The Ultimate Guide to Austin Eats

If you're headed to Austin for SXSW, the tacos, or just to enjoy the beautiful Texas city, you don't want to miss the Austin restaurants and bites featured in Cooking Channel TV shows.

Mole Rojo from El Naranjo in Austin, Texas

Mole Rojo from El Naranjo in Austin, Texas
90 Rainey Street
Austin, TX 78701
Featured on: Eat St

A fusion of flavors and styles influenced by co-owner and head chef's West African upbringing, as well as his experiences living in France, New York and Austin.
Have to Try: Seared Yassa Chicken, Lamb Sausage, Roasted Curried Garden Veggies

Facebook: Cazamance
Twitter: @CazamanceAustin

Various locations
Austin, TX
Featured on: Eat St

This Texas mobile truck serves Korean-Mexican inspired tacos, burritos, quesadillas and burgers, and zests things up with a little cilantro in nearly every dish.
Have to Try: Hawaiian Bulgogi Burger

Facebook: Chi'Lantro
Twitter: @chilantrobbq

Cuban Sandwich Café
1804 Briarcliff Boulevard
Austin, TX 78723
Featured on: Eden Eats

Enrique left Regla, Cuba, at the age of 5, and he now owns this Cuban bakery in Austin that's not to be missed. Don't miss the café con leche with Cuban coffee, espresso, milk and sugar. He makes his pastry with pork lard and butter: what a way to start your day.
Have to Try: Pastelito de Queso (sweet cheese puff pastry), Café con Leche, Cuban Sandwich

Facebook: Cuban Sandwich Cafe

European Bistro
111 E Main Street
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Featured on: Eden Eats

Eastern European delicacies, brought all the way to Austin. Don't miss out on Chef Piroshka's famous Hungarian dinner dishes, including her Goulash and Spaetzle.  
Have to Try: Hungarian Goulash With Spaetzle

Facebook: European Bistro
Twitter: @europeanbistro

El Naranjo
Various Locations
Austin, TX
Featured on: Eat St

Acclaimed chef Iliana de la Vega serves up authentic Oaxacan cuisine at her El Naranjo mobile trailer in Austin, Texas.
Have to Try: Mole Rojo, Molotes, Empanadas, Tostadas, Tacos, Mole Poblano

Twitter: @elnaranjoaustin

The Evil Wiener
1508 Rio Grande
Austin, TX 78701
Featured on: Eat St

Don't be fooled by the name: The wieners are secondary to their mind-blowing assortment of toppings. Think multicultural foods, mixed together and fashioned into unlikely but unbelievably tasty toppings.
Have to Try: The Cowgirl, The Dog Quijote

Facebook: The Evil Wiener
Twitter: @EvilWiener

Flying Carpet Moroccan Souk Truck
504 W. Oltorf
Austin, TX 78704
Featured on: Eden Eats

Middle Eastern and Moroccan market food all the way from the Mediterranean city of Mohamadia. It's exotic, it's delicious and it's open until the early hours of the morning.
Have to Try: Tagine With Meatballs

Facebook: Flying Carpet

Franklin Barbecue 
900 E 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78722
Featured on: Unique Eats

This roadside mobile restaurant doesn't merely churn out some of the best barbecue on the block, it makes some of the best brisket, ribs and pulled pork in the entire country. Don't believe us? Check out the line that starts to form as early as 9am.
Have to Try: Custom-Made Sausage, Pork Ribs, Fatty Brisket, Tipsy Texan 
Facebook: Franklin BBQ
Twitter: @franklinbbq

1219 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704
Featured on: Unique Eats

With baked goods as unique as Austin itself, this little specialty shop doles out some of the most lavish and indulgent doughnuts you may ever encounter.
Have to Try: Mother Clucker, Granny's Pie, PB & J, Son of a Peach, Naughty & Nice

Facebook: Gourdough's
Twitter: @gourdough

G'Raj Mahal
Various locations
Austin, TX
Featured on: Eat St

Eclectic and artsy stationary trailer that serves naan freshly baked in their tandoori oven that's built right into the trailer, as well as other authentic Goan dishes from Goa, India.
Have to Try: Rechard Masala Shrimp, Fresh Baked Naan

Facebook: G'Raj Mahal 

Holy Cacao Food Truck
1311 South First Street
Austin, Texas 78704
Featured on: Food(ography)

Hot chocolate, cool cake shakes and cake balls on a stick are the highlights at this Austin food truck that encourages indulgence in manageable portions. Don't miss the cake shakes, which combine fresh cake, milk, ice cream and other flavorings.
Have to Try: Frozen Mexican Hot Chocolate, Chocolate Cake Balls, Cake Shakes

Facebook: Holy Cacao
Twitter: @HolyCacao

Mellizoz Tacos
Various locations
Austin, TX
Featured on: Eat St

42-foot stationary trailer that prides itself on family tradition and using fresh ingredients.
Have to Try: Migas Tacos, The Slowrider, Padre Taco
Twitter: @MellizozTacos

1502 San Antonio Street
Austin, TX 78701
Featured on: Eat St

Homemade sauces and home-pickled vegetables, all on a rotisserie chicken sandwich.
Have to Try: The Caprese

Facebook: Jalopy
Twitter: @jalopyaustin

Max's Wine Dive
207 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701
Featured on: Unique Eats

Competitively priced wines from around the world, mouthwateringly good fancy fried foods and a motto that reads: "Fried Chicken and Champagne After Midnight — Why the Hell Not?"
Have to Try: Alligator Beignets, Badass Chips, Famous Southern Fried Chicken, Pan Borracho, The Fried Egg Sandwich

Facebook: Max's Wine Dive
Twitter: @winedivemax

The Mighty Cone
Various Locations
Austin, TX
Featured on: Eat St

They are known for their tortilla cones, which they fill with crispy chicken, deep-fried avocado, crispy shrimps — or a combo of your choice! Need we say more?
Have to Try: Hot and Crunchy Chicken Cone, Crispy Shrimp Tortilla Cone, Deep-Fried Avocado Tortilla Cone

Facebook: The Mighty Cone
Twitter: @themightycone

2043 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704
Featured on: Unique Eats

Chef James Holmes made sure his menu included a treatise about buying from local farms, foragers and ranchers, and it shows with his fresh and changing takes on Texas-style cuisine.
Have to Try: S.O.S., Chicken Fried Steak, Chorizo Mussels With Lone Star Beef Broth, Grilled Flatiron Steaks With Kale and Beet Risotto

Facebook: Olivia

Phoenicia Bakery
4701A Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78756
Featured on: Eden Eats

Swing by for Mediterranean specialties, but make sure you don't leave without trying their homemade breads and baklava.
Have to Try: Pita Bread, Zatar Bread

Facebook: Phoenicia Bakery

Pig Vicious
1001 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Featured On: Eat St

All about delicious and innovative ways to serve tasty pig, this Austin eatery serves pulled pork tacos, bacon and eggs, bacon quesadillas, bacon sandwiches, bacon tortillas, bacon milkshakes, and bacon-wrapped-deep-fried pickles.
Have to Try: The Hearstopper Club, Bacon Milkshake,The Mescaline High Hat

Facebook: Pig Vicious
Twitter: @pigviciousbacon
Pueblo Viejo
1804 Briarcliff
Austin, TX 501-6651
Featured on: Eden Eats

Killer Mexican food truck heralded for their tacos and gorditas alike.
Have to Try: Chorizo Gordita, Gorditas

Facebook: Pueblo Viejo 
Twitter: @puebloviejoatx

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