Here in Austin, we take food pretty seriously. That’s why it’s literally a feeding frenzy every time Austin Restaurant Week rolls around. The twice-a-year citywide event is back again with a vengeance, teasing our palates for two extended weekends in a row. Stretching from September 23-26 and September 30-October 3, opportunities abound to try prix fixe menus at Austin’s finest restaurants at a reduced price, which in turn benefits local charities. Lunches generally run $11-16 while dinners range from $26-$36. Doing good while doing well? We’d love another helping of that.
Austin Restaurant Week, Sept 23-26 and Sept 30-Oct 3
Full listing of restaurants and reservation info here
Proceeds benefit local charities like Meals on Wheels and more.
We’re no strangers to food trailers around here, but until recently, we’ve had to venture south to get to some of the best ones. Now, however, North Austin has its very own food trailer yard, very aptly named… North Austin Trailer Yard, or NATY for short. Featuring the beef, chicken and pork sandwich specialties of Snarky’s MooBawkOink (again with the literal titles), the yard also boasts a mobile version of the nearby Genuine Joe coffee house (with its original location just a stone’s throw away, about a mile west on Anderson Lane), as well as a Greek food trailer, a hot dog vendor and a traditional Ramen truck. NATY also offers free wi-fi and shaded outdoor seating for those who need to stay connected while they nosh al fresco. Individual trailer hours vary.
1012 West Anderson Lane, near Lamar Blvd.
Visit the Facebook page for individual trailer hours & news
Austin is undoubtedly known for its food trailers and, of late, there’s been an ever-increasing array of them popping up in “parks” downtown, down south and on the Eastside; one trailer in particular, though, simply can’t be imitated, and it’s recently relocated to become neighbors with an instant classic. Gourdough’s is essentially a bastion of caloric excess, with its two dozen donuts slathered in everything from maple syrpu and bacon to berries and chocolate. Nestled next door to Izzoz Tacos on South First at the intersection of Monroe Street, this duo offers a one-two punch of salty and sweet, with Gourdough’s staying open late into the night to feed the concert-going masses in need of sugary sustenance on their way back home. Pro tip: during the day, start with a migas taco at Izzos and move on to the Dirty Berry next door; bonus points if you can get through the whole thing. Bon appetit!
South First Street at Monroe Street
See Izzoz and Gourdough’s websites for menus and hours
It’s safe to say we’re spoiled for choice around here when it comes to good food, and particularly so when it comes to good Tex-Mex. As if we weren’t already overwhelmed with options, we now have one more: the Houston-based Tex-Mex bastion known as Lupe Tortilla has opened its 14th location here in Austin, squarely placed in the parking lot of the Arbor Walk Shopping Center on North Mo-Pac, just before the Domain. Known for its fajitas and fresh margaritas, we just might have to test its mettle.
Sun-Thurs 11 am-10 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-11 pm (HH: Mon-Fri 3-6 pm)
Arbor Walk Shopping Center, 10515 N. Mopac Expressway
See website for menu and details
There’s a new vegetarian mecca in town; Maoz has opened its latest location at The Triangle, making Austin the latest city to join the veggie haven’s growing global empire. Its first cafe opened in Amsterdam in 1991, and it’s since franchised across Spain, France, the UK and the US. Its popularity lies in its freshly-prepared falafel, served in a pita or atop a salad, with a self-serve salad bar offering several dozen toppings from veggies and antipasti to sauces and garnishes. The Belgian and sweet potato fries are two beloved favorites, too, counterbalancing the chain’s predominantly nutritious offerings with just a little bit of salty sinfulness. You can wash down your meal with fresh-squeezed carrot, apple or orange juice, or you can opt for a true classic – the Arnold Palmer (black tea and lemonade) to top it all off. Bon appetit!
4601 North Lamar Boulevard, in The Triangle
Visit the website for more info
Open Sun-Thurs 11a-11p, Fri-Sat 11a-midnight