Best of East Austin Restaurants

February 28, 2018

This guide to the Best of East Austin Restaurants is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s 2023 City Guide. #atxbesteats

Updated February, 2024

The Guide:

I’ve been living and dining in East Austin for 9 years now, and boy has the food scene expanded over time! We’ve seen some really great places come and go ;( And tons of spots have stuck around through the pandemic.

Nonetheless, I’m sure you’ve dined on the Eastside at least once even if you don’t live in this part of town! It’s become quite the mecca for unique culinary experiences and here are some of the spots I recommend. Again, this is not meant to be an all-inclusive list since there are probably more restaurants than meals 🙂 I also haven’t made my way out to every East Austin restaurant quite yet.


Coastal Mexican

Grizzelda’s

So I dine here a lot. Brunch on Sundays, dinner on a weeknight, oh and a super dope Happy Hour (all night on Thursdays)! Alot of the staff have been there since they opened and I like to feel like it’s my home away from home.

If you want high quality seafood and Jacoby’s Ranch beef mixed in with a Mexican/ATX-Mex feel, this is your place!

My recommendations: Just a few of my faves — Tostaditas, Tuna Tostadas, Ceviche Mixto, Queso, Street Sprouts, Picadillo Tacos. For drank — FroMo, 50/50, Grizz Mizz, Bad Girl Ri Ri.

Can’t pass up their Saturday and Sunday Brunch!

Parking: Parking on the street on Tillery or 2nd. Also, valet.

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://grizzeldas.com/

Address: 105 Tillery St.

All the happy hour eats and drinks!

Interior Mexican

Licha’s Cantina

TexMex is fine and all and usually is what you’ll find more of around town, but the Eastside is blessed with Licha’s and if you love sopecitos, tinga de pollo and cochinita pibil as much as we do, this is your spot for authentic Interior Mexican fare! They’ve got an incredible happy hour – probably one of the best in town, IMO!

My Recommendations: Ceviche, Arroz con Huitlachoche, Tinga de Pollo, Cochinita Pibil Tlacoyos

Parking: Paid street parking

Takes reservations: Yes 

Website: http://lichascantina.com/

Address: 1306 E. 6th Street

Such a unique dish with great flavors – really enjoyed the Arroz con Huitlachoche

Discada

When this spot popped up on Rosewood and Angelina, Instagram was flooded with pictures of their tacos. We stopped in to see what all the hype was about and totally get why they’re some of the most loved tacos in Austin. They only serve one kind of taco, the Discada, with the best mix of beef and pork cooked in a wok and topped with onions, pineapples, cilantro, etc.! It’s a technique found in Northern Mexico and the owner, Jose, shared with me that his family cooked this way and he wanted to serve it in Austin. The tacos aren’t huge, so order alot – mostly because you aren’t going to want to share and you’re going to keep craving them!

My Recommendations: I get 3 Discada tacos for myself and 8 if sharing with the hubs. And definitely try the elotes.

Parking: Street parking

Takes reservations: No, it’s a food truck

Website: http://www.discadatx.com/

Address: 1319 Rosewood Ave.

These are freakin addictive!

Gabriela’s Downtown

This family owned and operated Mexican restaurant has epic views of downtown Austin, fantastic food and some strong bevs!

My recommendations: Queso Flameado to start, carnitas, gorditas, tipsy french toast, Cerveza Preparada con Aguachiles, Pineapple Mimosa, Gaby’s Margarita

Parking: There is a lot on the side where you can park but it’s paid

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://gabrielasdowntown.com/

Address: 900 E. 7th Street

This Queso Flameado is not to be missed!

Cuantos Tacos

Hands down our favorite spot for tacos on the East Side. They’re absolutely craveable!

My recommendations: Suadero tacos, Longaniza tacos, Mushroom quesadilla, frijoles, cebolla.

Parking: They have a parking lot at Arbor Food Truck Park

Takes reservations: It’s a food truck

Website: https://www.instagram.com/cuantostacos512/

Address: 1108 E. 12th St.


Granny’s Tacos

I’m so glad there are two locations of Granny’s Tacos – the one on Cesar Chavez has better parking IMO. Stopped by for breakfast tacos and wowwwww, I get the hype!

My recommendations: Migas and Machaca tacos

Parking: parking lot for Cesar Chavez, street parking for E. 7th

Takes reservations: No

Website: https://grannystacosatx.square.site/

Address: 1401 E. 7th and 1906 E. Cesar Chavez


La Santa Barbacha

Get your booty in your car (or if you’re near downtown, get on your bike) and head over to Native Hostel where you’ll find La Santa Barbacha posted up out back. They hand make all of their tortillas and every order is made to order. They specialize in Barbacoa, hence the name, and trust me when I tell you, it’s melt-in-your-mouth DElish!

My recommendations: Potato & Barbacoa breakfast taco, Benito, Agua frescas

Parking: street parking

Takes reservations: No

Website: https://www.instagram.com/lasantabarbacha/

Address: 2806 Manor Rd,


Suerte

Suerte still offers dine in but also expanded to take out with a taqueria menu. OMG THEIR TACOS ARE TO DIE FOR! And I love that you can assemble them yourself.

My recommendations: Saudero Tacos, Campechano Quesadilla, Tres Leches, Pozole

Parking: They have a parking lot and there is also street parking in the area

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://www.suerteatx.com/

Address: 1800 E. 6th St.

Suadero Tacos

Nixta Taquria

Chef Rico won a James Beard recently and deservedly so! His tostadas, tacos, postres and even the wine selection at Nixta are stellar and a must-visit for visitors and Austin locals alike! They’ve added a huge outdoor area for seating and it’s covered and heated in the winter, so really you have no excuse to visit!

My Recommendation: Tuna Tostada, Beet Tartare Tostada

Parking: Street

Takes reservations: No

Website: https://nixtataqueria.com/

Address: 2512 E. 12th St.


De Nada Cantina

It has quickly become one of my favorite spots for Mexico City style quesadillas, tacos and strong frozen margs! And not to mention, the space is gorgeous with ample outdoor and indoor seating.

My recommendations: Bean and cheese quesadilla, camote tacos, carnitas tacos, queso blanco, seasonal frozen marg

Parking: they have a parking lot

Takes reservations: yes

Website: https://denadacantina.com

Address: 4715 E. Cesar Chavez

Seasonal Frozen Marg

La Plancha

If you are craving some dang good Mexican street food, La Plancha is your spot! Their space is cute and right next door to Mi Mundo so pair their breakfast tacos with some coffee. Grab your order and enjoy it inside or on the cute patio!

My recommendations: LA Hot Chick and fries always

Parking: street nearby

Takes reservations: none needed

Address: 1701 E. MLK

Website: https://www.planchaatx.com


Este

A second restaurant from Suerte’s Chef Nunez, Este, is a Mexican Coastal Cuisine dream! I’ve been a couple of times and am totally enamored with the ambiance, drinks, food and service! Not to mention, Este Garden is right out back and is a magical wonderland of fresh veggies, herbs and flowers growing for the restaurant and the community! You might have a hard time getting a reservation, but they save tons of seats for walk-in so if you want to do that, go early! They’re now open for lunch on Friday-Sunday as well!

My Recommendations: Este Ceviche, Tuna Tiradito, any of the tostadas, Whole Dover Sole, Flautas de Pescado, the Tropical and Sombra Margs and they have a lovely wine selection too!

Parking: Valet and street

Takes Reservations: Yes

Website: https://www.esteatx.com/

Address: 2113 Manor Rd.

Tuna Tiradito – I crave this!

La Taquicardia

We fell in love with La Taquicardia when they opened at Southern Heights Brewing in 2022. Their blue corn tortillas are a dream! We truly love everything they make and are thrilled they opened up a second truck down south at Lulu’s for our friends in South Austin to enjoy!

My Recommendations: Nachos with chicken, chicken or carnitas gorditas, quesabirria, gorditas combo

Parking: Parking lot at Southern Heights

Takes Reservations: None needed

Address: 6014 Techni Center Dr., Ste. 2-101

Nachos with chicken!

Ensenada

If you love fish and shrimp tacos, ceviche, tostadas, then Ensenada is for you! They serve up some of the freshest fish tacos in East Austin and all out of their food truck at Arbor Food Park! Visit them for lunch or dinner but be sure to check their social because they sell out fast.

My Recommendations: Ceviche for sure, but everything!

Parking: Parking lot

Takes Reservations: None needed

Website: https://www.instagram.com/ensenadatx/?igshid=NDBlY2NjN2I=

Address: 1108 E. 12th St.


Baja Style

Ma’Coco

Feel like you’re transported to somewhere tropical and enjoy some incredible baja-style eats and drinks! Start with some ceviche, move on to fish tacos, wash it down with a spicy pineapple marg! Soak in the vibes and all the gorgeous plants around you. They have an outdoor patio with seating too and are open later for your after drinks craving!

My recommendations: chile relleno taco, fish tacos, spicy pineapple margaritas

Parking: paid street and garage parking

Takes Reservations: no

Address: 501 Comal St.

Fish Tacos

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Italian

Intero

It took me ages to get to Intero but I’m so glad I did. They focus on the whole animal in their Italian creations and save room for some of the tastiest chocolates I’ve gotten my hands on. Chef Ian and Chocolatier Krystal are a power couple in the restaurant and out and about. They’re married and the sweetest. With Brunch service as a new addition to their offering, you really need to dine there asap and enjoy their culinary creations. The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous as well!

My recommendations: Gnocchi, Spaghettini, Burrata, Risotto

Parking: They have a parking lot and there is also street parking in the area

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://www.interorestaurant.com/

Address: 2612 E. Cesar Chavez

Intero has a pizza oven! Here you have the Charred Kale, Sausage and Egg and the Wagyu Confit Pizzas

L’Oca d’Oro

Another wonderful spot in the Mueller Development, they focus on an Italian inspired celebration of family, community, and sustainability.

They pay One Fair Wage for their employees and hospitality is included in the form of a 20% pre-tax service charge.

My Recommendations: Brunch — Chickory Salad, Full Italian, Creamy Polenta

Parking: Street parking and validated parking in the AMLI Mueller garage

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://www.locadoroaustin.com/

Address: 1900 Simond Ave.

Chickory Salad and Mushroom Toast

Patrizi’s

Truly an East Austin gem, Patrizi’s has been around, originally in Beaumont, since the 1950’s!

Situated outside of the Butterfly Bar and The Vortex, Patrizi’s has a legit operation going serving up super fancy and uber satisfying Italian classics all from a food trailer! If you stop by any evening around 6:45 or so, you’ll almost guaranteed have to wait in line. Don’t worry though, staff pass around the tastiest zucchini salads to hold you over, and they’ll even talk you through the menu and what works best for your dining occasion that night!

My Recommendations: The Great Leopold or Karah’s Diavolo + the best and most affordable chicken in town! Patrizi’s salad for sure and NEVER PASS UP an order of garlic bread!

Parking: They’ve got a parking lot shared with Butterfly Bar and The Vortex and there is neighborhood parking nearby.

Takes reservations: It’s a truck – stand in line, yo!

Website: https://www.patrizis.com/

Address: 2307 Manor Rd.

Patrizi’s Salad, Karah’s Diavolo with chicken and an agave lemonade from The Butterfly Bar – perfect date night!

American with an Italian and French influence

Birdie’s

If you’ve read a few of my other round ups, then you’ll know that Birdie’s is wayyyyyy up there in my most-frequented and favorite new spots in East Austin. First off, their wine selection is incredible and they have a few to choose from by-the-glass daily. Secondly, the food is fantastic and changes regularly – keeping it ever so fresh and new everytime I visit. The nicest couple owns the neighborhood spot (Chef Tracy is the chef and Arjav is everything else!) and they have lots and lots of outdoor seating (and indoor too as well as a Chef’s counter). Get there as close to their opening time as possible if you don’t want to wait long.

My Recommendations: Some of my favorites if you go and see them on the menu: the orecchiette with fennel and sausage, the beef tartare, roasted sweet potatoes, the Sicilian chocolate chip cookie, and of course the soft serve!

Parking: Street parking in the neighborhood and a few spots out front and on the side

Takes reservations: No

Website: https://www.birdiesaustin.com/

Address: 2944 E. 12th Street

Cavatelli

Argentinian

Buenos Aires Cafe

The OG Buenos Aires Cafe off of E. 6th Street is always hopping anytime I pass by. This spot serves up classic Argentinian cuisine and if you haven’t been before, you’re missing out. Be sure to make a reservation because you’ll have to wait if you walk in.

My Recommendations: bread service, any empanada, B.A.C burger, pastel de papas, churrasquito

Parking: Paid street parking

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://www.buenosairescafe.com/east-side/#menu

Address: 1201 E. 6th Street


American

Industry East

I was so excited we got an Industry in East Austin! This comes from two well-known industry folks, Harlan Scott and Cody Taylor, who know how to open and run a restaurant that serves service industry folks as well as celebrates the community. You’ll get 100% from scratch food, casual, healthy, satisfying bites and their cocktails are top-notch too. I love their space so much – it’s the perfect spot for a group hang, happy hour with friends, and even a bday! Stop on by for their brunch too and Sunday Funday all day long!

My Recommendations: Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Smoked Sweet Potato Hummus, Brisket Tacos, Industry Nachos, Chicken Sando, Sweet Potato Fries

Parking: Paid street and garage parking (will validate for 1.5 hours)

Takes reservations: for large groups, give them a call

Website: https://eastside.industrytx.com/

Address: 1211 E. 5th Street, Ste.150


Bird Bird Biscuit

Uh, if you love biscuits and fried chicken, a visit to Bird Bird Biscuit is an absolute must! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been. They’ve got sausage, bacon, and just little biscuit dough bites too – if you don’t like fried chicken. Their biscuits remind me of the ones I ate growing up in Southern Louisiana. Quite often, you’ll find a line at the joint – don’t let it scare you…it moves fast!

My Recommendations: Queen Beak, Dough Dough Bites

Parking: A few spots up front and then street parking

Takes reservations: Not that kind of place. Order online and pickup at the to-go window.

Website: https://www.birdbirdbiscuit.com/

Address: 2701 Manor Rd.

Another good one, the Lovely Day!

The Cavalier

We LOVE their homestyle comfort foods and cajun cooking. Oh and their frozen cocktails are some of our favorite as well.

My Recommendations: Chicken Tenders, Garlicy kale, gumbo, Cavalier Burger

Parking: They have a parking lot in the back and also have street parking

Takes reservations: Order online or inside and enjoy in their patio or at home.

Website: https://www.thecavalieratx.com/

Address: 2400 Webberville Rd.


Salty Sow

Known as a “head to tail” restaurant, Salty Sow is an American Gastropub serving up some really delicious well-known yummies in a modern farmhouse atmosphere.

My Recommendations: Dinner — Triple Fried Duck Fat Fries, Truffled Deviled Eggs, Fresh & Smoked Salmon Rillette, Crispy Brussels Sprout Leaves, Slow-Cooked Beef Shoulder, Crisp Chicken Thighs, Candied Pork Belly

Dessert — Butterscotch Budino

Sips — Rosemary’s Piglet, Maple Glazed Old Fashion, Moscow Sow

Parking: Parking lot nearby

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: http://saltysow.com/austin/

Address: 1917 Manor Rd.

All the happy hour goodies!

Yellow Jacket Social Club

Ok, so this is a bar with an impressive menu, so it deserves a spot on this list. My husband and I frequent it for a casual spot to grab a drink and enjoy a quick bite usually on our way to see a band at the Historic Scoot Inn.

My Recommendations: Cheese or Charcuterie boards, Meze (99% of the time, I order this), Frito Pie (life-changing), Roasted Beet Sandwich, Tuna Melt (my husband’s obsession). If you love a spiced saltine, order the Social Crackers – eat them alone or with the meze or cheese board.

Parking: They have a lot and there is street parking off of 5th

Takes reservations: It’s not that kind of place!

Website: http://www.yellowjacketsocialclub.com/

Address: 1704 E. 5th St.

Meze Plate

Revelry Bar + Kitchen

I was lucky enough to be invited for Sunday Funday Brunch fairly soon after the opening of RKB, and I was blown away by the attention to detail on their food! They’ve been open on East 6th for over a year now, and Chef Dom always keeps the menu seasonal and fresh, Alana knocks it out of the park with amazing cocktail creations, and LisaMarie is the most amazing Operations Director I’ve ever encountered. Overall, quite the team!

My Recommendations: Dinner — Chicken Lollipops (asian garlic, dry rub, thai green curry), Chili Fries (add avocado), RKB Burger, Fries, Sweet Potato Tots,

Brunch — Wings & Waffles, Biscuit + Sausage Skillet

Parking: Street parking

Takes reservations: They’re counter-service, so no

Website: http://revelryatx.com/

Address: 1410 E. 6th St.

Chili fries with guac – always get it!

Also: See Where to Enjoy Weekend Happy Hour in Austin


Austin Daily Press

I can’t remember my first time grabbing a brioche or torta from ADP, but it’s been a frequented spot for us the last 3 years. Grab a spot out front on a nice day, or order and get your food brought to you while sipping on a drink at The Wheel.

My Recommendations: Jalapeno Hushpuppies ALWAYS, The Lucy Tacos, Baby Buffalo, Mini Tuxedo, Pineapple Express Tacos, Thai Salad, Medi Salad, Lavender Lemonade

Parking: Parking lot

Takes reservations: None needed. Order at window.

Website: https://www.austindailypress.com/

Address: 1900 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.

The best jalapeno hushpuppies in all of the land!

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile

One of the first ranch-to-table restaurant in Austin, Jacoby’s always impresses with the tastiest beef and the most beautiful views of the Colorado River. Scoot on over to the Mercantile and buy yourself a little something while you’re there too. I always do 🙂

My Recommendations: Dinner — Deviled Eggs, Cheeseburger, Chicken Fried Steak, Mac & Cheese, Brussels Sprouts, Wood Roasted Chicken

Brunch — Smoked Salmon Board, Braised Beef Benedict, Chicken Fried Steak & Waffles, Buttermilk Biscuit & Gravy, Mac & Cheese

Parking: Complimentary Valet

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: http://www.jacobysaustin.com/

Address: 3235 E. Cesar Chavez

The frito pie is available on the mid-day menu on the weekend and is incredible!

Sour Duck Market

Where my Odd Duck lovers at? Sour Duck is their fast-casual sister restaurant on the Eastside and it needs to be on your list asap.

Their dishes are so creative and rarely the same day-to-day. Focusing on smoked meats, they’ve got one of our favorite burgers in town! And if you enjoy craft beer and cocktails, they’ve got reasonably priced draft beers and cocktails on tap.

Their patio and outdoor area is one of my favorites in town and it’s kid-friendly too!

My Recommendations: Burger, Dirty Fried Rice. The menu changes regularly but the burger is always on and you’ve gotta order one (or else)

Parking: Parking lot and street parking

Takes reservations: No, not needed. You order at the counter/bar and grab a seat

Website: https://www.sourduckmarket.com/

Address: 1814 E. MLK Jr. Blvd

Beer cheese in this burger y’all!

Paperboy

They moved in to their brick and mortar during the pandemic and while I haven’t been inside, it sure does look gorgeous! I’ve ordered several times and picked up at their super convenient take-out window. Highly recommend you do that soon!

My Recommendations: Kale Salad, BEC, Fried Chicken and Biscuit

Parking: Street Parking and they have a parking lot across the street

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://www.paperboyaustin.com/

Address: 1203 E. 11th St.

I adore their BEC!

Dai Due

It’s been years since I dined there for their Supper, however, I have taken out several times during the pandemic and think they’re just the best! They also have a market available if you need grocery staples!

My Recommendations: Fried Chicken Sandwich, Wagyu Cheeseburger

Parking: They have a parking lot in the back

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://www.daidue.com/

Address: 2406 Manor Rd.

Obsessed with this fried chicken sando!

Hillside Farmacy

This gem of a spot is off E. 11th and needs to be your spot for your next brunch or happy hour! They use farm fresh, local ingredients to make the prettiest dishes! Don’t forget, these Austin staples need your support too so if it’s been a while since you visited Hillside Farmacy, head back in soon.

My recommendations: Brunch – kale Caesar, chicken salad sandwich, Farmacy plate, buttermilk pancakes; Dinner – crab cake, burger and fries, shrimp cocktail

Parking: Parking lot and street

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://www.hillsidefarmacy.com/

Address: 1209 E. 11th Street


Israeli

Ezov

From the team behind Emmer and Rye, Hestia, Canje comes Ezov! It’s the newest addition to East Austin (where Pitchfork Pretty used to be). They have a fantastic menu loaded with Israeli food and the vibes are perfection. Be sure to make your reservation soon and go in for a date with your boo or with a group so you can try lots of dishes!

My Recommendations: Smashed Cucumbers, Frena, Hummus, Chicken Shawarma

Parking: Valet or street nearby

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://ezovatx.com/

Address: 2708 E. Cesar Chavez


Global Flavors

Launderette

I’ll never forget my first time dining at Launderette YEARS ago. I was on an elimination diet and had several food intolerances I was struggling with. Chef Ortiz took the menu and marked it up and modified so I had a ton of items to choose from. I never felt restricted or had FOMO about what I ordered vs. what my girlfriends who were dining with me ate that night. They’re so so so veggie friendly, and everything they make there just makes you feel so good.

My Recommendations: Brunch – the Florentine Benny, Plancha Burger, Salad Nicoise; Dinner – crab toast, any of their veggies, frites, anything from the Plancha

Parking: Parking lot and street

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://launderetteaustin.com/

Address: 2115 Holly Street


BBQ

Micklethwait Craft Meats

Included on the Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas and well-deserving of the list, Micklethwait has become one of our go-to spots when we want BBQ without a super long wait. I personally love their Brisket Frito Pie the most and will keep going back for it!

My Recommendations: Brisket Frito Pie, Smoked Chicken, Brisket, Sausage, Beef rib, Jalapeno-cheese grits, buttermilk pie (leave room for it)

Parking: Parking lot

Takes reservations: Order at the trailer

Website: https://craftmeatsaustin.com/

Address: 1309 Rosewood Ave.

Jalapeno Cheese Grits are a must! Photo Credit: Jimmy Ho aka @thesmokingho
A brisket sandwich and Brisket Frito Pie!

Franklin BBQ

No “Best Of BBQ” or Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas list could ever be complete without including Franklin! I think it’s worth standing in line at least once in your life. Don’t both even dreaming of cutting the line or joining a group of friends who have been waiting a while, as you’ll get a stare-down like no other and probably a talking-to! Pro Tip – if you know you’re going to eat at least $75 worth, you can pre-order and pick it up.

My Recommendations: Brisket, Ribs, Pulled Pork, Potato Salad, Bourbon Banana Pie

Parking: Parking nearby

Takes reservations: Pre-order and pickup at the window. No dine-in in the pandemic.

Website: https://franklinbbq.com/

Address: 900 E. 11th St.

Only the best! Photo Credit: Jimmy Ho aka @thesmokingho

KG BBQ

If you love a twist on BBQ, and Egyptian flavors, then KG BBQ has to be on the top of your list to visit. It’s posted up at Oddwood Brewing and everyone of Chef KG’s dishes pair so well with Oddwood’s beer. I go there to grab food sometimes too!

My Recommendations: Chicken Shawarma, Chicken Rice Bowl, Pink Potato Salad, Baladi Salad

Parking: Parking Lot

Takes Reservations: None needed

Website: https://www.kgbbq.com/

Address: 3108 Manor Rd.

Chicken Rice Bowl

La Barbecue

Now you can get La Barbecue inside the Quickie Pickie off E. Cesar Chavez. Be sure to prepare to wait in line but at least part of the line is inside! And yes, it’s on the Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas list!

My Recommendations: Brisket, Pork Ribs, Chipotle Sausage, El Sancho, La Frito Loco

Parking: Parking lot and street parking

Takes reservations: Nope, you gotta wait in line or call ahead 3 days in advance and pre-order

Website: https://www.labarbecue.com/

Address: 2027 E. Cesar Chavez

Mmmmm ribs, brisket and sausage! Photo Credit: Jimmy Ho aka @thesmokingho

Vietnamese

Saigon on 7th

I could eat a banh mi or vermicelli bowl any day of the year. And on a cold day, my body craves ramen.

Enter, Saigon on 7th, who impresses on all levels and definitely fulfills all of my Vietnamese food needs.

My Recommendations: Spicy Chicken Banh Mi, Spicy Chicken Vermicelli Bowl, Curry Ramen, Jasmine Iced Tea

Parking: parking lot

Takes reservations: No

Website: https://saigonlevendeur.business.site/

Address: 2601 E. 7th St.

The prettiest banh mi

Modern Chinese

Old Thousand

Old Thousand serves up some impressive Chinese classics with a modern twist – take for instance the Brisket Fried Rice! So satisfying with the addition of Micklethwait’s brisket, this is a craveable dish that stands alone or as a supplement to some Orange Chicken or Kung Pao Cauliflower!

My Recommendations:  Just a few — Brisket Fried Rice, Chongqing Chicken, Kung Pao Cauliflower, OT Dan Dan, and Cumin Beef. Stop in for Lucky Time Monday-Friday from 5-6:30PM for a $5 menu of select food and drinks.

Parking: Street parking and a free parking lot behind the building

Takes reservations: Yes, call for reservations

Website: https://www.oldthousandatx.com/

Address: 1000 E. 11th St., #150

Brisket Fried Rice – with Micklethwait brisket!

Taiwanese

Sweet Chive

Why did it take us so long to to get a restaurant that serves dumplings and authentic Chinese dishes on the Eastside? When I put two and two together (a new building coming up with awesome art and an Eater Austin article announcing Sweet Chive’s upcoming soft opening), I scheduled a dinner date with a girlfriend and got there as soon as I could.

The family behind Sweet Chive aren’t new to the restaurant business. Chef Pai has China Cafe, Dragon Gate and Peony Asian Cuisine under her belt.

My Recommendations: Beef Noodle Soup, BonBon Chicken, Pan Fried Dumplings, Scallion Pancakes

Parking: Parking lot and street parking

Takes reservations: No, this is a counter-service restaurant

Website:https://www.facebook.com/Sweet-Chive-197800861020016/

Address: 2515 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Beef Noodle Soup – so so perfect for a chilly day!

Japanese

Sa-Ten Coffee & Eats

I’ve been visiting the Canopy location since I moved to East Austin back in 2015. If you enjoy their attention to the coffee ritual or traditional eats, Sa-Ten should be on your list.

My Recommendations: Yakitori Bowl, Chicken Katsu plate with kale salad and macaroni fuji salad, Potato Wedges with Cilantro Sauce, Cold Chicken Katsu, Chicken Katsu Curry, Yasai Toast, Nori Tama Toast, Egg Bacon and Sausage Toast

Parking: Shared lot with The Canopy

Takes reservations: Order at counter and grab a seat

Website: https://www.sa-ten.com/

Address: 916 Springdale Rd., Bldg 3 Suite 101

One of my favorites when I need something filling is the Yakitori Bowl
Chicken Katsu Plate

Uroko

Where my temaki (hand rolls) fans at? If you want some dang good hand rolls with some super fresh and a great variety of fish, then Uroko should be your place! And for those of you who love Nigiri, they’ve got an Omakase on Friday and Saturday nights – expedited over 45 minutes – and worth every single penny! It’s actually super affordable and such a fun, intimate experience. I highly recommend scheduling your omakase asap!

My recommendations: Temaki – any of them really – ask Chef to surprise you. Omakase – the 12 pieces change regularly but you won’t be disappointed!

Parking: Tons at Sprindale General

Takes reservations: Needed for Omakase which are at-home right now

Website: https://www.urokoaustin.com/

Address: 1023 Springdale Rd. Bldg. 1 Ste. C

This was the 12th bite in the Omakase – Tamago!

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya

From the same family as Ramen Tatsu-Ya, Kemuri Tatsu-Ya joins East Austin’s restaurant scene as a Texas Izakaya. Think smoked brisket buns, BBQ ramen, smoked meat skewers! Lots of sake cocktails and a beautiful ambiance inside and out!

My Recommendations: Do not pass up the Smoked Brisket bun, karaage chicken and the BBQ Tsukamen

Parking: Street parking

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: http://kemuri-tatsuya.com/

Address: 2713 E. 2nd St.

The happy hour spread!

Sushi Bar

This 17-course omakase spot is tucked away in Bento Picnic’s brick-and-mortar and you absolutely need to make your reservation as soon as you read this!

I’ve been to quite a few omakases in Austin over the last year and Sushi Bar is probably my favorite. I appreciated the quality of the fish, the full experience, drink pairings, and Chef Ambrely is such a power house!

My Recommendations: Go hungry and devour all 17-courses – you can do it!

Parking: Street parking

Takes Reservations: Yes, these are a must

Website: https://sushibarhospitality.com/

Address: 2600 E. Cesar Chavez St.


Fukumoto

For exceptional sushi in East Austin, one must visit Fukumoto! If you like yakitori, maki, nigiri, sashimi, they’ve gotchu! It’s a little pricey but the quality and taste is outstanding so it’s perfect for a date night!

My Recommendations: Salmon yakitori, all the nigiri, Murasaki (special roll)

Parking: Metered street parking

Takes reservations: Yes, and I highly recommend you make one and not walk-in

Website: https://www.fukumotoaustin.com/

Address: 514 Medina St.

Gimme all the sushi and yakitori!

Ramen Tatsu-ya

Well, we are super lucky to have Ramen Tatsu-ya on the EastSide and they have to-go ramen now available!

My Recommendations: Tsukemen, Mi-so-hot, Tonkotsu

Parking: Parking lot and Street parking

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://ramen-tatsuya.com/

Address: 1600 E. 6th St.


Toshokan

This speakeasy Omakase is 14-courses and truly an experience for the books! I had no idea how to find it when I got to Native but they have someone who is responsible for your entire experience that meal, and will find you. You’ll start off with a welcome cocktail while you wait for the others to join. This is only 6 seats so make your reservation – you might have to join the wait list or get lucky when the reservations open once a month! Chef Saine features seafood from places he’s visited all over the world and each one is the best of the best!

My Recommendations: Save room for these 14-courses

Parking: Street

Takes Reservations: Yes, they’re required

Website: https://www.toshokanatx.com/

Address: 2415B E. 5th Street


Kolaches

Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches

These aren’t your average kolaches! Imagine Micklethwait’s brisket and sausage inside a housemade kolache. Well, you don’t have to just dream about it because you can walk on in to Batch morning or night and get you some!

My Recommendations: Sausage Jalapeno & Cheese, Brisket Pickle & Swiss, Pepperoni Pizza, Jalapeno & Cheese, PB&J. They have an awesome selection of beer on draft and several cans to grab and go or enjoy on site (with a corkage fee).

Parking: Parking lot

Takes reservations: Just walk on back to their backyard and order at the table; grab a spot inside, out on the beautiful backyard or take it to-go

Website: http://batchatx.com/

Address: 3220 Manor Rd.

Kolaches – always pair well with beer or wine!

Turkish

Kebabalicious

I’ve been getting Kebabalicious since it was just a single food truck downtown! I love anything they make! Their brick-and-mortar has online ordering and a huge outdoor area if you want to enjoy a meal outside.

My Recommendations: Chicken wrap, boss fries, K-Fries, Mezza Platter, Turk Salad

Parking: Street parking

Takes reservations: No

Website: https://www.kebabalicious.com/

Address: 1311 E. 7th Street


Korean

Oseyo

I don’t eat Korean food frequently, perhaps because there haven’t been many options nearby, so when Oseyo opened up on the east side, I had to try it! The space is beautiful, earthy, well-lit. The restaurant was packed by around 7PM on a Tuesday if that tells you much!

My Recommendations: Jjin Mandu (steamed dumplings) and the Jajangmyeon (udon noodles with black bean sauce and diced pork.

Parking: Parking lot and Street parking

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://www.oseyoaustin.com/

Address: 1628 E. Cesar Chavez

The steamed dumplings stuffed with pork, beef and kimchi was to die for!

Peruvian

Llama Queen

Chef Diego has moved on up from a food truck, to ghost kitchen, to his own brick-and-mortar and he’s totally transformed the space (previously occupied by ADP E. Cesar Chavez)! What a gorgeous outdoor and indoor space! His menu is absolutely mouthwatering and rather huge! Options for vegetarians too 🙂 And DO NOT LEAVE WITHOUT A PISCO SOUR. They’re legit. And it is such an Instaworthy spot!

My Recommendations: Cebiche Tasting, Aji de Gallina, Lomo Saltado, Lucuma Cheesecake

Parking: They have a parking lot

Takes reservations: Nope, but they have tons of outdoor seating (some covered under a tent with heaters)

Website: https://llamakidatx.com/

Address: 4620 E. Cesar Chavez


Pizza

Via313

We’ve been LONG TIME fans of Via313 and honestly, I’m not sure why I didn’t include them here until now but better late than never! Detroit-style pizza is our jam. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a thin crust…but Detroit-style hits differently and in a good way.

My Recommendations: Omnivore, Herbivore, Cadillac

Parking: They have great parking and you can park on the street

Takes reservations: No

Website: https://www.via313.com/

Address: 1802 E. 6th St.


Love Supreme

The folks behind Bird Bird Biscuit and Thunderbird Coffee did a thing and opened Love Supreme Pizza Bar and let me tell you – it’s gorgeous! They have round pizzas and square pizzas, cocktails, wine and beer and are kid and dog-friendly so go soon! Take a group of 5 and enjoy their covered outdoor area or a table inside that still feels out and airy because of the big glass garage doors they open!

My Recommendations: Carrot Salad, Strawberry Marg, glass of wine, Love Supreme Pizza, Roasted Mushroom pizza – I’ll be back for more and will add to the list.

Parking: They have a huge parking lot

Takes reservations: No

Website: https://lovesupremepizzabar.com/

Address: 2805 Manor Rd.

Their namesake pizza, the Love Supreme, is loaded with all the meats, kale and watermelon radish!

Sammataro

This food truck has a legit pizza making setup and has finally blessed us with their large, NY-style pizzas with only the classics! When you’re wanting to treat yourself to one of the best pizzas to ever go into your tummy, give Sammataro a visit! You won’t be sorry!

My recommendations: order the classic pie and add pepperoni

Parking: they have a parking lot and street parking

Takes reservations: you can call your order in ahead of time and grab a table out in the area

Website: https://www.sammataro.love

Address: 2907 E. 12th St.

The classic with mushrooms, pepp on half and sausage on half

Modern Caribbean

Canje

Blown away by Chef Tavel’s newest restaurant honoring his Guyanese heritage! You’ll feel like you’re in the jungle with the vibrant decor and want to plan your trip to the jungles of Africa shortly after. This space has been home to many well-known restaurants – Gardner, Chicon, Last Straw!

My recommendations: cocktails or wine, Jerk Chicken, roti, Texas melons, ceviche, flan

Parking: parking lot

Takes reservations: yes

Website: https://canjeatx.com

Address: 1914 E. 6th St.

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Texas melons

So, what do you think? So much food to start trying, haha! What are you waiting for?! But seriously, I hope you enjoy dining at some of my favorite restaurants on the Eastside. Feel free to comment below if you need more recommendations.

Thanks for reading!

Bon Appetite,

-Shveta

Don’t see your favorite on the list? Let me know in a comment below.

This guide is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s 2023 City Guide. Check out more of the best eats in Austin, curated by Austin food bloggers, on the full list of guides.

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    Monique Sandhu
    March 2, 2018 at 10:06 am

    soooo many goodies here!! love it!

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      foodieatxbites
      March 2, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      Agreed! Thanks for reading!

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    Poi Dog
    May 11, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    This entire post absolutely ROCKS! Thank you for all the hard work you put into it. It really shows.

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    Marc
    May 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Kemuri Tatsu-Ya really should be on this list. Austin’s food scene isn’t all avocado toast, tacos, and ceviche.

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      foodieatxbites
      May 12, 2019 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks for your feedback. I’ve got way more than toast, tacos and ceviche included. I’ve been to Kemuri and haven’t gotten around to adding it yet. Thanks for the reminder!

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