Top Restaurants In Austin

Best Restaurants In Austin

My Favorite Restaurants In Austin

March 27, 2018

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Confession: I eat out almost every day of the week. Mostly because I need to try new restaurants that are opening (so I can give you guys recommendations through my texting service. Yes, you can text me for restaurant recommendations at 512-400-3637!) and I really just like eating out.

SEE ALSO: 23 Best Breakfasts In Austin Worth Waking Up For

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I’ve written several “best of” Austin restaurant lists but not an ultimate guide to the top restaurants in Austin. The thing about “best” is that it’s relative to who’s writing it and when you guys ask me for recommendations, you’re really asking what’s the best according to me. So here it is, my favorite & top restaurants in Austin – weekly go-to picks for healthy, brunch, desserts, happy hour, girl’s night, and date night.


 

Best Restaurants In Austin

MY WEEKLY GO-TO RESTAURANTS

During the work week, I don’t always have time for lunch/dinner but if I do, here are my go-to’s.

El Chilito – 2 beef puffy tacos and an agua fresca is my go-to order every single time.

Titaya’s – if I’m flying back from a trip, I usually call Titaya’s right when I land for a pickup order of the pad see ew.

Central Market – slightly embarrassed to admit that I will occasionally grab the prepackaged sushi from Central Market. Sometimes a girl just wants to eat sushi and watch Netflix!

Elizabeth St Cafe – pho is overpriced but the kaffir lime fried chicken bún is delicious.

Snooze – Snooze Classic with sunny side up eggs, chorizo, crispy hash browns, and an English muffin.

Contigo – Contigo has a solid brunch but I’ve really been loving their grain bowls during lunch

Old Thousand – mapo eggplant with chongqing chicken

Cafe No Se – cute spot with a delicious quinoa bowl

Hillside Farmacy – I like going to Hillside Farmacy during the week for quiet meetings

Kinda Tropical – rainbow rice bowl and the mini tacos on taco Tuesdays

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HEALTHY RESTAURANTS IN AUSTIN

True Food Kitchen – the menu does change seasonally so the mushroom pizza isn’t always on the menu. If not, then I always get the ancient grains bowl with steak or tofu and an iced coffee with coconut milk.

Honest Mary’s – love their healthy grain bowls and it’s so convenient to pick up a couple of bowls to eat throughout the week.

Leaf – love their salads but parking is a pain in downtown Austin

Blender & Bowls – dragonfruit acai bowls are my jam


 

Le Politique in Austin, TX

BEST BRUNCH IN AUSTIN

Le Politique – I’ve been here several times for brunch on the weekend and it’s always good.

Fresa’s – many Sundays have been spent on the spacious patio at Fresa’s eating queso and sipping on margaritas.

Contigo – Contigo is a Sunday staple during the summer

Elizabeth St Cafe – everyone loves the patio space at this local French-Vietnamese cafe

Snooze – Snooze serves brunch all day through the week but not only is it delicious but also not pricey.

Paperboy – there’s two trailer locations in East Austin and South Austin. The breakfast menu is the cure for any hangovers.

SEE ALSO: 22 Spots With The Best Brunch In Austin


 

Cow Tipping Creamery

BEST DESSERTS IN AUSTIN

Sugar Mama’s – my go-to for cupcakes in Austin

JT Youngblood’s – the fried chicken is really good but their pecan pie with a scoop of ice cream is amazing.

Cow Tipping Creamery – if traffic wasn’t so bad from Central Austin to South Austin, I’d go to Cow Tipping Creamery every week for vanilla soft serve with chocolate syrup. Treat yourself to their birthday cake stacker or shake

Gemelli’s – favorite gelato spot in Austin, my favorite flavor is the earl grey gelato when it’s in season

Lick Ice Creams – favorite ice cream spot in Austin!


 

Alcomar lunch

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN AUSTIN

Clark’s Oyster Bar – the burger + fries is 1/2 off from Monday to Friday from 3 – 6pm, and it’s 1/2 off bottles of wine on the weekends from 3 – 6pm.

Uchiko – even though Uchiko broke my heart by taking the Brussels sprouts off the happy hour menu, I still love Uchiko’s happy hour.

Lucky Robot – Lucky Robot’s outdoor tables are a great spot to people watch on South Congress. Happy hour is Monday – Friday from 4 – 6pm.

Kome – $4.5 Japanese chicken wings, $4 gyoza, $4 – $6 sushi rolls, and $5 house sake is Monday – Thursday from 5 – 6pm.

SEE ALSO: Ultimate Guide To Best Happy Hours In Austin


 

Aviary Wine & Kitchen

GIRL’S NIGHT

Aviary – amazing selection of wine with bites

June’s – another great wine bar in Austin that’s perfect for catching up with girlfriends

Josephine House – just caught up with the girlfriends at Josephine House last weekend while sipping on glasses of rosé on the patio.


 

Ah Sing Den

BEST DATE NIGHT SPOTS IN AUSTIN

Uchi + Uchiko – obvious but still the best date spot in Austin. I haven’t been to Otoko but I’d imagine that’s a great date night spot too.

Clark’s Oyster Bar – I love this cute, intimate seafood spot. Even celebrated one of my birthdays here!

Le Politique – cute European restaurant with delicious entrees and pastries

Justine’s – steak frites with house red and the chocolate cake? I’d swipe right on that.

Irene’s – for a casual date night, I’d go to Irene’s for some hazelnut & Nutella toast with cocktails.

Ah Sing Den – I really love the Asian vibes at this East Austin bar and their cocktails are really good.

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Jane Ko is the blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog. She is a social media marketer, blogger, food photographer, and the host of the largest SXSW food crawl. Lives in Austin, find her on Google+

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