Some might argue that if you haven’t yet experienced food served right out of a trailer somewhere in Austin, you haven’t experienced Austin, period. If the sheer volume of choices has you wondering where to start, worry no more: on the last Tuesday of every month, Trailer Food Tuesdays takes over the lawn at the Long Center overlooking Town Lake in what can only be described as a food truck extravaganza. Make a meal of epic proportions by trying a few different trailers at once, and boom: you’ve officially experienced Austin.
5-9 pm, Last Tuesday of Every Month
Admission is free; food prices vary by truck
for live music schedule and details
With all the tex-mex, BBQ, pho and ramen dominating Austin’s food scene, there doesn’t seem to be much room for European imports. A tiny little converted house a few blocks north of Lake Austin, though, holds one of the best local secrets in the city: Fabi + Rosi. This intimate, artfully-appointed eatery serves German, French, Italian and Spanish cuisine in a serene, elegant yet not-too-stuffy environment. Its schnitzel (lightly fried pork cutlet) and spaetzle (noodles made from potatoes) is one of the most delectable dishes to be found in the 512. Run by a German chef and a native Austinite, this quirky, top-notch restaurant is a fantastic choice for date nights and special occasions. Don’t forget to try the “crack pie” with “hooch cream” for dessert; it’s worth every calorie.
Fabi + Rosi, 509 Hearn Street
Monday – Saturday, 5 – 10 pm (closed Sunday)
If you’re in the mood for a long, lazy weekend breakfast and simultaneously hankering to try something new, Full English might have just what you’re looking for.
If you’re weren’t one to jump into the melee of South by Southwest these past couple of weeks, you’re probably aware that Round Rock is about as quiet and non-hipster-y a place as any. To that end, while foodies may swear that the only good food to be found in the 512 area code is either homecooked or strictly confined to Austin proper, the humble staff of Round Rock Cafe might beg to differ. Serving up made-to-order breakfasts on the weekends that rival those of any culinary rock star’s home kitchen, the cafe — nestled into the diminutive but cute downtown area around which Round Rock is based — offers a simple and sweet menu of breakfast classics, sandwiches and no-frills home cooking, with friendly service in a converted house appointed with a little game at every table. It’s the sort of place where you can go alone and eat, undisturbed, in a sunny environment with good food and good folks. Party of one, your table’s ready.
Round Rock Cafe, 110 South Harris Street, Round Rock
Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri 8-3 for breakfast & lunch; Fri 5-8:30 for dinner
Sat 8 am – noon for breakfast only; Sun 9 am-2 pm for breakfast & lunch
Good music and hot dogs. Does it get any better than that? We don’t think so either. That’s why we’re excited about the new Motown on Mondays
event taking place weekly at Frank — that downtown hub of amazing hot dogs and coffee. Starting at 9 pm each Monday, you can shake off those beginning-of-the-workweek blues to the sounds of Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, The Isley Brothers and more, all while enjoying a tasty hunk of meat on a bun. Sometimes the simplest pleasures in life are the greatest ones, don’t you think?
Motown on Mondays – dance parties at Frank (details
Corner of 4th Street and Colorado, downtown
Mondays at 9 pm throughout the spring