The Moonshine Grill sits in the oldest building in Austin, and the decor tastefully reflects the same. The sweeping arches and exquisite mirrors on the brick and stone walls, not to mention the warm fire place all make for a cozy setting. The starters everyone raves about are the corn dog shrimp, which are skewered shrimp in cornmeal batter, served with honey and blueberry mustard. The choice entrées are the broiled rainbow trout and Texas flat iron steak. Behind the main restaurant is a refurbished carriage converted into a bar, making the Moonshine Grill an ideal setting, no matter what the occasion.
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.
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.
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.
Hopdoddy is a restaurant specializing in high quality burgers and beers, located in South Austin. Hopdoddy features fresh ground beef burgers daily available with classic as well as new and inventive topping combinations, like the Terlingua burger, which is topped with Chile con Carne, corn fritos and a generous dollop of cheddar, or the Janis Joplin burger, which is a hemp seed veggie pattie with avocado, sunflower sprouts and cheddar, again. For those who want to be a little more health conscious, they have salad bowls available with all their different types of patties (beef, buffalo, tuna, turkey or veggie). In addition to the solid foods, they also offer delicious milkshakes, available with various types of liquor to spike them with, and a good selection of craft beers.
For a mouthful of the real Texas, head down to The Salt Lick barbeque restaurant. The scenery and the rustic restaurant building all add to that perfect Southern flavor. Try the mammoth sized sandwiches or the family style meals (inclusive of pork ribs, brisket, sausage, potato salad, cole slaw, beans, pickles, onions and bread). Dig into the delicious smoky sausages or the moist briskets all made with special Salt Lick sauces. You have to leave place for the irresistible homemade desserts. It must be noted though that the restaurant is located in a dry precinct so you have to carry your own alcohol. Great barbeque, melt in the mouth desserts and a drink of your choice!
At Gloria's Latin Cuisine, delicious Latin-American cuisine is served in a warm, cozy and comfortable atmosphere. Here you get to taste a little of everything from tamales, plantains, papas to fajitas, enchiladas and more, everything is served with salsa and warm black bean dip, which is heavenly. The menu is dominated by Latin-American specials with few Mexican dishes. They are also known to serve some of the best margaritas in town and they also house a full bar. Their waiters and staff are really friendly, warm and welcoming, known to make you feel as ease as soon as you enter. On Saturday nights, the place turns into a dancing hub as they push aside the tables to make room for you to welcome you weekends.
Downtown Austin is home to Chef Andrew Curren's Italic known for its superior quality of Italian offerings perfectly paired with Italian wines. The menu features an eclectic selection of cured meats, Italian cheeses, olives and home-made focaccia. Guests can choose from an array of rustic wood-fired pizzas and farm-to-table selection of pastas made from the freshest seasonal ingredients. To top it all, pamper your sweet-tooth with gelatos and other Italian sweet confections crafted by Chef Mary Catherine Curren.
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.
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.
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.
The Onion Austin boasts to have the best pizza in the city, and their large devoted following would tend to agree. Located Downtown, The Onion stays open late and delivers, making it a great option for a night out or a night in. Of course, The Onion features many specialty pizzas of its own creation like the Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza and the Chicken George, which is Blue Cheese Dressing over Grilled Chicken, Smoked Gouda, Garlic and Spicy Wing Sauce. In addition to their mouth-watering pizzas, The Onion also cooks up Calzones, Pizza Rolls and Salads.