Friday Night Lights Stars' Guide to Austin Eats

Clear eyes, full hearts (and stomachs), can't lose. Check out some of the actors' favorite Austin restaurants.

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Friday Night Faves

It has been four years since we said goodbye to the Dillon Panthers on Friday Night Lights, but the cast is sharing their fond memories from filming in Austin for four years. We caught up with some former cast members about their favorite Texas eats — check out some of their picks in the gallery.

Uchi

“Uchi is one of my favorite sushi restaurants in all the world. ... I have so many favorites, but I’d have to say the best is probably the Shag Roll. I don’t even know what’s in it. It’s like … it’s crack cocaine. That’s what it is." — Connie Britton (Tami Taylor)


Uchi
801 South Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704


Cedar Door

"Connie loved this spot. We would always go for martinis after shooting and end the night there." — Stacey Oristano (Mindy Riggins)


Cedar Door
201 Brazos St.
Austin, TX 78701

South Congress Cafe

"Hit up the South Congress Cafe for brunch and order the carrot cake French toast with an omelet or one of three varieties of Eggs Benedict South Congress Style (traditional, crab cakes or steak and migas). Incredible.” — Gaius Charles (Smash Williams)


South Congress Cafe
1600 South Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704


Vespaio

“Vespaio is an incredible Italian restaurant, and I used to always get the cioppino, which is this seafood stew. It comes with this toast and just … oh, it’s so good. My mouth is watering!” — Connie Britton


Vespaio
1610 South Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

Rudy's BBQ

"Rudy's BBQ is a staple for both Scott Porter and me. Good, standard offerings. I love the lean brisket and coleslaw. You can't pass on the chocolate Oreo cups, either!" — Katherine Willis (Joanne Street)


Rudy's BBQ
11570 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78759


Z'Tejas and J. Black's

"We had some fun nights at Z'Tejas, J. Black's and The Ranch!" — Derek Philips (Billy Riggins)


Z'Tejas
1110 W. 6th St.
Austin, Texas 78703


J. Black’s
710 B W. 6th St.
Austin, TX 78701


The Ranch
710 W. 6th St.
Austin, TX 78701


TRIO at the Four Seasons Hotel

"We would all end up at the Four Seasons at night and just drink on the patio by the lake." — Adrianne Palicki (Tyra Collette)


TRIO at the Four Seasons Hotel 
98 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701

Guero's Taco Bar

"They have a margarita there called The Purest, which is… well, we used to say it was probably hallucinogenic. Güero’s is one of our favorite spots, and it has some of the best fish tacos I’ve ever had ... They have really great homemade corn tortillas, and it’s just deliciousness.”

— Connie Britton


Güero’s Taco Bar
1412 South Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

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