Austin is a city that is full to the brim with imaginative and delicious restaurants sprinkled throughout the entire city. Whether you’re looking to dress up and head into downtown for a formal dinner or just looking to grab lunch on your break you are bound to find something you love.
Finding quality, high-end restaurants seems almost too easy in Austin. Austin’s own Uchiko, located on North Lamar, is gaining renown throughout the country as their executive chef, Paul Qui, has been featured on the show Top Chef Texas edition. Then there is dining downtown with restaurants like III Forks, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Annie’s, and Kenichi. No matter what you’re in the mood for you’ll be able to find something incredible.
I personally like the idea of Sunday brunch out of the deck of a restaurant, and there is absolutely no shortage of those. A stroll along Second Street will give you a great idea of the simplicity of a Sunday morning, as you pass by (or enter) restaurants like Austin Java, Taverna, Jo’s Hot Coffee and Cantina Laredo.
Another thing I’ve truly enjoyed since moving to Austin is the idea of the food trailer. These sorts of things weren’t big in the little town I was from, so to me this was a rather refreshing idea for the eater on move. Austin has a growing population of these around the city, and often times you’ll find them condensed to a plot of land called trailer park eateries. In one stretch of SoCo you’ll find no less than 10 trailers complete with individual shops for smoothies, barbeque, cupcakes and Thai food. Food trailers have become so popular that an annual festival celebrating them, and showcasing their wares, has become an Austin staple. Vendors for the Gypsy Picnic include Hey Cupcake, Boss Hogs Kitchen, East Side Kings, Torchy’s Tacos and many more.
One can go on and on about the different restaurants in Austin, but I truly believe it’s best for you, the consumer, to go out and explore the city and find what you like.