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Best Local Cuisine in Austin

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Chi'lantro BBQ

True to its name, Chi'Lantro features a fusion of Korean and Mexican cuisine with a mobile food service across Austin. Follow the schedule of their friendly food truck to sample their creative take on traditional flavors. As the inventors of kimchi fries, this dish is a must have with French fries topped with caramelized kimchi, seasonings and Korean BBQ. Other specialties include the Korean burger, spicy pork tacos, Seoul burrito and beef rice bowl. They also offer catering facilities for your parties and private events.

Austin, TX, United States
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The Roaring Fork

This local favorite doesn't disappoint even the hungriest cowboy. Southwest favorites offered in huge portions are served with a bevy of libations to boot. Think saloon atmosphere with bistro fare but don't be fooled, the food packs a big punch. Try the green Chile mac and cheese or their ever-so-juicy 22oz bone-in ribeye, to make you remember why you love Texas cooking. Locals can't get enough of the oven baked kettle of green Chile pork stew. The mood here is just as lively as the food, thanks to tasty drinks like the Roaring margaritas and other specials.

Austin, TX, United States
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Kebabalicious

This food truck posts up at three different locations in Downtown Austin. This delicious European-Turkish food is found on street corners all over the world, why should Austin be any exception? Choose from chicken, beef or lamb shawarma, falafel, hummus or a Turkish salad. All kebabs are made fresh, and they stay open late, making for a perfect post-night out meal. If you can't find them on 7th Street, try their 2nd Street location.

Austin, TX, United States
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Stubb's Bar-B-Q

Besides providing some of the best barbecue in town, Stubb's Bar-B-Q has a huge outdoor venue that can host rock concerts. A brainchild of Christopher B. Stubblefield, the original Stubb's Bar-B-Q was set up in Lubbock; when it shut its doors this Red River location kept up the Stubb tradition of providing delicious barbecued meat, chilled beer and rocking music. Family platters are also served here. Come early to get a bite to eat, then stay and watch the shows.

Austin, TX, United States
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East Side King

East Side King is probably the most popular Food Trailer in Austin. It has five different locations around Austin that it posts up at regularly. The colorful, almost psychedelic truck hands out delicious Asian street food; actually, it's a blend of Asian flavors and American sensibilities, the result of which is absolutely tasty! Try the Thai chicken karaage or Por Qui buns, they're legendary. Another great feature of this little joint is that there are veggie and vegan options to choose from. Vegans from all over travel far and wide to get their hands on delectable preparations like the Home Beet Fries and Veggie Meshi. A word of caution, though, they neither accept reservations nor credit cards cards; hit the ATM before you arrive here.

Austin, TX, United States
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Güero's Taco Bar

All restaurants could do with a famous patron, but the owners of Güero's Taco Bar proudly have a whole heap to choose from. The restaurant has a couple of dining rooms, one of which is built around the kitchen, giving it a very homely feel, and the outdoor bar is especially popular anytime the weather is nice (which is often). Check out the fish taco and the queso flameado, or the breakfast tacos. Don't forget to chug down the famous margaritas made with fresh lime juice or have a shot of first-class tequila.

Austin, TX, United States
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Bouldin Creek Café

If you think that Bouldin Creek Coffee House serves only coffee and breakfast, then you're wrong. Boulder Creek serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, but the menu here is strictly vegetarian. For drinks, try the chai latte and the honey lemonade. Leslie Martin, the owner offers the best multi-cultural menu at reasonable prices.

Austin, TX, United States
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Magnolia Cafe

At Magnolia Cafe there is comfort food to please adults and children alike, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You will wait for a table, especially on weekends, but the wait only serves to sharpen the appetite for breakfast tacos and gingerbread pancakes, fajitas and burgers, grilled chicken and vegetarian entrees. The kid's menu is vast, offering burgers, black bean and chicken tacos and breakfast items. The atmosphere is relaxed and homey. A second location is on South Congress Avenue.

Austin, TX, United States
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Matt's El Rancho

This very popular South Austin restaurant has been serving Tex-Mex food since 1952. Matt's El Rancho is a family-owned business that boasts of its delicious food and attentive service. You will discover all of the familiar favorites, including enchiladas, tamales, fajitas, and a satisfying queso dip as a starter, all at mid-range prices. You will also find slightly more imaginative dishes, such as the Garlic Grilled Shrimp.

Austin, TX, United States
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Fonda San Miguel

Step inside this hacienda-style restaurant and find yourself whisked south of the border by the Mexican interior, where fine food is served in a charming colonial atmosphere. Chef Roberto Sabatinez has added his own creative dishes to the menu of old favorites, including a wonderfully imaginative chile relleno that employs an ancho chile rather than the usual poblano. Traditional dishes are well prepared and the desserts go beyond the flan usually offered at many Mexican restaurants. Brunch is not to be missed; especially for those who love the Mexican custom of making the late morning meal a long, leisurely affair.

Austin, TX, United States
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Threadgill's Home Cookin'

There are few places that are better for delicious comfort food in Austin than Threadgill's Home Cookin'. In addition to live music, the restaurant - eclectically decked out in neon beer signs and huge jukeboxes - offers up such familiar dishes as the scrumptious chicken fried steak and fried green tomatoes. Whether its a fun meal with friends, family or coworkers you are looking for, Threadgill's definitely delivers. Bonus fun fact: this restaurant chain is known for where Janis Joplin, arguably the first female rock star, developed her signature sound.

Austin, TX, United States
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Z'Tejas

Z'Tejas is an out-and-out Tex-Mex eatery located in the outskirts of Austin. The menu consists of a delicious mix of options such as Catfish Beignets, flat top grilled quesadillas, grilled cilantro pesto-rubbed ruby trout, Voo Doo tuna, avocado turkey burger and street style tacos. Their drink menu is quite extensive as well, with the margaritas being perfect accompaniments to the food, and the happy hour being a big money saver. Vegetarian options are limited but tasty and filling.

Austin, TX, United States
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