You can take the family around the world — at least in terms of food — without ever leaving Austin. Smack in the heart of Texas, the city goes way beyond barbecue and steak when it feeds the hungry masses. Dig into everything from Korean BBQ tacos to gyros and falafel — all without busting your budget. From food truck trailer parks to burger joints and Tex-Mex eateries, Austin has the eats to fill up your family with great grub at bargain prices.
Juan in a Million
There’s a breakfast taco with your name on it at Juan in a Million, a restaurant that’s been serving up heaping portions of tasty Tex-Mex in Austin since 1980. Tacos, fajitas, tres leches cake, nachos, ranchero sauce, chorizo, secret recipes — the ingredients are all ready for a lip-smacking good meal. The hefty Don Juan taco is a crowd-pleasin’ combo with a mountain of eggs, potato, bacon, and top-secret ingredients, all wrapped up in a hot tortilla.
Fried chicken with rolls and pickles, mac and cheese, floats, shakes, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and pies like Texas pecan and Kay’s coconut — is your mouth watering yet? — are the name of the game at J.T. Youngblood’s. The restaurant first popped up in Waco in 1945 before taking over the taste buds of Texas with locations throughout the state. It went out of business in 1969, but the joint came back to life in 2017, complete with all the original secret recipes. Don’t miss it.
After working up an appetite splashing around in Barton Springs Pool, you deserve a hefty bite, and Sandy’s Hamburgers in East Austin has just what you need. It’s been around for more than 50 years and serves up down-to-earth classics like corn dogs, chili and onion cheeseburgers, soft serve ice cream, root beer floats, and combo deals.
Austin Food Trucks
There’s probably more than 1,000 food trucks in Austin. In fact, they’re so popular you can even find food truck trailer parks with a huge number of food trucks herded together to make it easy for people to get everything they want in one place. A lot of times, you can rock out to live music while you’re munching.
The Picnic, located off Barton Springs Road, is where local food trucks come together to serve up everything from cupcakes, pizza, pasta, and chicken cones to smoothies and blended juice drinks. The Midway Food Park is your go-to for fish tacos, cheesecake bites in more than 30 flavors, falafel, and lobster, shrimp, and crab rolls. At South Austin Trailer Park and Eatery, pig out on tortillas, tacos, cake balls, and frozen hot chocolate.
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