100 Things You Need To Eat This Summer in Austin

This is the ultimate guide to the best eats this summer. Personally taste tested and approved to help you navigate Austin in all its gastronomic glory.
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UPDATED JULY 2017

100 Things You Need To Eat This Summer in Austin

**Another year, another list of 100 things you need to eat this summer in Austin. I created this guide in 2013, and it’s been one of my most popular blog posts to date. This list is freshly updated every summer to remove restaurants that closed and restaurants that no longer make the cut.

This is the ultimate guide to the best eats this summer. A humble compilation of food and drink personally tasted tested and approved. I picked a mix of favorites and bests – a list that will help you navigate Austin in all its gastronomic glory.

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Sa-ten Ube Affogato

1. UBE AFFOGATO AT SA-TEN

Japanese coffee shop, Sa-Tén, just added a new dessert to their menu: ube affogato. If you’ve never had ube before, it’s a sweet Japanese purple yam. Try their Japanese fusion menu while you’re there!

SEE ALSO: Sa-Tén Coffee, Must Visit Artsy Japanese Coffee Shop in Austin

 

Bufalina Brunch

2. BRUNCH AT BUFALINA

PSA: Bufalina has weekend brunch from 11am to 4pm at both locations.

 

Soursop

3. BEER + THAI FOOD AT SOURSOP

Located at St. Elmo Brewing Company, Soursop is my idea of a perfect Friday night. Tour the brewery, grab a couple brews, and indulge in Southeast Asian cuisine.

SEE ALSO: BEST THAI FOOD IN AUSTIN

 

Kemuri

4. COCKTAIL + JAPANESE SMALL BITES AT KEMURI TATSU-YA

You can easily spend three hours on Kemuri Tatsu-Ya’s patio drinking cat & puffer fish cocktails.

SEE ALSO: Best Patios In Austin To Wine & Dine

 

Brisket Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

5. BRISKET CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE ICE CREAM SANDWICH AT LEROY & LEWIS

Try saying that 5 times fast. The brisket chocolate cookie ice cream sandwich is the kind of cookie you’ll get up in the middle of the night for.

 

Culinary Dropout

6. FRIED CHICKEN + THAI CHILE CHICKEN WINGS AT CULINARY DROPOUT

Culinary Dropout is one of my favorie spots to hang out with friends – play ping  pong, cocktails, and stuff my face with fried chicken and Thai chile chicken wings.

SEE ALSO: Culinary Dropout – Austin’s Coolest Patio For Hanging Out Is Open

 

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking in Round Rock Texas

7. SEAFOOD FEAST AT SALT TRADERS

“Where can I go for seafood in Austin?” you ask. Well, go to Salt Traders Coastal Cooking for the best seafood in Austin.

 

Veracruz Tacos

8. MIGAS TACOS AT VERACRUZ

Austin bucket list item? Migas tacos at Veracruz. If it’s too hot for you to sit outside, Veracruz has a brick & mortar in Round Rock. No excuses here.

 

BackBeat Bar

9. DRINKS WITH FOOD AT BACKBEAT

Drinks with food? Take me to Backbeat on South Lamar. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4-7pm with $2 off all bar snacks and $7 classic cocktails.

 

Brunch at Eberly Austin Texas

10. BRUNCH AT EBERLY

Eberly is the most beautiful restaurant in Austin ATM but it comes with a hefty price tag. Opt for brunch instead of dinner – avocado toast and fried chicken and waffles are delicious.

 

ATX Cocina

11. MODERN MEXICAN AT ATX COCINA

Austin gets another modern Mexican restaurant that’s sure to impress anyone that dines there. Loved the el hefe, crab tostada, and pawns. If you have a party more than 4, ask for the watermelon tiki punch. It comes packed with tequila, rum, and vodka!

110 San Antonio St, Austin, TX, atxcocina.com

 

Fresa's Chicken

12. PRICKLY PEAR MARGARITAS AT FRESA’S

Bring your furry friend to Fresa’s for prickly pear margaritas, elotes, and Brussels sprouts. They’re dog friendly!

 

Ah Sing Den

13. HAPPY HOUR AT AH SING DEN

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into ancient Asian at Ah Sing Den in East Austin. Head to the patio and enjoy cocktails while hanging out with their resident rooster.

 

Grizzelda's Brunch

14. HAPPY HOUR AT GRIZZELDA’S

Queso, ceviche, tacos, and frozen margaritas in a Insta-worthy space – need I say more?

 

Kitty Cohen's

15. COCKTAILS AT KITTY COHEN’S

Cocktails while hanging in the pool with my doughnut floatie? You bet I’ll be at Kitty Cohen’s this entire summer.

 

16. MAPO EGGPLANT AT OLD THOUSAND

If you ask me where the best Chinese food is in Austin, I’ll say, “Old Thousand.” The mapo eggplant is gently fried and then tossed in a savory black bean sauce that’s incredible over a bowl of rice.

 

Prohibition Creamery

17. BOOZY ICE CREAM AT PROHIBITION CREAMERY

Three words: boozy ice cream.

SEE ALSO: Boozy Ice Cream At Austin’s First Alcoholic Ice Cream Shop

 

The Beer Plant

18. VEGAN BAR FOOD AT THE BEER PLANT

Buffalo cauliflower with bleu cheese, chorizo cheese nachos, and mac & cheese – pssst it’s all vegan and soo good.

 

Forthright Cafe

19. HEALTHY LUNCH AT FORTHRIGHT

If you live and work in downtown Austin, you need to grab lunch at Forthright. The avocado toast, veggie burger, and super food bowl are my favorites.

 

June's

20. COCKTAILS & FRIES AT JUNE’S ALL DAY

If you ask me for coffee, I’m going to say, “cocktail and fries at June’s?”

 

Kula Revolving Sushi Bar

21. REVOLVING SUSHI AT KULA

? Conveyor belt sushi is finally here at Kula Sushi!

 

Matcha Latte at the Factory

22. MATCHA LATTE AT THE FACTORY

Matcha lattes in the cutest coffee shop in Austin but there’s a catch. No wi-fi.

 

Cafe Josie in Austin Texas

23. ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT EXPERIENCE AT CAFE JOSIE

All-you-can-eat small plates for $40 a person every evening at Cafe Josie is one the best deals in Austin!

 

Lenoir

24. WINE & APPETIZERS AT LENOIR

Lenoir’s outdoor happy hour in their wine garden is Tuesday through Sunday from 5 – 6:30 with a smoked fish salad, roasted squash, cornmeal hush pups, taco of the day and kazu sesame bread.

 

PS 35 Pizza

25. HOT HONEY PIZZA AT PS 35

Scoot over IKEA Swedish meatballs, the hot honey pizza at PS 35 makes the trip to IKEA worthwhile.

 

Velvet Taco

26. TACOS AT VELVET TACO

Spicy tikka chicken, Cuban pig and ahi poke – these are not your typical tacos at Velvet Taco. Be sure to order the red curry coconut queso and red velvet cake too.

 

Bonhomie

27. BONHOMIE

Pommes rosti means “crisp and golden” and Bonhomie has 6 different pommes rosti for you to choose from. The lox and dill is my favorite. Don’t forget to order the banana split profiteroles and café mille feuille.

 

Tiny Boxwoods

28. TINY BOXWOODS

The chocolate chip cookies are worth the hype. That’s all you need to know.

 

JT Youngblood's

29. TOWER OF POWER AT JT YOUNGBLOOD’S

Hungry? JT Youngblood’s tower of power comes with 21 pieces of fried chicken, rolls, & pickles ? .

My Name Is Joe Coffee

30. MY NAME IS JOE

Iced matcha latte and Moroccan joint tartine with hazelnut hummus, pickled beets, and fresh herbs. My Name Is Joe is a charitable trailer that helps support those in the service industry who are looking for new life from drug and alcohol addiction. Drink coffee, eat good food, and help support a good cause.

 

Native Hostel

31. WAFFLE FRY NACHOS AT NATIVE

Waffle fry nachos with queso, tomato, serranoes, sour cream, and then topped with brisket. The cocktails at Native are also pretty killer. If you get food coma and can’t make it home, rooms are only $69 a night.

 

Kinda Tropical Austin

32. RAINBOW RICE BOWL AT KINDA TROPICAL

Who knew a rice bowl could be so good? Obsessed with the rainbow rice bowl at Kinda Tropical in East Austin – kale, cucumber, radish, cabbage, carrots, herbs, and gomasio.

 

Mattie's Brunch

33. SOUTHERN BRUNCH AT MATTIE’S

The iconic Green Pastures estates has reopened with its own restaurant called Mattie’s serving a laid-back Southern vibe, melt-in-your-mouth biscuits on the brunch menu with classic cocktails.

SEE ALSO: 19 Spots With The Best Brunch In Austin

 

Steel City Pops

34. STEEL CITY POPS

All-natural pops made with local ingredients served up at the Picnic food trailer park.

 

Fine Foods

35. FINE FOODS

Hang out at Austin Motel’s Fine Foods from 3 to 6 pm for $1 off drafts and well drinks, and half-off punches. If you like old fashioneds, you’ll love their cold fashioned!

1220 S Congress Ave

 

Dee Dee Austin

36. THAI FOOD AT DEE DEE

The pad kapow with spicy stir-fried pork and Thai basil, steamed jasmine rice, chili fish, cold cucumber and a fried egg at Dee Dees is so good.

 

El Chipiron

37. EL CHIPIRON

? We have a new Spanish tapas spot in Austin! Salpicón de pulpo & the tinto de verano were soo good.

The pincho has also become associated with Basque gourmet cuisine, and many top Michelin-starred chefs across the region are pushing boundaries with flavours and ingredients, bringing the pintxo fully into the 21st century. – The Culture Trip

2717 S Lamar Blvd #1085, elchipironaustin.com

 

Chuy's

38. TEX-MEX AT CHUY’S

? Tex-Mexing at Chuy’s – chicken enchiladas with boom boom sauce, steak fajitas, chile relleno, & frozen watermelon margaritas!⠀

 

Cold Cookie Co

39. COLD COOKIE CO

There’s a new ice cream truck in town and that’s Cold Cookie Co serving up freshly baked cookies and locally made ice cream.

 

Toulouse Cafe and Bar

40. WINE + CHEESE TOULOUSE CAFE

After a long day of shopping at Domain NORTHSIDE, treat yourself to wine and cheese at Toulouse.

 

FIXE Austin

41. BISCUITS AT FIXE

Come for the biscuit but you’ll want to stay for the deviled eggs, fried chicken, and ribeye.

500 W 5th St, austinfixe.com

 

Eastside Tavern

42. ROSÉ + FRIES AT EASTSIDE TAVERN

And when I say fries, I’m talking about loaded fries topped with pulled pork, cheddar, pickled onions and house bbq.

 

Ice Scrapers

43. THAI ICE CREAM AT ICE SCRAPERS

Cool off this summer with Thai rolled ice cream – I got strawberry s’mores at Ice Scrapers!

 

Ola Poke

44. POKÉ AT OLA POKE

Build-your-own poke bowls at Ola Poke! My go-to is salmon and ahi tuna with seaweed salad, avocado, corn, white rice, masago, furikake, and spicy mayo.

 

Green Light Social

45. GREEN LIGHT SOCIAL

Wednesdays are Sake Social at Green Light Social – poke bowls, sake flights + bombs, punch bowls, live music & more.

 

Habesha

46. HABESHA

Try a new cuisine this summer like Ethiopian food at Habesha. The combination vegetarian platter is only $14.95 – pick a vegetarian dish with humus fit fit, salad, butters, and azifa.

 

True Food Kitchen

47. TRUE FOOD KITCHEN

Crudité + rosé, it’s all about balance right? ??⠀

 

A Taste of Koko

48. SPRINKLES ATM

The sweetest ATM machine ever is a cupcake ATM and you’ll find it at Sprinkle’s in Domain NORTHSIDE.

 

Second Bar + Kitchen

49. LATE NIGHT AT SECOND BAR + KITCHEN

Second Bar + Kitchen is open until 1am on Friday and Saturday nights if you’re hungry. No more pizza delievered.

 

Homeslice Pizza

50.MARGHERITA + TOPO CHICO AT HOMESLICE

Let’s go back to the basics: hot slice of margherita pizza at Homeslice and cold bottle of Topo Chico ✌?

 

Bougie's Donuts & Coffee

51. BREAKFAST TO-GO FROM BOUGIE’S DONUTS

I’d like a dirty horchata latte + berry donut to-go.

5400 Brodie Ln Unit #930, Sunset Valley, TX, bougiesdonuts.com

 

Eden East Breakfast

52. BREAKFAST AT EDEN EAST

Breakfast this Saturday? Let’s go to Eden East! Check out their Instagram for the rotating menu.

 

CAFE NENA'I

53. CAFE NENA’I

Take a trip to Latin America without your passport at Cafe Nena’i. Cafe Nana’i serves Paraguayan & Argentine pastries like empanadas, cafecitos, arepas, chipa, chipaguazu, and medialunas y vigilantes.

 

Tumble 22

54. HOT CHICKEN AT TUMBLE 22

Nashville-style hot fried chicken is here in Austin! Tumble 22 is parked at Star Bar on West 6th Street – come grab a spicy dinner before heading out for drinks.

600 W 6th St, tumble22.com

 

Terry Black's Barbecue

55. DINOSAUR RIBS AT TERRY BLACK’S

Smokey meats + southern sides at Terry Black’s – let’s call it a day after one of those dinosaur ribs.

 

Texas French Bread

56. PORK MILANESE AT TEXAS FRENCH BREAD

We’re all guilty of not visiting the restaurants in Austin that have been open since back in the day. The pork milanese at Texas French Bread is ??.

 

Gong Fu Cha

57. GONG FU CHA AT THE STEEPING ROOM

Get a drink with the friends and by drinks I mean afternoon tea at The Steeping Room. The gong fu cha is an sensory experience of Asia that uses pu’er tea from Taiwan/China.

 

58. BEIGNETS AT EPICERIE

Since I can only  go to NOLA once a year to Cafe Du Monde for beignets, Epicerie feeds my fix with their fluffy beignets.

 

Wu Chow

59. FAMILY MEAL AT WU CHOW

Soup dumplings, steamed whole fish, Sichuan tofu, honey pecan gulf pawns – family meal is encouraged at Wu Chow and trust me you’re going to want one of each dish on the menu.

 

Bao'd Up

60. BAO’ED UP

Juicy pork buns, bbq pork buns, veggie buns, and egg cream buns.

 

Halal Guys

61. HALAL GUYS

Two words: Halal Guys.

 

Unit-D Pizzeria

62. HAPPY HOUR AT UNIT D PIZZERIA

Happy hour at Unit D is Monday, and Wednesday – Friday from 5 – 7pm. Loved their new Indian inspired happy hour menu with fried green tomatoes and harissa buttermilk ($5), chaat chicken ($5), and white bean puree with warm bread ($5). 1/2 off select bottles of wine, $5 glasses of wine, $5 cocktails, and $5 beer drafts!

2406 Manor Rd D, unitdpizzeria.com

 

MezzeMe

63. MEDITERRANEAN LUNCH AT MEZZEME

Mediterranean for lunch? I’m so excited to have more lunch spots in Austin! Start by choosing your base – a pita pocket, salad greens, crazy grains, or basmati rice. Beef & lamb, doner, chicken doner, braised lamb, kofte balls, or falafel. Be sure to get one or two of the feta puff pastry and you’ll thank you.

4700 West Guadalupe Street #9, The Triangle, Austin, TX, mezzeme.com

 

VIA 313

64. DETRIOTER AT VIA 313

Mmmmm… smoked pepperoni, cheese, and Via 313’s thick crispy crust.

 

Iced Turmeric Golden Mylk

65. ICED GOLDEN MYLK AT SOUP PEDDLER

PSA: Soup Peddler has iced golden mylk made with Curcuma turmeric paste! Pro tip: ask for a splash of Stumptown coffee for a buzzy kick.

 

Bistro Vonish

66. VEGAN MAC & CHEESE BISTRO VONISH

Before you say, “ew, really vegan mac & cheese?” There’s something about the chewiness, nuttiness, and crispiness of the mac & cheese that I can’t get enough of.

SEE ALSO: 25 Best Spots For Vegan Food In Austin

 

Pieous

67. PIEOUS

Scratch-made Neapolitan pizza, homemade pastrami, and the biggest chocolate chip cookies that are worth the drive.

2005 US-290, Austin, TX

 

Jasmine Green Dessert

68. JASMINE GREEN DESSERT AT UCHIKO

Uchiko’s happy hour includes temaki, takoyaki, and bacon onigiri. Sadly the Brussels sprouts are no longer on happy hour but full price on the dinner menu. Be sure to order the Jasmine green dessert – ask for the gluten-free version, the puffed quinoa is so much better than the graham cracker crust.

4200 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, uchikoaustin.com

 

Chi'lantro Bowl

69. RICE BOWLS AT CHI’LANTRO

Everyone’s had the kimchi fries at Chi’lantro but have you had their rice bowls?

 

Lucky Robot

70. HAPPY HOUR AT LUCKY ROBOT

Grab your friends and catch up over sushi, Brussels sprouts (one of fav in town), and nomnomiyaki.

 

Gemelli

71. GELATO + COCKTAILS AT GEMELLI’S

Housemade gelato with local incredients and smooth cocktails to finish off a long summer day.

 

The Drink At The End Of The World Cocktail

72. DRINKS AT AZUL ROOFTOP BAR + POOL

Take a dip in Austin’s tallest rooftop bar + pool.

 

Spun Ice Cream

73. LIQUID NITROGEN AT SPUN ICE CREAM

You can now get Spun at Domain NORTHSIDE next to Whole Foods in their adorable shipping container daily from 12:30-10 pm.

 

Avocado Toast at Juice Society

74. AVOCADO TOAST AT JUICE SOCIETY

?  toast and fresh juices in a clean, sleek space.

 

Lick Honest Ice Creams

75. LICK ICE CREAMS

5 scoops of ice cream goodness at Lick Ice Creams! Lick has 3 locations in Austin – South Lamar, Burnet, and Mueller.

 

Cafe No Se

76. CAFE NO SE

Healthy grain bowl with a poached ?, quinoa, fried chickpeas, ?, & pumpkin seed pesto – just what I needed after weeks of traveling!

 

Blender & Bowls

77. BLENDER & BOWLS

Fuel up on colorful Amazonian superfruit açaí bowls at Blender and Bowls. The bowls can be customized with gluten free, vegan or paleo options accommodating all dietary preferences.

 

Fonda San Miguel

78. SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET AT FONDA SAN MIGUEL

All-you-can-eat Sunday brunch buffet from 11am – 2pm for only $39. You can have all the queso, cochinita pibil, ceviche, and mole that you want.

 

Alcomar Happy Hour

79. QUESO FLAMEADO AT ALCOMAR

PSA: happy hour is every day from 3 – 6pm

SEE ALSO: Alcomar, Austin’s Seaside Escape

 

Jacoby's

80. SUPPER AT JACOBY’S

Did I just stay supper? Deviled eggs, stuffed yeast rolls, beef boudin balls, 1/2 lb cheeseburger & fries, chicken fried steak, and wood roasted chicken at Jacoby’s counts as supper.

 

Paperboy Austin

81. BREAKFAST AT PAPERBOY

You can now get breakfast from Paperboy in two locations in Austin: East Austin and South Austin’s Radio Coffee & Beer.

SEE ALSO: Paperboy Serves Up The Best Breakfast In Austin

 

Burger at Clark's Oyster Bar

82. BURGER + FRIES AT CLARK’S OYSTER BAR

Best burger in Austin goes to the pan seared burger at Clark’s Oyster Bar with a tower of shoestring fries.

 

Hillside Farmacy Breakfast

83. BREAKFAST HILLSIDE FARMACY

Sunnyside up eggs, bacon, coffee, and a side of fries, please.

 

La Barbecue

84. BEEF RIBS AT LA BARBECUE

No more sitting outside in the heat at La Barbecue, the barbecue trailer has moved in with Quickie Pickie on East Cesar Chavez.

 

Cow Tipping Creamery

85. COW TIPPING CREAMERY

I love the simple swirl of soft serve in a freshly baked waffle cone with a drizzle of chocolate syrup. Check Cow Tipping Creamery’s Instagram for specials like the donut cones.

 

La Condesa

86. HELADOS DE LA CASA AT LA CONDESA

Come for the margaritas and guacamole and stay for the helados de la casa (housemade ice creams and sorbets).

 

Contigo Austin

87. AL FRESCO DINNER AT CONTIGO

Enjoy the good ol’ Texas outdoors at Contigo. The dinner menu features 5 different charcuterie options, rabbit & dumplings, and burger & fries.

 

Kome Austin

88. SUSHI AT KOME

If I’m craving sushi, I go to Kome. It’s fresh, simple, and done right.

 

Dolce Neve

89. GELATO AT DOLCE NEVE

7 scoops of gelato at Dolce Neve and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Josephine House

90. STEAK FRITES NIGHT AT JOSEPHINE HOUSE

Mondays are steak frites night at Josephine House from 5 – 10pm. Choose from wedge salad, chicken meatball soup, or chicken liver mousse (my choice) for your first course. Prime 7 oz tenderloin filet, prime 11oz New York strip, prime 13 oz ribeye, gulf shrimp, or prime tenderloin beef tartare for your entree. And for dessert, nutella mousse cake, funnel cake, stinky cheese, or scoop of ice cream.

 

Holla Mode

91. THAI COFFEE AT HOLLA MODE

Thai style ice cream rolled up because that’s how we roll.

 

Fries + Salad at Peached Tortilla

92. PEACHED TORTILLA

Ask for the Koko Special at Peached Tortilla – Belgian fries + pickled strawberry & goat cheese salad. And a side of kimchi queso ?

 

Gourdough's Donuts

93. MOTHER CLUCKER AT GOURDOUGH’S

Oldie but a goodie. I added Gourdough’s to this list because I haven’t been to the air stream in 3 years until recently. The Mother Clucker and Miss Shortcake are still just as good I remembered it.

 

Boiler Nine Patio

94. ROOFTOP HAPPY HOUR AT BOILER NINE

Head up to Boiler Nine’s observatory bar for a panorama of downtown Austin while snacking on beer bread, cumin tostadas, fried cauliflower, and streak fries.

 

Science Cream

95. LIQUID NITROGEN ICE CREAM AT SCIENCE CREAM

Creamy ice cream made with liquid nitrogen right before your eyes on SoCo.

 

Irene's Soft Serve

96. TOAST + SOFT SERVE AT IRENE’S

Irene’s has the best toasts in Austin IMO – avocado toast and nutella toast are soo good. Grab a soft serve with sprinkles on your way out.

 

Churros Co

97. CAMPFIRE CHURROS AT CHURRO CO.

Best churros I’ve ever had. The Campfire has churros tossed in graham cracker sugar, topped with Mexican chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and torched marshmallows.

 

Justine's Brasserie

98. STEAK FRITES AT JUSTINE’S

My favorite meal in Austin? Steak frites with the house red at Justine’s with their chocolate cake to end the night.

 

Mango 8

99. LIGHTBULB DRINKS AT MANGO 8

At Mango 8, you can get your bubble tea and fruity drinks in a fun lightbulb cup. They also have a cute panda shaved ice!

 

Casey's New Orleans Snowballs

100. SNOWBALLS AT CASEY’S NEW ORLEANS SNOWBALLS

Cool off from Austin’s 100+ temperatures with a snowball at Casey’s snowball stand. Pro tip: ask for a scoop of ice cream in the middle.