7 Must-Try Dishes in Austin

I was only in Austin for a few days and there were so many great places to eat. It wasn’t very difficult to find a few dishes that I would have again in a heartbeat. Whether you’re a local or first time visitor, these are some delicious dishes worth trying in Austin!

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The Dish: Smoked Hamachi Pipettes – tomato raisins, Thai chili, pickled cucumber, and coconut soy vinaigrette

Where: You can enjoy this unique appetizer along with other tasty plates at VOX Table, located within the Lamar Union complex at 110 South Lamar Blvd. I’ve never enjoyed my yellowtail quite like this! Grab a seat at the Chef’s Line and watch all the delicious food being prepared.

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The Dish: Lil’ Nookies – deep-fried chocolate chip cookie dough balls topped with powered sugar and cherries.

Where: These delectable treats are served at one of the most well-known places in the city, Torchy’s Tacos. The fried dough is crispy on the outside with yummy gooey goodness on the inside. There are multiple locations, but I enjoyed these awesome treats at the trailer park located on 1311 South First Street.

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The Dish: Beef Brisket “moist”

Where: I couldn’t visit Austin without trying the extremely famous Franklin Barbecue. Many claim it’s the best in town and some even swear it’s the best in the entire country. After waiting in line for 4 hours, I have to see the beef brisket was phenomenal! Super moist and tender! Head to 900 East 11th Street with snacks, a chair, and some beer. Get there early and make the most of the wait.

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The Dish: Omakase

Where: Okay, so this is a few single-bite dishes that make up one great meal. We all know how much I adore sushi and I wasn’t expecting much of Austin’s sushi scene…until I dined at Kyoten Sushiko. Located at 4600 Mueller Blvd, Chef Otto provided a fantastic sushi and sashimi tasting in an intimate and laid-back dining room. Be sure to make a reservation.

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The Dish: Chicken & Waffle (dark meat) – marinated and boneless fried chicken, Belgium waffle, brown sugar butter, Grade A light amber Michigan maple syrup

Where: It was my last day in Austin, so I went to 24 Diner at 600 North Lamar Blvd for breakfast before catching my flight. Known for their tasty comfort dishes, I couldn’t leave without trying their most popular dish. The crispy and juicy chicken was sitting on top of a yummy buttered waffle. Pour on some maple syrup and enjoy!

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The Dish: Beef Ribs

Where: I had to try another top rated barbecue joint in town. The La Barbecue food truck is in a small trailer park at 1906 East Cesar Chavez Street. I loved that you can skip the long line and pre-order. You can’t miss the massive fall-off-the-bone beef rib. Make sure you get there early or reserve a few in advance before they sell out!

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The Dish: Migas Breakfast Tacos – eggs, avocado, pico de gallo, monterey jack cheese, and tortilla chips

Where: These delicious tacos can be found all over Austin, but if you want the best of the best, head to Veracruz All Natural. The original food truck is located at 1704 E Cesar Chavez Street. Now I’ve had breakfast tacos before, but these were sooooo much better. The fresh avocado and crispy tortilla chips make them extra savory. Wash it all down with a refreshing agua fresca. So good!

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Author: Desiree

Desired Tastes is a Food and Travel Blog written by Desiree, a food enthusiast from New Jersey who just wants to see the world and eat good food.

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