Favorite South Austin Spots

Updated October 2016

Also see my March 2016 posts from the Austin Food Blogger Alliance 2016 City Guide:
The Best South Austin Restaurants
Guide to South Austin Food Trailers

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

-- The Flying Carpet (Moroccan -- get the Big Abdu)
-- Pie Plante (coconut cream pie)
-- Regal Ravioli (fresh pasta: beet ravioli w pecan pesto and sweet potato gnocchi w bolognese are my faves)
-- Four Brothers (big, fat Venezuelan arepas)

-- Vinaigrette (not exclusively vegetarian, but you mix and match your proteins from tofu to ahi tuna with your salad)
-- Bouldin Creek Cafe

-- Alcomar (Latin seafood)
-- Papalote (street food)
-- Habanero
-- Sazon
-- Curra's
-- La Mexicana (panaderia/bakery + tacos, etc)
-- El Alma

-- 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 (ramen)

-- 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)
-- Lulu B's (bahn mi sandwiches)
-- Elizabeth Street Cafe (upscale; really what I love are the French breakfast pastries)

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

-- Porter Ale House
-- Winebelly (some of the best chicken liver mousse pate)
-- Odd Duck
-- VOX Table

-- Hill's Cafe (great old Austin institution)
-- Hopdoddy (oh, but the lines....)
-- The Park ($5 Tuesdays during happy hour)
-- Bouldin Creek Cafe (all vegetarian and my favorite veggie burger in town)

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

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

-- The Golden Goose (fun cocktails)
-- Patika Coffee and Wine (great pastries too)


  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! ;)

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  3. 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.