Favorite South Austin Spots

Updated March 2019

Here's a brief run down of some of my favorite South Austin places. Questions? Shoot me a line at
southaustinfoodie at gmail or reach out through social media.

Also see my March 2019 posts from the Austin Food Blogger Alliance 2019 City Guide:
The Best South Austin Restaurants
Guide to South Austin Food Trailers

Sweet Shops
-- Sugar Mama's (cupcakes + baked goods)
-- Dolce Neve (Italian gelato)
-- La Patisserie (French sweet goods)
-- Crepe Crazy (savory crepes too)
-- Confituras (biscuits)

-- Vinaigrette (not exclusively vegetarian, but you mix and match your proteins from tofu to ahi tuna with your salad)
-- Bouldin Creek Cafe (my favorite veggie burger)
-- Mr. Natural
-- TLC Austin (their Enlightenment sandwich!)

-- Papalote (street food)
-- Habanero (breakfast and lunch daily, dinner on Fri + Sat)
-- Sazon
-- El Borrego de Oro
-- La Mexicana (panaderia/bakery + tacos, etc)

-- Sap's (amazing tom kha soup)
-- Thai Fresh (some of the best pad thai)
-- Thai Taste (delicious pad se ew)
-- Sway (upscale, Australian-influenced)

-- Uchi (one of the top restaurants in the city)
-- Yanagi (underrated, great bento box lunch specials)
-- Ramen Tatsuya
-- Michi Ramen (south location is take out only)

-- Chen Z Noodle House (green onion pancakes, handcut noodles + lamb skewers)
-- Sichuan River (finally, decent Sichuan/Szechuan in South Austin!)

-- Dong Nai (good inexpensive Vietnamese, love the bun bowl with char-grilled pork)
-- Elizabeth Street Cafe (upscale; really what I love are the French breakfast pastries)
-- Me Con Bistro

Italian + Spanish
-- Enoteca (I always get the carbonara with linguine instead of spaghetti)
-- Barlata (the crema catalana for dessert is incredible)
-- Cane Rosso

Other Ethnic
-- Tarka (Indian)
-- Taste of Ethiopia
-- Phoenicia Bakery (Mediterranean)
-- Habana (Cuban)

Gastropub / Americana +/-
-- Winebelly (some of the best chicken liver mousse pate anywhere)
-- Odd Duck
-- June's All Day
-- Cafe Malta
-- TLC Austin

-- Hopdoddy (oh, but the lines....)
-- The Park ($5 Tuesdays during happy hour)
-- Bouldin Creek Cafe (vegetarian)

-- Homeslice (NY style)
-- Cane Rosso (Neopolitan)
-- Via 313 (Detroit style)
-- Pinthouse
-- Toss (NY style)

-- Uncle Billy's
-- Terry Black's
-- Opie's (yes, it's in Spicewood, but they've got my favorite baby backs!)

-- Phoebe's Diner
-- Cafe No Se
-- Bouldin Creek Cafe
-- Kerbey Lane
-- Magnolia Cafe
-- breakfast tacos at La Mexicana, Torchy's, or Papalote

-- Lenior
-- Uchi
-- Vespaio

-- The Golden Goose (fun cocktails)
-- Patika Coffee and Wine (great pastries too)
-- Juicebox (fresh pressed juices)


  1. South Austin Foodie:
    Have you tried Tuk Tuk on Manchaca. Their soups are amazing. Thai food.

    1. I've heard good things about Tuk Tuk, but that physical location has changed (Thai) hands so many times it makes me wonder if it's cursed! ;)

  2. Great comprehensive list, I will definitely refer to it often! I want to try the Chinese places-- haven't been to either and have been wanting to find that kind of food in S Ausitn.

    1. Thanks for checking it out Rachel! I haven't been to Chen Z lately, but I go to Sichuan River somewhat regularly (across from Central Market by Black Swan Yoga). There are always a number of people who are ethnically Chinese eating there, which I take to be a good sign.

    2. I went to Chen Z a couple of years ago and loved it. Went again a couple of months ago and was amazed at how bad it was. I suspect they lost the old chef. (I know Chinese food pretty well, used to live in Hong Kong.)