Austin has become a foodie town, with lots of new places opening every month and great food you can only compare with bigger cities like New York City or LA.
Peter Jon Lindberg, on an article for Travel and Leisure, described Austin as the nation’s second-fastest-growing city with 164 people moving to Austin every day. I was one of them!
Last year I had the pleasure to live in Austin for seven months. My husband got a super job there so we had to take that opportunity. I’ve always been a fan of food (specially tacos!), so it was like a dream come true to get to live in a city where you can have tacos for breakfast.
I currently don’t live in Austin anymore (Hello,Chicago), so this post is to showcase some of my favorite restaurants I visited in Bat City (surprise, surprise: no bbq places in this post!)
UCHI – Japanese food
The best Japanese food I’ve tried in the U.S.
I visited this place one week before I moved to Chicago and from the beginning it became a favorite. I ordered the uchiviche (salmon-striped bass-tomato-bell pepper), the machi cure (smoked yellowtail-yucca crips-marcona almond and Asian pear), among other cool and hot tastings. Great and fresh taste, with beautiful presentations in each plate.
No wonder Uchi took the no. 4 spot in the USA in a roundup of the best fine dining restaurants for TripAdvisor’s annual Traveler’s Choice Awards.
Don’t forget to make a reservation in advance, this place is always packed!
VOX TABLE – American Style food
It’s become a brunch favorite for the weekends.
They opened last year so they’re still kind of new in the Austin restaurant scene.
What I love of Vox Table is the creative way of mixing flavors and the very cool vibe of their staff as well. The potato churros and olive oil pancakes are a must-try.
VERACRUZ ALL NATURAL
And now, my favorite part of this post: TACOS!
This food truck/taco trailer is a traditional spot in Austin. While other trailers don’t have seats or space to eat, At Veracruz, you can enjoy your taco, seating with umbrellas and have a good time. They make their own tortillas and salsas, so you can experience a fresh, tasty and delicious taco.
Brunch and tacos? El Alma, of course.
This Mexican spot owned by Chef Alma Alcocer is one of Austin’s top restaurants.
El Alma is a place where you will want to order everything and repeat it every day.
The restaurant was built into a cliff so be sure to choose a rooftop seating to enjoy your meal with the amazing view of the Austin city skyline.
Also, take a risk and order the Tamaringindo (Gin-mezcal-agua de tamarindo). Salud!
QUI – Fusion
If you are a Top Chef fan, you know Paul Qui.
This awarded chef, opened his first-solo restaurant in 2013, with three concepts in one place: a seven-course set menu (it’s pricey but worth the experience), a patio bar and a private 20 course tasting room.
Each course is an unique experience with the help of their staff and the passion they put into every detail to create a beautiful atmosphere. They change the menu so often, but If you are lucky and have the fried chicken, you will feel in heaven.
Seafood lovers, this is your place.
It’s a lovely place to enjoy good food in the summer (their patio is fabulous) or inside in an intimate atmosphere.
Their menu has a great selection of fresh oysters but in my opinion the grilled octopus is a scene stealer. if you are here for brunch, don’t hesitate and order for the crab Florentine (English Muffin, Poached Eggs, Lump Crab, Griddled Tomato, Lemon Spinach, Hollandais).
It is a perfect spot for a sunny afternoon on the east side of town (and date night!). I was treated with amazing flavors like the Vietnamese coffee gelato. It was a superb experience. You can also order alcohol drinks to mix it with the gelato (the negronis are from another world, exquisite craft cocktails)
There are more places I visited in Austin (that I loved and repeated every week) worth checking out. You can follow me on instagram @andreanuu for more Austin food experiences!