete without a trip to the Whole Foods flagship store. This store is incredible! They have a bar in the middle along with a few restaurants. If you’re familiar with Wegman’s, then this store reminded me of a Wegman’s cafe paired with every natural and trendy food product ever.
We loved La Condesa, especially the nachos and the happy hour margaritas. The happy hour margs are a deal; grab a spot outside if you can.
Another fun beer hall/sausage spot is Bangers. We used to love a place like this in Sacramento so we beelined for it while strolling down Rainey street (a must street to stroll for trucks/music.) Bangers has a great beer menu (and a delicious kombucha) and a variety of regular and vegetarian house-made sausages. I got the BLT and BL got the shiitake and we both loved them. If you need a taco break, head here.
A bunch of you told us about Lick and while we didn’t make it there, we did try Amy’s and wow, it’s good ice cream. Most of our time was spent in 90+ degree weather, so afternoon ice cream (and beer) breaks were a must.
‘m pretty sure I told my husband that I wanted to move to Austin no less than 10 times in our short time there. That city gets me. Packed with tacos, live music, warm weather and eclectic shops. Austin, I know I’ll be back soon.