With a city as big as Austin and its booming food scene, it’s sometimes hard to discern between tourist spots and true eats. Avoid the overdone and explore these five authentic Austin restaurants.
Story by Collyn Burke
Photo by Reagan Roswell
Closest location: 2304 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Magnolia Cafe has stood strong and true when it comes to Austin breakfast. Opening as an omelettry in 1979, Magnolia Cafe made its mark as a true Austin venue. From fresh blueberry pancakes to the unique cheese and potato landscape dishes all the way to french toast à la mode, Magnolia Cafe is sure to please all tastes at all times.
Location: 2938 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
El Patio is a family-run, true Tex-Mex establishment that has thrived in Austin for nearly 63 years. Serving traditional Tex-Mex treats like enchiladas, open-faced tacos, creamy queso, and friendly service, it’s no wonder El Patio has been able to tackle the Austin food scene. If you stop by, make sure to check out their wall of famous faces!
Chez Zee American Bistro
Location: 5406 Balcones Dr, Austin, TX 78731
Chez Zee, the quirky, fun bistro, speaks true to the odd style of Austin itself. Combining a fun interior with upscale, brunch-based foods, like their signature creme brûlée french toast and a wide array of eggs benedict, Chez Zee takes a new approach to brunch.
Russell’s Bakery and Coffee Bar
Location: 3339 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78731
A 20-year-old Austin establishment, Russell’s has made a name for itself as a classic, welcoming and comforting coffee stop for Austin natives. Serving up sweet treats like cinnamon rolls, tea loaves, and hand-decorated cookies, Russell’s is sure to satisfy.
Bonus fact: Russell’s was once featured in former ABC Family television show, “The Lying Game.”
Location: 1200 W. 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
Cafe Josie, possibly the most critically praised on the list, serves up a mix of dishes that hit all the flavors of Austin. From smoked ribs to red fish tacos and plates of acorn squash, Cafe Josie serves to satisfy even the most up-scale Austin foodie. This is a truly great place for those looking to elevate their eats.