To Do: Visit A Museum

1. LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St., Austin, TX 78705-5737
* currently closed due to COVID-19*

2. Thinkery – perfect for the kiddos!
1830 Simond Ave Austin, Texas 78723
View all of the exhibits here.

3. The Blanton Museum of Art
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
See the current exhibits here.

4. Texas Military Forces Museum
2200 West 35th St. Austin, TX 78703
See 45,000 square feet of Military uniforms, weapons, tanks, artillery, aircraft, helicopters and more!

5. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum
605 Azie Morton Road Austin, TX 78704
It’s close to Zilker Park and offers monthly get-togethers such as: Picnic in the Garden, Garden Parties, and much more.
Learn about the events coming up here (including a summer camp for the kids!)

6. The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria
3809 W 35th St. Austin, TX 78703
Check out their events here

7. Elisabet Nay Museum
304 E 44th St, Austin, TX 78751
The historic home and studio of Elisabet Ney, a wildly iconoclastic German sculptor who moved to Austin in 1882. Admission is free.

8. Harry Ransom Center
*Temporarily closed due to COVID-19*
300 West 21st Street Austin, Texas 78712
The Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research center at The University of Texas at Austin. Our extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of some of our finest writers and artists, deepening the understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts.

9. Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
10621 Pioneer Farms Drive Austin, Texas 78754
The Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms is a living history museum that interprets and preserves the histories and cultures of Central Texas during the 19th century.

10. Museum of the Weird
412 East 6th St Austin, TX  78701
The mission Steve had in mind when opening the Museum of the Weird was not only to preserve this disappearing part of Americana — the dime museum, the sideshow, and roadside attractions — but also to give people the chance to wonder again. 

11. CAMBIAart Tours
6448 E Hwy 290 Suite A 102 Austin, TX 78732
*appointment only visitations due to COVID*

12. Mexic-Arte Musem
419 Congress Ave Austin, TX, 78701
The Mexic‐Arte Museum is dedicated to enriching the community through education programs, exhibitions, and the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art and culture for visitors of all ages.

13. Neil-Cochran House Museum
2310 San Gabriel St. Austin, TX 78705
Just a few minutes’ walk from the UT-Austin campus, we steward the city’s 10th oldest historic site (1856), including Austin’s only intact slave quarters.

14. Texas Toy Museum
314 1/2 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
The Texas Toy Museum is a museum organized to collect, preserve, display and educate the community on the historic significance and cultural impact of rare and vintage toys.

15. Texas Memorial Museum
2400 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78705
In the early 1930s, James E. Pearce, The University of Texas at Austin Chair of Anthropology, later named the museum’s first director, and A. Garland Adair, department historian for the Texas American Legion, joined forces to establish a state museum. They wanted the museum to contribute to the conservation of the historic treasures of Texas and also to the educational system of the state. With this joint effort, the Texas Memorial Museum (TMM) was born.

16. The Contemporary Austin- Jones Center
700 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
The Contemporary Austin, originally known as the Austin Museum of Art, is Austin, Texas’s primary contemporary art museum, consisting of two locations and an art school.

17. South Austin Museum of Popular Culture
*temporarily closed due to COVID-19*
6416 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

18. George Washington Carver Musem
*templorarily closed due to COVID-19*
165 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702

19. Texas Music Museum
1009 East 11th Street Austin, TX 78702   
The Texas Music Museum collects and preserves artifacts, documents and reference material surrounding the diverse traditions of Texas music, and utilizes these collections in the presentation of exhibits, educational programs, and performances.

20. Ao5 Gallery
3005 S Lamar Blvd Ste C-110B, Austin, TX 78704
“Ao5 Gallery is Austin’s largest contemporary art gallery, and has been committed to bringing a wide selection of accessible fine art to Austin since 1998. The gallery has artists from six of the seven continents. We are constantly changing our display of featured artists to attract new visitors and keep the gallery fresh.”

21. Austin Rock and Roll Car Musem
4117 Commercial Center Dr, Austin, TX 78744
Tons of cars to explore, a great place to take the family!

23. Art for the People Gallery
1711 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Laid-back, independent gallery providing a wide range of original works from over 120 local artists

Visit the Austin Zoo

If animals are your thing, I’d love for you to visit the zoo! It’s not the largest in the state by any means but it’s a fun place to spend a few hours. *Make sure you head there when they open. Due to some hot days & feeding schedules, the animals are most active in the morning hours.*

There’s more tho the Austin Zoo than what you probably know:

1. Kids Summer Camps
9AM-4PM Monday-Friday & includes a free camp shirt
$275 (members) / week or $300/week for Non-Members
2. Train Rides
Monday-Friday 11AM-3PM & Saturday-Sunday (&Holidays) 11AM-4PM
3. Capybara Encounter $40/Person
35 Minutes every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Noon
Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance
4. Galapagos Tourtise Encounter $25/Person
25 Minute meet & greet daily at 11AM
5. Of course, Visit the Zoo
Visitors will be charged a $1.00 surcharge for purchases made at the gate
No cash is accepted- credit cards only!

Top Austin Restaurants

This one… was hard. Going from $2 tacos to $150 plates made it hard to narrow down to my top 25… I know travelers are coming in with limited time and need a shorter, more concise list of where they should go… so ask and you shall receive! These are in no particular order and offer a good mix for everyone’s taste buds.

WARNING: This post of delicious food might make you hungry. Please no hangry comments on the blog. Respond after you eat, please and thank you.

PSA: This list started as a spreadsheet on my computer and has somehow found its way to evolve into a blog. (I will add more pictures as I go back and eat more.)

Here’s my TOP 40-ish Restaurants in town:

Mexican / Tex-Mex
Sushi / Asian


Emmer and Rye (Grilled Snapper – John M)

Emmer and Rye $$$ American

Location: SkyHouse, 51 Rainey St UNIT 110, Austin, TX 78701
What to Try: As random as it is, my favorite dish is the Cacio e Pepe (and I still order it as a side dish to share every single time.) The Corn Cakes are a great shareable bite along with the Blue Crab. For dinner, I suggest you opt-in for the $75 tasting menu. Not only is it delicious but it is The servers are wonderful and ensure your experience was beyond your expectations.
Things to Know: It’s on Rainey Street so this is a good date night place to eat at before you explore the rest of what Rainey has to offer.

Jacoby’s (Deviled Eggs)

Jacoby’s $$$ American / Southern

Location: 3235 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78702
What to Try: To start, get the Deviled Eggs and Brisket Yeast Rolls. For dinner, the Chicken Fried Steak is delightful and the Brussel Sprouts were great. I’ve even had a bite of the burger and it was so juicy. They proudly advertise that the beef is family-raised on the Jacoby Range, and it’s hormone and antibiotic free (which I LOVE.) For dessert, you have to seal the deal with Strawberry Cake.
Things to Know: They’re Closed Monday & Tuesdays. They consider themselves a ranch-to-table dining experience with wonderful views (that, I can attest to.)

Odd Duck (Wagyu and Polenta Marissa F)

Odd Duck $$$ American

Location: 1201 S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704
What to Try: Appetizers: Cornbread (with beer cheese), Roasted Beets, the Pork Belly, Burger and the Redfish Ceviche. All of the dishes are plated beautifully and rotated out often (so the next time you go, look for what’s new!) To make it better, all of the cocktails are delicious and you can’t go wrong with their mixology.
Things to Know: You will need reservations at least a few days in advance! The story behind this restaurant is worth the read here. Eating local and supporting local starts here with Odd Duck. You can even see where they source their produce locally here.
Happy Hour: 5-6PM Daily (even on weekends!)


Launderette $$ American

Location: 2115 Holly St Austin, TX 78702
What to Try: Brunch!! I loved the zucchini bread and pork shoulder hash were wonderful. I haven’t been for dinner quite yet, but I’ve heard it’s just as great as the brunch.
Things to Know: This whole restaurant is Insta-worthy. From the plating to the drinks, you will NOT be disappointed here. You will need reservations as this popular brunch-spot books up fast.
Happy Hour: MON-FRI 5PM-6PM

Salt and Time Board (Rob P)

Salt & Time $$ American / Butcher

Location: 1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
What to Try: Yes, it is a butcher, and yes you should try the beef. I’ve tried the Butcher’s Burger and the Roast Beef sandwich (and was happy with both!)
Things to Know: If you need to make a charcuterie board, this is the place to go and grab some delicious meats. The staff is very helpful and they have a lot of local grocery style foods and wines for sale (which is so fun to look through!)

Foreign And Domestic (Heirloom Panzanella)

Foreign & Domestic $$ American

Location: 306 E 53rd St Austin, TX 78751
What to Try: To start, try the Heirloom Panzanella and some Gruyere Popovers. For your meal, I’d suggest Fried Chicken Biscuit or the Wagyu Flank Steak. Want dessert? Get the Blueberry pie with a creamy, soft blueberry filling with thyme and a perfect crust. This is also a great brunch spot!
Things to Know: The menu is always changing and the daily specials are always something new so you’ll never know what you’re in for each time you go!
Happy Hour: Tue-Sat. 5:00-6:30PM (50% off Austin Beers and Wine by the Glass & $4-$8 snacks and dishes.)

Jack Allen’s Kitchen (Nachos)

Jack Allen’s Kitchen $$ American / Southern

Southwest: 7720 Highway 71 West Austin, TX 78735
Northwest: 3600 North Capital of Texas Highway, Building D Austin, TX 78746
Round Rock: 2500 Hoppe Trail Round Rock, TX 78681
North: 3010 W Anderson Lane, Suite D Austin, TX 78757
*Coming Soon* Cedar Park
What to Try: To Start: The Crunchy Catfish & Slaw, the House-made Pimento Cheese or the Nachos. For Dinner: The Slow-Braised Beef Barbacoa Enchiladas or the Chicken Fried Chicken. To Drink: Tom’s Favorite Margarita. When it comes to dessert, I haven’t met one I didn’t like.
Things to Know: The locations vary their menus so you might not get the same experience at each.
Happy Hour: Monday–Friday: 3–7PM *featuring 1/2 priced appetizers and $1 off all drinks

Jewboy Burgers

JewBoy Burgers $$ Burgers / Diner

Location: 5111 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
What to Try: …The Burgers. I’m just kidding, there’s SO many to choose from. My favorites are the Oy Vay Guey Burger and the Green Chile Burger. As far as sides go, you can’t go wrong with the Potato Latkes.
Things to Know: The staff is SO helpful if you get overwhelmed with the menu. These are the best burgers in town! I hope you enjoy.

Bouldin Creek Cafe

Bouldin Creek Cafe $$ American / Vegan / Vegetarian Cafe

Locations: 1900 S 1st St Austin, TX 78704
What to Try: Where do I begin? The tofu scramble, blueberry cornbread, and the veggie burger are all great to try.
Things to Know: It is woman owned and has served Austin for 20+ years. They source food locally from the Bread to desserts, coffee and espresso beans. Support local and support Bouldin Creek Cafe.

Rosewood (Oysters

Rosewood $$$ Steakhouse / Seafood

Location: 1209 Rosewood Ave Austin, TX 78702
What to Try: To start, the pimento cheese with crackers.The Wagyu Beef Tenderloin is absolutely incredible. For some soul food, get the Fried Chicken. And the side of Carrot Slaw?? Didn’t know I needed carrot slaw in my life but now I do. To drink, the Rosewood (the signature drink.) It’s light and refreshing.
Things to Know: This place is cute and cozy and fancy- it’s a restaurant/bar in an old home in downtown Austin, how can it get any better than that? There’s parking in the back that’s not bad. 
Happy Hour: Outdoor Happy Hour all night on Thursdays! Available 5-6:30 every other night.

Josephine House (Sisi G)

The Josephine House $$ American

Location: 1601 Waterson Ave Austin, TX 78703
What to Try: Brunch: The Huevos Rancheros, Crab Avocado Toast or the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. Their latte’s are instagram worthy and the cold brews are delicious. They have fresh-pressed juice and wonderful mimosas!
Things to Know: Brunch is served every day from 9AM-3PM and is a must! You will need reservations at least a few days in advance!
Happy Hour: Happy Hour from 4-6PM. 25% off a selected menu. $2 off alcoholic beverages.

Dia Due (Quail Salad)

Dia Due $$ American / Butcher

Location: 2406 Manor Rd Ste A Austin, TX 78722
What to Try: The Wagyu Cheeseburger is delicious and the breakfast sandwiches are delightful. The Quail salad is beautiful and full of flavor. All of the ingredients are fresh – i’ve never tried a dish here I didn’t like! They also have a meat sampler to smart which is so much fun to taste unique meats and flavors.
Things to Know: Closed on Mondays! The waiters are so helpful in suggesting what to try. The menu can be overwhelming but you can’t go wrong here!

Mexican / Tex Mex

Matt’s El Rancho (Blackened Redfish)

Matt’s El Rancho $$ Tex-Mex

Location: 2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
What to Try: Matt’s is a local staple for scratch-made Tex-Mex (since 1952!) No matter what you do… you. have. to. try. the Bob Armstrong dip! For dinner I would suggest the Asadero Beef (tenderloin) Tacos or the Grilled Fish Tacos. They both come with a guacamole salad which is always a nice touch. The staff is so attentive and very helpful if you can’t decide what to try. When it comes to drinks here, I’d suggest the Knockout Mexican Martinis.
Things to Know: Matt’s is usually a packed house. And I mean a line out of the door, 2 hour wait packed. And no, they don’t take reservations. It is WELL worth your wait so do not fret but be prepared if you’re trying to go to dinner at 6 pm on a Thursday night.
Happy Hour: Mon-Friday 3-5PM

Veracruz All Natural Tacos

Veracruz All Natural $ Mexican

Locations: TONS. They have 6 locations all over Austin!
What to Try: This taco truck has authentic Mexican food made with fresh ingredients and organic juices and smoothies. My favorite tacos are the Migas, La Reyna and the Chicken Mole. Nothing beats a homemade tortilla and fresh ingredients! If you’re a vegetarian, this is another great spot for ya’!
Things to Know: Order online in advance before you get there and you won’t be sorry! Popular taco times = very long wait times here!

Suerte (Chips and Salsa)

Suerte $$$ Mexican

Location: 1800 E 6th St Austin, TX 78702
What to Try: The best way to describe Suerte is Mexican meets Fine Dining. Every dish you get is plated beautifully and wows me every. single. time. I’d suggest tasting the Suadero Tacos, Fish Tacos, Gnocchi or the Goat Barbacoa. For drinks, I’d suggest the Spicy Marg!
Things to Know: 
It is more of a *fine dining* experience in comparison to other restaurants on this list. Therefore, it is more pricey. However, the staff, the ambiance, and the experience are well worth the price!

El Naranjo (Enchiladas)

El Naranjo $$$$ Mexican
Location: 2717 S Lamar Blvd Ste 1085 Austin, TX 78704
What to Try: I’ve only dined in here once, but everything I tried was excellent. The Guacamole and Ahi Tuna Tostadas are great starters followed by Filete de res al Chinextl or the Enchilades Verdes. For cocktails, try La Fresa or the Classic Margarita.
Things to Know: It is very small. Parking is easy and plentiful either to the left of the restaurant or in the parking garage down the sidewalk. The staff is very helpful if you are unsure of what to order!

Fresa’s on South First

Fresa’s $$ Mexican

Location: 1703 S 1st St Austin, TX 78704
What to Try: To start, try the Loaded Queso and the Mexican Street Corn. Next, order a Power Bowl or the La Fresa’s Tacos. To drink, try one of their Margaritas! For dessert, they make homemade ice cream that seals the meal.
Things to Know: You’ll likely need reservations but I’ve had luck for same-day reservatiosn and hope you can luck out as well!
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm ($2 off all Aguas Frescas, Botanas, Beer, Wine & Margaritas)

Comedor (Bone Marrow Tacos)

Comedor $$$ Mexican

Location: 501 Colorado St Austin, TX 78701
What to Try: Start with the Shrimp Tostadas (or if you want to be wowed try the Spanish Octopus Pulpo Ensu Tinto.) For dinner, the Mushroom Quesadillas are delicious, the charred cabbage and the Bone Marrow Tacos are out-of-this-world. For dessert, you have to get the Tres Leches cake. No if’s, ands, or buts.
Things to Know: The space is aesthetically beautiful and it’s my go-to restaurant to bring out friends and family from out of town. For an up-scale dining experience, you can’t go wrong. You’ll need reservations a bit in advance to dine for dinner here.
Happy Hour: Monday through Thursday 5:00-6:30pm


Grizzelda’s $$ Mexican / Tex-Mex

Location: 105 Tillery St Austin, TX 78702
What to Try: The Fish Tacos, Queso Fundido and Tres Leches are the perfect dinner trio!
Things to Know: They’re closed Monday and Tuesday. You will most likely need reservations- it fills up quick!


Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ

Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ $$ BBQ / Tex Mex

Location: 11500 Menchaca Road Austin, Texas 78748
What to Try: You can’t go wrong here! The Beef Ribs are incredible, the Brisket Taco is delicious and the Carnitas Taco is to die for.
Things to Know: They are closed Monday & Tuesday and are open the rest of the week until they sell out. If you’re heading out there late in the day, I’d suggest calling to make sure they still have what you’re craving! During COVID they only offer online ordering. They use Hertley Ranch beef and pork and pride themselves on their all natural grass-fed beef.

Loro (Chicken Karaage)

Loro $$ Asian-Fusion BBQ

Location: 2115 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
What to Try: For starters, get the Chicken Karaage (best in town) and the Corn Fritters. If you’re looking for some greens, the Tomato & Cucumber Salad is packed with flavor. When it comes to a meal, try the smoked prime Bavette (and if you luck out on timing, get the Brisket or Pork Ribs – served after 4pm.) The Crispy Smoked Chicken sandwich is to-die-for. Finally, if you’re a dessert person… get dessert. The chocolate crème brulee is worth every bite. (P.S. For a boozy drink – try the Vietnamese Coffee or the frozen Slushees!)
Things to Know: Loro is labeled as an Asian smokehouse and is co created by Aaron Franklin of the famous Franklin BBQ & Tyson Cole… so you know it HAS to be good. And it is. The flavors are It is a MUST-try in Austin. To top it off, it’s dog friendly on the patio!
Happy Hour: Loro is one of my favorite Happy Hours in town. It is every Weekday from 2-5PM and offers 3 of my favorite entrees on their discounted menu: the Cheeseburger, Chicken Karaage, and Chicken Sandwich. They have a variety of drink specials but my favorite is the Boozy Slushees (Frozen Gin & Tonic, Mango Sake and the Frozen Mojito are all $4.)

Slab BBQ (P.I.G.)

Slab BBQ $$ BBQ

North: 9012 Research Blvd C4, Austin, TX 78758
West: 7101 TX-71, Austin, TX 78735
What to Try: The Ribs, Notorious P.I.G., Smoked Gouda Mac N’ Cheese and the Green Bean Casserole are incredible. To wrap it all together, get a southern sweet tea!
Things to Know: The portions are HUGE (even for the price!) And I know what you’re thinking… no. they’re not from Texas BUT they bring some great Tennessee BBQ to Texas let me tell you. Guy Fieri approves.

Franklin’s BBQ Brisket

Franklin’s BBQ $$ BBQ

Location: 900 E 11th St. Austin, TX 78702
What to Try: You REALLY cannot go wrong here. I am a personal fan of the Brisket and Pulled pork, but to each(‘s BBQ) their own. When it comes to dessert, you better not get overstuffed because their Banana & Pecan Pies are grandma-level-good.
Things to Know: During COVID you will need to order ahead of time… and I mean WAY ahead of time. Give them at least 3 days notice to ensure your Brisket comes out smokin’.

La Barbecue (Platter)

La Barbecue $$ BBQ

Location: 2027 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78702
What to Try: Hear me out: The El Chopped Sandwich: (Your choice of pulled pork or chopped beef, topped with chipotle coleslaw, served on a Matin’s potato bun.) As far as the chicken, brisket and ribs are SO good. I swear it’s some special seasoning. You won’t need BBQ sauce here!
Things to Know: They’re closed Monday and Tuesday. This is one of the few restaurants where I can happily say parking has always been a breeze for me! One con for me was that you can’t specify if you want fatty or lean brisket but I have to say it was well-balanced and not overly fatty.


Bufalina Due ( Calabrese Pizza)

Bufalina Due $$ Italian

North: 6555 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78757
Downtown: 1519 E Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702 (temporarily closed)
What to Try: Whatever Pizza suits your fancy! I’m personally a Margarita fan (it’s great here) but I have enjoyed the the Calabrese (salami + basil) as well. For apps, I love the Burrata and their Cesar Salad. To finish it off, try the Brownie with Salted Caramel ice cream.
Things to Know: Get reservations (outdoor only.) It can get quite crowded and wait times can reach well over two hours. They only serve Neapolitan Pizzas (these Pizzas are roughly 12″ in diameter and are cooked in a Stefano Ferrara wood-burning oven, which runs north of 900 degrees, for roughly 90 seconds. Pizzas emerge properly charred and slightly wet in the middle, a Neapolitan hallmark.)

Via 313 (Original Pepperoni & the Cadillac)

Via 313 $$ Pizza

West Downtown: 600 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
East Downtown: 1802 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Rainey: 96 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
North Campus: 3016 Guadalupe St #100, Austin, TX 78705
West: 6705 E Hwy 290 No. 503, Austin, TX 78735
What to Try: Whatever you love! When it comes to pizza, I feel like everyone has their go-to. Mine at Via 313 has been (and will always be) the Ambassador. It’s made with Sausage, Natural Casing Pepperoni, Fresh Garlic, Italian Oregano and topped with House-Made Ricotta. If you’re feeling frisky (for dessert) try the Boston Cooler- it’s vanilla ice cream blended with Ginger Ale. A taste I didn’t know my taste buds needed to try.
Things to Know: They serve both (normal bar style pizza) but are known for their authentic Detroit Style Square Pizzas. That magical Detroit crunchy exterior and chewy interior can’t be beat.

Patrizi’s Cacio E Pepe

Patrizi’s $$ Italian

Location: 2307 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
What to Try: The pasta here is just downright incredible. I’d suggest trying the Cacio E Pepe, Carbonara Alexandra or the good ole’ spaghetti & meatballs (formally the Patrizi’s Red Sauce with an added Meatball.) Finally, the Roasted Beats are a great starter to share.
Things to Know: It is a food truck! There is indoor seating (if it isn’t too packed, that is.) They also have gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options!

Home Slice Pizza (Margharita)

Home Slice Pizza $$ Pizza

Location: 501 E 53rd St Austin, TX 78751
What to Try: The Margharita Pizza, Calzones, and Tiramisu are wonderful and come out quick. If you ever find yourself looking for a quick bite in a time crunch- Home Slice is perfect.
Things to Know: On South Congress, this is a staple as you are walking and shopping around. Stop for a slice and people-watch on the picnic tables out front.

40 North

40 North $$ Pizza

Location: 900 W 10th St AUSTIN, TX 78703
What to Try: 40 North is so great because they have more than just pizza. From salads to chicken parm. or burgers and of course… the pizza! Although I only grab pizza here (yes, it’s that good! I’ve heard the burger is worth a try if you’re not a pizza fan.)
Things to Know: They’re closed Monday and only open for dinner Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Vespaio Linguene con Volgole

Vespaio $$$ Italian

Location: 1610 S Congress Ave Austin, TX 78704
What to Try: The Burrata and Lasagna are delightful and worth the try! Afterwards, the Tiramisu is worth. saving. space. for.
Things to Know: They are only open for dinner at this time. You will need reservations but can luck into same-day reservations on occasion.

Sushi / Asian

Komé Sushi (Dynamite Roll + Nigiri Set)

Komé $$ Japanese Sushi Bar

Location: 5301 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751
What to Try: I am a HUGE Sushi fan so this might get a little lengthy here (I love them all!) The Sunshine Roll (Tuna+Salmon+Mango), Crunchy Dynamite Roll (Spicy Tuna+Avocado), Spooky Roll (Spicy Tuna+Avocado+Topped with Salmon), and the Tonkotsu Ramen.They also have the cutest bento boxes (that are so tasty, too.)
Things to Know: One of my favorite things is their Sushi trays to go. You can get a giant party platter of rolls at a great price and it’s well presented to bring to your next picnic or get-together.

Ramen Tatsu-Ya (Miso-Hot)

Ramen Tatsu-ya $$ Ramen

North: 8557 Research Blvd #126, Austin, TX
Downtown: 1600 E 6th St, Austin, TX
South: 1234 S. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
What to Try: The Tonkotsu Original is full of flavor and is a great bowl of Ramen. If you like spice, try the Miso-Hot (pictured above.) You can customize your bowl by adding/subtracting a variety of toppings and proteins. For apps, the Sweet and Sour Yodas (Brussel Sprouts) and the Spicy Edamame are my go-to’s.
Things to Know: If you want to have fun with it (and you enjoy spice) add in a Fire Bomb to your bowl for some extra flavor! If you like ambiance and a great location, head to Downtown on 6th street for an experience.

Uchiko (Megan L)

Uchiko $$$$ Sushi / Japanese

Location: 4200 N Lamar Blvd Ste 140 Austin, TX 78756
What to Try: It sounds basic, but I always order the omakase. The server will craft up an impeccable and thoughtful meal. He asked us to trust him and I’m glad we did because we were not disappointed.
Things to Know: The menu can be overwhelming but the servers are so helpful. Uchiko is from the same creators/chef of Uchi- award-winning Chef Tyson Cole’s signature non-traditional take on Japanese food makes this restaurant what it is.
Happy Hour: 4pm-6:30 PM Daily. (This might be my favorite sushi happy hour hands-down.)

The Peached Tortilla (Bahn Mi, Korean Beef, Pad Thai)

The Peached Tortilla $$ Asian Fusion + Southern

Location: 5520 Burnet Rd, Suite 100 Austin, TX 78756
What to Try: The Southern Fun (braised brisket, kale, bean sprouts, wide rice noodles), the Malaysian Laksa Bowl and the Thai Chopped Salad are a few of my favorites. To start, the charred brussels are great. To drink- try the Margaritas de Peached with extra habanero/togarashi salt and the blistered shishito peppers.
Things to Know: This is such a great happy hour spot! You will likely need reservations at least a day in advance. Finally, parking can be troublesome close by (they have very limited spots reserved for their restaurant so a parking garage might be your best option if it is full.)
Happy Hour: Tue-Sun. 5-7PM ($5 Beers, $6 Wine/Cocktails, $4 Tacos, $5 Snacks & $9 Burger)

Uchi Wagyu Beef Roll

Uchi $$$$ Sushi / Japanese

Location: 801 South Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704
What to Try: I hate to be this person… but I haven’t had one dish here that didn’t blow my mind. You literally cannot go wrong here and I encourage you to try things that sound crazy. They are, and they are delicious. If you must, I would suggest the Hama Chili, Bluefin Crudo, Kanpachi Carpaccio, and the Negi Toro.
Things to Know: You will need reservations a *while* in advance! It’s founded by James Beard Award-winning Chef Tyson Cole. A delicate balance of elevated food and impeccable service, Uchi offers non traditional Japanese cuisine with signature tastings, sushi, and seasonal omakase.

Oseyo (Pork Belly)

Oseyo $$ Korean

Location: 1628 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78702
What to Try: Don’t miss the fried chicken, bibimbap, or the bulgogi. Every time I go I have to order the kimchi jigae, jajangmyeon, and kimchi bokkeumbap.
Things to Know: Make reservations for a seat on the patio! E. Cesar Chavez is a highly trafficked road but you feel tucked away on their little patio. It’s very relaxing and gives you major *austin* vibes. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by their menu but ask their servers for help (they are so kind and helpful!)

Sway Pad Kwetio

Sway $$ Thai

Locations: (3 Locations) Only 1 Is Currently Open:
3437 Bee Cave Rd West Lake Hills, TX 78746
What to Try: The Pad Thai is wonderful and their signatures- the Tiger Cry and Son In Law are both a must. try. So much so that I don’t branch out to their other dishes. Next time, I will and I will inform you all of my adventure.
Things to Know:
Happy Hour: Daily 4-6PM


Clark’s Oyster Bar (Lobster Roll)

Clark’s Oyster Bar $$$ Seafood

Location: 1200 W 6th St Austin, TX 78703
What to Try: The Lobster Roll, New England Clam Chowder, Crab Cakes and the Red Snapper Ceviche are my favorites. If you’re an Oyster Fan, be sure to try the Irish Point oysters- so fresh you won’t be sorry you did.
Things to Know: Make reservations for the patio! It is beautiful on a nice day and makes the experience unlike any other in town.
Happy Hour: Mon-Sun from 3-5 PM


G’Raj Mahal $$ Indian / Vegetarian

What to Try: I’ve only been here once and had the Chicken Korma Masala and let me tell you. It was delicious. The naan was cooked to perfection and oh-so buttery. For an Indian experience, it was true, authentic, and full of flavor.
Things to Know: The ambiance is wonderful and the variety of food is great. The patio is perfect on a beautiful day and the drinks are beautiful! This one is worth a try.

Best Mexican Food Restaurants in Austin Texas

I know. That title sounds like a big undertaking… and it is. This is a list of my favorite Austin Mexican Food Restaurants & what makes them so special. I truly hope you enjoy. These are not listed in any particular order (they’re all delicious:) Happy eating!

Polvos Fajitas (Anthony M)
  1. Polvos
    South Austin: 2004 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
    Downtown: 360 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701
    What to Try: The Steak Fajitas (pictured above) are delicious but at Polvos, you can’t go wrong. They’re known for their Salsa bar which is an experience in itself! If you’re looking for an appetizer, I’d suggest the choriqueso or the . For dinner, I’d say the chile rellenos or carne guisada. And if you’re an enchilada fan, you won’t be let down here. As far as drinks go, you can’t go wrong with a Margarita!
    Things to Know: The South Location *feels* more authentic so I personally enjoy it more! They are known for their Salsa bar but it has been closed (COVID.) Finally, they don’t split checks so come prepared if you’re in a big group.
Matt’s El Rancho Blackened Redfish with Shrimp

2. Matt’s El Rancho
Location: 2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
What to Try: A local staple for scratch-made Tex-Mex since 1952, Matt’s El Rancho has served generations of Austin locals and visitors for over 60 years. No matter what you do… You. have. to. try. the Bob Armstrong dip! For dinner I would suggest the Asadero Beef (tenderloin) Tacos or the Grilled Fish Tacos. They both come with a guacamole salad which is always a nice touch. The staff is so attentive and very helpful if you can’t decide what to try. When it comes to drinks here, I’d suggest the Knockout Mexican Martinis.
Things to Know: Matt’s is usually a packed house. And I mean a line out of the door, 2 hour wait packed. And no, they don’t take reservations. It is WELL worth your wait so do not fret but be prepared if you’re trying to go to dinner at 6 pm on a Thursday night.

Pueblo Viejo tacos, salsa & chips and guacamole salad

3. Pueblo Viejo
Location: 641 Tillery St Austin, TX 78702
What to Try: My favorite tacos are the Taco Nes, the Quesadilla Taco, and the Al Pastor (my all-time favorite.) The creamy green serrano salsa is excellent and always hits the spot. For me, it takes 2 tacos to fill me up (see size in the photo above) so it is very reasonable for a quick and yummy dinner.
Things to Know: If you’re a vegetarian, look no further! This is one of my FAVORITE vegetarian taco finds in the city! If you’re interested, try the veggie gordita!

Suerte Chips and Salsa (Luci H)

4. Suerte
Location: 1800 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
What to Try: The best way to describe Suerte is Mexican meets Fine Dining. Every dish you get is plated beautifully and wows me every. single. time. I’d suggest tasting the Suadero Tacos, Fish Tacos, Gnocchi or the Goat Barbacoa. For drinks, I’d suggest the Spicy Marg!
Things to Know: It is more of a *fine dining* experience in comparison to other restaurants on this list. Therefore, it is more pricey. However, the staff, the ambiance, and the experience are well worth the price!

Gabriela’s Downtown (Barbara P)

5. Gabriela’s
Downtown- 900 E. 7th St., Austin, TX 78702
South- 9600 S IH 35 Frontage Rd.
What to Get: First of all, let me just say the views and drinks are BEAUTIFUL. I personally have enjoyed the shrimp tacos and choriqueso but there’s not much to get disappointed about here! As far as drinks go, I hope you love them all (because I haven’t found one I don’t like… and I’ve tried… many.) I LOVE the Shrimp Aguachil Michelada and the Piña Para La Niña is a strawberry margarita… served from a Pineapple. If you wanted a drink for the ‘gram, this is the place. Lastly, I’d like to recommend Gabby’s Margarita. It’s not only delicious, but they add a chili powder rim and their house-made syrup that can’t be beat.
Things to Know: There are two locations (and for the price and experience, you’re better off spending your money downtown! The Southpark Meadows location is newer and is still working out some quirks. I, for one, prefer a good view of downtown and enjoy the ambiance more.) The patios are very dog friendly and welcome furry friends.

Granny’s Tacos (Cher Y)

6. Granny’s Tacos
Location: 1401 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
What to Try: Yes, it is a taco truck. Yes, it is delicious. I have NEVER tried a Granny’s taco that I didn’t like. You cannot beat these breakfast tacos. My personal favorite lunch tacos are the Campechano Taco (steak, chorizo, pico & avocado) and the Abuela Taco. If you’re a quesadilla fan and haven’t been here yet, let me introduce you to Granny’s.
Things to Know: They have a great central location that’s close to multiple coffee shops – you can’t beat the breakfast taco coffee combo! The tacos are generously portioned, authentic, reasonably priced and are all-around a great meal. Parking is close and they’re usually really quick!

ATX Cocina

7. ATX Cocina
Location: 10 San Antonio St #170, Austin, TX 78701
What to Try: Amazing food and great service. It is a more upscale restaurant and I’d say this one is more pricey but hands down worth every penny. I cannot express how crazy good the flavors are. If you know, you know. Some of my favorite dishes are the: Hamachi, Brussels Sprouts, Chicken tacos, Queso Fundido and the Horchata Ice Cream.
Things to Know: This is one of my favorite Happy Hour spots in Austin! They only have dinner and you’ll need reservations (a couple days in advance!) Happy hour is Sun-Thur 5-6PM or 4-6PM Fri-Sat. They have $8 tacos of the day and $8 house margs.

Fonda San Miguel

8. Fonda San Miguel
Location: 2330 W N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
What to Try: Fonda San Miguel is traditional Mexican food with the actual ambiance of Mexico! I love their Suzia Enchiladas and the Carne Asada A La Tampiquena. When it comes to drinks, their traditional margaritas are delicious.
Things to Know: You will need to make reservations in advance (or deal with bar seating and up to 2 hour wait times!) When you make your reservation, try to get a spot in the Atrium (pictured above) and you won’t be sorry!

9. El Naranjo
Location: 2717 S Lamar Blvd STE 1085, Austin, TX 78704
What to Try: The Filete De Res Al Chinextl and the Chile Pasilla are to die for. Somehow, the guacamole is incredible and the ahi tuna tostadas are too tasty. The flavors here are unmatched! This small restaurant can be summed up as fine-dining meets Mexican food.
Things to Know: It is small but the staff is very tight-knit and they will make sure you leave happy! This is also a great find for vegetarians- I’d suggest the Azteca. Everything is made fresh- you can’t go wrong here!

Veracruz All Natural (Lauren G)

10. Veracruz All Natural
Location: TONS. They have 6 locations all over Austin!
What to Try: This taco truck has authentic Mexican food made with fresh ingredients and organic juices and smoothies. My favorite tacos are the Migas, La Reyna and the Chicken Mole. Nothing beats a homemade tortilla and fresh ingredients! If you’re a vegetarian, this is another great spot for ya’!
Things to Know: Order online in advance before you get there and you won’t be sorry! Popular taco times = very long wait times here!

La Condesa Brunch

11. La Condesa
Location: 400 W 2nd St A, Austin, TX 78701
What to Try: The Spicy Boca Negra, Guacamole Tasting and the Hongos Y Huitlacoche are worth giving a try! The Margaritas here are everything. When it comes to brunch, the Steak y Eggs for $42 will satisfy the cravings of 2 (it’s meant to be shared.) It comes with ribeye cut steak, beans, fried potato, salsa and tortillas to make your own taco. Add avocado and bacon if you want to spice it up!
Things to Know: The atmosphere of the restaurant is artsy, and contemporary- perfect for a date night or brunch! This is another one of my favorite happy hour spots. It’s 4-6PM Wednesday-Friday and they have 1/2 off all alcoholic beverages. If you’re down for a late Brunch, this happy hour is Sundays 11AM-3PM and offers 1/2 off Signature Cocktails. If the weather is nice, ask to sit out on the patio!

Concha Bread at Mi Tradicíon Bakery

12. Mi Tradicíon Bakery
North: 8716 Research Blvd #290, Austin, TX 78758
South: 801 E William Cannon Dr Suite 125, Austin, TX 78745
What to Try: For a meal, I’d suggest trying the carnitas tacos and pollo tostadas. For dessert, their Strawberry Tres Leches will melt in your mouth. They sell individually packaged slices so it’s perfect to grab and eat on the go. Once you’re done eating, be sure to grab some bolillos to take home. These little sandwich rolls are crispy on the outside yet nice and chewy on the inside and are a little sweet- and made fresh daily!
Things to Know: This is a must-try. The prices are insanely cheap, the staff is friendly, and everything is made from scratch daily.

Habanero Mexican Cafe Fajitas

13. Habanero Mexican Cafe
Location: 501 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
What to Try: I personally stick to the basics here: fajitas or the carne asada tacos (and if I’m feeling crazy I’ll get the green enchiladas.) Their breakfast tacos are one of the best in town! The potatoes are basically fries and I can’t get over it.
Things to Know: It is cash only. During COVID they are only offering food to-go so I would suggest ordering in advance!

El Taquito Tacos

14. El Taquito
Location: 1713 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741
What to Try: Sometimes you just want a quick (and cheap) taco run. This is the perfect place for that. You don’t go here for the ambiance but the reasonably priced tacos. I personally love their fundido and the barbacoa tacos.
Things to Know: I enjoy the take-out experience from here only. It’s a good grab-and go taco for your commute to work or quick lunch break!

El Alma Tostidas & Queso Fundito

15. El Alma
Location: 1025 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
What to Try: This is a great restaurant to enjoy the atmosphere, sit on the patio and enjoy a drinks and the beautifully plated food. My personal favorites are the Fundito, Tostidas and the Crab Relleno. I haven’t tried a dish here I haven’t enjoyed.
Things to Know: Come for the food and stay for the view. This is one of my favorite Happy Hour spots (3-6PM daily.) They have $5 Cervezas, $5 Jacked Sangria, $6 Classic Margs (and my two favorite dishes are on the Happy Hour Menu- the Tostidas and Fundito.)

La Fruta Feliz Tacos

16. La Fruta Feliz
Location: 3124 Manor Rd Austin, TX 78723
What to Try: This is a very casual and authentic Mexican food restaurant. It is very price-conscious with a full plated meal with drink for around $10. Try the barbacoa de chivos and huevos con nopales tacos on their homemade corn tortillas!
Things to Know: If you’re looking for affordable and authentic Mexican food, give this place a try.

Mi Madres

17. Mi Madres Restaurant
Location: 2201 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
What to Try: The salsas here make this restaurant! The staff is great and make it feel like a true, authentic Mexican restaurant with incredible service. I enjoy the crunchy fish tacos or the carne asada breakfast tacos. Be sure to take advantage of the salsas!
Things to Know: This is a great bite for the price! Nothing too fancy, just some great tacos and even better salsa.

To Do: Mount Bonnell

View from Mount Bonnell
102 steps up to the top

Hiking mount Bonnell is a quick but fun experience. This “hike” is steep but less than half a mile long. After you get to the 102 step, you’re there! Don’t expect it to take more than 10 minutes to get to the top.

The hiking trail up to Mount Bonnell (left of the steps if you’re feeling adventerous)

The views here are phenomenal of Lake Austin. One of my favorite suggestions for this spot is to pack a picnic and eat at the picnic table at the top of the hill. You can watch the sun set or rise, or just go for a short mid-day adventure. Regardless of what you do, be cautious of wildlife and if it has just rained, use caution when climbing on dirt/mud. 

Views from the right side of the trail
Pavilion area to sit and enjoy the view
The walk to the various lookout points

Mount Bonnell is the highest peak in Austin, Texas reaching 775 feet. It is named after George Bonnell who served the Texas Republic as Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Midday Mount Bonnell Views from the left side of the trail

Directions: Take 35th Street West over MoPac and you will pass Camp Mabry. Turn left on Old Bull Creak Road and a right on Mount Bonnell road. You will go up this hill and parking will be on the left.

To Do: Ladybird Lake

There’s no better place to soak in some Texas Sunshine other than LadyBird Lake. In the heart of downtown, you literally can’t miss it! 

Ladybird Lake

I can already hear the questions. Yes, it did have another name. From 1960-2007, this beautiful body of water was known as Town Lake. Why did it change, you ask? It was re-named after First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. She spent much of her time making this lake the beauty that it is today. She is the reason we have the hiking and biking trails that we’ll talk about here today. This section of the Colorado was created through the building of the Longhorn Damn in 1960 (so yes, it does look like a river!) It assists in Flood Control and has been a staple for kayaking and hiking for Austinites ever since.

Now that we’ve dug into the details, let’s get to the fun stuff: What to do at LadyBird Lake.

Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail

1. Hiking/Walking along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike trail. This ~10 mile loop is a local hot spot for walking dogs, taking a stroll with a baby stroller, or to get some cardio in.  This well-groomed trail is mostly crushed granite so locals even use it for biking. If you want to avoid the crowds, I’d suggest going before noon to take a stroll. It can get quite crowded on Weekdays around lunch or after 5pm.

Auditorium Shores Dog Park

2. Take your dog to walk/run/visit a dog park! My favorite dog park in Austin is Auditorium Shores. You’ll find it on Riverside Drive, bordering LadyBird Lake. Although it is advised to keep your pups out of the lake, you’ll see many local pups diving into the water on a hot summer day. To get in, they would have to cross the fence and hop over the trail to reach the water.

Ladybird Lake Paddle-boarding Photo: Johannes Schneemann

3. Paddle boarding or Kayaking: If you don’t own a kayak, don’t fret. There are plenty places to rent single and tandem kayaks or paddle boards. One of my favorites is located right next to Zilker Park. To give you an estimate, Zilker Park Boat Rentals will charge $18 an hour or $54 for all day and they only accept cash (there is an ATM onsite.) They’ll hold your ID as you kayak and you will pay when you return. They supply you with paddles, a kayak, and two life jackets. My other favorite option is The Rowing Dock or Epic SUP if you’re on the East side of I-35.

Zilker Park

4. Lay out in in Zilker Park and after, go for a swim. In the summer months, you’ll see plenty of people bringing their towels and mats out to Zilker to tan in the Austin sun. After you lay out for a while, you can head to LadyBird to find a rope swing and go for a swim.

Lady Bird Lake River Cruises

5. River Cruises and Boat Rides: There are 2 boat touring companies that offer a variety of cruise options. Some offer food, some offer drinks and some just offer the ride. My favorites are Lone Star Riverboat (just the ride) and Capital Cruises (food options.) There are separate site seeing cruise companies that are perfect for people who want to see more.

Bat Watching Photo: Austin Bat Tours

6. Bat Watching: You can see the bats from the SE side of the I-35 Bridge where you can bring chairs or a blanket to watch the sun set and see the bats fly out. If you’re looking for a paid option, you can opt-in for a bat river cruise. My personal favorite is Austin Bat Tours. They are very knowledgeable about the Bats and will give you an educational experience. Be sure to know when you’re going and if it is during the Mexican Free-Tailed Bat season (March-November.) These bats will *usually* emerge from under the bridge during these months. This is by far one of my favorite Austin activities to do for tourists. 

Best Breweries in Austin, Texas

With over 60 breweries in the area, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. From great views to kid/dog friendly spots, you’re bound to find your new favorite Brewery. The Breweries labeled with a * are some of my favorites. (The list is in no particular order but sectioned by area)


Photo: Pinthouse Pizza Lunch “Deal”

*Pinthouse Pizza* 4729 Burnet Road
If you’re looking for a brewery with awards to show, you’ll love Pinthouse. They’ve won with their Fully Adrift IPA, Nomurda DIPA, Green Battles IPA, and Electric Jellyfish (my personal favorite.) What makes this one of my favorites is the FOOD! Their pizza is great and they have unbeatable lunch specials ($10.50 for a 10″ Pizza, side salad, & drink! Beer is an up-charge but discounted!)

Oskar Blues 10420 Metric Boulevard

Willards Brewery 2400 Patterson Industrial Drive

Hopsquad Brewing 2307 Kramer Lane

Draught House 4112 Medical Parkway

Circle Brewing Co.(Photo from Ian W.)

*Circle Brewing* 2340 W Breaker Lane
If you’re looking for a brewery with unique beers, this just might be your new favorite spot. They typically stray away from the ‘typical’ Austin Brewery beers. They do have a variety of food trucks that rotate in and out so you would have to luck out on a day to get what you’re craving. It’s dog and kid friendly and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. I’d recommend trying the Blur if you’re into a lighter beer, or the Tuxedo T-shirt if you’re into something darker. They host some really great events that often give back to local charities and are great times to enjoy a beer + support nonprofits locally.

Photo from Circle Brewing Co. (Sean M.)

*Celis Brewing* 10001 Metric Blvd.
This Brewery is one of the oldest in Austin so you can rest easy knowing that it’s been here for a while… for a reason! It is dog (inside & out) & kid friendly AND they offer live music on the weekends from 6-9PM. They’re known for their Celis White. If you’re looking for a lighter beer, try the Lo Lo Lager and if you’re not a beer lover… try the Raspberry Sour.

Brewtorium 6015 Dillard Circle

Black Star Co-Op 7020 Easy Wind Drive

Austin Beerworks (Photo from Ben P)

*Austin Beerworks* 3001 Industrial Terrace
Austin Beerworks has both indoor and outdoor seating in their *newly* expanded taproom. One of their well-known staples is offering free chips and salsa with every order. It’s dog (patio only) & family friendly and offers food from local food trucks. If you’re feeling edgy enough to try their seasonal beers, try the Sputnik (coffee oatmeal stout), The Heisenberg or the Black Thunder. If you’re looking for a year-round staple… try the Sun Shovel or the Fire Eagle.

Adelberts Brewery (Photo: Corey R.)

*Adelbert’s Brewery* 2314 Rutland Drive
Are you into Belgian-Style beer that’s not too sweet? Look no further. This is a great place to play some games and drink a few beers. They offer darts, Mario Kart (you can challenge your bartender to a game), boardgames and old-school arcade games to play. Although there’s not a kitchen inside, you can venture outside to a food truck. They also have a lot of unique art for sale covering their walls. Go to Adelbert’s for the experience and you won’t be sorry!

4th Tap Brewing Cooperative 10615 Metric Blvd.


Willard’s Brewery 2400 Patterson Industrial Drive (Pflugerville)

Whitestone Brewery 601 E Whitestone Blvd. (Cedar Park)

San Gabriel River Brewery 500 Chaparral Drive (Liberty Hill)

Rentsch Brewery 2500 NE Inner Loop (Georgetown)

Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing CO. 13010 W. Parmer Lane (Cedar Park)

Pinthouse Pizza 2800 Hoppe Trail (Round Rock)

Humble Pint Brewing Co. 11880 Hero Way Suite 208 (Leander)

Hedgehog Brewing 3200 Woodall Drive C-1 (Cedar Park)

Flix Brewhouse 2200 S Interstate 35 B1 (Round Rock)

Compadre Brewing 16920 Joe Barbee Drive BLG 1 (Round Rock)

Bull Creek Brewing 7100 FM 3405 (Liberty Hill)

Bluebonnet Beer Company 1700 Bryant Drive #107 (Round Rock)

Barking Armadillo 507 River Bend (Georgetown)


Thirsty Planet Brewing 8201 S Congress Ave.

St. Elmo Brewing Co (Photo: Justin N.)

*St. Elmo Brewing* 440 E. St. Elmo Road
This is a great local spot that has fun beers and great food trucks around back (love me some SourSop). I’d recommend the Carl for an easy-drinking beer the Joe for a nice coffee-stout. Be prepared to sit outside and play some corn hole since their indoor seating is limited. You might just luck into some live music!

Pinthouse Pizza 4236 South Lamar Blvd.

Orf Brewing 4700-F Burleson Road

Nomadic Beerworks 3804 Woodbury Drive Suite A

Meanwhile Brewing 3901 Promontory Point Drive

Last Stand Brewing Soco Building 6 South Congress Ave.

Independence Brewing- Stacey M

*Independence Brewing* 3913 Todd Lane #607
This is one authentic microbrewery.

Austin Beer Garden Flight

*Austin Beer Garden & Brewery* 1305 W. Oltorf Street
A place for great food and great beer! I am a personal fan of the calamari and stuffed portobello. As for beers i’d suggest the liquid gold. If you’re a fan of concerts & beer, keep a look-out on their events page. You won’t regret it.

512 Brewing 407 Radam Lane


Holdout Brewing 1208 W 4th Street

Central District Brewing 417 Red River Street


Zilker Brewing

*Zilker Brewing* 1701 E 6th Street
I don’t have any bad things to say about Zilker Brewing Co. They have some great beers along with a Spicy Bois food truck out back with outstanding chicken. It’s in a great location and is so fun to sit and people watch. If you’re a light beer fan, try the Icy Boy but if you like a darker beer I’d recommend the Midnight Voyage. Want something new? Try the Parks and Rec. Not a beer drinker? Get the frosé!

Southern Heights (Photo: Jeff S)

*Southern Heights Brewing* 6014 Techni Center Drive
If you’re not quite there with the IPA’s, this is the place to fall in love with them. Trust me, it’s worth the trip! There’s so many to choose from and the staff is great when it comes to helping you find what you like. Great boardgames, pool & cornhole (inside!), hazy IPA’s and it’s dog & kid friendly. There’s easy parking, multiple tv’s, and free wifi. What more could you ask for? Give this place a try! My personal favorite is the Hazy Cloud IPA.

Oddwood Ales 3108 Manor Road

Live Oak Brewing (Photo: Dawn H)

*Live Oak Brewing* 1615 Cozier Lane
This brewery is home to beautiful Live Oak trees and is great for a day spent outside under the shade. It’s dog & kid friendly and has an area to play disc golf. They don’t have a kitchen but often have food trucks parked outside. You can enjoy seeing the planes take off and land overhead as it is very close to the Austin Bergstrom Airport. I’d suggest trying the Live Oak Hefeweizen or the Sour (choose your own syrup to flavor!)

Lazarus Beer Flight: (Photo: Laura H)

*Lazarus Brewing* 1902 E 6th Street
A brewery that’s great to work from? You’ve found it. They make and sell their own coffee, beer and FOOD (+ queso, street tacos, enchiladas, you name it!) It’s also kid & dog friendly… so I’m hearing no excuses to not visit this one! If you’re an IPA fan, try the 40-40. The parking can be difficult but once you make it inside, there’s plenty of space!

Hi Sign Brewing (Photo: Tracy T)

*Hi Sign Brewing* 1201 Bastrop Highway
This brewery is a new addition to Austin and offers some unique flavors unlike any other. Try the Hi-C IPA if you’re looking for something fruity or the Violet if you’re a blonde beer drinker. Finally, try Shamus the Fiddle if you’re looking for a true Irish Red. You can’t go wrong at Hi Sign!

Friends & Allies Brewery (Chris U)

*Friends & Allies Brewing* 979 Springdale Road
If you’re an IPA fan, you’ll be a fan of Friends & Allies. They have wifi, indoor & outdoor seating as well as games (& they’re dog friendly!). I would personally recommend the Blood orange or the Noisy Cricket.

Central Machine Works Brewery & Beer Hall 4824 E. Cesar Chavez

Blue Owl Brewing (Photo: Don T)

*Blue Owl Brewing* 2400 E Cesar Chavez Street
This quaint little find is great for those who love an experience. First, you choose your glass and that price comes with 4 pours of that glass- letting you try multiple beers… or if you love it you’ll just get that much more! After 4 pours, you get to keep the glass. If you’re a sour beer drinker, you’ll love Blue Owl Brewing (and need to try Little Boss.) To make it better- it’s dog friendly. They offer games, brewery tours and have a great patio. It is a smaller brewery in comparison to some Austin finds so be sure to get there early to ensure you have a seat.

Batch BrewHouse 3220 Manor Road


Vista Brewing (Photo: Sandi N.)

*Vista Brewing* 13551 Ranch to Market Road 150 (Driftwood)
I always suggest Vista as a great place to get away from Austin for a day. Enjoy some beer flights and the beautiful outdoors. They tend to have a lot of live music on the weekends and it can tend to draw a crowd. For some extra fun, bring your own food (yes, they are serving food) and a table cloth to have your own picnic!

Twisted X Brewing 23455 Ranch to Market Road 150 (Dripping Springs)

Suds Monkey Brewing 31610 Ranch Road 12 (Dripping Springs)

One Shot Distillery & Brewery 31610 Ranch Road 12 (Dripping Springs)

Oasis Brewing Co (Photo: Everly M)

*Oasis Texas Brewing* 6550 Comanche Trail (Austin)
A beer and a view? What more can you ask for? This brewery is family friendly and offers a variety of foods on their menu. I’d recommend the Double IPA and the Samurai Lager (as my personal favorites.) As for food, the wagyu burger is my go-to.

Last Stand Brewing 12345 Pauls Valley Road (Austin)

Jester King Brewery- outside the tap room

*Jester King Brewery
* 13187 Fitzhugh Road (Austin)
This place is an experience and I’ll recommend them every day. If you plan on going, go hungry and make a reservation for a table in the Goat barn. Get the Benno pizza, sit under the shade trees and enjoy one of their many tasty beers.

Infamous Brewing Company 4602 Weletka Drive (Austin)

Fitzhugh Brewing 15435 Fitzhugh Road (Dripping Springs)

Family Business Beer 19510 Hamilton Pool Road (Dripping Springs)

Bell Springs Brewery and Winery 3700 Bell Springs Road (Dripping Springs)

Beerburg Brewing 13476 Fitzhugh Road (Austin)

Acopon Brewing 211 W. Mercer Street (Dripping Springs)

12 Fox Beer Company 4700 W. Fitzhugh Road (Dripping Springs)

Where to Hike in ATX

There’s plenty of hiking, biking and walking trails in Austin.


Twin Falls
  • Twin Falls & Sculpture Falls (Barton Creek Greenbelt) 3918 S. MOPAC Expy.
    – Length: 3.3 mi.
    – This hike is one of my favorites! It is rocky but the views and diverse terrain make it stand out from most other typical Austin Trails. Friendly for all skill levels and open year-round!
    – Directions: Parking is along the highway (be sure to lock your cars / take your valuables with you.) From here, you will hike through Barton Creek and climb over some rocky terrain. You will first pass Twin Falls first and have 1.25 mi. left to get to Sculpture Falls. (If you go after a good rain you’ll see some beautiful falls! Time of year does matter whether they are flowing or not.) Dogs are also welcome on this hike.

Lady Bird Lake Trail
  • Lady Bird Lake Trail
    – Length: 10 mi.
    –This looped trail is perfect for anyone wanting to bike, run, or hike. With a small grade of 5% this is great for beginners and offers scenic views of LadyBird Lake. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash. This hike is also kid and stroller friendly.

St. Edwards Green & Red Loop
  • St. Edwards Green and Red Loop
    – Length: 2.7 mi.
    – St. Edwards Green features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
    – Directions: From Capitol Of Texas Highway take Spicewood Springs Rd to the west 2.5 miles to parking area. From highway 183 take the McNeil Dr./Spicewood Springs Rd exit, turn on Spicewood Springs Rd and the parking area is 3.5 miles.

Walnut Creek Trail
  • Walnut Creek Trail
    – Length: 1.3 mi.
    – This is a great route for dogs, bikes, and walking. If you go in the warmer months, you’ll see people sunbathing or dogs running into the river to play. If you continue scrolling down this page to the moderate hikes, you will see this trail extends into many interconnecting trails. ***If it is raining, please do not go on this hike. Hiking in wet conditions will damage the clay paths**

Great Hills Park Trail
  • Great Hills Park Trail
    – Length: 2.3 mi.
    – This trail is a loop with a river view (as pictured above.) It’s great for hikers of all skill levels and is used for hiking, walking and running. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash.
    – Directions: Search Great Hills Neighborhood Park Trail, Austin, TX 78759

Mary Moore Searight Park Trail
  • Mary Moore Searight Park Trail
    – Length: 2.1 mi.
    – This trail is very scenic and lush when we get enoguh rain (although this trail is open all year.) It features a river and is perfect for a mid-hike picnic. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash.
    – Directions: It is the Outer loop in Mary Moore Searight Metro Park. This trail is connected to many other inner trails and made into a longer/shorter trip.

Hamilton Greenbelt Trail
  • Hamilton Greenbelt
    – Length: 5.1 mi.
    – For a less-trafficked trail with beautiful views, Hamilton Greenbelt is my go-to. This trail is used for a variety of purposes: walking, running, hiking or even bird watching. I’d suggest going in the warmer months from April – September. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash!

Bull Creek Hike
  • Bull Creek Hike
    – Length: 3.8 mi.
    – This is a popular hike so you most likely won’t be the only one checking out this waterfall! This is a multi-use trail for hiking, running and mountain biking (I would only suggest when it is very dry!). This hike can get very muddy after a rain and with many interlocking trails and overgrown brush, it can be difficult to navigate… so proceed with caution. The views are worth it! Dogs are welcome and don’t have to be on a leash.

Slaughter Creek Trail
  • Slaughter Creek Trail Loop
    – Length: 4.9 mi.
    – This is another high trafficked trail that fills with wildflowers in the spring. This terrain is moderately sloped so it can be used for hiking, running, horseback riding or even mountain biking. Although it is accessible year round, I’d suggest going in the spring to see the flowers!
    – Directions:

Violet Crown Trail
  • Violet Crown Trail
    – Length: 3.7 mi.
    – This trail is called Violet Crown Trail but is actually Zilker Trailhead to 360 Trailhead. It does have a river that is beautiful when we get enough rain. It’s used for both walking and running and dogs are welcome (no leash required!)


River Place Natural Trail
  • Riverplace Natural Trail
    – Length: 5.5 mi.
    – This trail is a little further out of Austin towards West Lake Hills. It does have some steeper terrain and that is why it is listed as a moderate hike (see picture.) This is one of my FAVORITE moderate hikes and features a beautiful waterfall. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash!
    – There is a daily fee per hiker here. Credit Card Payments only. Children 12 and under with an adult are free. See the park page here for more information:

Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
  • Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
    – Length: 13.8 mi.
    – This is another one of my favorite hikes but has a rocky terrain and will occasionally require you to climb over rocks. It features a small waterfall but the views are incredible. Dogs are welcome and do not have to be on a leash.

Turkey Creek Trail
  • Turkey Creek Trail
    – Length: 2.8 mi.
    – This trail features a flowing river and is used for walking, running, hiking, fishing and mountain biking. It is accessible year round and dogs are welcome with or without a leash. This trail is pretty rocky and has quite a bit of exposed roots. The trail has signage where it is hard to get lost. This being a common trail, you usually won’t be the only one hiking. Once you get to the back there will be several trails branching off for a longer hike.

Hill of Life Trail
  • Hill of Life (Barton Creek Greenbelt)
    – Length: 3.1 mi.
    – The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Go during spring seasons to see the wildflowers!

Onion Creek and Homestead Trail Loop
  • Onion Creek and Homestead Trail Loop
    – Length: 6.5 mi.
    – This hike is open year round and features this beautiful waterfall. Dogs are welcome but asked to stay on a leash.
    – Please note that reservations are required for day passes either online or over the phone.

Laurel, Yaupon, Possum and Arroyo Vista Loop

Mount Lakeway Trail
  • Mount Lakeway Trail
    – Length: 4.3 mi.
    – This popular route is a great place to feel like you’re in the wilderness and luck into seeing some wildlife. Dogs are welcome and off leash is allowed. This is part of the Greenbelt so you’ll notice changes in terrain from wooded to rocky, hilltops, and other conjoining trails that you can take to explore more.

Bull Creek Trail
  • Bull Creek Trail
    – Length: 4.4 mi.
    – This trail is worth the hassle! It is accessible year round but you will have to check to see if you need a permit before you go. Bull Creek Preserve Entry Permits are issued in January & February and are good for three seasons. A permit is only required March-July. The trail is open to all users August through February.

Homestead Trail
  • Homestead Trail
    – Length: 3.1 mi.
    – This waterfall trail is often closed seasonally (due to weather conditions) but when it is open, it is worth the hike! It is located behind the McKinney Falls State Park (hence, the beautiful scenery) and is $6/per person or free to enter with a Texas State Park Pass. It is a well-maintained trail but does cross Lower Falls so you might want to pack some water shoes to cross the shallow area of the falls (or you can rock hop, your choice!) Check the seasonal closures out here before ya go:

Spicewood Valley Trail
  • Spicewood Valley Trail
    – Length: 2.1 mi.
    – Spicewood Valley Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail with water views. It is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash.

Mount Bonnell Trail
  • Mount Bonnell Trail
    – Length: 0.5 mi.
    – Mount Bonnell Trail is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail that features breathtaking views of Lake Austin. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leash. This hike is extremely short but is steep. There’s plenty of stairs when you get towards the top.

Canyon Creek Trail
  • Canyon Creek Trail
    – Length: 5 mi.
    – If you’re going to see animals on any hike in Austin, i’d say this is the one. It’s open year round and dogs are welcome but must stay on a leash. Be considerate as you hike this trail as parts of it are on private property.

3 Falls Hike
  • 3 Falls Hike
    – Length: 7.3 mi.
    – The three falls hike waterfall is one of my favorites to sit and listen to. It is open year round although the water flows the most in the spring/heavy rainy seasons. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash.

360 Bridge Hike
  • Lake Austin 360 Bridge Hike
    – Length: 1.8 mi.
    – This just might be the busiest hike in all of Austin. It is open year round and is usually crowded around sunset. I’d personally recommend doing this hike to see the sun rise instead of sunset if you want to avoid the crowds. You can hike, walk, bird watch, have a picnic or bring your pup along this trail.

Lower Falls Trail
  • Lower Falls and Homestead Loop Trail
    – Length: 3 mi.
    – This trail should be used from March-October. It is a popular hike so you’re bound to see another hiker on your trek. It’s primarily used for hiking and bird watching and all furry friends are allowed but must be kept on a leash.

Long Walnut Creek Trail
  • Walnut Creek Trail
    – Length: 19.5 mi. (but there are plenty of shorter trails in the mix)
    – This trail is accessible year round and is dog friendly as long as they remain on a leash. This is a wonderful paved trail that eventually passes a lake. It is a gentle grade so it is stroller friendly up until the 5 1/2 mile marker where the grade gets steeper. This trail is great if you enjoy wider paths that stay groomed.

Hard Hikes:

Emma Long Loop
  1. Emma Long Motorcross Loop
    – Length: 4.4 mi.
    – This hike is only recommended for very experienced bikers (not a hiking trail nor are dogs allowed!) The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and ATV driving and is accessible year-round. The terrain is dry and rocky, perfect for those adventurers looking to bike in town.

Top 25 Things to do in Austin, Texas

Whether you’re a local looking to expand your horizons or an out-of towner coming for your 100th trip to the city… if you haven’t done all 25- you’ve got some homework to do! If you’re new to Austin, welcome. We are lucky to have you and hope you have time to knock out a few of these during your stay. Let us know if there’s anything we can do to help you during your visit.