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7 Unique Austin Foods and Drinks

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7 Unique Austin Foods and Drinks


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7 Unique Austin Foods and Drinks

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Food & Drink, Feature, Guide,

7 Unique Austin Foods and Drinks

7 Unique Austin Foods and Drinks

Food & Drink, Feature, Guide,

7 Unique Austin Foods and Drinks

Published By: By: Katerina Cotroneo   •   April 24, 2024

7 Unique Austin Foods and Drinks

Published By:
By: Katerina Cotroneo By: Katerina Cotroneo
April 24, 2024

Food & Drink, Feature, Guide,


Our little hippie city turned tech metropolis and a haven for creativity has always had some interesting eats. Whether you’re flying in for the weekend and want to try something fun or just moved to town and want in on the conversations surrounding downtown delicacies, keep Austin weird with us and try these unique foods and drinks.

See also: The 10 Best Cocktail Spots In Austin

Sno-Beach’s Sno-Cones

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412 Sterzing St. / Website

No, these are not regular snow cones. Tons of unique flavors and toppings that will blow your mind combined with the nostalgia of old-school-dripping-down-your-hand goodness make this a line worth waiting in. Plus, after being out in the heat, a very refreshing sweet treat awaits.

Chuy’s Jalapeño Ranch

Multiple locations / Website

Everyone wants to drink this with a straw, and we can’t blame them. Tangy and perfectly spicy, this is a life-changing condiment. Trust us, run, don’t walk, and we’ll see you at Chuy’s.

Torchy’s Tacos’ “Make It Trashy”

Multiple locations / Website

This is a staple in Austin as it was founded here. People are always saying we keep it weird, and I suppose naming our food trashy is one way of keeping the spirit alive. It’s well-loved and well-liked. Tex Mex is our thing, and if you ask us, replacing lettuce with queso, or “making it trashy,” is a no-brainer.

Baby Acapulco’s Purple Margarita

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Multiple locations / Website

This delicious drink is about as strong as they come (seriously, take this one slow) and tastes just as good as it looks. There's even a two-per-customer limit because of how hard these hit. We recommend enjoying your purple tipple with a side of chips and queso. Yes, you will have a purple tongue after, but that is to be expected.

Matt’s El Rancho’s Bob Armstrong Dip

2613 S. Lamar Blvd. / 512.462.9333 / Website

The birthplace of “Happy Birthdays and Baptism” lunches for Austinites. Big enough to fit all the families and friends, Matt’s has been a go-to for delicious food since 1952. You’re not a local till you’ve been to Matt’s, and we love the Bob Armstrong Dip, crafted with queso, guacamole and ground beef.

Broken Spoke’s Chicken Fried Steak

3201 S. Lamar Blvd. / 512.442.6189 / Website

Now a historical landmark and a dance hall, head to Broken Spoke for a good two-stepsin’ time, great music and fine culinary dishes fit for a cowboy. Food Network has even poked its head in here.

Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum’s Shanghai Soup Dumplings

1203 W. 6th St. / 512.474.5107 / Website

Absolutely delicious, these soup dumplings are unique in that they truly rival any dim sum you’d find in New York City. Tender and full of flavorful soup, these are simply a must-try. We recommend getting the egg rolls while you’re at it!

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