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Austin, Texas: 5 Stars of This Dynamic Dining Paradise

By: Heather Lalley

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The city known for music also offers a wide variety of ways to refuel after catching some great bands

Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World®,” but the always-humming city is gaining a reputation as a dining-and-drinking paradise, as well. From popular food-scene staples to up-and-coming establishments, Austin offers a wide variety of ways to refuel after catching some great bands.

Tex Mex: Breakfast Tacos and Beyond

Tex Mex, that beautiful marriage of Southern U.S. and Mexican cuisines, is elevated to an art form in Austin. Start the day with a bacon, egg, green chile and cheese breakfast taco at Torchy’s Tacos. Torchy’s opened its first unit in 2006 in Austin and now has more than 30 locations around the country, offering inventive tacos with a unique selection of fillings such as fried avocado, jalapeno sausage and seared ahi tuna. Or, check out Chuy’s, operating in Austin since 1982, for “Big as Yo’ Face” burritos stuffed with refried beans, cheese, chicken or beef.

Stop by Torchy’s Tacos in Austin, Texas for street food tacos with a contemporary twist – and a side of homemade chips

Stop by Torchy’s Tacos in Austin, Texas for street food tacos with a contemporary twist – and a side of homemade chips
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Food Trucks and Trailers

Food trucks are the perfect spot to grab a quick, delicious bite between concerts. And Austin’s food truck scene thrives, serving up everything from coffee and churros to barbecue and vegan dishes. Maximize your time with a visit to The Picnic, a year-round food trailer park. Vendors at The Picnic sell fresh-pressed juices, Po’ boys, fried chicken in a cone, cupcakes and more.

The Picnic is Austin’s go-to spot for mingling with locals and fantastic outdoor eating.

The Picnic is Austin’s go-to spot for mingling with locals and fantastic outdoor eating.
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Barbecue With a Twist

Austin’s barbecue scene is strong. From old favorites to new inventions, there’s plenty to try here. Don’t miss the tender barbecued meat plate with brisket, ribs, turkey breast and more, as well as fresh-made side dishes from Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew. Named after a historic railroad stop, Stiles Switch is known for celebrating Austin’s craft-brew scene while delivering stellar smoked meats from pitmaster Lance Kirkpatrick.

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew in Austin serves local meats slow smoked on site in wood-fired pits

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew in Austin serves local meats slow smoked on site in wood-fired pits
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Drink Up: Craft Beverage Scene

Austin’s bars don’t disappoint with crave-worthy cocktails and novel ingredients that will have you asking for seconds. Be sure to stop by Whisler’s, where drinks are mixed with top-shelf liquors and uncommon additions such as beets, watermelon shrub, celery, fresh herbs and more. The modern bar has gained fans for its upscale take on classic cocktails and modern libations.

Visit Whisler’s in Austin, Texas for creative cocktails incorporating house-made jams, syrups and bitters. 

Visit Whisler’s in Austin, Texas for creative cocktails incorporating house-made jams, syrups and bitters. 
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Coffeehouses and Listening Rooms

Where better to enjoy a live concert than in an intimate setting with a beautiful latte in hand? Austin is home to many cozy coffeehouses and listening rooms. Stop by Winflo for seasonal, three-course meals paired with live-music offerings. Or, check out Radio Coffee and Beer, named one of the “12 Hottest Bars in the U.S.” by Zagat, for thoughtfully prepared coffee drinks, craft beer and a diverse mix of live music.

At Austin’s Radio Coffee & Beer, stop in for a drink or hang out for a while at the outdoor seating area.

At Austin’s Radio Coffee & Beer, stop in for a drink or hang out for a while at the outdoor seating area.
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Getting There

It's easy to get to Austin via Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, where live music greets passengers from multiple stages upon arrival. Frequent shuttle service to downtown is also available – just a short 15-minute drive from the airport.

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