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 30 picks for local fall food and beverages:
A Harvest Feast
This hearty gourd makes its way into autumn-inspired breakfasts, lunches and dinners. And, obviously, ultra-decadent desserts.
Pumpkin Cream Pasta. Courtesy of Kerbey Lane Cafe.
1. Breakfast star Kerbey Lane Cafe rolls out a special fall menu loaded with pumpkin classics each year. 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 pumpkin cream pasta made with jalapeno sausage, a pumpkin cream sauce and roasted root vegetables.
2. Known for their creative milkshakes and burgers, Hopdoddy introduces a wacky-meets-delicious shake flavor and burger creation every couple of weeks. Look forward to unexpected creations this season, which could take the shape of pumpkin shakes or burgers made with kabocha (a Japanese squash similar to pumpkin).
3. Meanwhile, at Picnik, the health-conscious crowd can enjoy a pumpkin pie oatmeal while they sip on a paleo-friendly, whey protein-filled pumpkin spice latte: a seasonal twist on the cafe’s famous butter coffee.
4. 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.
5. Make a harvest feast out of the homemade pumpkin ravioli at north Austin's Andiamo Ristorante, served with a brown butter and sage sauce and paired nicely with a warm apple bocconotti.
With autumn comes some of our favorite things: gorgeous patio weather, festival season, rich dishes and all things pumpkin.
Pumpkin and Amaretti Gelato. Courtesy of Dolce Neve.
6. Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Relish a pumpkin ice cream cone or pumpkin spice ice cream cake from Amy’s Ice Creams, or check out the seasonal scoops at Lick Honest Ice Creams, where flavors have ranged from Hazel’s Pumpkin Pie to Spiced Sweet Potato Pie.
8. Feed that fall sweet tooth with the pumpkin cake from Corner Bar.
9. Hyde Park's Quack's 43rd Street Bakery, stock up on luscious pumpkin tea bread or a slice of pumpkin pie to pair with a spiced chai latte.
In a Bowl
Scarves and boots go great with spoonfuls of comfort food. Get your ladle of fall happiness here:
Chicken Noodle Soup. Courtesy of Vinaigrette
10. Sustainable salad bistro Vinaigrette will be serving up a rotating menu of specialty soups throughout the month of October. Each week, warm up with a different culture, flavor and tradition like a classic chicken noodle soup, mulligatawny, Philadelphia pepper pot or Thai pumpkin laksa.
11. At Ramen Tatsu-ya, warm up over a steaming bowl of ramen noodles swimming in pork bone broth alongside chasu, ajitama, woodear mushrooms and scallions.
12. Campus-area hit Texas Chili Parlor dishes up hot bowls of classic Texas-style red to the masses, while South Congress original Lucy’s Fried Chicken makes a mean bowl of West Texas-style chili loaded with beef and pork and served with diced onions, cheddar, jalapeno and crackers. (Hint: it’s even better with a side of tequila-butter cornbread muffins.)
Fall Cocktails and Brews
Bourbon, bitters, spice and smoke all take center stage this season.
Gold Coast Cocktail. Courtesy of the Hightower.
13. Tucked inside the Western, bohemian-chic themed Native Experiential Hostel, Native Bar & Kitchen serves up a delightful Trust Fall cocktail, where smoky mezcal, robust rye whiskey and herbaceous yellow chartreuse mingle with orange and Angostura bitters.
14. Prefer to drink your whiskey neat? Try the new Seven Grand bar downtown, where you can tour the whiskeys of the world from your seat at the impressive bar.
15. 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.
16. Try the Lil' Smokey at Hill Country-inspired Pitchfork Pretty, made with Balcones Single Malt, Pimento Bitter, and Salers Gentiane Liqueur.
17. Warm up with the Gold Coast cocktail from The Hightower, combining Maker's Mark with orange and house cocoa bitters.
18. Try the new fall flavors at Whisler's with the Copper Coin, blending vodka, becherovka, lemon spiced cranberry and dandelion.
19. Or, for an inventive take on Halloween night, try the Black Pearl at The Roosevelt Room. Made with Johnnie Walker Black Label, Talisker Storm, Smith & Cross rum, Barolo Chinata, walnut liqueur, Abbott’s bitters, charcoal powder, and liquid silver served in a small treasure chest which emits a mysterious clove smoke after opening.
20. 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.
21. For on-point pints that embrace fall’s flavors, visit Live Oak Brewing Company and ask for a malty Oaktoberfest. For something on the sweeter side, try the holiday pie-esque Pumpkin Pecan Massacre from Infamous Brewing Company.
22. 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 of Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. Irish enthusiasts and alumni unite at B.D. Riley's to cheer on Notre Dame and New England teams.
26. 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 Motorworks.
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. Have an early game? Pick up an order of authentic Czech-style kolaches from the new Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches. Meat kolaches feature barbecue sausage or brisket from Micklethwaits and the seasonal apple and sweet cheese kolache will provide a cure for even the most intense hangover. Prost!
30. Whether smoked, barbecued or German-inspired, diners can expect to enjoy some of the most unique and enticing hot dogs around at Frank. Don't miss the notorious P.I.G, featuring custom-made smoked bacon, jalapeño, sage and pork sausage topped with mac 'n cheese and Dr. Doppelgänger barbecue sauce.