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Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Valentina’s serves a beautiful fusion of Austin's greatest cuisines: Tex-Mex and barbecue.
Black's Barbecue on Guadalupe by UT brings in barbecue that's smoked at the original location in Lockhart.
The Roosevelt Room
Roosevelt Room is where you go for excellent, low-key cocktails downtown.
Dai Due is a modern Texas restaurant and butcher shop in Cherrywood.
Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue
Brotherton's is a strip mall barbecue spot in Pflugerville making excellent Central Texas-style barbecue and sandwiches.
The trailer Rollin Smoke serves excellent barbecue in East Austin.
Lamberts Downtown Barbecue
Lamberts serves barbecue out out of an exceptionally good-looking brick building downtown.
Barley Swine serves a seasonal tasting menu of Texas-inspired bites, and is one of Austin’s original trailer-turned-restaurant success stories.
LeRoy And Lewis Barbecue
LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue serves less conventional cuts of meat that are so good, you’ll forget all about brisket for a little while.
When you need to escape the craziness of Rainey Street, head to Geraldine’s inside Hotel Van Zandt for upscale Southern food and nightly live music.
Suerte is an upscale Mexican spot on East Sixth with a buzzy dining room and excellent tortillas.
Franklin Barbecue in East Austin has earned a reputation as the best place for smoked brisket in the entire country, and rightfully so.
Take a big group to La Condesa for a colorful space, modern Mexican food, and great margaritas.
Matt’s El Rancho
Going out for Tex-Mex at Matt's El Rancho in South Austin is like time traveling back to a simpler time, when gluten-free bread and nut milks didn't exist.
Where To Eat & Drink With Out-Of-Towners
Austin’s best places for impressing out-of-towners.
Carnitas El Guero
Carnitas El Guero, inside the Stassney Foodmart/Texaco on Stassney in South Austin, serves excellent carnitas tacos.
Hula Hut is a fun and kitschy Hawaiian Tex-Mex restaurant on the lake.
La Mancha is a fun Tex-Mex restaurant with a large patio in Allandale.
Kemuri Tatsu-ya is a Japanese-meets-Texas Izakaya/barbecue restaurant in East Austin.
Emmer & Rye
Emmer & Rye’s seasonal small plates and beautiful space make it one of our favorite restaurants for a special occasion, and the best reason to visit Rainey Street.
Watertrade is a cocktail bar attached to Otoko in the South Congress Hotel.
Micklethwait Craft Meats
Micklethwait is serving up excellent smoked meats and creative sides out of a vintage trailer in East Austin.
DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya is an upscale hot pot restaurant on Burnet from the Ramen Tatsu-ya team.
Hestia is a swanky restaurant downtown built around a 20-foot, live fire hearth.
Interstellar BBQ in northwest Austin has quickly established itself as a great options for barbecue.