Where We Eat
We could send you straight to some of the many hyped BBQ joints (Franklin Barbecue is not to be taken lightly) of Austin, and we’ll get to that. But first, allow us to take you down a different path to explore lesser-known culinary delights of this Lone Star city.
Getting Warmed Up
For starters, try having a little dinner at the spectacular Olamaie in Downtown or local favorite (and widely acclaimed) Launderette, a picture-perfect–see below–eatery that’s made waves in the Austin food scene.
In the mood for post-dinner drinks? Though certainly not the only spot on Rainey Street (an ideal area for cocktails), Half Step gets our first shout out—it’s really worthy of the praise. We also like Lucille for a low-key date vibe that involves fancy drinks and outdoor seating.
A Bit of Everything
If you’re looking for something a bit rowdier, Bungalow is where you want to go. So now that you’ve had a few drinks, it’s time to figure out the next move. Not too far from Rainey Street you’ll find Rositas Al Pastor, a taco stand said to make the best traditional street tacos in the city:
Other notable mentions nearby are Odd Duck in South Lamar, and Juan in a Million–a Tex-Mex breakfast spot featured on Man vs Food. Venturing into the North Loop, you’ll learn of this area’s fame as vintage shopping and cafe haven. It’s also home to plenty of great eateries, like Foreign & Domestic and Fonda San Miguel. For lighter fare and heavy cocktails, drink.well should fit the bill (regardless of the bad name).
The Main Event
Austin’s piece de resistance: barbecue joints. First and foremost, there are the long lines at Franklin Barbeque for a reason. Secondly, the finer dining at Lamberts is definitely worth a taste. Not to be outdone, Micklethwait Craft Meats have specialty sausages and beef ribs that locals adore. You also cannot go wrong at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, or La Barbecue. We could keep going but we’d rather put our brisket where our mouth is.
Where To Stay
Now that we’ve told you where to eat and drink, we really think you’ll love the hotels we picked out. The comfy bed will make for a great place to recover from the inevitable food coma.