Austin Restaurant Guide: SXSW 2017





Since I do know a few of you’re heading to Austin this week for SXSW, I assumed I’d share an up to date checklist of favourite locations to eat and drink in my city. I’ve written just a few of those posts prior to now, however issues change so shortly!

Here are a few of our latest favorites in addition to some previous stand-by’s. I’ve additionally included a few of my favourite outlets and different actions in case you want to see some sights in between meals 🙂

LUNCH:
(though many of those are nice for an informal dinner)

Saigon le vendeur (pictured beneath)
This truck is our latest obsession so I’m placing it up first. They have a everlasting location on east seventh road, however we first found it on the Saturday farmer’s market. Their vermicelli bowls are the very best on the town! I really like how lemongrass-y the lemongrass tofu is and their sauce is 2 emoji thumbs up.

Piknik
Their brick and mortar restaurant is new this 12 months – if you happen to’re paleo, gluten free, or have any weight loss program restriction, that is your spot. The meals is made from the very best high quality elements and could be very well being aware. If you’re vegan, get the eggplant involtini. If you’re not vegan, get the hash. And don’t miss the matcha drinks.

Elizabeth (pictured above)
My most instagrammed restaurant (I can’t assist it!) in addition to a spot Jack and I’m going to far too typically. I just like the tofu mushroom banh mi, the mushroom pho, the breakfast banh mi, and the tofu avocado steamed buns (not on the menu however simply ask).


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Taco Deli
If you go to one restaurant in Austin, go right here. Get the candy potato taco – if you happen to’re pescatarian, don’t miss the mojo fish taco. Jack eats meat, and his favourite is the Happy Taco. Don’t miss the Doña sauce if you happen to like spicy issues.

Casa de Luz
When you’ve had too many margaritas, go right here for some healthful vegan macrobiotic meals. Note that that is by no means fancy – there’s no alcohol and also you pay up entrance. But what it has some essentially the most flavorful macrobiotic cooking I’ve ever had, and the sauces they make are superb. Check out their web site for the meal of the day. If “suncheeze” is on the menu – go.


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Flower Child
This is a kind of eating places that makes it arduous to resolve what to order as a result of I wish to attempt one in every of every part. There are TONS of vegan and gluten free choices, however there are sustainable meat choices as nicely. I particularly love their inexperienced curry soup (if it’s a particular that day), the Indian Cauliflower, and the Thai Cashew Quinoa. The gluten free brownies are delectable.


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Poké Poké (pictured beneath)
If you want poke, don’t miss this one. They even have vegan poke with tofu and kale.

Koriente (pictured beneath)
I used to work throughout the road from Koriente and ate right here actually day-after-day. We love the shiitake tofu, however every part is nice. The meals is wholesome and scrumptious and the workers is extremely good.


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Fresas (pictured beneath)
Ok, sure, it’s the place with the large, very cute, rooster signal, however you possibly can go right here even if you happen to don’t eat rooster. I particularly love the Jerez Salad with chickpeas and carrot escabeche. Their patio is huge and exquisite, so go right here on a sunny day.


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Thai Fresh (pictured beneath)
A neighborhood favourite. I like their inexperienced curry, the papaya salad, and their coconut soup. They even have a wide array of vegan and gluten free desserts – the chocolate peanut butter pie is to die for.


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Chi’lantro (pictured beneath)
As seen on Shark Tank, ha! It’s build-your-own Korean BBQ – you possibly can select your meat (or tofu), sauce, and whether or not you’d like tacos, a rice bowl, a salad, or a burrito. I get the tofu salad with black beans, avocado, and kimchi with the carrot-ginger sauce.


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BRUNCH:

True Food Kitchen (pictured beneath)
It’s not an area Austin chain however this restaurant, primarily based on recipes by Dr. Andrew Weil, is on our common rotation for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Favorites are: the tofu scramble burrito, the shiitake dumplings, the brussels sprout mushroom pizza (Jack’s favourite), and the vegan butternut squash pizza.

The Steeping Room
When we lived a little bit nearer to this place, we have been regulars. Jack and I had a Sunday Steeping Room ritual which signifies that it’s mainly our church. I really like all of their soups (they rotate each day), the curries, the chocolate crunch tea, and their vegan double chocolate cupcakes. An incredible spot for vegan and gluten free choices.

Cafe No Sé
I’m placing this within the brunch part as a result of it’s extensively standard for brunch, although Jack and I normally go for lunch or dinner (I hate crowds!). I really like their gem lettuce salad and the kale salad. Don’t skip the hummus with their selfmade flatbread.


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DINNER:

Epicerie (additionally nice for lunch and breakfast)
The cutest little french cafe – nice wine, scrumptious cheese and the BEST cauliflower gnocchi you’ve ever tasted.

Chicon
This is my favourite dinner restaurant proper now. It’s owned by the identical people that personal Contigo (one other favourite), what I really like concerning the menu at Chicon is that the meals is extremely native and seasonal. Its type is Texas farm to desk and whereas there are a number of meaty dishes, they don’t ignore their vegetable choices. The menu modifications typically however among the finest issues I’ve had have been a vegan sunflower seed risotto, a pho made with spaghetti squash as an alternative of noodles, and a salad made from smoked and uncooked mushrooms (it’s arduous to explain why the salad was so good nevertheless it was killer). I can go on and on however I’m going to cease right here as a result of I’m occurring and on.

Lenoir
This one is a twofer, as they’ve each a wonderful wine backyard in addition to an exceptional restaurant. The wine backyard not solely has a stunning choice of wine, however in addition they serve yummy gentle snacks. The restaurant is a tiny cozy place that serves a extremely seasonal prix repair menu utilizing native elements, and you may select the dishes you need from four classes: land (meat), sea (fish), earth (vegetarian), and dream (dessert).

Other note-worry dinner locations: Vox Table, Olamaie, Emmer & Rye, Juniper

BEVERAGES: Coffee/Juice

Juice Society
Love this new juice spot! 

Seventh Flag
I really like their selfmade almond milk chai

Patika (Wed-Sun for breakfast)
We’ve been loving the breakfast right here recently – their avocado toast with jalapeños, breakfast sandwiches, bowls, and their pastries are fairly darn good too. They sometimes have gluten free pastries.

Sa-Ten (in addition they have meals)
A cute Japanese-ish espresso store with neat squirrel wallpaper. We love the espresso right here in addition to the easy lunch plates.

different nice espresso locations: Joe’s, Houndstooth & Cafe Medici

BEVERAGES: Wine

June’s
A brand new wine bar in our neighborhood. It’s a little bit expensive however the wines are very superb. Depending on the seasonality of the menu, I additionally love the entire roasted artichoke appetizer.

Hotel San Jose
Still one in every of our favourite patios to get a drink and other people watch. If you come in the summertime, get the Frozé (a frozen rosé slushie).

House Wine
On Sundays, they provide half-price by the glass for opened bottles. Great patio too. Did I point out half-price wine?


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SWEETS:

Sugar Mamas
Yummy cupcakes with vegan and gluten free choices.

Cap City Bakery
An all vegan bakery – their peanut butter chocolate cupcake is tremendous yummy.

Skull & Cakeboxes
You can discover their baked items at entire meals and different locations round city – however in addition they simply opened a brand new brick and mortar bakery. don’t miss their Bing Bong Cupcakes.


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STORES:

Kettle & Brine
Hands down, my favourite store for residence items. I’m obsessive about their ceramic choice.

Wildflower
My second favourite place for residence items, furnishings and natural bedding.

Spartan
Another nice store for ceramics and distinctive presents.


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THINGS TO DO:

Springdale Farm
Visit their market stand on Saturday mornings. Walk across the farm grounds and have breakfast at Eden East (though it’s not vegetarian pleasant – I counsel going to close by Sa-ten earlier than or afterward in case your’e not carnivorous).

Saturday Downtown Farmers Market
It’s at 4th and Guadalupe, and it’s the place I get most of my farmer’s market produce for my recipes. While you’re there go to the Saigon Le Vender truck.

Town Lake Trail
Hike, bike, or kayak if it’s a pleasant day.

Mt Bonnel
A scenic view over Lake Austin, plus get a little bit train mountaineering up the steps. Afterward, brunch at Epicerie.

Barton Springs
It’s too chilly for me (the water is 67°F year-round!), however I’m placing it on the checklist as a result of it’s a enjoyable Austin factor to do on a scorching scorching day.

Stroll down Soco
Visit the eclectic outlets and have brunch at Cafe no Se.


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DAY TRIP:

Magnolia Silos
If you’re a fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ present Fixer Upper, you would possibly wish to take the drive to test this spot out. It’s 1.5 hours from Austin – when you get there, you possibly can store, have lunch on the picnic tables (the Milo meals truck is our favourite, the crepe truck is absolutely good too). Get a candy deal with and an instagram picture of on the tremendous cute bakery earlier than you allow.