4 Signature Foods You Should Taste in Austin
Different places have different flavors and these flavors are often showcased in what we like to call "signature dishes" or dishes that a certain place specializes in and is known for.
Different places have different flavors and these flavors are often showcased in what we like to call "signature dishes" or dishes that a certain place specializes in and is known for. Key lime pie, for example, is a signature food in Florida where key lime fruits are aplenty. Louisiana is known for its jambalaya. The state of Texas in general is known for nachos, but the city of Austin has a few dishes of its own that make people come back for more. Here are some of Austin’s signature foods you shouldn’t miss when visiting.
1. Breakfast Tacos
What are breakfast tacos, you ask? Most of them start out like your everyday ordinary taco—fresh ingredients, salsa, and some cheese—then various local pubs and homes add their own spin to it to turn it into Austin-style breakfast tacos. This means adding anything from sausages to beans, eggs, and other typical breakfast items. You’ll also find these famous breakfast tacos from food trucks scattered around the city.
Find the best breakfast tacos from these spots:
Taco Deli – check out various locations all over Austin on their website below
Address: 2015 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741, United States
Address: 2305 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702, United States
This dish certainly was not invented in Austin but the number of places that serve it up with their own special twist make it an Austin signature that no visitor of the city should miss. From the traditional combo of Velveeta cheese and Ro-Tel tomatoes to more elaborate and indulgent ones with several kinds of real melted cheese and decadent toppings like bacon and beef, this dish is something you’ll definitely not want to miss while you’re in Austin. Some like their queso as a dip while others consider it more of a meal on its own. How you intend to eat it, though, is totally up to you.
Taste the best queso variations in Austin from the following crowd-favorite places:
Torchy’s Tacos – check out various locations all over Austin on their website below
Chuy’s – check out various locations all over Austin on their website below
Matt’s Famous El Rancho
Address: 2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, United States
3. Chicken fried steak
It’s a rather simple dish to make but the secret to a really good chicken fried steak lies in the tenderness of the meat. Chicken fried steak is extremely similar to the German / Austrian dish of wiener schnitzel, but it comes with a Southern twist. Contrary to the name, chicken fried steak actually uses beef instead of chicken. Yes, it can get a little confusing, but it’s definitely worth it once you get that first morsel in your mouth.
Usually, the cheaper and less desirable parts of beef like the chuck or round steak are used to make this dish, which is a great way to make these less-loved cuts into fantastic favorites. Some places in Austin also use ground beef to make chicken fried steak. The meat is tenderized first and then dipped in an egg batter followed by a coating of seasoned flour or breading, then it is either pan-fried or deep-fried, depending on where you are getting your chicken fried steak from. Chicken fried steak is often served with mashed potatoes and peppered milk gravy or brown gravy.
Some of the best chicken fried steaks in Austin can be had from the following:
Address: 301 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704, United States
Address: 6416 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752, United States
Address: 2002 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722, United States
Address: 5700 Grover Ave, Austin, TX 78756, United States
Even if you’re not a big fan of TexMex cuisine, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy a good plate of migas every once in a while, especially when you’re in Austin. Migas makes a pretty good hangover dish. It’s the kind of dish you would love to have after a long and fun night of partying and drinking out with your friends. It has quite an assortment of vegetables which is always good in any dish, then it has beans that make it very filling, cheese to give it an interesting, tangy taste, scrambled eggs that make the overall texture of the dish unique, lots of salsa for even more flavor, and all this is topped off with crispy bits of tortilla, making it the ultimate comfort food that you can have any time of the day.
All over Austin, you’ll find just about every kind of migas variations, from simple ones with the basic ingredients to more elaborate ones that include other things like avocados, sausages, several kinds of peppers and so much more. These additions can either be served on the side or mixed with the dish itself.
Looking for the best place to grab a plate or two of this Austin signature dish? Get your migas fix from the following spots:
Cisco’s Restaurant and Bakery
Address: 1511 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702, United States
Veracruz All Natural
Address: 1704 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, United States
Mi Madre’s Restaurant
Address: 2201 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722, United States
Next time you find yourself in Austin looking for local good eats, remember to search for these dishes. You'll definitely have the best time of your life savoring these local flavors.
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