These 10 Restaurants Will Make You Happy You Moved to Austin
If you want to convince anyone to move to Austin, all you have to do is bring them out for dinner. The myriad of restaurant options in this bustling city is enough to make anyone proud they call this place home. High end to pub grub, wine bars to BBQ joints – there really is something for everyone in this city. These ten restaurants will make you happy you moved to Austin.
June’s All Day is a happening wine bar inspired by both Paris and Spain. The marshmallow fluff brownie is something to write home about. So is the sourdough pancakes with sour cherries and seeded butter. Or the bone marrow bolognese with kale. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner – it’s all good.
Critics and customers alike are fans of Polvos Mexican Restaurant. Tex-Mex is a big deal to locals, so if you’re going to do it, you better do it right. Luckily Polvos does it right, with great food at great prices. Don’t miss out on their nachos de lujo, frozen margaritas, and especially their salsa bar.
The folks at Odd Duck support local farmers by making everything from scratch using home-grown ingredients. Their seasonally inspired menu features dishes like a chorizo spiced squash quesadilla with basil or a redfish ceviche with tiger’s milk and peach. Odd Duck was once a food truck, and now it’s one of the best restaurants in Austin.
From the pastries that are served at brunch or the pasta that the chef makes himself – everything at Emmer & Rye is fresh. Their dishes are one of a kind, like the lamb shoulder tortelletti, or the dumpling squash with smoked yogurt and brown butter. You can’t go wrong ordering anything off of this menu, but you definitely can’t skip out on the dim sum.
From ranch to table restaurant, Contigo does outdoor patios and comfort food like no one else. Think chicken meatballs with baba ganoush and harissa, rabbit served with sage dumplings, an heirloom tomato quiche, and a pastrami sandwich with caramelized onions and apple. Make sure you save room for their toasted coconut and rum panna cotta.
Located in the courtyard of Whisler’s saloon, food truck Thai Kun is serving up an affordable eight-item menu; grilled bread with peanut curry dip, black rice noodles, pickled cabbage served fried and raw, fish cakes, grilled pork shoulder, marinated chicken thigh, steamed chicken, and beef panang curry.
The beach-inspired space at Clark’s Oyster Bar will make you feel like you’re on vacation – even when you’re just on a work lunch. Some menu highlights include wood-grilled shrimp toast, crispy snapper with stone ground grits and of course, oysters. If oysters aren’t your thing, the pan-roasted black angus burger with gruyere is sure to hit the spot.
Olamaie specializes in Southern food made modern, with creative plates like the chicken with popcorn, smoked BBQ eggplant, and zucchini bread with cream cheese and blackberries. Order the off the menu biscuits, they’re served with a honey butter and are reason enough to live in Austin.
Kenmuri Tatsu-Ya might have the best ramen in the whole state – their Texas Ramen is comprised of beef broth, brisket, ajitama, bamboo, scallion, nori, pickled mustard greens, and mung sprouts. Their guaca-poke is another popular menu item, made with tuna, fresh wasabi, avocado, and pickled red onion.
Franklin BBQ has been voted best BBQ in the country time and time again, and we fully support each and every win. They have brisket, sausage, pulled pork, turkey, and beef ribs. Everything you want and need. We’re sweating already.