Top 6 Best Restaurants In Austin

Austin has a reputation as a welcoming, friendly place, but like New Yorkers over pizza, Austinites may come damn near throwing a punch if you take issue with their choice of brisket smoker or breakfast taco maker. Local specialties like that are just the beginning of the food conversation in the Texas capital though. Austin’s fine dining has clawed its way to national attention, as have a wide variety of other styles, putting it on the short list of true American food destinations. From refined omakase to only-in-Austin goat chili Frito pie, our list has it all. These are the best restaurants in Austin.

Best Restaurants In Austin

Slab BBQ & Beer

Slab BBQ & Beer Is Smoking Dope Barbecue at Two Austin Locations

Robust barbecue sandwiches can be found at the casual restaurant from owner Raf Robinson. The substantial offerings range from the Notorious P.I.G. with pulled pork and mustard slaw to the over-the-top B.C.B.C. with brisket and chicken breast. It’s a place where the house barbecue sauces are integral to the essences of these smoked meats sandwiches. Outside the sandwich realm, there are pork ribs, barbecue rice bowls, nachos, and all sorts of sides (like brisket-studded mac and cheese). Pickup orders for both locations (the other in Oak Hill) can be placed online, there are third-party deliveries available (Uber Eats, Grubhub, and Favor), and the restaurants have reopened for dine-in services.

Little Deli

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Little Deli isn’t over the top glamorous and the foods served here certainly aren’t novel, but they do everything so incredibly well and it’s a spot that customers come back to over and over again. From pizza to sandwiches to calzones, there are plenty of options to choose from. Grab a quick lunch here or bring friends and family together for dinner on one of their outdoor picnic tables to enjoy one of the best restaurants in Austin. Bonus points for being really family-friendly AND for having one of the best chewy chocolate cookies ever.


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