14 Places You Have To Eat At In Austin Before You Die

14 Places You Have To Eat At In Austin Before You Die


It's no surprise that Austin is home to an incredible food scene. Anything you want, and more, can be found in this city, but the question is where? Locals and out-of-towners are wondering the same thing: Where should I eat? With years of experience dining at the best restaurants in Austin, I was able to come up with what I believe to be the best hot spots Austin has to offer.

1. 24 Diner

A classic spot for some nostalgic eats, 24 Diner is '50s inspired and is guaranteed to serve up fresh and unique food. Whether you're craving biscuits & gravy, veggie hash (my personal fave), or chicken & waffles, 24 Diner will satisfy. They are known for their great atmosphere, location, and modern take on the traditional '50s diner design.

2. Arlo's

A vegan must-try. Their Bac'n Cheeze Burger & tots are out of this world & reasonably priced too. What's even better is this comfort food can be eaten curbside. All their products are local, organic, and non-gmo, which means you've gotta get to Arlo's for a late night trailer snack.

3. Bouldin Creek Café

Quality food paired with fresh coffee. Everything at Bouldin is affordably priced and vegetarian (with vegan options). Each time I go it's like the first, always trying something new and loving it every time. My absolute favorite meal is the South Austin Stir Fry! Check it out next time you're in the mood for some flavorful dishes. Your heart and belly will thank you!

4. Elizabeth Street Café

Elizabeth Street Café combines classic Vietnamese cuisine with the decadence of a French bakery. My favorite thing to order are the croissants with a Stumptown coffee. It's a perfect place for brunch with friends or a romantic date with a special someone. The bright colors of the restaurant and shady patio are too cute to pass up.

5. Hillside Farmacy

The restaurant is cuter than its name and the food is even better! It's a hipster's paradise tucked away in east Austin. Hillside's charming building is perfect for a Sunday morning photo-op and their food is perfect for any day of the week. The fried egg sandwich is my absolute favorite thing on the menu. Always cooked to perfection, this yummy breakfast fave is now available on the menu all day long.

6. Home Slice Pizza

Even if you've never been to Austin you've probably heard of its most popular pizza joint located on South Congress. Its true, Home Slice's NY style pizzas will never go out of style. If you get the chance to check out this authentic hot-spot , I recommend trying the garlic knots and taking a pie to-go!

7. Juan in a Million

Serving up some of the best Tex-Mex dishes in Austin, Juan in a Million has become a popular place to dine for locals. If it's not reason enough to go for their large portions and low prices, then go because they serve breakfast all day long. Yes. You read it right... all day long. You'll feel right at home when you eat here. Juan himself takes time to travel from table to table just to make sure everybody is satisfied. Let's get real, nothing hits the spot better than a perfectly made breakfast taco.

8. Manuel's

Now an Austin staple, Manuel's first began with a UT college students dream to open his very own authentic Mexican restaurant. Family comes first here, which is one of my favorite things about it. If we're talking food though, my favorite thing to order on the menu are the enchiladas verdes de espinacas. You'll love the authenticity of this restaurant almost as much as you'll love the food. Hook' em!

9. Matt's El Rancho

Matt's has been a family owned and operated Austin favorite since 1952. Tortillas are made fresh daily and their famous margaritas are made with freshly squeezed lime juice. There is a lot of history at El Rancho with some of the best breakfast tacos in the city.

10. Sway

Sway is an award-winning Thai restaurant known for its ambience and tasty dishes. The lighting sets the mood for any successful date night or GNO. It's the ultimate grown-up experience. Perfect for group dining, Sway will blow you away. I love the interior design but I have to admit, I love the food more. Their pad thai, squash curry, and fried rice are must-eats. Unbeatable flavors will explode in your mouth with every bite you take.

11. Swift's Attic

Swift's doesn't focus on a specific style of cooking, but instead pride's itself on creative some of the most creative and whimsical dishes downtown. Their menu is constantly changing but the taste of their food is consistent. For anybody who loves a cocktail or draft beer with dinner will be excited to know they're also home to a large array of options at the bar. Go check out the Elephant Room on the second floor. Word on the street is it's recognized nationally.

12. Top Notch

Made famous for the movie "Dazed and Confused", this curbside drive-in is even more famous for its cooked to perfection burgers and onion rings. It's an old school diner that not only serves up great food but provides a fun experience for people of all ages. If you're a fan of Austin culture then this is a must-see & more importantly, a must-eat.

13. Uchi

I consider myself a sushi connoisseur, so trust me when I tell you this is some of the best sushi in Austin. Go beyond your boundaries by trying seafood from around the globe. If you've never tried ikura, I highly recommend you try it here first. Uchi is a crowd favorite for a reason. I love going here for dinner with friends because I know I'll love it and I know they will too.

14. Winflo Osteria

Enjoy a mimosa on the terraced patio under the 300 year old oak tree or relax inside while listening to Winflo's acoustical performances. Either way, you'll love your experience here. Winflo never fails to impress me with their service, food, and impressive interior. It's no wonder my family has made it our Easter Sunday brunch spot. I love everything on the menu, but my favorite is the tiramisu french toast. One word: delicious.

Cover Image Credit: Molly on the Move

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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A Saturday In The Life Of A Freshman

Welcome to Darty Season


Have you ever had a more stereotypical freshman's Saturday than my friends Maddie, Lauren, Jocelyn, Meg, Barbara, and I? Keep reading to see a packed day in darty season from a freshman's point of view.

9:00 am

My alarm that I meant to set for the day before goes off. I begrudgingly roll over, and turn it off, falling back asleep.

10:00 am

I finally wake up, roll, or jump, out of my lofted bed, grab my laptop, and do a little studying for my exam on Monday -- there's no time for that later today, so I've gotta get some of it done then.

10:30 am

Shower. Pick an outfit. Brush teeth. Makeup. Pack a bag of extra clothes.

12:00 pm

I walked downstairs to the lobby to meet two of my friends who were gonna walk with me to Tutweiler Hall.

12:30 pm

My friends and I at the fundraising event

Elizabeth Gainey

We arrived at Tut, met our friends, then left to go to a philantropy event at Sig Tau sponsored by B+, an organization that assists the families of children diagnosed with cancer. Their burgers and fries were top notch.

2:30 pm

The Hackberrys, a band comprised of UA students, played the event. We left to go back to Tut after a few songs.

3:00 pm

We finally got back at Tut, changed clothes, listened to music, hung out.

3:45 pm

We *finally* left for Pike (sorry mom!). You know how long it takes five girls to get ready, so don't act so shocked.

4:10 pm

Myself, super escstatic about having to wait in a mob of people to get in

Elizabeth Gainey

Have you ever arrived to a frat when it's at capacity? Yeah, around 100 screaming girls were shoving to get into the darty. It was an experience like no other, but eventually, we made our way in. It may have been in groups of two, and we definitely lost a girl to the crowd (she's fine!), but we made it.

6:30 pm

After dancing on an elevated surface or two, walking in circles around their courtyard, watching an active climb into a basketball goal, and waiting in a way-too-long line for the restroom, we decided to go back to Tut.

6:45 pm

We definitely made a stop to grab a snack or two on our way back to Tut.

7:15 pm

After realizing that none of the parties at night were gonna start until around 10 pm, we decided to watch some random YouTube videos and Netflix to pass the time. There was also another stop for snacks at the infamous Julia's on the first floor of Tut.

9:30 pm

My third outfit change of the day. We decided to leave Tut for frat row for the third time that day, too. I wanna say my total steps for the day was around 17,000? It was a lot.

10:00 pm

Best view in the house (Myself on the left, Maddie on the right)

Elizabeth Gainey

We got to Sigma Pi as the party was just starting to build up. Their band room was filled within the hour, and they had a pretty good DJ. Although the active yelling at me and my friend to get off the stage was no fun.

11:00 pm

Have you ever faked out a frat boy with a soccer ball? Well, now I can say I have.

12:00 am

After someone pulled the fire alarm on Sigma Pi, we decided to walk back to Tut.

12:45 am

My two Ragecrest friends and I decided to take the bus back because, after the stretch to and from frat row three times, we had no more walking left in us.

1:00 am

Canes chicken tenders. Enough said. It's the way to end a night.

It was a very packed, but very fun and eventful day. We pretty much hit all the spring semester stereotypes: walking along and to frat row, going to a darty, going to a frat party, going to a philanthropy event, and more. As crazy as the day was, I highly recommend trying a day like this once because you won't forget it!


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