Welcome To Austin! – 10 Dining Experiences For Every Visitor To ATX

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With the onset of the 2012 college football season, this coming weekend is sure to be extremely busy in and around Central Texas. Here in the Capital City, the Longhorns have another home game against New Mexico Saturday at 7pm CT, Texas A&M welcomes the University of Florida (yes, my alma mater – GO GATORS!) to College Station Saturday at 2:30pm CT and Texas State plays host to the Red Raiders of Texas Tech down in San Marcos Saturday at 6pm CT.

That said, we’ll have many visitors from points elsewhere in and around Austin over the coming days, which is a great thing, if you ask me. Considering the amount of inquiries I tend to receive when friends and friends of friends head this way, I thought I would pass along 10 dining experiences that every visitor to the Austin area should take in during their time here.

To avoid the great debate of “the best” restaurants in Austin, which is a whole other conversation and ranking, I’ll just say that those that I’ve listed below are all exceptional locales and you will NOT be disappointed with any. So, without further adieu, football fans, Austin guests and weekend warriors, here’s where I’d head in ATX with a hearty appetite and thirst for the awesome:

1) Franklin Barbecue
900 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78702

2) Second Bar & Kitchen
200 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

3) La Condesa
400 West 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701

4) Home Slice Pizza
1415 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704

5) Hopdoddy Burger Bar
1400 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704

6) Vince Young Steakhouse
301 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701

7) South Congress Cafe
1600 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704

8) Max’s Wine Dive Austin
207 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701

9) Chuy’s Tex-Mex (Original location: Barton Springs)
1728 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704

10) Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
303 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701


  1. Melinda Ann says:

    Great list! Any specific recommendations for each place? I have been to most of these, but I am interested in seeing what menu items I may be missing! 🙂

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