Guide to Eating & Drinking Your Way Through Austin

We’re not sure that we can buy into Texas’ capital city being weirder than New Orleans, but it certainly is A LOT of fun. No matter your age, Austin is a great place for a quick weekend getaway from New Orleans. We flew direct on Spirit Airlines, and snagged a round-trip flight for less than $120. You can’t get much better than that!

Of course flying on budget airlines can have its downfalls. If you can manage to fit everything in what’s considered a “personal item” (a small duffle bag or backpack), you can save an extra $100 rather than paying for a carry-on. There are other airlines that fly to ATX as well if you are just not down for leaving that 4th pair of shoes behind (totes get it). As usual we were in it for the eating and drinking on this particular trip so a well-researched restaurant and bar list, a camera, a couple of brunch outfits and a swimsuit in case the weather was nice enough to permit pool time was really all we needed!

There are really two main cuisines you have to cover while in Austin: tex-mex and barbecue. Up third is definitely Asian which is a scene that continues to grow there. Of course, there are many other types of delicious fare around as well.

Our first stop was Emmer & Rye, a beautiful award-winning restaurant specializing in farm to table small plates.  What makes Emmer & Rye special is how fresh everything is –  the grains that go into the pasta are milled by the chef himself and the produce grown in an on site garden.

Pappardelle with pork cheek at Emmer & Rye
Sweet Ricotta, Pickled Strawberry, Persimmon, Makrut Lime Ice Cream, Cookie Crumble at Emmer & Rye

The restaurant is located on one of Austin’s best streets for nightlife, Rainey Street, so finding somewhere fun for after dinner drinks was not a difficult task. The bungalow bars of Rainey Street are mostly old homes that have been renovated and turned into bars. We ended up in UnBARlievable, a lively spot with a slide, hulu hoops and an overall silly vibe. Then, we hit up Container Bar , a super fun spot that usually has a DJ and is literally made out of shipping containers.

When waking up with a hangover in Austin, the answer is a no-brainer. Breakfast tacos! 🌮Juan in a Million is a no frills spot to get just that. The Don Juan El Taco Grande is a must. This gigantic taco is a secret combination of potato, egg, bacon and cheese in a deliciously hot tortilla. This baby comes with extra tortillas because you likely won’t be able to eat it all in one.

After tacos at Juan in a Million, we needed a little fresh air and a exercise so we headed to Barton Spring for a hike and a little sunshine.

Next up was the rooftop bar at Upstair’s at Caroline, the perfect place to spend a beautiful afternoon. This adorbs spot is less than a year old and serves delicious cocktails and yummy tex-mex style snacks. We even mastered corn hole with a couple of locals!

upstairs at caroline
Frozen Prickly Pear ‘Rita and Bad Life Choices at Upstairs at Caroline

For dinner, we headed to the most anticipated place on our list, Loro. A collab between two of the best restaurants in Austin, Franklin Barbecue and Uchi Sushi, the Asian smokehouse meets Texas barbecue is one of the hottest new spots in ATX

Oak Grilled Snap Peas and Frozen G&T!
Smoked Beef Brisket with child gastrique and thai herbs

After dinner, we were excited to check out underground speakeasy, DuMont’s Down Low. The warm and inviting atmosphere with a whiskey-centric menu is perfect for after dinner drinks.

The next morning, it was time for a Mexican brunch and we had chilaquiles on the mind, so we headed to El Naranjo, a cute, traditional Mexican restaurant on Rainey Street. It was the perfect cure!

el naranjo austin

We grabbed a couple of post brunch drinks at a fun place with a large outdoor area, The Lustre Pearl.

For dinner, we were excited Aviary Wine & Kitchen, an adorable wine bar with delicious bites on South Lamar. The wine selection is varied with plenty of delicious rare finds including orange wines. We were pleasantly surprised by their amazing food as well that was easily one of the best meals we had in Austin.

Cheese & charcuterie board
A selection of dishes at Aviary Wine Kitchen

We didn’t get a chance to squeeze in dining at Eberly, but we had to stop in for a drink just to check it out. The space is absolutely gorgeous featuring a cedar tavern bar and rooftop terrace overlooking downtown.

Cocktails at Eberly

We couldn’t visit Austin without making it to dirty sixth street, so we headed to The Ranch. Last up, before heading to the airport on Sunday was a stop at the famous Jo’s Coffee for a coffee and a couple of farewell breakfast tacos.

Other places on our list that we unfortunately weren’t able to fit in are La Barbecue, new food hall Fareground in the heart of downtown Austin.

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XOXO

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