Summer in Austin is the perfect time to dive into refreshing warm-weather dishes or taste the latest food trends fried chicken, anyone? Here are a few of our favorite Austin eateries for summertime gnoshing:
To get a feel for some of the area's fabulous seafood,Shoal Creek Saloonhas seasonal daily crawfish boils where you can watch the crustaceans being prepared, cooked and served.Quality Seafood Marketalso serves up fresh Gulf favorites like shrimp and oysters at its daily boils.Crawfish Shack & Oyster Baralso serves great Cajun-style crawfish and oysters in po'boy or entre form, or you can grab a seat onPerla'spatio and chow down on a variety of oysters (.50 cents off during happy hour) and enjoy the weather on South Congress. For a more romantic vibe, try Perla's slightly smaller sister location,Clark's, for a quick seafood-packed lunch. Enjoy a sophisticated evening of raw bar specialties and oysters atParkside, or opt for a more laid-back experience atHillside Farmacy.
Lucy's Fried Chicken. Look for the colorful neon lady along South Congress and try twists on classic dishes (see: Deep Fried Deviled Eggs).East Side Kingalso serves up rich flavors, putting a Thai spin on traditional Southern fried chicken. This popular Austin eatery has four locations and a pop-up food truck, so delicious fried goodness is never too far away.
For straightforward, down-right-good chicken, go toGus' World Famous Fried Chickendowntown. You can order a two- or three-piece plate of crispy, spicy battered meat, or make it a meal with slaw and baked beans and leave completely satisfied. For a unique twist on this classic dish, try the Mother Clucker atGourdough'sfor a sweet donut topped with fried chicken and honey butter. Try chicken and champs at Max's Wine Dive for a unique twist to try some of Austin's best gourmet comfort food.
For a quintessential summer treat, indulge in some of Austin's finest heat-busting snacks such as the handcrafted artisan ice cream atAmy's Ice Cream, where the Mexican Vanilla is a must-try.Lick Ice Creamcreates unexpected flavor combinations like Goat Cheese Thyme & Honey or Roasted Beets & Mint. Be sure to give your gelato some punch atDolce Vita, where the cool treat meets liquor for the perfect summer libation. TheCoolhausfood truck delivers gourmet pre-packaged ice cream sandwiches, or lets you create your own.
Sno-Beach Austin, one of the original food trailers, sells colorful snow cones, with flavors ranging from almond to wedding cake. A slightly different take on the treat can be found atJim-Jim's Water Ice, a softer, smoother form of a snow cone. Cool off with refreshing passion fruit or sweet pineapple.
Where's your favorite place to snack in Austin during the summer? Share your favorite picks with us in the comments below!