Our menus are memorable thanks to celebrated staples like breakfast tacos from east side favorite Juan in a Million or the creative concoctions at Torchy's Tacos, as well as Tex-Mex treats paired with top shelf pitchers of margaritas at off the beaten path places like the patio of Polvos on South 1st Street. Then there are the water-front locales for the boat riding flip-flop set, like family-favorite Hula Hut on Lake Austin or the Lake Travis situated, "sunset capital of Texas", the Oasis. And lest we forget our bib-required BBQ at laid-back locales like the lick your fingers favorite La Barbecue, the likes of where the owners are greeted daily with throngs of ravenous brisket addicts and the line doesn't stop moving until the pit master runs out of goods.
But as of late, the creative chefs and ambitious restaurateurs within our city limits have upped the appetite ante with inventive cuisine to appeal to cross-genre cravings, resulting in fusion-inspired feasts all across town. Pull up a chair at Mettle, opened by Bridget Dunlap, the mastermind behind the famous Rainey Street properties like Lustre Pearl. Experience French-Vietnamese plates, get courageous with delicacies like grilled sweetbreads at Barley Swine, or follow the sounds of deer antler beer spouts being tapped at al fresco dining detour Contigo, where ox tongue slider starters set you off on a taste journey you've never traveled.
The brick and mortar businesses are only half the fun; no Austin visit is complete without a park-and-eat experience at any of our many personality-plus food truck and trailer venues. From gourmet donuts at Gourdough's to savory sensations from East Side King, our city's ongoing conversation now has a culinary accent that is so much more flavored than a predictable Texas twang.