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.
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.
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.
The best way to locate Turf N Surf Po' Boy is to check for a long que on the Lavaca Street, chances are these are hungry patrons waiting to get their hands on some of Turf N Surf Po' Boy's delicious tacos. Some of their must try specials are Blackened Crawfish Po'boy, Chicken Tacos, and any of their hush puppies. These tacos are accompanied with delicious coleslaw, veggies, cilantro and ranch dressing. The prices are reasonable for the kind of quality that they serve. Turf N Surf Po' Boy is one of the most popular food stands in the Downtown Austin.
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.
When you get bored of peanut butter and jelly, visit the 2nd Street District's famous sandwich makers, Which Wich. One of seven Austin locations, this downtown version of the small and creative concept chain is always crowded and fresh. A favorite among Austin businessmen and busy families, Which Wich serves up warm, made-to-order sandwiches, house potato chips, frothy milkshakes and generously cut Rice Krispie treats. The real appeal of this legendary sandwich shop is the power it gives the patron– you create your sandwich by selecting ingredients that have been written on the face of a brown paper bag. Try the toasty Turkey Reuben, the vegetarian-friendly hummus and bell peppers, or the ever popular Tuna Salad.
Juan Pelota Cafe has quickly become a fixture in the Austin community. The Cafe is located inside Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, making this a popular place with the local cyclists who tend to stop by while on their way to check-out the latest arrivals in the bike shop or while waiting for their bikes to be fixed. Juan Pelota knows its customers and have named their drinks after cycling heroes or after alpine climbing routes. With a menu focused mostly on quality made coffee there's also tea, smoothies and breakfast options.
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.