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Austin’s Best Ramen Shop

Austin’s Best Ramen Shop

East Side King’s squid ink ramen.

The Daily Meal recently published our 25 Best Ramen Shops in America for 2014, and in order to compile our ranking, we contacted the leading culinary authorities around the country to ask them about their personal favorite shops are (sticking to restaurants that specialize in ramen and noodles, as opposed to sushi bars with one bowl of ramen on the menu), and we supplemented those suggestions with ramen shops featured in local rave reviews and pre-existing local rankings. We then took that list of more than 100 shops from across the country and conducted a survey, with the shops separated by region. We invited our group of trusted panelists (made up of chefs, bloggers, journalists, and other culinary authorities) to vote for their favorites, and more than 30, including the Los Angeles Times’ Jonathan Gold and our fleet of city editors, cast their votes. In the end there was one clear winner, but the top shops aren’t all found in ramen hotspots like New York and the Bay Area; there’s great ramen all over America, including in Austin.

You might have heard of chef Paul Qui thanks to his Top Chef win and his eponymous Austin hotspot, but the guy can also make one heck of a bowl of ramen. What started as three food trucks has now expanded to include a full-time brick-and-mortar location as well as a pop-up (that’s been going on for two years), East Side King at Hole in the Wall, and only this location serves ramen. Qui is firing on all cylinders here: his Sapporo Beer Miso Ramen contains chicken and pork dashi, white miso, chashu pork, and beer foam; the Chicken Tortilla ramen is a play on tom yum soup with braised chicken thigh and avocado; and the kimchi pork ramen has a chicken and pork dashi, braised pork, fried tofu croutons, and kimchi. Want to think way outside the bowl? Opt for one of their specials, like the squid ink ramen made with fried calamari, tomatoes, fried potatoes, curry powder, and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

East Side King beat out the other ramen shop in Austin included on our list, Ramen Tatsu-Ya (#11), making it the best ramen shop in the city this year.

Kate Kolenda is the Restaurant and City Guide Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @BeefWerky and @theconversant


Austin, Texas

Never enjoyed a proper bowl of ramen? Get to Ramen Tatsu-ya, the perpetually packed spot in a nondescript strip mall 15 minutes from downtown. Regulars slurp their tonkotsu ramen--egg noodles, pork belly, and soft-boiled egg swimming in a cloudy broth made from pork bones. My order: tsukemen, a.k.a. dipping noodles, in which the soup is served on the side. Add an egg, extra pickles, and a beer from Austin Beerworks for good measure.

On a recent visit to Dai Due, my go-to morning spot at Saturday's SFC Downtown Farmers' Market, I fell for pon haus--scrapple made from grits and the odds and ends of the pig. It's the greatest breakfast meat you'll ever eat, hands down. This food stall will be expanding to a retail butcher shop soon, meaning you can have Austin's best breakfast daily.

No trip to Austin is complete without a slightly tipsy late-night stop at one of the city's food trucks. My favorite is the East Side King, a quartet of kitchens (two in trucks, one in a cart, another in a bar) all featuring the madball creations of chef Paul Qui. Never thought I needed deep-fried roasted beets until I was halfway through a second order. Ditto the supercrunchy Thai chicken kara-age--McNuggets on speed.

Oysters at Clark's (Credit: Jody Horton)

Spend enough time in Austin and you'll become well acquainted with restaurateur Larry McGuire's mini-empire, which includes Lamberts (barbecue), Perla's (seafood), Elizabeth Street Café (Vietnamese), and Fresa's (chicken). His latest and best spot is Clark's, a gem of an oyster bar in the Clarksville neighborhood. Go at lunch when light fills the white-tiled space and the sea foam-green details sparkle. A dozen oysters from the extensive list is a must, followed by shrimp toast and their signature dish, cioppino, the tomato-based seafood stew. Next up for the restless McGuire? A revamp of the legendary Jeffrey's.

Prawn miang at Sway (Credit: Jody Horton)

At the stylish Sway, owner Jesse Herman and chef Rene Ortiz do for Thai food what they did for Mexican at La Condesa: Make it modern, make it true to its roots, and make it fun. Start with prawn miang--shrimp, coconut, and grapefruit wrapped in a peppery betel leaf--and settle in at the chef's counter. Just don't skip dessert: Pastry chef Laura Sawicki is a rock star, and her Thai tea affogato is proof.

Austin has no shortage of dive bars ("chicken s*!t bingo" at Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, anyone?), cocktail spots, and beer-nerd-friendly places. But for live music, a little dancing, plus Lone Star and whiskey in cheap and easy abundance, you'll find me at White Horse, a honky-tonk in East Austin, the city's hippest neighborhood.

Lady Bird Lake (Credit: Jody Horton)

You know what pairs really well with all those tacos, plates of brisket, bowls of ramen, and pints of beer? A little sweat. If I didn't exercise, I could never tackle the eating marathons my job requires. Fortunately, Austin has almost as many bike paths, running trails, and swimming holes as it does food trucks. Here's what to do between meals: Start the day with a run (or walk) along the banks of Lady Bird Lake. In the afternoon, take a dip in the
Barton Springs natural pool in Zilker Park--it's an Austin rite of passage. For a half-day trip, head 30 miles outside the city to Hamilton Pool Preserve, a spring-fed pool complete with a waterfall. But hurry back--you've got a lot of eating to do.

Hotel San Jose (Credit: Courtesy Hotel San Jose)

For their indie vibe, I like sister hotels Saint Cecilia and San Jose. Book the Driskill Hotel for a more stately stay.

People are buzzing about Austin. Maybe you've heard them? The cool kids insisting that you've just got to check out South By Southwest, the ten-day music, film, and digital festival taking place this month. The outdoorsy kids stoked on its swimming holes, extensive running and biking trails, and warm temps year-round. And of course, the food kids. But they're not just talking up its brisket and iconic tacos. These days, cult-status ramen, a stylish oyster bar, world-class sushi, and modern Thai have many outside of the Lone Star State anointing Austin America's next great food city. We're guessing the kids wouldn't disagree.


Austin, Texas

Never enjoyed a proper bowl of ramen? Get to Ramen Tatsu-ya, the perpetually packed spot in a nondescript strip mall 15 minutes from downtown. Regulars slurp their tonkotsu ramen--egg noodles, pork belly, and soft-boiled egg swimming in a cloudy broth made from pork bones. My order: tsukemen, a.k.a. dipping noodles, in which the soup is served on the side. Add an egg, extra pickles, and a beer from Austin Beerworks for good measure.

On a recent visit to Dai Due, my go-to morning spot at Saturday's SFC Downtown Farmers' Market, I fell for pon haus--scrapple made from grits and the odds and ends of the pig. It's the greatest breakfast meat you'll ever eat, hands down. This food stall will be expanding to a retail butcher shop soon, meaning you can have Austin's best breakfast daily.

No trip to Austin is complete without a slightly tipsy late-night stop at one of the city's food trucks. My favorite is the East Side King, a quartet of kitchens (two in trucks, one in a cart, another in a bar) all featuring the madball creations of chef Paul Qui. Never thought I needed deep-fried roasted beets until I was halfway through a second order. Ditto the supercrunchy Thai chicken kara-age--McNuggets on speed.

Oysters at Clark's (Credit: Jody Horton)

Spend enough time in Austin and you'll become well acquainted with restaurateur Larry McGuire's mini-empire, which includes Lamberts (barbecue), Perla's (seafood), Elizabeth Street Café (Vietnamese), and Fresa's (chicken). His latest and best spot is Clark's, a gem of an oyster bar in the Clarksville neighborhood. Go at lunch when light fills the white-tiled space and the sea foam-green details sparkle. A dozen oysters from the extensive list is a must, followed by shrimp toast and their signature dish, cioppino, the tomato-based seafood stew. Next up for the restless McGuire? A revamp of the legendary Jeffrey's.

Prawn miang at Sway (Credit: Jody Horton)

At the stylish Sway, owner Jesse Herman and chef Rene Ortiz do for Thai food what they did for Mexican at La Condesa: Make it modern, make it true to its roots, and make it fun. Start with prawn miang--shrimp, coconut, and grapefruit wrapped in a peppery betel leaf--and settle in at the chef's counter. Just don't skip dessert: Pastry chef Laura Sawicki is a rock star, and her Thai tea affogato is proof.

Austin has no shortage of dive bars ("chicken s*!t bingo" at Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, anyone?), cocktail spots, and beer-nerd-friendly places. But for live music, a little dancing, plus Lone Star and whiskey in cheap and easy abundance, you'll find me at White Horse, a honky-tonk in East Austin, the city's hippest neighborhood.

Lady Bird Lake (Credit: Jody Horton)

You know what pairs really well with all those tacos, plates of brisket, bowls of ramen, and pints of beer? A little sweat. If I didn't exercise, I could never tackle the eating marathons my job requires. Fortunately, Austin has almost as many bike paths, running trails, and swimming holes as it does food trucks. Here's what to do between meals: Start the day with a run (or walk) along the banks of Lady Bird Lake. In the afternoon, take a dip in the
Barton Springs natural pool in Zilker Park--it's an Austin rite of passage. For a half-day trip, head 30 miles outside the city to Hamilton Pool Preserve, a spring-fed pool complete with a waterfall. But hurry back--you've got a lot of eating to do.

Hotel San Jose (Credit: Courtesy Hotel San Jose)

For their indie vibe, I like sister hotels Saint Cecilia and San Jose. Book the Driskill Hotel for a more stately stay.

People are buzzing about Austin. Maybe you've heard them? The cool kids insisting that you've just got to check out South By Southwest, the ten-day music, film, and digital festival taking place this month. The outdoorsy kids stoked on its swimming holes, extensive running and biking trails, and warm temps year-round. And of course, the food kids. But they're not just talking up its brisket and iconic tacos. These days, cult-status ramen, a stylish oyster bar, world-class sushi, and modern Thai have many outside of the Lone Star State anointing Austin America's next great food city. We're guessing the kids wouldn't disagree.


Austin, Texas

Never enjoyed a proper bowl of ramen? Get to Ramen Tatsu-ya, the perpetually packed spot in a nondescript strip mall 15 minutes from downtown. Regulars slurp their tonkotsu ramen--egg noodles, pork belly, and soft-boiled egg swimming in a cloudy broth made from pork bones. My order: tsukemen, a.k.a. dipping noodles, in which the soup is served on the side. Add an egg, extra pickles, and a beer from Austin Beerworks for good measure.

On a recent visit to Dai Due, my go-to morning spot at Saturday's SFC Downtown Farmers' Market, I fell for pon haus--scrapple made from grits and the odds and ends of the pig. It's the greatest breakfast meat you'll ever eat, hands down. This food stall will be expanding to a retail butcher shop soon, meaning you can have Austin's best breakfast daily.

No trip to Austin is complete without a slightly tipsy late-night stop at one of the city's food trucks. My favorite is the East Side King, a quartet of kitchens (two in trucks, one in a cart, another in a bar) all featuring the madball creations of chef Paul Qui. Never thought I needed deep-fried roasted beets until I was halfway through a second order. Ditto the supercrunchy Thai chicken kara-age--McNuggets on speed.

Oysters at Clark's (Credit: Jody Horton)

Spend enough time in Austin and you'll become well acquainted with restaurateur Larry McGuire's mini-empire, which includes Lamberts (barbecue), Perla's (seafood), Elizabeth Street Café (Vietnamese), and Fresa's (chicken). His latest and best spot is Clark's, a gem of an oyster bar in the Clarksville neighborhood. Go at lunch when light fills the white-tiled space and the sea foam-green details sparkle. A dozen oysters from the extensive list is a must, followed by shrimp toast and their signature dish, cioppino, the tomato-based seafood stew. Next up for the restless McGuire? A revamp of the legendary Jeffrey's.

Prawn miang at Sway (Credit: Jody Horton)

At the stylish Sway, owner Jesse Herman and chef Rene Ortiz do for Thai food what they did for Mexican at La Condesa: Make it modern, make it true to its roots, and make it fun. Start with prawn miang--shrimp, coconut, and grapefruit wrapped in a peppery betel leaf--and settle in at the chef's counter. Just don't skip dessert: Pastry chef Laura Sawicki is a rock star, and her Thai tea affogato is proof.

Austin has no shortage of dive bars ("chicken s*!t bingo" at Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, anyone?), cocktail spots, and beer-nerd-friendly places. But for live music, a little dancing, plus Lone Star and whiskey in cheap and easy abundance, you'll find me at White Horse, a honky-tonk in East Austin, the city's hippest neighborhood.

Lady Bird Lake (Credit: Jody Horton)

You know what pairs really well with all those tacos, plates of brisket, bowls of ramen, and pints of beer? A little sweat. If I didn't exercise, I could never tackle the eating marathons my job requires. Fortunately, Austin has almost as many bike paths, running trails, and swimming holes as it does food trucks. Here's what to do between meals: Start the day with a run (or walk) along the banks of Lady Bird Lake. In the afternoon, take a dip in the
Barton Springs natural pool in Zilker Park--it's an Austin rite of passage. For a half-day trip, head 30 miles outside the city to Hamilton Pool Preserve, a spring-fed pool complete with a waterfall. But hurry back--you've got a lot of eating to do.

Hotel San Jose (Credit: Courtesy Hotel San Jose)

For their indie vibe, I like sister hotels Saint Cecilia and San Jose. Book the Driskill Hotel for a more stately stay.

People are buzzing about Austin. Maybe you've heard them? The cool kids insisting that you've just got to check out South By Southwest, the ten-day music, film, and digital festival taking place this month. The outdoorsy kids stoked on its swimming holes, extensive running and biking trails, and warm temps year-round. And of course, the food kids. But they're not just talking up its brisket and iconic tacos. These days, cult-status ramen, a stylish oyster bar, world-class sushi, and modern Thai have many outside of the Lone Star State anointing Austin America's next great food city. We're guessing the kids wouldn't disagree.


Austin, Texas

Never enjoyed a proper bowl of ramen? Get to Ramen Tatsu-ya, the perpetually packed spot in a nondescript strip mall 15 minutes from downtown. Regulars slurp their tonkotsu ramen--egg noodles, pork belly, and soft-boiled egg swimming in a cloudy broth made from pork bones. My order: tsukemen, a.k.a. dipping noodles, in which the soup is served on the side. Add an egg, extra pickles, and a beer from Austin Beerworks for good measure.

On a recent visit to Dai Due, my go-to morning spot at Saturday's SFC Downtown Farmers' Market, I fell for pon haus--scrapple made from grits and the odds and ends of the pig. It's the greatest breakfast meat you'll ever eat, hands down. This food stall will be expanding to a retail butcher shop soon, meaning you can have Austin's best breakfast daily.

No trip to Austin is complete without a slightly tipsy late-night stop at one of the city's food trucks. My favorite is the East Side King, a quartet of kitchens (two in trucks, one in a cart, another in a bar) all featuring the madball creations of chef Paul Qui. Never thought I needed deep-fried roasted beets until I was halfway through a second order. Ditto the supercrunchy Thai chicken kara-age--McNuggets on speed.

Oysters at Clark's (Credit: Jody Horton)

Spend enough time in Austin and you'll become well acquainted with restaurateur Larry McGuire's mini-empire, which includes Lamberts (barbecue), Perla's (seafood), Elizabeth Street Café (Vietnamese), and Fresa's (chicken). His latest and best spot is Clark's, a gem of an oyster bar in the Clarksville neighborhood. Go at lunch when light fills the white-tiled space and the sea foam-green details sparkle. A dozen oysters from the extensive list is a must, followed by shrimp toast and their signature dish, cioppino, the tomato-based seafood stew. Next up for the restless McGuire? A revamp of the legendary Jeffrey's.

Prawn miang at Sway (Credit: Jody Horton)

At the stylish Sway, owner Jesse Herman and chef Rene Ortiz do for Thai food what they did for Mexican at La Condesa: Make it modern, make it true to its roots, and make it fun. Start with prawn miang--shrimp, coconut, and grapefruit wrapped in a peppery betel leaf--and settle in at the chef's counter. Just don't skip dessert: Pastry chef Laura Sawicki is a rock star, and her Thai tea affogato is proof.

Austin has no shortage of dive bars ("chicken s*!t bingo" at Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, anyone?), cocktail spots, and beer-nerd-friendly places. But for live music, a little dancing, plus Lone Star and whiskey in cheap and easy abundance, you'll find me at White Horse, a honky-tonk in East Austin, the city's hippest neighborhood.

Lady Bird Lake (Credit: Jody Horton)

You know what pairs really well with all those tacos, plates of brisket, bowls of ramen, and pints of beer? A little sweat. If I didn't exercise, I could never tackle the eating marathons my job requires. Fortunately, Austin has almost as many bike paths, running trails, and swimming holes as it does food trucks. Here's what to do between meals: Start the day with a run (or walk) along the banks of Lady Bird Lake. In the afternoon, take a dip in the
Barton Springs natural pool in Zilker Park--it's an Austin rite of passage. For a half-day trip, head 30 miles outside the city to Hamilton Pool Preserve, a spring-fed pool complete with a waterfall. But hurry back--you've got a lot of eating to do.

Hotel San Jose (Credit: Courtesy Hotel San Jose)

For their indie vibe, I like sister hotels Saint Cecilia and San Jose. Book the Driskill Hotel for a more stately stay.

People are buzzing about Austin. Maybe you've heard them? The cool kids insisting that you've just got to check out South By Southwest, the ten-day music, film, and digital festival taking place this month. The outdoorsy kids stoked on its swimming holes, extensive running and biking trails, and warm temps year-round. And of course, the food kids. But they're not just talking up its brisket and iconic tacos. These days, cult-status ramen, a stylish oyster bar, world-class sushi, and modern Thai have many outside of the Lone Star State anointing Austin America's next great food city. We're guessing the kids wouldn't disagree.


Austin, Texas

Never enjoyed a proper bowl of ramen? Get to Ramen Tatsu-ya, the perpetually packed spot in a nondescript strip mall 15 minutes from downtown. Regulars slurp their tonkotsu ramen--egg noodles, pork belly, and soft-boiled egg swimming in a cloudy broth made from pork bones. My order: tsukemen, a.k.a. dipping noodles, in which the soup is served on the side. Add an egg, extra pickles, and a beer from Austin Beerworks for good measure.

On a recent visit to Dai Due, my go-to morning spot at Saturday's SFC Downtown Farmers' Market, I fell for pon haus--scrapple made from grits and the odds and ends of the pig. It's the greatest breakfast meat you'll ever eat, hands down. This food stall will be expanding to a retail butcher shop soon, meaning you can have Austin's best breakfast daily.

No trip to Austin is complete without a slightly tipsy late-night stop at one of the city's food trucks. My favorite is the East Side King, a quartet of kitchens (two in trucks, one in a cart, another in a bar) all featuring the madball creations of chef Paul Qui. Never thought I needed deep-fried roasted beets until I was halfway through a second order. Ditto the supercrunchy Thai chicken kara-age--McNuggets on speed.

Oysters at Clark's (Credit: Jody Horton)

Spend enough time in Austin and you'll become well acquainted with restaurateur Larry McGuire's mini-empire, which includes Lamberts (barbecue), Perla's (seafood), Elizabeth Street Café (Vietnamese), and Fresa's (chicken). His latest and best spot is Clark's, a gem of an oyster bar in the Clarksville neighborhood. Go at lunch when light fills the white-tiled space and the sea foam-green details sparkle. A dozen oysters from the extensive list is a must, followed by shrimp toast and their signature dish, cioppino, the tomato-based seafood stew. Next up for the restless McGuire? A revamp of the legendary Jeffrey's.

Prawn miang at Sway (Credit: Jody Horton)

At the stylish Sway, owner Jesse Herman and chef Rene Ortiz do for Thai food what they did for Mexican at La Condesa: Make it modern, make it true to its roots, and make it fun. Start with prawn miang--shrimp, coconut, and grapefruit wrapped in a peppery betel leaf--and settle in at the chef's counter. Just don't skip dessert: Pastry chef Laura Sawicki is a rock star, and her Thai tea affogato is proof.

Austin has no shortage of dive bars ("chicken s*!t bingo" at Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, anyone?), cocktail spots, and beer-nerd-friendly places. But for live music, a little dancing, plus Lone Star and whiskey in cheap and easy abundance, you'll find me at White Horse, a honky-tonk in East Austin, the city's hippest neighborhood.

Lady Bird Lake (Credit: Jody Horton)

You know what pairs really well with all those tacos, plates of brisket, bowls of ramen, and pints of beer? A little sweat. If I didn't exercise, I could never tackle the eating marathons my job requires. Fortunately, Austin has almost as many bike paths, running trails, and swimming holes as it does food trucks. Here's what to do between meals: Start the day with a run (or walk) along the banks of Lady Bird Lake. In the afternoon, take a dip in the
Barton Springs natural pool in Zilker Park--it's an Austin rite of passage. For a half-day trip, head 30 miles outside the city to Hamilton Pool Preserve, a spring-fed pool complete with a waterfall. But hurry back--you've got a lot of eating to do.

Hotel San Jose (Credit: Courtesy Hotel San Jose)

For their indie vibe, I like sister hotels Saint Cecilia and San Jose. Book the Driskill Hotel for a more stately stay.

People are buzzing about Austin. Maybe you've heard them? The cool kids insisting that you've just got to check out South By Southwest, the ten-day music, film, and digital festival taking place this month. The outdoorsy kids stoked on its swimming holes, extensive running and biking trails, and warm temps year-round. And of course, the food kids. But they're not just talking up its brisket and iconic tacos. These days, cult-status ramen, a stylish oyster bar, world-class sushi, and modern Thai have many outside of the Lone Star State anointing Austin America's next great food city. We're guessing the kids wouldn't disagree.


Austin, Texas

Never enjoyed a proper bowl of ramen? Get to Ramen Tatsu-ya, the perpetually packed spot in a nondescript strip mall 15 minutes from downtown. Regulars slurp their tonkotsu ramen--egg noodles, pork belly, and soft-boiled egg swimming in a cloudy broth made from pork bones. My order: tsukemen, a.k.a. dipping noodles, in which the soup is served on the side. Add an egg, extra pickles, and a beer from Austin Beerworks for good measure.

On a recent visit to Dai Due, my go-to morning spot at Saturday's SFC Downtown Farmers' Market, I fell for pon haus--scrapple made from grits and the odds and ends of the pig. It's the greatest breakfast meat you'll ever eat, hands down. This food stall will be expanding to a retail butcher shop soon, meaning you can have Austin's best breakfast daily.

No trip to Austin is complete without a slightly tipsy late-night stop at one of the city's food trucks. My favorite is the East Side King, a quartet of kitchens (two in trucks, one in a cart, another in a bar) all featuring the madball creations of chef Paul Qui. Never thought I needed deep-fried roasted beets until I was halfway through a second order. Ditto the supercrunchy Thai chicken kara-age--McNuggets on speed.

Oysters at Clark's (Credit: Jody Horton)

Spend enough time in Austin and you'll become well acquainted with restaurateur Larry McGuire's mini-empire, which includes Lamberts (barbecue), Perla's (seafood), Elizabeth Street Café (Vietnamese), and Fresa's (chicken). His latest and best spot is Clark's, a gem of an oyster bar in the Clarksville neighborhood. Go at lunch when light fills the white-tiled space and the sea foam-green details sparkle. A dozen oysters from the extensive list is a must, followed by shrimp toast and their signature dish, cioppino, the tomato-based seafood stew. Next up for the restless McGuire? A revamp of the legendary Jeffrey's.

Prawn miang at Sway (Credit: Jody Horton)

At the stylish Sway, owner Jesse Herman and chef Rene Ortiz do for Thai food what they did for Mexican at La Condesa: Make it modern, make it true to its roots, and make it fun. Start with prawn miang--shrimp, coconut, and grapefruit wrapped in a peppery betel leaf--and settle in at the chef's counter. Just don't skip dessert: Pastry chef Laura Sawicki is a rock star, and her Thai tea affogato is proof.

Austin has no shortage of dive bars ("chicken s*!t bingo" at Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, anyone?), cocktail spots, and beer-nerd-friendly places. But for live music, a little dancing, plus Lone Star and whiskey in cheap and easy abundance, you'll find me at White Horse, a honky-tonk in East Austin, the city's hippest neighborhood.

Lady Bird Lake (Credit: Jody Horton)

You know what pairs really well with all those tacos, plates of brisket, bowls of ramen, and pints of beer? A little sweat. If I didn't exercise, I could never tackle the eating marathons my job requires. Fortunately, Austin has almost as many bike paths, running trails, and swimming holes as it does food trucks. Here's what to do between meals: Start the day with a run (or walk) along the banks of Lady Bird Lake. In the afternoon, take a dip in the
Barton Springs natural pool in Zilker Park--it's an Austin rite of passage. For a half-day trip, head 30 miles outside the city to Hamilton Pool Preserve, a spring-fed pool complete with a waterfall. But hurry back--you've got a lot of eating to do.

Hotel San Jose (Credit: Courtesy Hotel San Jose)

For their indie vibe, I like sister hotels Saint Cecilia and San Jose. Book the Driskill Hotel for a more stately stay.

People are buzzing about Austin. Maybe you've heard them? The cool kids insisting that you've just got to check out South By Southwest, the ten-day music, film, and digital festival taking place this month. The outdoorsy kids stoked on its swimming holes, extensive running and biking trails, and warm temps year-round. And of course, the food kids. But they're not just talking up its brisket and iconic tacos. These days, cult-status ramen, a stylish oyster bar, world-class sushi, and modern Thai have many outside of the Lone Star State anointing Austin America's next great food city. We're guessing the kids wouldn't disagree.


Austin, Texas

Never enjoyed a proper bowl of ramen? Get to Ramen Tatsu-ya, the perpetually packed spot in a nondescript strip mall 15 minutes from downtown. Regulars slurp their tonkotsu ramen--egg noodles, pork belly, and soft-boiled egg swimming in a cloudy broth made from pork bones. My order: tsukemen, a.k.a. dipping noodles, in which the soup is served on the side. Add an egg, extra pickles, and a beer from Austin Beerworks for good measure.

On a recent visit to Dai Due, my go-to morning spot at Saturday's SFC Downtown Farmers' Market, I fell for pon haus--scrapple made from grits and the odds and ends of the pig. It's the greatest breakfast meat you'll ever eat, hands down. This food stall will be expanding to a retail butcher shop soon, meaning you can have Austin's best breakfast daily.

No trip to Austin is complete without a slightly tipsy late-night stop at one of the city's food trucks. My favorite is the East Side King, a quartet of kitchens (two in trucks, one in a cart, another in a bar) all featuring the madball creations of chef Paul Qui. Never thought I needed deep-fried roasted beets until I was halfway through a second order. Ditto the supercrunchy Thai chicken kara-age--McNuggets on speed.

Oysters at Clark's (Credit: Jody Horton)

Spend enough time in Austin and you'll become well acquainted with restaurateur Larry McGuire's mini-empire, which includes Lamberts (barbecue), Perla's (seafood), Elizabeth Street Café (Vietnamese), and Fresa's (chicken). His latest and best spot is Clark's, a gem of an oyster bar in the Clarksville neighborhood. Go at lunch when light fills the white-tiled space and the sea foam-green details sparkle. A dozen oysters from the extensive list is a must, followed by shrimp toast and their signature dish, cioppino, the tomato-based seafood stew. Next up for the restless McGuire? A revamp of the legendary Jeffrey's.

Prawn miang at Sway (Credit: Jody Horton)

At the stylish Sway, owner Jesse Herman and chef Rene Ortiz do for Thai food what they did for Mexican at La Condesa: Make it modern, make it true to its roots, and make it fun. Start with prawn miang--shrimp, coconut, and grapefruit wrapped in a peppery betel leaf--and settle in at the chef's counter. Just don't skip dessert: Pastry chef Laura Sawicki is a rock star, and her Thai tea affogato is proof.

Austin has no shortage of dive bars ("chicken s*!t bingo" at Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, anyone?), cocktail spots, and beer-nerd-friendly places. But for live music, a little dancing, plus Lone Star and whiskey in cheap and easy abundance, you'll find me at White Horse, a honky-tonk in East Austin, the city's hippest neighborhood.

Lady Bird Lake (Credit: Jody Horton)

You know what pairs really well with all those tacos, plates of brisket, bowls of ramen, and pints of beer? A little sweat. If I didn't exercise, I could never tackle the eating marathons my job requires. Fortunately, Austin has almost as many bike paths, running trails, and swimming holes as it does food trucks. Here's what to do between meals: Start the day with a run (or walk) along the banks of Lady Bird Lake. In the afternoon, take a dip in the
Barton Springs natural pool in Zilker Park--it's an Austin rite of passage. For a half-day trip, head 30 miles outside the city to Hamilton Pool Preserve, a spring-fed pool complete with a waterfall. But hurry back--you've got a lot of eating to do.

Hotel San Jose (Credit: Courtesy Hotel San Jose)

For their indie vibe, I like sister hotels Saint Cecilia and San Jose. Book the Driskill Hotel for a more stately stay.

People are buzzing about Austin. Maybe you've heard them? The cool kids insisting that you've just got to check out South By Southwest, the ten-day music, film, and digital festival taking place this month. The outdoorsy kids stoked on its swimming holes, extensive running and biking trails, and warm temps year-round. And of course, the food kids. But they're not just talking up its brisket and iconic tacos. These days, cult-status ramen, a stylish oyster bar, world-class sushi, and modern Thai have many outside of the Lone Star State anointing Austin America's next great food city. We're guessing the kids wouldn't disagree.


Austin, Texas

Never enjoyed a proper bowl of ramen? Get to Ramen Tatsu-ya, the perpetually packed spot in a nondescript strip mall 15 minutes from downtown. Regulars slurp their tonkotsu ramen--egg noodles, pork belly, and soft-boiled egg swimming in a cloudy broth made from pork bones. My order: tsukemen, a.k.a. dipping noodles, in which the soup is served on the side. Add an egg, extra pickles, and a beer from Austin Beerworks for good measure.

On a recent visit to Dai Due, my go-to morning spot at Saturday's SFC Downtown Farmers' Market, I fell for pon haus--scrapple made from grits and the odds and ends of the pig. It's the greatest breakfast meat you'll ever eat, hands down. This food stall will be expanding to a retail butcher shop soon, meaning you can have Austin's best breakfast daily.

No trip to Austin is complete without a slightly tipsy late-night stop at one of the city's food trucks. My favorite is the East Side King, a quartet of kitchens (two in trucks, one in a cart, another in a bar) all featuring the madball creations of chef Paul Qui. Never thought I needed deep-fried roasted beets until I was halfway through a second order. Ditto the supercrunchy Thai chicken kara-age--McNuggets on speed.

Oysters at Clark's (Credit: Jody Horton)

Spend enough time in Austin and you'll become well acquainted with restaurateur Larry McGuire's mini-empire, which includes Lamberts (barbecue), Perla's (seafood), Elizabeth Street Café (Vietnamese), and Fresa's (chicken). His latest and best spot is Clark's, a gem of an oyster bar in the Clarksville neighborhood. Go at lunch when light fills the white-tiled space and the sea foam-green details sparkle. A dozen oysters from the extensive list is a must, followed by shrimp toast and their signature dish, cioppino, the tomato-based seafood stew. Next up for the restless McGuire? A revamp of the legendary Jeffrey's.

Prawn miang at Sway (Credit: Jody Horton)

At the stylish Sway, owner Jesse Herman and chef Rene Ortiz do for Thai food what they did for Mexican at La Condesa: Make it modern, make it true to its roots, and make it fun. Start with prawn miang--shrimp, coconut, and grapefruit wrapped in a peppery betel leaf--and settle in at the chef's counter. Just don't skip dessert: Pastry chef Laura Sawicki is a rock star, and her Thai tea affogato is proof.

Austin has no shortage of dive bars ("chicken s*!t bingo" at Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, anyone?), cocktail spots, and beer-nerd-friendly places. But for live music, a little dancing, plus Lone Star and whiskey in cheap and easy abundance, you'll find me at White Horse, a honky-tonk in East Austin, the city's hippest neighborhood.

Lady Bird Lake (Credit: Jody Horton)

You know what pairs really well with all those tacos, plates of brisket, bowls of ramen, and pints of beer? A little sweat. If I didn't exercise, I could never tackle the eating marathons my job requires. Fortunately, Austin has almost as many bike paths, running trails, and swimming holes as it does food trucks. Here's what to do between meals: Start the day with a run (or walk) along the banks of Lady Bird Lake. In the afternoon, take a dip in the
Barton Springs natural pool in Zilker Park--it's an Austin rite of passage. For a half-day trip, head 30 miles outside the city to Hamilton Pool Preserve, a spring-fed pool complete with a waterfall. But hurry back--you've got a lot of eating to do.

Hotel San Jose (Credit: Courtesy Hotel San Jose)

For their indie vibe, I like sister hotels Saint Cecilia and San Jose. Book the Driskill Hotel for a more stately stay.

People are buzzing about Austin. Maybe you've heard them? The cool kids insisting that you've just got to check out South By Southwest, the ten-day music, film, and digital festival taking place this month. The outdoorsy kids stoked on its swimming holes, extensive running and biking trails, and warm temps year-round. And of course, the food kids. But they're not just talking up its brisket and iconic tacos. These days, cult-status ramen, a stylish oyster bar, world-class sushi, and modern Thai have many outside of the Lone Star State anointing Austin America's next great food city. We're guessing the kids wouldn't disagree.


Austin, Texas

Never enjoyed a proper bowl of ramen? Get to Ramen Tatsu-ya, the perpetually packed spot in a nondescript strip mall 15 minutes from downtown. Regulars slurp their tonkotsu ramen--egg noodles, pork belly, and soft-boiled egg swimming in a cloudy broth made from pork bones. My order: tsukemen, a.k.a. dipping noodles, in which the soup is served on the side. Add an egg, extra pickles, and a beer from Austin Beerworks for good measure.

On a recent visit to Dai Due, my go-to morning spot at Saturday's SFC Downtown Farmers' Market, I fell for pon haus--scrapple made from grits and the odds and ends of the pig. It's the greatest breakfast meat you'll ever eat, hands down. This food stall will be expanding to a retail butcher shop soon, meaning you can have Austin's best breakfast daily.

No trip to Austin is complete without a slightly tipsy late-night stop at one of the city's food trucks. My favorite is the East Side King, a quartet of kitchens (two in trucks, one in a cart, another in a bar) all featuring the madball creations of chef Paul Qui. Never thought I needed deep-fried roasted beets until I was halfway through a second order. Ditto the supercrunchy Thai chicken kara-age--McNuggets on speed.

Oysters at Clark's (Credit: Jody Horton)

Spend enough time in Austin and you'll become well acquainted with restaurateur Larry McGuire's mini-empire, which includes Lamberts (barbecue), Perla's (seafood), Elizabeth Street Café (Vietnamese), and Fresa's (chicken). His latest and best spot is Clark's, a gem of an oyster bar in the Clarksville neighborhood. Go at lunch when light fills the white-tiled space and the sea foam-green details sparkle. A dozen oysters from the extensive list is a must, followed by shrimp toast and their signature dish, cioppino, the tomato-based seafood stew. Next up for the restless McGuire? A revamp of the legendary Jeffrey's.

Prawn miang at Sway (Credit: Jody Horton)

At the stylish Sway, owner Jesse Herman and chef Rene Ortiz do for Thai food what they did for Mexican at La Condesa: Make it modern, make it true to its roots, and make it fun. Start with prawn miang--shrimp, coconut, and grapefruit wrapped in a peppery betel leaf--and settle in at the chef's counter. Just don't skip dessert: Pastry chef Laura Sawicki is a rock star, and her Thai tea affogato is proof.

Austin has no shortage of dive bars ("chicken s*!t bingo" at Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, anyone?), cocktail spots, and beer-nerd-friendly places. But for live music, a little dancing, plus Lone Star and whiskey in cheap and easy abundance, you'll find me at White Horse, a honky-tonk in East Austin, the city's hippest neighborhood.

Lady Bird Lake (Credit: Jody Horton)

You know what pairs really well with all those tacos, plates of brisket, bowls of ramen, and pints of beer? A little sweat. If I didn't exercise, I could never tackle the eating marathons my job requires. Fortunately, Austin has almost as many bike paths, running trails, and swimming holes as it does food trucks. Here's what to do between meals: Start the day with a run (or walk) along the banks of Lady Bird Lake. In the afternoon, take a dip in the
Barton Springs natural pool in Zilker Park--it's an Austin rite of passage. For a half-day trip, head 30 miles outside the city to Hamilton Pool Preserve, a spring-fed pool complete with a waterfall. But hurry back--you've got a lot of eating to do.

Hotel San Jose (Credit: Courtesy Hotel San Jose)

For their indie vibe, I like sister hotels Saint Cecilia and San Jose. Book the Driskill Hotel for a more stately stay.

People are buzzing about Austin. Maybe you've heard them? The cool kids insisting that you've just got to check out South By Southwest, the ten-day music, film, and digital festival taking place this month. The outdoorsy kids stoked on its swimming holes, extensive running and biking trails, and warm temps year-round. And of course, the food kids. But they're not just talking up its brisket and iconic tacos. These days, cult-status ramen, a stylish oyster bar, world-class sushi, and modern Thai have many outside of the Lone Star State anointing Austin America's next great food city. We're guessing the kids wouldn't disagree.


Austin, Texas

Never enjoyed a proper bowl of ramen? Get to Ramen Tatsu-ya, the perpetually packed spot in a nondescript strip mall 15 minutes from downtown. Regulars slurp their tonkotsu ramen--egg noodles, pork belly, and soft-boiled egg swimming in a cloudy broth made from pork bones. My order: tsukemen, a.k.a. dipping noodles, in which the soup is served on the side. Add an egg, extra pickles, and a beer from Austin Beerworks for good measure.

On a recent visit to Dai Due, my go-to morning spot at Saturday's SFC Downtown Farmers' Market, I fell for pon haus--scrapple made from grits and the odds and ends of the pig. It's the greatest breakfast meat you'll ever eat, hands down. This food stall will be expanding to a retail butcher shop soon, meaning you can have Austin's best breakfast daily.

No trip to Austin is complete without a slightly tipsy late-night stop at one of the city's food trucks. My favorite is the East Side King, a quartet of kitchens (two in trucks, one in a cart, another in a bar) all featuring the madball creations of chef Paul Qui. Never thought I needed deep-fried roasted beets until I was halfway through a second order. Ditto the supercrunchy Thai chicken kara-age--McNuggets on speed.

Oysters at Clark's (Credit: Jody Horton)

Spend enough time in Austin and you'll become well acquainted with restaurateur Larry McGuire's mini-empire, which includes Lamberts (barbecue), Perla's (seafood), Elizabeth Street Café (Vietnamese), and Fresa's (chicken). His latest and best spot is Clark's, a gem of an oyster bar in the Clarksville neighborhood. Go at lunch when light fills the white-tiled space and the sea foam-green details sparkle. A dozen oysters from the extensive list is a must, followed by shrimp toast and their signature dish, cioppino, the tomato-based seafood stew. Next up for the restless McGuire? A revamp of the legendary Jeffrey's.

Prawn miang at Sway (Credit: Jody Horton)

At the stylish Sway, owner Jesse Herman and chef Rene Ortiz do for Thai food what they did for Mexican at La Condesa: Make it modern, make it true to its roots, and make it fun. Start with prawn miang--shrimp, coconut, and grapefruit wrapped in a peppery betel leaf--and settle in at the chef's counter. Just don't skip dessert: Pastry chef Laura Sawicki is a rock star, and her Thai tea affogato is proof.

Austin has no shortage of dive bars ("chicken s*!t bingo" at Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, anyone?), cocktail spots, and beer-nerd-friendly places. But for live music, a little dancing, plus Lone Star and whiskey in cheap and easy abundance, you'll find me at White Horse, a honky-tonk in East Austin, the city's hippest neighborhood.

Lady Bird Lake (Credit: Jody Horton)

You know what pairs really well with all those tacos, plates of brisket, bowls of ramen, and pints of beer? A little sweat. If I didn't exercise, I could never tackle the eating marathons my job requires. Fortunately, Austin has almost as many bike paths, running trails, and swimming holes as it does food trucks. Here's what to do between meals: Start the day with a run (or walk) along the banks of Lady Bird Lake. In the afternoon, take a dip in the
Barton Springs natural pool in Zilker Park--it's an Austin rite of passage. For a half-day trip, head 30 miles outside the city to Hamilton Pool Preserve, a spring-fed pool complete with a waterfall. But hurry back--you've got a lot of eating to do.

Hotel San Jose (Credit: Courtesy Hotel San Jose)

For their indie vibe, I like sister hotels Saint Cecilia and San Jose. Book the Driskill Hotel for a more stately stay.

People are buzzing about Austin. Maybe you've heard them? The cool kids insisting that you've just got to check out South By Southwest, the ten-day music, film, and digital festival taking place this month. The outdoorsy kids stoked on its swimming holes, extensive running and biking trails, and warm temps year-round. And of course, the food kids. But they're not just talking up its brisket and iconic tacos. These days, cult-status ramen, a stylish oyster bar, world-class sushi, and modern Thai have many outside of the Lone Star State anointing Austin America's next great food city. We're guessing the kids wouldn't disagree.


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