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OK, we are only telling you this secret one because we love you. La Barbecue food truck on South First is the best out there - brisket and ribs that will change your life coming from the Mueller family. You're welcome.

If you're craving NY style pizza, East Side Pies is waiting for you. Grab and go is the best option from their tiny place. Order extra slices, you'll want them later.

Lamberts offers upscale barbecue on the beautiful 2nd Street block. Sides are essential including the mac and cheese and fried green tomatoes.

  • Tina Guajardo

    Sundays has dollar cans of beer and half price app menu starting at 5pm!

If you're looking for a fancier meal, head to the east side to Justine's. If the ambiance and french food isn't enough to impress you, order the steak tartar.

If you like ice cream, you have no other choice but to try Amy's. The Mexican Vanilla is made with orchid and you can even get a pint to go at the airport (vacuum packed for your flight). Genius.

The Backspace is a small, quaint 30-seat trattoria serving thin-crust Neapolitan pizzas from an Italian brick oven located right off 6th Street. Their fennel and sausage pizza is the perfect combo of hot and fresh.

East Side King food truck at Liberty Bar serves up some of the best Asian fusion you can order from a trailer. Pork belly on steamed buns and fried Brussels sprouts? Yes, please.

If you're looking for fresh updates on diner classics, 24 Diner has you covered. Bourbon vanilla waffles you'll dream about, pork chops you won't want to share, and one of the best veggie burgers in town. And if the name didn't give it away, it's open late night.

G'raj Mahal offers shamefully delicious Indian food in a casual outdoor atmosphere on Rainey Street. Come for the curries, stay for the naan. Mmm... naan... Did we mention it's BYOB?

Hopdoddy knows how to satisfy a burger lover. The buns are made daily from scratch, the patties are cooked to order, and the (perfectly seasoned) french fries are much more than just a sidekick.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Curra's Grill has your Mexican food fix locked down. You can't go wrong with their carnitas made the traditional way (marinated in Coca Cola, milk and orange juice then fried up). An avocado margarita on the side is perfection.

Enoteca Vespaio (Vespaio's spin-off bistro) is a great spot for a casual Italian-inspired lunch, brunch, or dinner. Pizza, pasta, and antipasti that you won't soon forget. No matter what you order, you're leaving a winner.

FoodHeads is quite the charmer. At this sandwich shop, homemade sweet pickles, fresh local bread, and rotating soup selections are just a few of the highlights. And if you're not expecting a sandwich joint to have some of the best fish tacos in town, prepare to have your mind blown.

FoodHeads - University of Texas - Austin, TX | Yelp

If you've been watching Top Chef, you know about Paul Qui. His restaurant Uchiko is top-rated in Austin. Make a reservation and be sure to try their fried Brussels Sprouts and Hamachi roll.

  • Jocelyn S. Lai

    Secret about Uchiko: They have happy hour 5 - 630pm. They don't advertise it for a reason...really good food, for a really good price.

  • Lauren Walker

    Jocelyn is a smart girl. Get there early. It's always packed.

Need a break from Tex-Mex and BBQ? Beets is up-market raw food on West 5th with options for all you vegetarians. Try their tacos with sunflower seed beans, topped with shredded lettuce, salsa, guacamole, olives, and a cashew sour cream drizzle. It's as good as it sounds.

Pair pre-prohibition style cocktails with charcuterie and you'll be set at Peché. Their menu is for the fancier palates - venison, boar and cured meat and NO tacos (if you need a break).

Really good Korean food is a rarity downtown, or anywhere else in Austin for that matter, but an often overlooked gem sits only blocks away from the heart of SXSW. Tell me you don’t want a bowl of this bibimbap.

The South Congress Cafe does brunch right every day of the week. Between their carrot cake french toast and their smoked brisket hash (in that order), you'll satisfy all of your cravings.

Photos for South Congress Cafe | Yelp
  • krista

    this photo doesn't come close to giving a taste of South Congress Cafe. It's my absolute favorite place for brunch. No one does it up as well as they do. The spicy bloody Mary's should be reason enough to check it out. GO!

  • Jefferson Burruss

    The best migas

  • Brandee Ball

    And every once in a while, they'll have a pork chop on the specials menu...spicy, sweet and goooood.

The name makes you think ice cream shop, but The Mighty Cone is anything but. This food trailer on South Congress serves "deeply sauted" avocado and chicken in a handy tortilla cone.

Chuy's is over the top with crazy decor and a full blown salsa bar. With the Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom enchilada or Big-As-Yo-Face burrito, how can you possibly go wrong?

  • Brittany Deterding

    This place is ah-mazing! The food is great and the atmosphere is awesome - I highly recommend it!

Long-time Austin classic, Fonda San Miguel specializes has the best interior Mexican food. has been in Austin for over 25 years. The ceviche is a must-try, as are the amazing mojitos.

There's a reason Franklin's BBQ is the best in Austin and the nation according to Bon Apetit magazine. Get there by 10:15am to wait in the (likely) long line for a whole new kind of brisket.

If you want a taco from a food trailer, check out Torchy's Tacos on South 1st Street. Try quirky favorites like the Ranch Hand, Democrat or the Trailer Park.

Tacodeli serves salsa that looks like guacamole. And you better believe that’s an amazing thing. It's our favorite breakfast taco and there's plenty of lunch options too.

On top of already being a music venue and BBQ pusher, Stubb's Gospel Brunch is a must-see. Delicious southern comfort music and a live gospel band makes for a perfect Sunday.