112 Best Dishes in Austin

Well, I tried to narrow this list down to the 100 Best Dishes in Austin but with my sweet tooth and all these at-home bakers, it became 112! While outsiders think Austin and Texas is just full of queso, tacos, and fatty brisket, you’ll find some great seafood, dim sum, Thai, remarkable food trucks, pizza, ice cream, and vegetarian options. Let me know if you have something to add!


1. Asador Adobo Chicken Taco

2. Aster’s Ethiopian Traditional Ethiopian with a daily lunchtime buffet including: Gomen (Ethiopian-style collard greens) and Alicha Miser (split lentil with ginger and garlic)

3. ATX Cocina Short Rib Queso Fundido

4. Le Beef Burger Cheeseburger​​ (check @lebeef.burger for pop-up times)

5. Bento Picnic Rice Bento Box with Salmon

6. Bésame Over the Rainbow Ice Cream, the Compost Cookie and any of their holiday specials (the White Chocolate Peppermint was my favorite during Christmas)

7. Better Half Cauliflower Tots with Beet Ketchup

8. Birdies Sablefish with Chilled Corn, Seafood Broth and Beet Toast (menu changes regularly)

9. Bouldin Creek Cafe Buddha Bowl special

10. Bufalina Pepperoni Pizza

11. Canje Striped Bass: Tamarind, Rum Butter, Green Mango, Papaya

12. Carpenters Hall Turkey Club Sandwich

13. Carnitas el Güero Carnitas and Quesadilla

14. Casa de Luz Guacamole Tacos on Wednesday

15. Chapulin Cantina Barbacoa De Chivo Con Consomé

16. Churro Co. Campfire Churro with Graham Cracker Sugar, Mexican Chocolate Sauce, Marshmallow 

17. Cisco’s Migas Plate

18. Clark’s Cioppino

19. Comedor Bone Marrow Tacos

20. Deckhand Oyster Bar Seafood Gumbo

21. De Nada Cantina Fried Mexico City Carnita Quesadilla

22. Eberly Grilled Octopus

23. Emmer & Rye Mushrooms: Lion’s Mane, Icicle Radish, Carolina Gold Rice, Roasted Koji (comes with best Roti), menu changes daily

24. El Alma Ceviche with Fried Chips

25. El Borrego de Oro Chicken Tortilla Soup 

26. El Primo Breakfast Taco with Beans

27. Elizabeth Street Cafe Bún with Red Fish + extra greens and Wonton Soup

28. Epicerie Grits Bowl with Lion’s Mane Mushrooms & Funfetti Cookie

29. Este Tuna Crudo

30. Dovetail Bittersweet Pizza

31. Fonda San Miguel Calabacitas Rellenas: Baked Zucchini Filled with Corn, Cheese, & Jitomate

32. Four Seasons: Live Oak Lounge Tuna Nachos

33. Franklin BBQ Brisket & Pork Ribs (they fall off the bone)

34. Fresa’s Power Bowl: Chicken, Sweet Potato, Avocado, Chickpeas, Cauliflower, Pickled Onion & Cookies n’ Cream Ice Cream

35. Gati Golden Milk or Pandan Ice Cream (all ice cream is vegan)

36. Granny’s Tacos Chilaquiles Taco

37. Hestia Scallop in Beef Tallow, Shoyu, Apple

38. Il Brutto Lasagna Alla Bolognese with Beef Ragu, Bechamel, Parmigiano

39. Intero Wood Fire Pizza

40. Jim Jim’s Half Sour Watermelon and Half Melon Water Ice with Vanilla Soft Serve (It’s called Creamsicle)

41. Jeffrey’s King Crab, Avocado Toast & the Burger (I prefer to sit at the bar)

42. Joann’s Fine Foods Avocado Tacos & Green Chicken Enchiladas

43. Josephine House Huevos Rancheros

44. June’s All Day Matzo Ball Caldo

45. Juniper Cacio e Pepe

46. Justine’s Steak Tartare

47. Kalimoxto Spanish Tortilla

48. Kellie’s Baking Co. Stuffed Reese’s Cookie

49. Kiin Di Ka Pow Street Style with Chicken

50. Kinda Tropical Sesame Chicken Salad & Yucca Fries

51. Kome Spooky Roll

52. Koriente Obake Bowl A- Chicken Sautéed with Mushrooms, Broccoli, Carrots, Rice

53. La BBQ Turkey

54. La Condesa Esquites

55. La Piscina Chicken Fajitas

56. La Tunita 512 Birria Taco

57. Lamberts Prime Niman Ranch Ribeye with Mustard & Brown Sugar Crust

58. Launderette Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwich

59. LeRoy & Lewis Akaushi Brisket Saturday and Sunday only & Kale Caesar Slaw

60. Lichas Choriqueso

61. Lenoir Goan-style Crab Curry Whole Fish

62. Local Foods Gulf Seafood Sandwich & Fancy Peanut Butter Cookie

63. L’Oca d’Oro Meatballs

64. Loro Malaysian Chicken Bo Ssam

65. Love Supreme Pizza Roasted Cauliflower with Almond Vinaigrette, Golden Raisin Pesto

66. Magnolia Cafe Chocolate Chip Pancakes

67. Maie Day Mac N’ Cheese

68. Malibu Poke Classic Tuna Bowl

69. Manuel’s Crab Nachos

70. Matt’s El Rancho Bean and Cheese Nachos with Fajita Chicken

71. Maudie’s Tamale Breakfast Taco 

72. Mattie’s at Green Pastures Biscuits

73. Mum Foods Pastrami Sandwich

74. Musachino Escarole Nigiri and Sushi

75. Monger’s Smoked Fish Dip and Tuna Poke (for lunch)

76. Nixta Duck Carnitas Taco

77. Oseyo Wood Grilled Mackerel

78. Otoko 20-course Omakase (p.s. special $150 omakase First Thursdays)

79. Pacha Cafe Banana Pancakes 

80. Perla’s Red Fish on the Halfshell with Red Chimichurri & Shrimp Cocktail

81. Pho Please Grilled Chicken Rice Paper Rolls

82. Pieous Smoked Pastrami

83. Polvo’s Fish Fajitas

84. Qi Shanghai Soup Dumplings & Egg Drop Soup

85. Red Ash Hot & Crispy Country Italian Garlic Bread

86. Russell’s Bakery Coconut Cake

87. Rollin Smoke BBQ QuesaTaco with Beef Cheek on Sunday

88. Sammie’s Orecchiette

89. Saps F11 aka Guay Teaw Kua Gai: Flat rice noodles stir fried with your choice of meat, eggs, bean sprout, pickled radish & soy sauce

90. Spicy Boys at St. Elmo Panang Curry

91. Suerte Goat Barbacoa

92. Summer House Whole Branzino with Pickled Chilies, Preserved Lemon Saffron Sauce, Greens & Ribeye for 2

93. Sushi by Scratch Restaurants 17-course Nigiri Sushi Omakase

94. Sway Jungle Curry: Black Angus Brisket, Okra, Thai Eggplant, Corn, Fresno Chili

95. Taco Flats Black & Green Breakfast Taco: Grilled Jack Cheese, Black Beans, Eggs, Guac, Onion

96. Tamale House Chicken Tamale

97. Terry Black’s BBQ Giant Beef Rib & Corn Muffin (Barton Springs location)

98. Texsueño Sweet Potato Taco

99. Thai Fresh Pad Prik King or Red Curry with Shrimp and Brown Rice & Salted Caramel Brownie (heated up) or Coffee Cake

100. TLV Salatim’s: Israeli Salad, Cumin Beets, Babaganoush and Moroccan Carrots

101. The Peacock  Short Rib Hummus and (extra!) Pita & Wood Fire Grilled Octopus

102. The Well Overnight Oats with Blueberry and Banana

103. Thorough Bread Banana Nutella Cookie

104. Tomodachi Miller Roll

105. Uchi Hama Chili

106. Uchiko Wagyu Tartare Nigiri & Eggplant Nigiri

107. Uncle Nicky’s Mortadella Sandwich & Olive Oil Sardines with Ritz Crackers

108. Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ Smoked Chicken Fajita Taco with Lime Guacamole, Tomato Serrano Salsa

109. Vera Cruz All Natural Migas Originales Breakfast Taco & Grilled Fish Taco at Radio location

110. Vespaio Pappardelle Bolognese

111. Walton’s Golden Egg: Nutmeg Infused Yellow Cake Dipped in Butter & Cinnamon Sugar

112. Watertrade Hamachi with Smoked Tamari, Binchotan