Austin has a lot to offer its residents and visitors in terms of food and entertainment.
You’ll be surprised to know that Austin isn’t just about barbecue and steaks. It is one of the nation’s most cosmopolitan and diverse cities with a unique blend of cultures. From Japanese to Italian, from German to British-style pubs, you’ll find it all in Austin.
There are over 4,000 restaurants in the city, serving everything from Tex-Mex to vegetarian to vegan. If you are looking for cheap eats, you can rely on the Austin food truck parks and trailers where you can gobble up gourmet dishes at prices that will make your wallet smile.
These are just a few of the best restaurants to go to:
Uchiko is a modern Japanese restaurant. Here, they bring the same adventurous flair to seafood and choice cuts of meat with dishes like fresh nigiri, hamachi with miso black pepper sauce, beef tataki, and sake-braised pork belly. If you are not into Japanese food or sushi per se, they also have excellent salads that include organic vegetables grown on their ranch outside of Austin.
Their fish comes fresh daily, and the chef takes special orders for jumbo sea scallops, octopus, or giant clam sashimi. The menu includes teriyaki, tempura dishes, and small plates like avocado salad, boiled edamame beans, grilled shishito peppers, and agedashi tofu.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
This restaurant has won the “best burger” award from Austin Monthly and featured in The New York Times, Bon Appetit, and Texas Monthly. Their burgers unique is their freshly ground beef from the nearby Creekstone Farms, organic greens, and artisan buns baked fresh daily. You’ll also love their fries and thick, creamy milkshakes.
Bangers Sausage House & Beer Garden
The best part about this restaurant is the beer garden, where they have a massive selection of international and domestic beers. Their sausage selection includes Polish, bratwurst, Cajun, and pork varieties. They also have a great salad bar where you can help yourself to a whopping 10 different kinds of greens, from beet to Caesar.
Entertainment and Nightlife
Austin offers many entertainment options, including live music venues around town, which abound with local and national talent. You can also hear free music in some bars, clubs and coffee shops. There’s even a jazz festival at the end of September with performances from top groups worldwide.
For movies, several independent theaters play art house films, foreign flicks, and documentary works.
There are also several famous comedy clubs in town, especially during the South by Southwest music festival when they bring in top performers worldwide.
There’s Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater for more mature audiences, where you can catch touring acts from all genres, from rock to pop and R&B.
The Austin Symphony Orchestra also has a schedule of performances showcasing the talent of both local musicians and top-flight soloists.
You can get affordable family tickets for their Saturday morning concerts in Zilker Park. They are known for playing movie scores alongside classic works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart.
For a night out with your friends, you can go to Rain on the 4th for cocktails and dancing. They have a huge selection of drinks from martinis, mojitos, and margaritas to draft beers and fine wines.
In Austin, you’ll find a city that’s both hip and sophisticated. You can spend an evening at the opera or a night watching stand-up comics in one of their numerous venues. You’ll also never go hungry here!