Franklin Barbecue is open only for lunch from 11a, till the time it is sold out, which is usually even before it opens. This is the reason you'll see a serpentine queue outside the restaurant right from 8a. However, the wait is well worth it because they serve some of the best barbecue delights that will have you craving for more. Absolutely try the pulled pork, ribs, sausages and brisket. They also have sandwiches, sides and desserts available, but it's for the chunky meat that patrons come here for.
Technically, there are six Alamo Drafthouse locations in Austin. The popular belief is that, if you're in Austin and you want to see a movie, this is the place to be; it's a theater where you can order drinks and food from a strong menu to be served to you during the film (the aisles are wide enough to accommodate dining tables). Arrive one hour prior to showtime to find a good seat and to start ordering if you're going to dine heartily here - last call is 45 to 30 minutes before the movie ends.
For an authentic taste of the Middle East, check out Peace Bakery & Deli. Try fresh, flavorful Middle Eastern favorites like hummus, shawarma, falafel and braised lamb shanks. Of course, being a bakery, you'll want to sample freshly baked pita and special pastries made on-site.
In 2010, founder Mohammad Attal packed up his bags and moved to Austin from Brooklyn to start a halal food cart serving lamb and chicken over rice. After a couple of years, a permanent restaurant took the cart's place, along with an expanded menu. Today, Dig into Middle Eastern favorites like shawarma, kofta and falafel served over rice or in a wrap. So if you're on the hunt for some truly tasty Middle Eastern bites, head to Halal Bros.
In its tiny shop on Austin's east side, East Side Pies bakes some of the city's favorite pizzas. The take-out and delivery-only shop—the small indoor space does not have seating—creates custom pies from a long list of toppings including classics like pepperoni, mushrooms and onions, to more interesting choices like fresh mozzarella, green chilies and roasted eggplant. A selection of specialty pies is also available and includes combinations like The Girther with gorgonzola, avocado and roasted onions, and The Nacho with black beans, chicken, red onions, tomatoes and jalapeno. Appetizers include New York-style garlic knots, in classic style with olive oil, garlic and parsley or stuffed with meat or cheese.
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.
If you have a craving for a meaty burger at 2:00a in the morning Svante's is the place to go! The patty is made from grass-fed beef accompanied by soft buns. Space Jam is the superstar burger on the menu which is made with alapeno havarati and becon-onion jam and is totally delectable and you could club it with the Space Jam fries which are equally delicious. You can enjoy your favorite burger sitting at their outdoor seating under the clear Austin sky.
OneTaco, a food truck unabashedly advertising itself as An Urban Eatery decided to drop anchor at West 6th Street. Of the lunch & dinner options, the Traditional al Pastor tacos combine spicy marinated pork, onions, pineapple, and cilantro within corn tortillas. Customers can One Up their orders by choosing a side at an additional fee. Moreover, the Guacamole Selection brings together avocado, lemon juice, tomatoes, cilantro, and onions. You can opt to wash everything down with Austin's own Sweet Leaf Tea (Citrus Green is a fine choice). Additionally, the employees of bar Little Woodrow's have no problem if you bring in whatever you order from OneTaco.
Located in the heart of downtown, Jugo is a juice bar and a popular eatery run by Chef Shawn Cirkiel. This grab-n-go eatery was founded to promote healthy eating options with its customers. Their menu has been designed by culinary director Justin Rupp and all ingredients used have been locally sourced offering a healthy option to all folks looking for a quick bite. When here, try the different juice and smoothie combinations alongside delicious bites like Carrot hummus, Spring rolls, Spaghetti squash and Bone Broth.
With locations in Portland, Eugene, Denver, Austin and even Taipei, Taiwan, this doughnut shop is slowly taking over the world. Well, at least they have taken the title for best downtown doughnut in Austin when you consider how many people come in and out of the doors at this 24-hr. shop. The doughnuts are definitely one-of-a-kind; try the Voodoo Doll, it is a raspberry jelly filled yeast masterpiece that actually looks like a scary doll. The Mexican Hot Chocolate dusted with cayenne pepper, cinnamon and sugar is something you'll find only at Voodoo and even if you don't choose one of the crazy, but delicious concoctions, the shop still has plain chocolate, powdered, apple fritters, etc.
Open seven days a week, Cooper's likes to think it has been around BBQ before it became trendy or cool. Some may beg to differ on the oldest BBQ in Austin, but everyone can all agree that Cooper's is one of the best in town. From classic brisket and whole chickens to housemade sausages and sometimes goat, if it goes over the flames, then the pitmasters probably have what you're looking for. The sides are also classic Texas, with cole slaw, pinto beans and peach cobbler, it doesn't get any more traditional than this.
Quality food while watching your favorite sports game is always a treat, and that is what's guaranteed at Champions Austin. This sports bar and restaurant offers delicious wings and beer and is sure to satisfy even the biggest Texan appetite! Call or see the website for more information.