Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ: These folks are mixing Tex-Mex with BBQ like it's a culinary remix. Picture brisket tacos and barbacoa quesadillas – your taste buds just joined a fiesta.
Curra's Grill: These guys are the OGs of Tex-Mex in Austin, doing it for over three decades. They're like the wise old sages of queso.
El Alma: Want Tex-Mex with a modern twist? Think wood-fired grilled fajitas and lobster enchiladas. It's Tex-Mex, but make it fashion.
Franklin Barbecue: If you're okay waiting in line longer than your Netflix queue, you'll be rewarded with brisket that's basically unicorn meat – magical and rare.
La Barbecue: Smoked meats are their jam. Brisket, pork belly, sausage – they're the Avengers of the BBQ world, here to save your taste buds.
Micklethwait Craft Meats: Smoked meats, house-made sausages, and sides that'll have you considering a carnivore lifestyle.
Odd Duck: Get ready for some wild and seasonal new American dishes. It's like they're conducting a flavor orchestra on your plate.
Uchi: Modern Japanese cuisine with a Texas twist. Sushi so good, even your grandma would be impressed.
Olamaie: Southern-inspired new American dishes that'll have you saying, "Well, butter my biscuit!"
Other Notable Cuisines
Vietnamese: East Side King, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, and Odd Duck – because sometimes your palate wants to globetrot.
Thai: Thai Kun, Thai Fresh, and Sway – where spice is the name of the game, and you're the winner.
Indian: Tarka Indian Kitchen, Sway, and Foreign & Domestic – curry so good it'll make you question your allegiance to tacos.
Italian: Odd Duck, Vespaio, and Juliet – where pasta is twirled and pizza is devoured with gusto.
Kerbey Lane Cafe: For those mornings when you want pancakes and breakfast tacos to hit the snooze button on your hunger.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar: Breakfast burgers are a thing, and they've got 'em. Plus, breakfast tacos and pancakes – it's a morning miracle.
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery: Pancakes, waffles, and breakfast tacos – because who says breakfast can't be a party?
Amy's Ice Creams: Unique and delicious ice cream flavors that'll make you want to put a ring on it.
Lick Honest Ice Creams: Made-from-scratch ice cream so good, you'll swear it's whispering sweet nothings in your ear.
Dolce Neve Gelato: Authentic Italian gelato flavors that'll transport you to the streets of Rome. Just don't try to speak Italian – you're in Austin!
There you have it, urban explorers! A taste of Austin's culinary kaleidoscope that'll have you saying, "Keep Austin delicious!" So, grab your forks and knives, and let's make this city your taste bud's playground. Bon appétit!