An Austin Food Round-Up

One of the best things about Austin is its incredible food scene! There is always a new and noteworthy restaurant popping up before we can get another one checked off our 'to try' list. This summer we tried to start challenging ourselves to branch out and leave some of our favorite Austin restaurants to try and explore some new ones. So here goes a post with some of our tried and true Austin favorites and then a few special ones thrown in for fun.
There are so many more that didn't make the pictures and that we have yet to it may just keep on growing but we wanted to record a few to remember. We can forget how spoiled we are in Austin and who knows, maybe this post will even help to bribe our friends and family into coming to visit us too :)

Matt recently took me to this gorgeous little bungalow-turned Italian restaurant on West 6th that I've been dying to try for a long time. The food was just as wonderful as the ambience at Winflo.

Dolce Vita quickly became a fast favorite when we moved to town a few years ago. They have gelato..and it's easy to see why I love it. Its a fun place to people watch in Central Austin. 

After hearing rave reviews for the longest time about Foreign and Domestic, I got to try this farm-table restaurant with close girlfriends this summer and it definitely held up to its reputation. The couple that owns the restaurant are a well-renowned chef and pastry chef and after having complimentary plates sent our way and savoring unique, flavorful dishes, I am very excited to go back and take Matt with me.

Matt and I have yet to go back to dinner, but we did catch one of the Saturday morning bake sales recently and after standing a line that wraps around the block, we left triumphant with some very tasty prizes. I can't wait for the pastry chef to open her new shop, Bribery before too long.

Okay, let's talk burgers. Austin original Hopdoddy which started on South Congress, migrated to our side of town to Anderson Lane, and now North to Dallas is just so stinking good that we usually end up here everytime we have guests in town. Apparently everyone in Austin does the same because the lines at both locations are always out the door. My favorites are pictured...the Continental Club Turkey Burger and Nutella Milkshake. The truffle fries are pretty amazing and Matt has tried a ton of interesting options and specials each time we go. 

One of our favorite weekend activities is to sleep in late and then go for breakfast or coffee and pastries, and Quacks 43rd St. Bakery has incredible baked goods. Located in Hyde Park next to all of our other little favorites like Dolce Vita, Hyde Park Bar and Grill, Antonelli's Cheese Shop, Asti, etc., we have gone in her so many times to grab a sweet treat. They also have a half off case in the evenings with still very delicious treats for cheap.

Moving on to Mexican... we will be honest... we go to Torchy's... rather often. Always get the same thing too. Trailor Park Taco, Trashy, but with Lettuce, Queso and Chips. We know they are branching out and moving their chain all around the state but when fast food is this good it's hard to pass up.

Our other favorite Mexican spot is El Mercado. We have favorites there too (pictured are the achiote citrus rubbed chicken tacos...mmmm).

The East Side has all sorts of quirky hot spots and we have had a lot of fun trying out food trucks with friends. Austin Daily Press makes some mouthwatering sandwiches that are not to miss when you are on that side of town.  

For a healthier fast-food option,Verts is another fun place on our side of town that offers yummy kebaps and a nice little patio to enjoy your food on. 

The Steeping Room has become one of my favorite because of its fantastic selection of tea and because it is about a 2 minute walk from our apartment. They also have this amazing white tea from the region of Kenya I lived in, and make heavenly scones.

Next time, we will definitely have to add in others like Jack Allen's Kitchen or some kind of bbq...getting hungry already. So who is going to come visit so we have a good excuse to go out?!

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