Where to Eat in Austin: Tex-Mex, BBQ, Breakfast Tacos and More

Pork rib and brisket BBQ platter at the Salt Like in Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas is known as a mecca for foodies, or at least a mecca for people with big appetites. Featuring Tex-Mex (breakfast tacos, anyone?), world-class barbecue, sweet treats, and more, Austin has something for every taste. Join me as I share some of my food finds from my recent business trip in Austin. All the places we tried come locally recommended or at least highly rated on Google Maps.

Torchy's Tacos at the Food Truck Trailer Park

Torchy's Tacos sign at the Food Truck Trailer Park in Austin, Texas
Food trucks are a big thing in Austin and Torchy's Tacos is one of the best according to fellow travel blogger Danielle from Boots Not Roots. Located in the Food Truck Trailer Park, the menu comes with some memorable options like the Democrat (shredded beef barbacoa, avocados, queso fresco, and tomatillo sauce on a corn tortilla) and the Republican (jalapeno sausage, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, and poblano sauce on a flour tortilla). 
Torchy's Tacos menu at the Food Truck Trailer Park in Austin, Texas
We also sampled deep fried cookie dough to finish off our Torchy's feast.
Deep fried cookie dough at Torchy's Tacos in the Food Truck Trailer Park in Austin, Texas
The Food Truck Trailer Park also features an eclectic mix of bronzed art. The place has great atmosphere.
Bronzed eclectic artwork at the Food Truck Trailer Park in Austin, Texas

Cake Pops at Holy Cacao

Holy Cacao sign at the Food Truck Trailer Park in Austin, Texas
We ate at Torchy's in the evening but we returned to the Food Truck Trailer Park a few days later to sample cake pops at Holy Cacao. Chocolate covered sweetness on a stick. How could I possibly resist?
Cake Pop from Holy Cacao in Austin, Texas

Chuy's Tex-Mex and Shrine to Elvis

Enchilada platter from Chuy's Tex-Mex in Austin, Texas
My friend Alisa from Travel Sandwich, a former Austin local now living in Dublin, told me that Chuy's Tex-Mex is a can't miss stop. She happened to be in town at the same time I was and so we treated ourselves to a two margarita lunch (the Texas version of a three martini lunch ;-)). The margies were by far the best that I had in Austin and the enchiladas were pretty darn good too. Chuy's also has a shrine to Elvis and seems to be holding out hope that he's still alive...somewhere.
Shrine to Elvis at Chuy's in Austin, Texas

Mexican Al Fresco at Polvo's

Mexican food at Polvo's in Austin, Texas
For food that's less Tex and more Mex, check out Polvo's. We ate outside on the patio and enjoyed generous portions of enchiladas with all the trimmings. Polvo's also features a help yourself salsa bar which definitely won them points in my book!

Mexican at Takoba in East Austin

Neon sign at Takoba in East Austin, Texas
Taking our Tex-Mex upscale, we tried Takoba in East Austin. Takoba came highly recommended by Jason Weems, our Austin Detours tour guide. 
Mango-habanero margarita at Takoba in Austin, Texas
Takoba's mango-habanero margarita packed a serious punch and paired well with stringy queso fundido. 
Queso Fundido at Takoba's in Austin, Texas
My plate of tacos with a side of nopales (cactus) was a welcome respite from rice and beans.
Tacos and Nopales at Takoba in East Austin, Texas

Breakfast Tacos at Tacodeli

Breakfast tacos and coffee at Tacodeli in Austin, Texas
Considering how much I love Mexican food, you can imagine how excited I was to learn that Austin is famous for breakfast tacos. Yes, that's right...tacos for breakfast! Once again, my friend Alisa came through for me and pointed me at Tacodeli. 2 eggy, cheesy tacos later drenched in salsa and washed down with a cup of coffee and I was ready to face the day. 

Saltgrass Steakhouse

Saltgrass Steakhouse: Texas Cookin' Goin' on here! in Austin, Texas
One of my colleagues really wanted to try a Texas steak so we sought out the Saltgrass Steakhouse. We enjoyed tremendously large (roll-me-home-I'm-so-full) portions and were surrounded by Texas kitsch decor.
Saddles inside Saltgrass Steakhouse in Austin, Texas
Kitschy decor inside Saltgrass Steakhouse in Austin, Texas

Craft Beer Cans at Home

Craft beer in Austin, Texas
Austin is also known for a great craft beer scene. We bought a few cans to try at home. It was a nice break after all the huge meals we'd had during the week. 

The Salt Lick for Texas BBQ

Pickled jalapenos at the Salt Like in Austin, Texas
No trip to Texas is complete without a stop for BBQ. We sought out The Salt Lick and enjoyed enormous platters of pork ribs and brisket with sides of beans and sweet potatoes. I loved being able to spice things up with a side of pickled jalapenos.
Pork ribs and brisket platter at the Salt Lick BBQ in Austin, Texas
We somehow managed to save room for dessert: chocolate pecan pie a la mode...
Chocolate pecan pie a la mode in Austin, Texas
...and apple pie shared among all of us at the table.
Apple pie a la mode at Salt Lick BBQ in Austin, Texas

Boozy Ice Cream at Prohibition

Signature Bourbon ice cream at Prohibition Creamery in Austin, Texas
If you have a sweet tooth and like a good drink, I recommend Prohibition Creamery. Prohibition (ironically) serves boozy ice cream and is a great spot for a night cap in East Austin after a visit to Takoba. I tried Prohibition's Signature Bourbon ice cream and it was the perfect end to a perfect evening.
Menu at Prohibition Creamery in East Austin, Texas
I wish we'd had more time to eat our way through Austin. What places would you recommend if we find ourselves back in town again? Leave a comment below and let us know! 

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Where to eat in Austin, Texas featuring: Torchy's Tacos, Taco Deli Breakfast Tacos and Salt Lick BBQ


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Sidewalk Safari: Where to Eat in Austin: Tex-Mex, BBQ, Breakfast Tacos and More
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