Food Bucket List in Austin

City Guide / Austin

Austin: The Food Bucket List

By Landing | Jan 12, 2021

With stunning growth in the past decade and the booming tourist industry, one-of-a-kind attractions are an Austin specialty. Between music venues and eclectic restaurants to antique stores and museums, there’s always something to do in Austin.

When it comes to the city’s restaurant scene, Austin is packed with countless options for dining out and ordering in. Even a Google search for restaurants in Austin will lead you down a hunger-based rabbit hole. Whether you’re staying in Austin for a fun foodie weekend or thinking about moving to the state’s capital city, here’s a list of local spots to add to your food bucket list.

Granny’s Tacos

Hidden away off East 6th St., Granny’s Tacos isn’t immediately visible—but the smell of fresh corn tortillas will help guide you to the food truck’s door. Although you can’t go more than a few blocks in Austin without finding a spot that serves tacos, Granny’s Tacos is a local gem that most tourists miss out on.

To understand why locals love Granny’s, you’ll need to order their chilaquiles taco, which features deep flavors of mole-covered tortilla strips, homemade queso blanco, and pickled jalapeño. To spice up your dish with some extra heat, be sure to ask for a side of their famous red sauce to pour over your taco.

Via 313

For the best pizza in Austin, be sure to stop at Via 313. With brick-and-mortar locations in North Campus, East Side, and Oak Hill and food trucks on West 6th and Rainey St., their famous Detroit-style pies feature a thick crust, with crispy caramelized cheese and a wide range of unique toppings.

To fully immerse yourself in the Via 313 experience, order The Cadillac. As one of their most popular combinations, The Cadillac builds on the standard Detroit-style pizza by adding gorgonzola, fig preserves, prosciutto, parmesan, and balsamic glaze.

Easy Tiger

Easy Tiger combines Texas’ rich German heritage with the eclectic vibe of Austin. With an onsite bakery, Easy Tiger has everything you need to satisfy your sweet tooth—from pain au chocolat and chocolate chunk cookies to stollen and cinnamon knots. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in a more savory option, their huge Bavarian-style soft pretzels are served with housemade beer cheese, mustard, and salted whipped butter.

With central locations at the The Linc and South Lamar, Easy Tiger is the best local spot to try Austin-style artisan bread, cured meats, and craft beers. The best part? Their Old World hearth bread, European-style pastries, and signature Bavarian-style pretzels are all baked fresh daily.

Kerbey Lane Cafe

Those perfect stacks of pancakes in Saturday morning cartoons actually exist at Austin’s favorite family-owned diner, Kerbey Lane Cafe. In addition to fun flavors like blueberry and lemon poppy seed, the diner updates their menu weekly with a limited-edition flavor—some fan favorites include red velvet, birthday cake, and even chocolate-covered strawberry. Plus, Kerbey’s offers gluten-free and vegan options for every pancake flavor.

Along with their award-winning pancakes, Kerbey’s is also famous for their layered chili con queso, layered with homemade guacamole, cheese, cilantro, onions, jalapeños, and pico de gallo. With nine central locations around the Austin metro area, Kerbey Lane Cafe is the perfect brunch spot to add to your Austin food bucket list.

Franklin Barbecue

For those who loved smoked meat, Franklin Barbecue is a non-negotiable stop during your Austin stay. Franklin Barbecue has been consistently named one of the best BBQ spots in the world and serves the best brisket Austin has to offer. Their brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and sausage feature an expertly blended rub, which adds a unique burst of flavor to the ends of the meat.

Franklin Barbecue is located on East 11 St., just minutes away from Lott Pocket Park and Symphony Square. If you’re thinking about visiting Austin’s best BBQ joint, be sure to set aside an afternoon—Franklin Barbeque is only open for lunch between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Finding an apartment in Austin, Texas

Whether you’re planning a vacation to Georgetown, Round Rock, or Sunset Valley or you’re thinking about moving to the state’s capital city, it’s essential to find a housing provider that meets your needs. With flexible short-term leasing, corporate housing, or short-term housing, Austin is ideal for anyone interested in searching for furnished apartments in Austin, TX.

Fortunately, Landing takes the hassle out of finding short-term housing in the Austin area, with fully furnished studios and one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments in up-and-coming neighborhoods like Crestview, North Lamar, and Wells Branch. With 24/7 concierge service, beautifully designed apartments, and a wide range of floor plans, Landing offers the best available rates in the Austin metro area.

Our fully furnished apartments come with everything you need, enabling you to spend your time in Austin exploring the city’s diverse restaurant scene, entertainment districts, and unique attractions.



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