25 Favorite Places to Eat in Austin

April is my birth month and this year, I’m turning the big 2-5!!! As a thank you to you guys and a nod to my birthday, I’m sharing MY 25 FAVORITE places to eat in Austin!

*Disclaimer: I wrote this post 200% hungry and without stopping. Without further ado and in no particular order, here are my 25 favorite places to eat and what you should order if you wanna eat like Me:

mushroom pizza from Bufalina pizza in austin

1. Bufalina

A Margherita and Roasted Mushroom pizza, with a glass of red wine

two scoops of artisanal ice cream from lick honest ice creams in a vanilla waffle cone

2. Lick Honest Ice Creams

A small (2 scoops), with one scoop each of whatever is on the seasonal menu, in a vanilla waffle cone

korean fried chicken platter from college roadhouse in austin

3. College Roadhouse

Korean Fried Chicken & Beer combo, with soy garlic and Korean sweet chili sauces, an order of Cheese Corn, Seafood Pancake, and a bottle or two of flavored soju

handmade pasta and bruschetta platter from Patrizi's

4. Patrizi’s

Bring your own wine bottle, order the Bruschetta and a plate of their pasta! I usually pick one of the specials, or you can’t go wrong with their Cacio e Pepe or Carbonara

corn fritters from loro austin

5. Loro

Start off with some Chicken Karaage and the Crunchy Sweet Corn Fritters for the table. As for the meats, get the Smoked Beef Brisket, Malaysian Chicken Bo Ssam, and Char Siew Pork Belly. Pro-tip: Aim for happy hour if you can make it

giant chocolate chip cookie from sour duck market

6. Sour Duck Market

Spicy Pork Sando and the Soup of the Day. End your meal with a chocolate chip cookie

miso hot bowl of ramen with add-ins from kemuri tatsu-ya in austin

7. Ramen Tatsu-Ya

Miso-Hot with a spicy bomb. Add in brussels sprouts, menma (marinated bamboo), and kikurage (woodear mushrooms)

lengua barbacoa cabeza tacos on corn from las trancas taco truck in austin

8. Las Trancas

3 tacos all on corn: Lengua (tongue), Barbacoa (brisket), and Cabeza (beef cheek). Get some VIP sauce and wash it all down with a Pineapple Jarritos

detroit style pizza cadillac from via 313 in austin
Image courtesy of Austin Chronicle

9. Via 313

The Cadillac: Gorgonzola, Fig Preserves, Prosciutto di Parma, Parmesan, Balsamic Glaze. YUM!

veggie burger with cheese from p terry's in austin
Image courtesy of P. Terry’s Instagram

10. P. Terry’s

The BEST veggie burger in town IMO. Don’t forget your side of fries!

build your own poke bowl with salmon from poke house texas in austin

11. Poke House

Build your own poke bowl. This is what I ALWAYS get: Regular with salmon (2 scoops, sometimes I’ll get a large, which has 3 scoops if I’m feeling hungry), 1/2 salad, 1/2 white rice, sweet ginger and garlic miso for the sauce, mix in crab salad, seaweed salad, cucumber, edamame, masago, scallions, red cabbage, ginger, extra spicy mayo, furikake, and garlic crisps

hand pulled noodles with chicken from xian sushi and noodle in austin

12. Xian Sushi and Noodles

Chicken stir fried Pappardelle noodles

lush pork belly bowl from peached tortilla in austin texas

13. Peached Tortilla

Charred brussels sprouts (my favorite ones in Austin). Taco trio, Lush Pork Belly Bowl, and a House Margarita

chicken mole tamale and fish taco from tamale house east in austin

14. Tamale House East

My go-to order: Chicken Mole Tamale and a Fish Taco

migas taco on corn from veracruz all natural in austin

15. Veracruz All Natural

Migas on corn and Chicken Mole on flour

raw fish sushi escolar and salmon nigiri reverse happy hour maiko sushi lounge austin

16. Maiko Sushi Lounge

Go during reverse happy hour. This is the order that I will get 9 times out of 10: 3 pieces escolar nigiri, 2 pieces salmon nigiri, Warehouse District roll. And don’t forget the happy hour priced Sake Bomb set

crispy pork in a pan with egg yolk

17. Be More Pacific

The only place in Austin that I can find sisig: crispy pork, mayonnaise, onions, served on a sizzling platter with raw egg, and lime

two scoops of gelato ice cream in a cup from gemelli gelateria in austin

18. Gelateria Gemelli

Salted Caramel & Earl Grey gelato

bowl of pho noodles with broth soup from pho please in austin

19. Pho Please

Depending on my mood, I’ll either order a bowl of Pho with rare steak & tendon, or a Rice & Pork plate. I always get an order of shrimp spring rolls too!

salmon lox eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce from magnolia cafe austin

20. Magnolia Cafe

They serve breakfast all day here so obviously, I order a Benedict or omelet and a stack of pancakes. If it’s on the weekend, I get the Alaskan Benedict that has smoked lox

crawfish boil crawfish shack and oyster bar austin

21. Crawfish Shack & Oyster Bar

2 lbs of crawfish and 1 lb of shrimp. Make sure you ask for extra seasoning on the side

milk tea boba tea with pearls from kung fu tea
Image courtesy of Kung Fu Tea USA Instagram

22. Kung Fu Tea

Medium milk tea. 30% sweet. Less Ice. Boba or Herbal Jelly

plate of fried chicken dark meat macaroni and cheese cole slaw gus's world famous fried chicken

23. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

2 piece dark meat plate with a side of mac n cheese and seasoned fries

plate of terriyaki chicken karaage with rice potato salad and kale salad

24. Sa-Tén

Chicken Teriyaki Kara-age plate with rice, kale salad or curry (depending on my mood), and potato salad

veggie burger with cheese lettuce and tomato

25. Bouldin Creek Cafe

Veggie Royale Sandwich, with basil aioli, add cheddar jack cheese and a side of kettle chips

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