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 2021 City Guide. #atxbesteats

Updated May, 2021

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The Guide:

I’ve been living and dining in East Austin for 6 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 since I’m sticking to take out for the foreseeable future.


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.

Reunion 19

We were fortunate enough to try out their menu before the pandemic started and can vouche that it is delish! They quickly adapted to the take out game pretty early on and have managed to do so very well. Also, while I haven’t dined in, several that have say that they’re doing it right.

My recommendations: Aguachile, any of their tacos, Cali burrito

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

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://reunion19atx.com/

Address: 1700 E. 2nd St.

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

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 – temporarily closed

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

Uncle Nicky’s

Well East Austin got lucky and we have our very own location of Uncle Nicky’s off E. 11th St. I love them so much and we seriously are better for the addition 🙂

My Recommendations: Mambo Italiano, Kale Salad, Cruller, all of their negronis, wine, gelato

Parking: Street parking

Takes reservations: No

Website: https://www.unclenickys.com/

Address: 1123 E. 11th Street

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

Gourmand’s

We love their sandwiches and salads so so much! They have soup bread bowls too. Oh and their cocktails and beer game is strong!

My Recommendations: Foghorn Leghorn, The Julia, The Earl, Chicken Tortilla Salad

Parking: They have a parking lot and you can also park on the street

Takes reservations: Not that kind of place. Order online and pickup.

Website: https://gourmands.pub/

Address: 2316 Webberville Rd.

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.

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!
Wings + Waffles – heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, those chicken lollipops aren’t your average wings! The honey-maple bourbon syrum and pandan sauce will have you singing for more!

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. and 4620 E. Cesar Chavez St. Bldg. 1

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!

Contigo

A long time staple on the Eastside, Contigo has been serving up damn good ranch-style modern bar food for years! They recently enclosed their outdoor seating area and they have AC in there now – yay!

I recently went to Contigo for dinner again and it never ceases to impress me. Be sure to order those delicious fried green beans – you’ll be sorry if you don’t – and I never pass up their burger. Something about their patty the aioli and the bun makes for a perfect combo. I love a good basic burger and their burger is in my top 3 favorites in Austin.

My Recommendations: Burger, fried green beans, kale salad

Parking: You won’t have any problems finding parking. They have a huge lot.

Takes reservations: Yep!

Website: https://contigotexas.com/restaurant/

Address: 2027 Anchor Lane

One of my favorite burgers in Austin!

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

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!

World Diner

Sixth & Waller – temporarily closed

Nestled in the East Austin Hotel, Sixth & Waller has some fantastic eats from all around the world! Take your pic of seating at the counter, diner tables, the “living room” space and the larger space – all have a different setup and vibe. Save room for a cookie or two – they have rotating cookies and lots of other pastries to satisfy any sweet tooth!

My Recommendations: Vegan Kale Caesar Salad, Lox and Bagel, Smoked Turkey Panini, Butternut Squash Rigatoni, Jackfruit Banh Mi, COOKIES!

Parking: Street Parking and they have a paid lot

Takes reservations: None needed

Website: https://eastaustinhotel.com/food-drink/6th-and-waller/

Address: 1108 E. 6th Street

Lox and Bagel – what a beautiful presentation!

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

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

EastSide Tavern

While this might not be your typical BBQ spot, they pride themselves in their menu which features their own BBQ onsite. The space is absolutely beautiful with earth tones and there is a huge rooftop area with a bar and epic views of the sunset. Plan to happy hour, brunch and dine here!

My Recommendations: Dinner — Brisket + Cheddar Tater Tots, Frito Pie, Pickled Deviled Eggs, Smoked Chicken, Brisket Patty Melt, BBQ Burger, Smoked Turkey Wrap

Brunch — Turkey Avocado Toast, Brisket Hash

Drink — Frose

Parking: Parking lot and street parking

Takes reservations: Call ahead for large groups

Website: https://www.eastsidetavernaustin.com/

Address: 1510 E. Cesar Chavez

Turkey Avocado Toast – even better than you can imagine!
Frito Pie – yassssss
Pickled Deviled Eggs – love these so much and their PINK!
Brisket + Cheddar Tater Tots

J. Leonardi’s Barbecue

Perhaps I love this place because it’s walking distance from my house or maybe because one of the owners is a fellow Texas Ex! Either way, you’ve gotta drop by either of their locations and try out some Texas BBQ!

My Recommendations: Brisket, Brisket Frito Pie, Pulled Pork, Banana Pudding

Parking: Nearby and street parking near the 11th St. location

Takes reservations: Nope, just show up and order

Website: http://www.texasbbqaustin.com/

Address: 1124 E. 11th St.

All the meat! Don’t miss out on the banana pudding! Photo Credit: Jimmy Ho aka @thesmokingho

Taco Bronco – temporarily closed

This Texas BBQ Taqueria is setup in the backyard of Batch and is owned by the same Chef that owns Micklethwait! They have so many incredible tacos available, as well as plates with your choice of meat, rice and beans and DO NOT PASS UP THE NACHOS!

My Recommendations: Nachos Compuestos with brisket, Texas Wraparound with smoked chicken, El Jefe, or get the Trio Taco Sampler!

Parking: Batch has plenty

Takes reservations: None needed

Website: https://www.tacobroncotx.com/

Address: 3220 Manor Rd.

Up top you’ve got the tacos – El Jefe and the Texas Wraparound – down below, the Nachos Compuestos with brisket

Vietnamese

Saigon Le Vendeur

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 Le Vendeur, 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: Street parking and a few spots right in front of the trailer

Takes reservations: Order at the trailer, call ahead and pick up

Website: http://saigon7th.com/

Address: 2404 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

Now you can nom on all things Sa-Ten at 2 locations! The original and the location I first devoured their yummy toasts, yakitori and katsu was at the Canopy off of Springdale Rd. 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 and 4917 Airport Blvd.

One of my favorites when I need something filling is the Yakitori Bowl
On those days you want something satisfying but you’re not too hungry – Potato Wedges & Cold Chicken Katsu
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!

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!

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!

Healthy Japanese

Bento Picnic

I quite literally could eat at Bento Picnic everyday. Bento = Japanese for lunchbox. If you’ve never tried a bento box, imagine a dish with compartments and different textures, colors and flavors all coming together for a delish meal. Bento Picnic focuses on 5 tastes, colors and elements to engage the senses!

They’ve got something for everyone with veggie, vegan, and gf options. They also travel nicely if you like your meals prepped for you ahead of time, like me!

My Recommendations: Mushroom garden bento, Japanese cauliflower curry bowl, salmon noodle bowl

Parking: There are a few spots in the back and plenty of street parking

Takes reservations: None needed. You can order ahead of time online as well.

Website: http://www.bentopicnic.com/

Address: 2600 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Salmon bento box – yum yum!

Japanese

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.


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!

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.

Swift Pizza Co.

The owners of Jacoby’s and Grizzelda’s recently opened Swift Pizza Co. and just like their other spots, this one knocks it out of the park! If you want a casual, family-friendly spot for awesome pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, cocktails, beer, dessert and want to chill and enjoy your time, then Swift Pizza Co. is def a must-visit!

My Recommendations: West Texas pizza, fried artichokes, spicy watermelon rita, white negroni, Hostess with the Mostest Cupcake <- this list will continue to grow as I try more of their dishes

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

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://www.swiftpizzaco.com/

Address: 3223 E. 7th St.

The West Texas pizza – smoked Jacoby’s beef, pimento cheese and caramelized onions

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!

Poke

Pokeatery

This new addition to the Mueller area is a nice spot for some authentic poke boxes and the first ever pokecado toasts! They have a miso soup dispenser as well. Oh, and be sure to save room for some Dole Whip or a float.

My Recommendations: They’ve got generous portions and the poke box and pokecado toasts are fully customizable. You get 4 scoops of protein (make them all the same or try a scoop of each). Be sure to get a scoop of spicy crab salad!

Parking: Parking lot

Takes reservations: Order there or call ahead

Website: http://www.pokeatery.com/

Address: 1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd. #1410

Poke Box and a side of miso soup!

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 2021 City Guide. Check out more of the best eats in Austin, curated by Austin food bloggers, on the full list of guides.

  • Reply
    Monique Sandhu
    March 2, 2018 at 10:06 am

    soooo many goodies here!! love it!

    • Reply
      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.

  • Reply
    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.

    • Reply
      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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