Kim's Guidebook To East Austin

Kim

Kim's Guidebook To East Austin

Favorite place to pick up tacos!
They have meat by the pound for Mexican street tacos which is a great way to feed several people! The pastor and barbacoa are our favorite. They also have great margaritas to go!
Best for tacos to go via their speedy drive-thru! Get the meat by the pound (Libras) for all the fixin’s to build your own tacos in the comfort of our AirBnB. We recommend the barbacoa or the pastor..or both! DO NOT forget to get the margaritas to go from the drive-thru!
El Tacorrido
1701 East Riverside Drive
Best for tacos to go via their speedy drive-thru! Get the meat by the pound (Libras) for all the fixin’s to build your own tacos in the comfort of our AirBnB. We recommend the barbacoa or the pastor..or both! DO NOT forget to get the margaritas to go from the drive-thru!
There’s only one reason to go here... The 1lb+ Don Juan breakfast “taco” (it’s really a burrito) made famous by Adam Richman on Man v. Food. You can’t find a better value for breakfast! Call in the order for pickup to skip the usual morning line. Order extra tortillas.
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Juan in a Million
2300 East Cesar Chavez Street
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There’s only one reason to go here... The 1lb+ Don Juan breakfast “taco” (it’s really a burrito) made famous by Adam Richman on Man v. Food. You can’t find a better value for breakfast! Call in the order for pickup to skip the usual morning line. Order extra tortillas.
An East Austin institution for al pastor. Within the last few months they’ve moved into a brick and mortar in the parking lot where their food trailer was made famous. Get the pastor. Duh.
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Rosita's Al Pastor
1911 East Riverside Drive
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An East Austin institution for al pastor. Within the last few months they’ve moved into a brick and mortar in the parking lot where their food trailer was made famous. Get the pastor. Duh.
Food scene
Aaron Franklin’s internationally renowned and (arguably) the best BBQ in town...definitely worth the experience to brag to all of your friends! You will wait in line.. 2-3 hours during the week; up to 6+ hours on the weekend. Umbrellas and coolers of beer are encouraged while you wait! Get there early! While the restaurant doesn’t open until mid-morning the facilities (restrooms) are available bright and early to cater to the BBQ pilgrims.
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Franklin Barbecue
900 East 11th Street
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Aaron Franklin’s internationally renowned and (arguably) the best BBQ in town...definitely worth the experience to brag to all of your friends! You will wait in line.. 2-3 hours during the week; up to 6+ hours on the weekend. Umbrellas and coolers of beer are encouraged while you wait! Get there early! While the restaurant doesn’t open until mid-morning the facilities (restrooms) are available bright and early to cater to the BBQ pilgrims.
Food & Wine Magazine’s Top 10 New Restaurants in 2019. Very high-end Mexican food + wonderful cocktails from their extensive list of tequilas/mezcals. The suadero tacos are an Austin rite of passage.
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Suerte
1800 E 6th St
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Food & Wine Magazine’s Top 10 New Restaurants in 2019. Very high-end Mexican food + wonderful cocktails from their extensive list of tequilas/mezcals. The suadero tacos are an Austin rite of passage.
Texas BBQ + Sushi? Sake + Tiki drinks? Yep! We definitely recommend dining in for this unique experience. Don’t miss the printed card with the a la carte bites… usually pretty unique and experimental.. not to be missed!
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Kemuri Tatsu-ya
2713 E 2nd St
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Texas BBQ + Sushi? Sake + Tiki drinks? Yep! We definitely recommend dining in for this unique experience. Don’t miss the printed card with the a la carte bites… usually pretty unique and experimental.. not to be missed!
Another East Austin institution. While they are known for the best migas in town - this TexMex diner also has lunch and dinner. Take advantage of the location with many walkable bars for your weekend funday.
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Cisco's Restaurant
1511 East 6th Street
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Another East Austin institution. While they are known for the best migas in town - this TexMex diner also has lunch and dinner. Take advantage of the location with many walkable bars for your weekend funday.
Our favorite Chinese food in town and it happens to be ~10 minutes from here. The food travels well for pick-up/delivery or dine-in. Get the Brisket Fried Rice and Mala Fried Chicken.
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Old Thousand
1000 E 11th St
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Our favorite Chinese food in town and it happens to be ~10 minutes from here. The food travels well for pick-up/delivery or dine-in. Get the Brisket Fried Rice and Mala Fried Chicken.
Not interested in burning half a day waiting at Franklin BBQ? Then try one of our favorite BBQ spots in town. Get there early and still plan to wait in line (it is Austin, TX after all!), but not nearly as busy as Franklin BBQ.
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La Barbecue
2027 E Cesar Chavez St
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Not interested in burning half a day waiting at Franklin BBQ? Then try one of our favorite BBQ spots in town. Get there early and still plan to wait in line (it is Austin, TX after all!), but not nearly as busy as Franklin BBQ.
Our favorite local craft butcher shop. If you’re looking for an amazing steak to throw on the grill.. this is your place! Too lazy to grill? They are also a wood-fire restaurant showcasing many of the meats available at the counter.
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Salt & Time Butcher Shop
1912 E 7th St
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Our favorite local craft butcher shop. If you’re looking for an amazing steak to throw on the grill.. this is your place! Too lazy to grill? They are also a wood-fire restaurant showcasing many of the meats available at the counter.
Authentic French food and the best (only?) escargot in town. Be prepared for a truly authentic European dining experience - they are not very fast here. But you’ll want to stay late anyway as the restaurant slowly morphs into a seedy bar scene as your dinner progresses. Get the escargot then the duck or the pork chop!
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Justine's
4710 East 5th Street
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Authentic French food and the best (only?) escargot in town. Be prepared for a truly authentic European dining experience - they are not very fast here. But you’ll want to stay late anyway as the restaurant slowly morphs into a seedy bar scene as your dinner progresses. Get the escargot then the duck or the pork chop!
Somehow the Detroit pizza revolution began in a pizza food truck in Austin, TX a few years ago. Now with many brick and mortar locations + food trucks. This thick, rectangular, cheese to the edge, sauce on the top, Detroit-style pizza will blow you away! We have friends that visit just for this pizza.
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Via 313 Pizza
1802 E 6th St
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Somehow the Detroit pizza revolution began in a pizza food truck in Austin, TX a few years ago. Now with many brick and mortar locations + food trucks. This thick, rectangular, cheese to the edge, sauce on the top, Detroit-style pizza will blow you away! We have friends that visit just for this pizza.
High-end Asian food. Great place to dine-in, but also another of our takeout favorites. Very close!
1618 Asian Fusion
1618 East Riverside Drive
High-end Asian food. Great place to dine-in, but also another of our takeout favorites. Very close!
A very unique coffee shop; get coffee to go, or stay and sit in their massive outdoor area. Transition to happy hour once you’re done working with a draft beer from their curated menu. Hungry? They have a rotating collaboration with food truck vendors and there is usually always a vegan and/or vegetarian option.
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The Buzz Mill
1505 Town Creek Dr
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A very unique coffee shop; get coffee to go, or stay and sit in their massive outdoor area. Transition to happy hour once you’re done working with a draft beer from their curated menu. Hungry? They have a rotating collaboration with food truck vendors and there is usually always a vegan and/or vegetarian option.
If you want donuts or kolaches. This is the local spot!
Master Donuts
6100 East Riverside Drive
If you want donuts or kolaches. This is the local spot!
Dive Bars With Great Eats
A high-end dive bar.. is that a thing? Great bar food, including hand-dipped corn dogs, lil bitty burgers, and fries. Get the Pinthouse Electric Jellyfish IPA or if you’re on a budget lookout for draft Coors OG specials!
Frazier's Long and Low
2538 Elmont Drive
A high-end dive bar.. is that a thing? Great bar food, including hand-dipped corn dogs, lil bitty burgers, and fries. Get the Pinthouse Electric Jellyfish IPA or if you’re on a budget lookout for draft Coors OG specials!
Our favorite dive bar. Thick East Austin vibes! Excellent jukebox and DJs on the weekend; pool tables. If you’re hungry checkout their great burger and house tots.
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Drinks Lounge
2001 East Cesar Chavez Street
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Our favorite dive bar. Thick East Austin vibes! Excellent jukebox and DJs on the weekend; pool tables. If you’re hungry checkout their great burger and house tots.
Another location of the Dirty 6th Street favorite. Massive beer selection, food, great patio and outdoor games. Another great place to watch the game on their many TVs.
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The Jackalope South Shore
1523 Tinnin Ford Rd
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Another location of the Dirty 6th Street favorite. Massive beer selection, food, great patio and outdoor games. Another great place to watch the game on their many TVs.
Have you heard of Rainey St. with all of the little cute bars in houses?? Well - they moved one of them (yes, the entire actual house!) to the Eastside! Come check out this engineering feat, but also the massive outdoor patio. Great place to watch the game!
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Lustre Pearl East
114 Linden Street
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Have you heard of Rainey St. with all of the little cute bars in houses?? Well - they moved one of them (yes, the entire actual house!) to the Eastside! Come check out this engineering feat, but also the massive outdoor patio. Great place to watch the game!
Favorite Bars
An East Austin favorite mixology bar. If you’re looking for the best craft cocktail in East Austing then this is your place. Easy enough to start your night here and walk to other East Austin favorites for food and drink.
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Whisler's
1816 East 6th Street
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An East Austin favorite mixology bar. If you’re looking for the best craft cocktail in East Austing then this is your place. Easy enough to start your night here and walk to other East Austin favorites for food and drink.
Kitty Cohen's - a fantastic bar for a patio day. Dip your toes in the splash pool and enjoy an explorative cocktail menu; check out the pop-up food on the weekends!
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Kitty Cohen's
2211 Webberville Rd
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Kitty Cohen's - a fantastic bar for a patio day. Dip your toes in the splash pool and enjoy an explorative cocktail menu; check out the pop-up food on the weekends!
Come and Take It Live - bar and music venue hosting many of the larger acts that come to town, mostly rock, metal, and hardcore. Be sure and check out their website for current shows!
Come and Take It Live
Come and Take It Live - bar and music venue hosting many of the larger acts that come to town, mostly rock, metal, and hardcore. Be sure and check out their website for current shows!
Central Machine Works Brewery - very large patio and vast selection of beers.
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Central Machine Works
4824 E Cesar Chavez St
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Central Machine Works Brewery - very large patio and vast selection of beers.
Places to get in the water
Right down the road and an easy spot to rent kayaks and paddle boards.
Lone Star Kayak Tours
600 East Riverside Drive
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Barton Springs
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Hamilton Pool
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