A break from the fried food, burgers and pizza near the downtown bars, Koriente offers fresh, healthy food in the heart of the Red River bar scene. Open late on weekends, the Asian-inspired restaurant has a diverse clientele, from health-conscious diners to late-night snackers. The menu features lots of fresh vegetables, noodles and spicy dishes like curries and bibambap. Snacks include summer rolls, tapioca wraps and edamame. To drink, Koriente offers an extensive tea list featuring greens, blacks, reds and herbals. Bubble tea, the chilled drink with delightfully chewy tapioca pearls suspended in it, is also available in a variety of fruit or yogurt flavors.
Whip In has Indian-infused breakfast items available until 2 p.m., perfect for late risers. Naan (Indian flatbread), scrambled eggs, cheese and your choice of chutney (a spiced, Indian condiment) makes up the breakfast naan (cilantro chutney is rather appetizing). As if that wasn't enough, they also have an impressive beer selection on tap, a vegan/vegetarian grocery aisle, a wine and beer area, and a tobacconist with Indian candles & incense.
Little Deli puts together items like tuna salads, cold roast beef sandwich, meatball sub and Liverwurst, all of which are scrumptious and filling. Pot-roast and sandwich lovers will find plenty to relish on. Don't miss the decadent brownie and chocolate cake on the dessert list. The kind owners make you feel at home even on crowded days and service is usually swift. The atmosphere is always abuzz with more locals than outsiders. As most patrons will testify, the drive to this Little Deli & Pizzeria is worthwhile.
As an Austin tradition, Amy's Ice Cream is a perfect stop on your "Taste of Austin" tour. Sporting a Holstein cow theme, these restaurants make some of the best ice creams around. Move over blue bell, here comes Amy. One of their prized flavors is the "Smoosh In." Enjoy your favorite ice cream with a blend of toppings mixed in to make a divine treat. With over 20 options for smooshing, you are guaranteed to find one that fits perfectly with your choice of ice cream flavor.
Most Austinites will readily admit that the otherwise foodie-loving city is not the best spot in Texas for pizza. Luckily, there's Home Slice Pizza. The South Congress Avenue pizza joint serves piping hot New York-style thin crust pies for line-out-the-door crowds nearly every night of the week. If you've never indulged in East Coast pizza, their menu makes it easy with step-by-step instructions on how to eat foldable slices. In addition to oven-fresh pies, Home Slice tosses a great dinner salad and pours a wide variety of red and white wine. Plan a stop at this eatery to witness Austin at its best.
If you want to socialize with the young locals of Austin and also enjoy some rich espresso, then Jo's is the place to be. The marinated chicken breast is the specialty here, but most people gather here in the evenings for great coffee and some bird watching. The coffee drinks and sandwiches are yummy and wheat roast vegetarian barbecue is the best choice for all veggies. If you're lucky, you might find your favorite musicians sipping coffee here.
Smokey Denmark is a family owned company that has been making premium smoked sausages for more than 50 years. Adhering to the highest standards in quality they offer a variety of sausages and flavors. The must try are their beef with pork, Jalapeño cheese sausage, Cajun boudin to name a few. Patrons can enjoy their sausage dishes with a glass of beer. They have a food truck beside their store where one can barbecue their favorite meal and enjoy it at the picnic tables under the shade of the trees in a relaxing atmosphere. One can also rent their food truck for an event or celebration.
Jumpstart your day with a breakfast from Paperboy. The small establishment has a limited menu that consists of items like B.E.C Sandwich, Goat Sausage Sandwich and Yukon Potato Hash. The dishes are prepared using locally sourced ingredients. Complement your meals with drinks like cafe beverages from Dallas Roasters. Guests usually praise the restaurant for their kind and prompt service.
Established in 2006, Dazzle Coffee is a little drive-thru coffee shop located in the heart of Pflugerville, serving a decent range of hot and cold beverages. Their vast list of coffee varieties makes sure that there's always a blend to match your specifications. Specialty blends include the Caramel Macchiato, Snickers Mocha, and the White Chocolate Mocha. Their shakes and lattes are worth a try as well.
To set itself apart from the multitude of taco joints in Austin, TacoDeli blends traditional Mexican ingredients with those that are distinctly Texan, and ends up with something delicious like the Cowboy taco: pulled beef tenderloin with queso fresco, corn and peppers. Bite into the hearty Tacoloco brisket with onions and mushrooms. Plenty of other tacos fill the menu, along with fajitas and tortas. Breakfast tacos are customizable from a list of ingredients, and a bar of house-made salsas helps diners turn up the heat. Open only for breakfast and lunch, TacoDeli can get crowded, especially on weekends. While the interior offers minimal seating, a small outdoor patio is refreshing on a nice day.