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Bird Bird Biscuit
Co-owner and chef Brian Batch of Bird Bird Biscuit in East Austin is a super cute spot that serves biscuit sandwiches for breakfast and lunch.
2701 Manor Rd, birdbirdbiscuit.com
Burgerlicious is a food truck parked at Skull Mechanix Brewery serving gourmet burgers like the shroom swiss with a 1/3 lb all-beef patty with swiss cheese, grilled mushrooms, and grilled onions or the greek burger with 1/3 lb all beef patty seasoned with Greek spices, housemade tzatziki sauce, and feta cheese.
Hours: Thursday to Saturday from 4pm – 8pm
1005 E St Elmo Rd, burgerliciousatx.com
J. Leonardi’s Barbeque
J. Leonardi’s Barbeque sells meats by the pound – chicken, pulled pork, sausage, 50/50 house sausage, ribs, and brisket. You can also order barbecue sandwiches and sides like jalapeno creamed corn! Pre-order for Sunday include turkey leg and cornbread, whole brisket, rack of ribs, and family-sized sides.
They’re the only barbecue joint in Austin that does baby back spare ribs!
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 11AM – 6PM, Sunday 11AM – 3PM.
1124 E 11th St, jleonardibbq.com
Crimson Creek BBQ
You can order pulled pork slider meal kits for 2, pork spared ribs dinner for two, full slab pork spare ribs, whole smoked chickens, and a sack of rib tips for delivery!
South Austin, crimsoncreekbbq.com
Sam’s BBQ was established in 1957 by founder Sam Campbell and then purchased by the Mays family in 1976. This barbecue restaurant in Austin is certainly a landmark that’s even received a $5 million offer by developers that owner Brian Mays turned down.
The special is a choice of any two types of meat and two sides for $15 or you can order different meats by the pound.
Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10am – 10pm, and Friday & Saturday 10am – 1am
2000 E 12th St, samsbarbque.com
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Barbecue trailer parked next to Corner Bar on South Lamar.
1901 S Lamar Blvd, facebook.com/BrownsBarBQue
SLAB BBQ & Beer
Loaded BBQ sandwiches, brisket, St. Louis style pork ribs, country hash, BBQ salad, slab slider trio, and bbq nachos.
BBQ sandwiches like Texas O.G. that’s the classic Texas BBQ sandwich with black Angus brisket topped with pickles, onions, and backyard red. You can choose from sliced or chopped brisket or even go big with double meat.
9012 Research Blvd C4 & 7101 W, TX-71, slabbarbecuerestaurantaustin.com
New Awlins Cafe
Hidden inside this strip mall is New Awlins Cafe, an authentic Cajun Cafe with boudin balls, gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, po boys, Cajun fish, fried crawfish, fried oysters, and more.
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd, facebook.com/newawlinscajuncafe
Da Boot PoBoys
NOLA style po boys (fish, shrimp, crawfish, oysters, soft shell crab), seafood gumbo, voodoo wangs, pork chop plates, and more. This food truck is parked on Cesar Chavez.
2207 E Cesar Chavez St, facebook.com/Atasteofdaswamp/
Cedar Park’s first black-owned Cajun restaurant has opened!
251 N. Bell Blvd #101, Cedar Park TX, cajunskillet.com
Chicken & waffles
Gossip Shack serves chicken and waffles, and chicken wings! You can pick flavors like CPR, ranch, garlic parmesan, ranch parmesan, cajun lemon pepper, and more.
2709 Rogge Ln, facebook.com/GossipShack
Aster’s Ethiopian is an Austin classic – meals are served a large, communal plate where you scoop up the meat, veggies, and dip with injera. Hands are recommended but you can use utensils too. Pictured above.
As someone that went to UT Austin, I used to drive by Aster’s all the time and wondered what the food was like. I finally went in a couple of years ago and was so impressed by the food. I want to go back for the lunch buffet in the future.
2804 N Interstate Hwy 35
Habesha currently has two specials – a vegan family package with your choice of 4 main vegan dishes and 4 side orders and a meat lovers family package with your choice of meat dishes and 4 sides of veggies. Their regular menu of appetizers, vegan, vegetarian, and meat dishes are also available for delivery or curbside pickup.
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Friday & Saturday from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm, and Sunday from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm.
6019 N Interstate Hwy 35 North, habeshaaustin.com
Taste of Ethiopia
Located on South Congress is Taste of Ethiopia – I dined here with a couple of friends and we loved the food but also how colorful the interior of the restaurant was.
3801 S Congress Ave #107, tasteofethiopiaaustin.com
Chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph is a co-owner of five restaurants in Austin and recently named Food & Wine Magazine’s best new chefs of 2020!
Emmer & Rye
Emmer & Rye is currently offering limited reservations for a six-course experience, patio picnics, and meal kits.
51 Rainey St UNIT 110, emmerandrye.com
Hestia just opened a couple of months before COVID-19 with its live-fire concept. They have reopened with COVID-19 protocols and offer a 12-course tasting menu with limited seatings.
Call 512.333.0737 or make a reservation online.
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, and Sunday from 5:30pm – 10pm, and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 – 11pm.
607 W 3rd St #105, hestiaaustin.com
Located next door is Kalimotxo, a basque pintxo and cocktail bar with a beautiful patio that overlooks Shoal Creek. They just reopened with cocktails, sandwiches, and a pre-fixe menu on their patio.
Call 512-333-0737 for reservations and walk-ins are welcome.
607 W 3rd St #105, kalimotxoatx.com
The inside of Fareground is temporarily closed but TLV is offering curbside pick up and delivery via DoorDash. TLV is Israeli street food – I’ve had the chicken Hawaiej hummus and it is delicious!
111 Congress Avenue Fareground #7, tlv-austin.com
Baby Greens is an Austin based drive-thru restaurant providing salads and wraps using all-natural, healthy ingredients at affordable prices.
Hours: Monday – Friday 11am-8pm, Saturday 11 am-3pm, and closed on Sunday.
1508 W. Anderson Lane, eatbabygreens.com
Tony’s Jamaican Food
If you’re looking for Jamaican food or if you’ve never tried Jamaican food before, now is the time and the place to go is Tony’s Jamacian Food. Try the signature oxtail or jerk chicken with a Jamaican soda.
Hours: Monday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Tuesday: closed, Wednesday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, and Sunday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
2700 W. Pecan St Suite 650, tonysjamaicanfood.com
Winston’s Kitchen has been serving authentic Jamaican food in Austin for over 40 years. The jerk chicken is slow grilled on a wood-burning fire with Winston’s own jerk seasoning and the rice-n-peas is made with real coconut milk. There’s also a curry chicken plate, brisket plates, jerk chicken wings, and veggie wraps.
6218 Brodie Lane, winstons-kitchen-restaurant.business.site
Emojis Grilled Cheese
Emojis serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches like the buffa chicken, bacon cheddar, grilled chicken pesto, and cheesesteak. All orders include chips and a cookie.
Chicken fried steak is one of those dishes that makes me nostalgic for my childhood so when I’m craving it, I go to Hoover’s Cooking in East Austin. I also love the fried chicken, fried catfish, and chicken fried chicken breast.
Hoover’s is open for to-go and delivery right now. Check out Hoover’s daily specials like the pulled pork sandwich on Monday, chicken n’ dumplings on Wednesday, and catfish etouffee on Friday.
Hours: Every day from 11am – 10pm
2002 Manor Rd, hooverscooking.com
The Rolling Rooster
Southern comfort food with an emphasis on chicken and waffles but you can also get fish and shrimp plates.
Hours: Monday to Friday from 11am – 11pm, and Sunday 11am to 9pm
1104 E. 11th St & 13717 Mopac Service Rd, therollingrooster.com
Scheduled to reopen on June 30, 2020.
“Good Food For Good People.” – is the motto you’d see when you enter Roland’s in East Austin. You’ll find Southern home cooking like smothered pork chops, oxtails, and fried fish plates.
Hours: Every day from 12pm – 5pm
1311 Chestnut Ave
I had Krab Kingz recently and was so impressed by how fresh the seafood was and the Cajun seasoning has me wanting more! The lunch platter that comes with 1 krab cluster, 5 shrimp, sausage, corn, egg, and potatoes is only $15.99.
Krab Kingz has two locations in Austin – the trailer on 5th and I-35 and a sit-down restaurant in Pflugerville.
517 N Interstate Hwy 35
Big Easy Bar and Grill
Big Easy Bar and Grill is a family-owned eatery on East 12th that serves authentic Cajun cuisine like gumbo, crawfish etouffee, po’boys, and more.
Place to-go orders by calling 512 406-9237.
1806 E 12th St, facebook.com/barandgrillbigeasy/
Country Boyz Fixins
Country Boyz Fixins is all about soul food and good cooking. They offer a different lunch special every single day like chicken and dumplings, smothered pork chops, shrimp etouffee, and chicken fried steak. Or you can order the po boy sandwiches or a combination dinner like whole catfish and 3 shrimp and your choice of two sides.
Hours: Monday – Friday from 11am – 5pm, Saturday from 12pm – 5pm, and closed on Sunday.
4140 E 12th St, countryboysfixins.com
Mr. Catfish & More
Mr. Catfish opened in 1998 by David D. Lott and became known for his signature menu item, “The Big Cat” or “Big Catch”, which is the whole catfish. Lunch specials are available Monday to Friday from 11am to 3pm – choose from one entree like 3 fried catfish strip, 6 shrimp, or 4 fried chicken strips with two choices of sides for only $8.95.
Mr. Catfish & More is also known for their Soul Food Sunday Buffet that features Lott’s crispy catfish fillets, smothered pork chops, fried cabbage, and more.
1144 Airport Blvd Ste 220, mrcatfishatx.com
Vegan / Vegetarian
Sassy’s Vegetarian Soul
Even meat-eaters will be wowed by how flavorful vegetarian meals can be at Sassy’s like the Chicon n waffles is made with crispy fried chicken seitan with an eggless waffle. Fried cabbage, fried button mushrooms, hot water cornbread, and vegan Cajun mac and cheese with vegan shrimp sounds delicious.
1403 E 7th St, sassys-vegetarian-soul-food.business.site/
Wasota is a food truck on 53rd street that serves vegan African cuisine – egusi soup with fufu, jollof rice with veggies, fried sweet plantains, and more. If you’re not sure what to get, order the Wasota Platter as it comes with a little bit of everything.
701 E 53rd St, facebook.com/wasotaveganparadise
Luv Fats Ice Cream
Vegan ice cream sold by the pint at the Mueller Farmers Market on Sundays from 10 – 2pm. Not just your basic flavors but elevated flavors like salted mint ice cream with coconut caramel, soy sauce fluff, pandan, Kenyan chai, and more!
JP’S Pancake Company
JP’s Pancake Company is the first pancake food truck in Austin. These pancakes come in bowls with three four-inch pancakes with decadent toppings like The Bacon Boy with chopped bacon, bananas, peanut butter, Nutella, maple syrup, caramel, and more bacon. They also have PACO, a pancake taco that comes with bacon/potato, eggs and/or cheese.
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 5pm – 11pm
2512 Rio Grande St, jpspancakecompany.com
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