A Taste of What's Hot: Austin, Texas

Although Austin’s renowned festivals, including next month’s South by Southwest (SXSW) and Austin City Limits Music Festival, traditionally centered around music, they’ve expanded to attract tastemakers of all kinds.

Food people in particular make the trek to check out what trends are emerging at the crossroads of foodservice and social media—and Austin’s grip of talented chefs and restaurateurs are more than happy to feed hungry pilgrims.

Here are some of the city’s finest for eating, drinking and keeping it weird.

Hopdoddy

With buns from scratch, freshly ground meat and a great beer selection, this is the best burger in Austin. But don’t limit yourself to beef—the kitchen puts out phenomenal lamb and tuna burgers, too.

Gourdough’s

This food truck puts some wild things atop their house-made donuts. Think fried chicken strip with honey butter.

Antone’s

A legendary mainstay of Austin’s live music scene since 1975, Antone’s stage has been graced by powerhouses such as Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Bono and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

Paggi House

This white-tablecloth restaurant turns fine dining on its head with adventurous yet refined offerings, such as tea-brined duck breast and grilled pork belly with pickled strawberry.

For more recommendations, check out our road trip to Austin. Or share your Austin musts below or on Facebook.