I'm headed to Austin the first weekend in April with bf. This will be my very first time south of the Washington DC. I can't even tell you how excited I am.
I've lived in and around New York City and Montreal my entire life. I want to learn about your city via my food and to eat something that I will miss back up north. I'm steering away from french, italian, chinese, japanese. Also, traveling on a student budget means I'm trying to keep meals very cheap...lunch around $10, dinners in the 20-25$ range (before alcohol). Also, bf doesn’t eat beef, so anywhere that’s beef and no other options is a no go. (I, on the other hand, plan on eating A LOT of burgers and brisket and beef tacos) So true austinites....will you guide my decision making?
So far, plan on driving out to Salt Lick one afternoon/early evening. Might try to stop at one of the local vineyards on the way there or back. Good idea?
Here's a list I've compiled from yelp/ other chowhound posts/ word of mouth from people living in Austin. I'd love any thoughts you have.
-headed out to Salt Licks
casino el camino (I’ve heard really mixed things…)
Nubian queen lola’s Cajun soul food
Flying Falafel and Po Boys
The Jalopy rotisserie and press
Lucky J’s Chicken and Waffles
Along came a slider
Lucky’s puccias (I know I said I was aiming away from Italian but this truck just looks quite unique!)
Something sweet to get the tourist energy up:
-sugar mamas bake shop
cutie pie wagon
To drink and be merry:
Black sheep lodge
Opa! Coffee and wine bar
Is the food at the Alamo Drafthouse worth it?
Also, any breakfast/brunch recommendations out by Barton Springs on a Sunday?
Casino El Camino
517 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
600 E 3rd St, Austin, TX 78701
Habanero Mexican Cafe
501 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
Sao Paulo's Restaurante
2809 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78705
621 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701
Nubian Queen Lola Cajun Soulfood Kitchen
1815 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702
1614 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Salt Lick Restaurant
18300 Fm 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX