Austin Marathon & Half Marathon
Austin, Texas USA
February 16, 2014

Dining in Austin

Visitors to Austin will delight in the wide variety of culinary options found throughout the city. The cultural diversity, trendy music scene, and the University of Texas all contribute to the status Austin enjoys as a Mecca for fine dining. Everything from All American fast-food favorites to Tex-Mex specialties await those who explore the local establishments. Pan-Asian cuisine mixes with continental European, Latin American breakfast entrees are side-by-side with Cajun soups and stews, and mesquite-grilled steaks are served alongside butterfly shrimp. Austin area chefs are noted for their creativity, and visitors will doubtless find the perfect restaurant in which to satisfy their palate.

Bakeries And Cafes
One of the favorite bakeries in the city is the 1886 Bakery located in the Driskill Hotel. The classic cheese soup is legendary, and visitors will enjoy a huge selection of freshly baked rolls, croissants, biscuits and pastries. The Sweetish Hill Bakery on W. 6th Street offers an exciting selection of salads, hot and cold sandwiches, soups, and home-baked pies and cakes. The Upper Crust Bakery on Burnet Road has a delicious full lunch menu, European style breads and cakes, and a nice selection of fine coffees and teas. Walton's Fancy & Stable not only fills visitor's stomachs with delightful lunch entrees, freshly baked breads and pastries, the staff also serves up wonderful coffees, shakes and sodas. Walton's even has a full-service floral shop on the premises.

Southwestern And Tex-Mex
Banderas, located in the Renaissance Hotel on Arboretum Drive, specializes in Tex-Mex delicacies from the southern Texas hill country. Breakfast, lunch and dinner items created by the in-house chefs are both delicious and affordable. The Travis Restaurant on Lakeway Drive offers truly upscale dining combined with fabulous lakeside views. The Z Tejas Southwestern Grill on W. 6th Street combines traditional Tex-Mex cuisine with southern favorites from the Gulf Coast. Those who enjoy both spicy Mexican and Louisiana gumbo will definitely fall in love with Z Tejas.

Steak And Seafood
Eddie V's in the downtown district is a favorite gathering place for local business people, corporate guests from out of town, and local celebrities. Eddie V's serves up delicious surf-and-turf combos, has a very well-stocked bar, and provides a steady stream of talented, live jazz music. Finn & Porter on E. 4th Street has a wonderful menu that combines succulent steaks and ribs with sushi favorites. This restaurant also has one of the best and most extensive wine lists in the city. The III Forks Restaurant on Lavaca Street has a very sophisticated atmosphere, one of the most elegant bars and lounge areas in the region, and a nice selection of mouthwatering steaks and chops.

Family Style And Home Cooking
One of the favorite home style restaurants in Austin is Hoover's Cooking on Manor Road. This establishment is known for its extraordinary in-house preparation of catfish, meatloaf, and pork chops. Another popular home style eatery is Tony's Southern Comfort Restaurant on E. 6th Street. It boasts a large menu of home favorites and is extremely family-friendly. Threadgill's Home Cookin' on W. Riverside Drive has some of the most generous dinner portions in the entire city, and is the establishment where Janis Joplin once waited tables before becoming a music legend.