Fall is knocking on Austin’s door and local restaurants, bars and breweries are spinning out pints, plates and cones showcasing the season’s bounty. Get your fall fill with these Austin picks:
This hearty gourd makes its way into autumn-inspired breakfasts, lunches and dinners. And, obviously, ultra decadent desserts.
Chili-Queso Fries from Kerbey Lane Cafe.
Breakfast star Kerbey Lane Cafe rolls out a special fall menu loaded with pumpkin classics. Order the pumpkin French toast made with their homemade pumpkin bread and sip on a pumpkin spice cappuccino while you wait. For lunch, try the chili-queso fries made with Akaushi beef chili and topped with a sunny-side up egg.
Known for their creative milkshakes and burgers, Hopdoddy introduces a wacky meets delicious shake flavor each month. This fall, fans can't get enough of the pumpkin cheesecake shake, topped with chipotle sugar to give it a special kick.
Argentine-focused Buenos Aires Café gets into the swing with seasonal menus updated daily. Inquire about their fall empanadas and the gnocchi quartet with pumpkin-cinnamon, sweet potato-chipotle, cilantro-jalapeno and potato-herb gnocchi.
Pumpkin has been known to make its way into Garbo’s homemade whoopie pies, and locals know to snag pumpkin empanadas from La Mexicana Bakery. Feed that fall sweet tooth with the pumpkin cake from Corner Bar. Or have a pumpkin ice cream cone or pumpkin spice ice cream cake from Amy's Ice Creams and don’t miss the all natural Hazel’s pumpkin pie ice cream from Lick.
In a Bowl
Scarves and boots go great with spoonfuls of comfort food. Get your ladle of fall happiness here:
Campus-area hit Texas Chili Parlor dishes up hot bowls of classic Texas-style red to the masses. Freedmen’s is a laid-back smokehouse where the pit chili is loaded with hunky barbecue scraps and smoked cheddar, while South Congress original Lucy’s Fried Chicken makes a mean bowl of West Texas red chili loaded with beef and pork and served with diced onions, cheddar, jalapeno and crackers. Try it with a side of tequila batter cornbread muffins.
Fall Cocktails and Brews
Bourbon, bitters, spice and smoke all take center stage this season.
Cocktails at Weather Up, credit Jenny Sathngam.
For a serious sit-down-and-savor, order the Porky's Revenge (bacon-infused Knob Rye, Giffard Banane de Bresil and orange bitters aged in a charred barrel, served on the rocks) at Swift’s Attic. The Cable Knit at Drink.Well mingles Scotch whiskey, Cocchi Americano, amonillado sherry and Angostura bitters.
Pair your Autumn Shrub cocktail with progressive Southern cuisine at Fixe, get your Fig Manhattan made with house cherry-vanilla bitters and fig foam at Peche, and cozy up to the pumpkin-infused Harvest Old Fashioned at Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile.
For on-point pints that scream fall, visit Live Oak Brewing Company and ask for a Smoaktoberfest. Try the holiday pie-esque Pumpkin Pecan Massacre from Infamous Brewing Company while it lasts and order the pecan porter nitro or the Jolly pumpkin beer at Hopfields.
Still thirsty? Discover even more fall cocktail ideas.
For non-alcoholic pumpkin perks, order a pumpkin latte from Stinson's Bistro or Picnik, whose paleo, protein-filled PSL is a seasonal twist on their famous butter coffee. Find more linger-worthy Austin coffee shops on the Austin Insider Blog.
Goes Great with a Tailgate
Beer and chili’s best fall friend? Football, of course. Dig into shareable plates of comfort eats at these game-friendly Austin spots.
Courtesy Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden.
Join the sea of burnt orange at the Scholz Garten tailgate party. Visit the Beir Garten for a pint, weinerscnitzel, bratwurst and old-fashioned Texas barbecue.
Savor the temperate fall weather in Austin at Red's Porch, where fans can sip on a frozen 'rita while enjoying the Southern Chicken Fried Chicken. Irish enthusiasts and alumni unite at B.D. Riley's to cheer on Notre Dame and New England teams.
Choose from a huge, rotating selection of craft drafts, cans/bottles, ciders and cocktails and nosh on famed burgers and cheese fries at Doc's Bar & Grill.
Put a German spin on your day at Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden. The Rainey Street backyard hosts Austin’s largest tap wall and 30 housemade sausages. Order the hand-twisted pretzel with housemade beer cheese and the Knackwurst (pork, veal, beef, smoke with artisan mustard, pastrami and caraway kraut) at Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden. Prost!