January 17, 2019 at 1:59pm | Denise Bodman
Sometimes it’s not about the nicest restaurant you can find – you’re looking for the best of the best; the greatest flavor and the most daring recipes.

We’ve collected some of the best tastes of Austin so you can sample everything the city has to offer.
1. DOS BATOS

Image Source: Dos Batos Facebook Page
2525 West Anderson Lane https://www.dosbatos.com/
Our Favorite Meal:
Eat: Wood-fired Piratas Tacos on corn tortillas Drink: Tecate w/lime
At Dos Batos, all the emphasis is on the food; which is counter-serve. The location could be called ‘minimalist’, but what the location lacks in atmosphere it more than makes up for with melt-in-your-mouth sea salted Angus beef.
At around $5 each, these tacos can’t be beat.

2. STILES SWITCH BBQ

Image Source: Stiles Switch Facebook Page
6610 North Lamar Boulevard http://www.stilesswitchbbq.com/
Our Favorite Meal:
Eat: Texas Frito Pie Drink: Sweet Tea
BBQ is the trademark of Texas, and if you don’t have your family’s secret recipe for brisket, then you can’t be a real Texan. Stiles Switch has a lot of fantastic options, and the masterful brisket is absolutely there, but they go a step further into their Texas Frito Pie.
Their Texas Frito Pie is a gourmet masterpiece (for most Texans, theirs is composed of Wolf Brand Chili, a bag of Fritos, and a packet of mustard. Maybe some white onions.), using brisket chili and pickled onions to capture the nuanced flavors of the dish in a completely unexpected way.
Of course, sweet tea is a necessity of dinner in the south, but if you’re not from around these parts, get your taste buds ready because they mean SWEET. TEA.
Try out the Frito Pie for $13.

3. VIA 313

Image Source: Via313 Facebook Page
West 6th Trailer (Buford’s Backyard Beer Garden) http://www.via313.com/
Our Favorite Meal:
Eat: Bar Style Plain (Thin crust; just cheese) Drink: Grape Faygo
Via 313 has several locations throughout Austin for Detroit-style pizza, but the best one is the trailer at Buford’s Backyard Beer Garden. The experience of 313 is an entire aesthetic rather than a meal – with Detroit’s Faygo soda proudly served. While the toppings are delicious (natural casing pepperoni, anyone?) it’s best to start out with the very basics and move from there. Don’t worry – you’ll be back again for seconds.
Plain Bar Style pizza is $10.

4. HUT'S HAMBURGERS


Image Source: Hut's Hamburgers Facebook Page
807 West 6th Street
Our Favorite Meal:
Eat: The Dagburger Drink: Strawberry Old Fashioned Milkshake
For over 75 years, Hut’s Hamburgers has been gracing Austin with the best in the basics – an amazing cheeseburger and a shake; just like saddle shoes and poodle skirts. The menu itself is not going to wow you – Hut’s knows what it is; a staple of Austin dining; and there’s no reason to use a lot of adjectives to draw you in. But when you taste their Texas-raised beef – given a humanely-raised seal of approval – you’ll know what everyone’s been going on about.
A Dagburger will only set you back $11.95.

5. UCHI

Image Source: Uchi Austin Facebook Page
801 South Lamar Boulevard https://uchiaustin.com/
Favorite Meal
Eat: Hamachi (Yellowtail) Sushi Drink: Kirinzan Sake
Texas may not seem like a hot spot for sushi, but Chef Tyson Cole has singlehandedly turned it into one. His creations are a little offbeat, but tempt the palate with an assemblage of flavors rarely dreamed of in traditional Japanese cuisine. Our favorite to start is the Hamachi Sushi – it’s light and opens up the tastebuds for the more complex flavors that will come later in the meal. Consider it our favorite start to a glorious story.
Hamachi Sushi is only $5 for two pieces, and a sip of our recommended Kirinzan sake (flavored with cocoa, sweet rice, and pineapple) will start your journey out right.

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