Dining Out

photo by Jana Birchum

Fine Dining

The elegant, elevated sushi menu and next-level service set a new standard in Austin and ushered in our ongoing food renaissance. After training in Japan, chef/owner Tyson Cole expanded his vision and scope to offer unexpected flavor combinations and premier seasonal ingredients in his restaurants across five cities. Winning multiple categories every year is no coincidence.

801 S. Lamar


This steadfast Austin staple will satisfy all palates with its range of sweet to savory ways to start the day. Imagine a fat stack of wild blueberry pancakes, Tex-Mex essentials chilaquiles and migas, and inventive spins on a Benedict, like our fave, the Eggs Francisco. All together now: Queso! For! Breakfast!

Kerbey Lane Cafe
3704 Kerbey, 512/451-1436
13435 Hwy. 183 N. #415, 512/258-7757
2606 Guadalupe, 512/477-5717
4301 W. William Cannon, 512/899-1500
3003 S. Lamar, 512/445-4451
2120 N. Mays St., Round Rock, 512/879-2827
701 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/879-2820
2200 Aldrich #100, 512/879-2818

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

Late-Night Dining

Possibly the coolest restaurant in town, Justine’s is the only true brasserie in Austin. It is a must-visit if you crave late-night steak frites, classic French onion soup, or a rich, refined burger, the Royale With Cheese, to go with your nightcap. It’s dark, it’s sexy, it’s secluded – the perfect destination for those who like to party with the night creatures.

Justine's Brasserie
4710 E. Fifth


Patrick Terry bet big on Austin’s obsession with homegrown restaurants, investing in 32 locations since 2005, but hungry patrons are the real winners. The menu, a small but mighty jackpot, boasts badass burgers, one of the best veggie patties around, and a hella good spicy chicken option. (Debut a gluten-free bun, Terry fam, to truly reign supreme.)

P. Terry's Burger Stand
404 S. Lamar, 512/473-2217
3303 N. Lamar, 512/371-9975
4220 W. William Cannon Ste. B-200, 512/358-0380
8515 Burnet Rd., 512/420-9242
3311 RR 620 S., 512/263-9433
204 W. Ben White, 512/462-4998
12301 N. MoPac, 512/719-4810
12018 Research, 512/257-0990
701 Capital of TX Hwy. S., Bldg. H, 512/306-0779
1551 Hwy. 71 E., 737/209-0059
5900 N. Lamar, 512/814-0129
13770 Hwy. 183 N., 512/219-9992
1800 E. Oltorf, 512/284-8137
12901 N. I-35, 512/531-9683
517 W. MLK, 737/212-0420
515 Congress, 512/473-8722
8600 S. I-35, 512/487-5103

photo by Lauren Johnson

photo by Jana Birchum

Food Truck

According to legend, perfectly golden brown extra crunchy chicken with a scorching Scoville level is of greater value than the pot o’ gold at rainbow’s end. Couple Spicy Boys’ Pan-Asian flair with love language-style sides like Sichuan tater tots and som tam, and you’ve found paradise.

Spicy Boys Fried Chicken
1701 E. Sixth


A walnut scone to start the day, a sour cream coffee cake or salty oat cookie for afternoon tea, a magnificent carrot cake to celebrate a special occasion (do Tuesdays count as special occasions?) – these are just a few of the scratch-made baked treats that siren-song us to this 40-year-old Austin original.

Quack's 43rd Street Bakery
411 E. 43rd

photo by John Anderson

photo by Lauren Johnson

Coffee Shop

In its 10-year history on Menchaca Road, Radio Coffee & Beer has become one of South Austin’s most beloved hangouts and remote-work destinations. Java fans flock to Radio for its neighborly vibes, live music, top-tier food trucks, fast Wi-Fi, and locally roasted signature coffees like full-flavored Bluegrass Blend and mellow Coyote Coffee.

Radio Coffee & Beer
4204 Menchaca Rd.

Place to Take Your Parents

Whether your parents’ culinary tastes trend more basic or adventurous, Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole’s “Asian smokehouse” on South Lamar will surely satisfy everyone. Frozen cocktails, local beers, rice bowls and salads, platters of brisket and smoked pork belly, fully loaded burgers: You’ll find all that and more at Loro’s stylish but approachable indoor-outdoor dining space.

2115 S. Lamar

photo by Jana Birchum

photo by Zeke Barbaro

Place to Take Your Kids

A great pizza place is a win-win for parents and kids. At Home Slice, not only are the slices some of the best in town (though don’t ignore the calzones or sandwiches), but the well-worth-it wait passes quickly with balls of actual dough for kids to knead and sculpt. The North Loop location even features a small playscape.

Home Slice Pizza
1415 S. Congress, 512/444-7437
More Home Slice, 1421 S. Congress, 512/444-7437
501 E. 53rd, 512/707-7437

Solo Dining

Slurp like no one is watching, belch like no one is listening (OK, don’t do that last part). With rich broth-soaked noodles and flavorful embellishments in the capacious bowls, skip trying to get someone to join you when the craving strikes and chow down on your own without care at one of five locations from Lakeline to Slaughter.

Ramen Tatsu-Ya
8557 Research #126
1234 S. Lamar
8601 S. Congress

photo by Jana Birchum


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