1) Kerbey Lane Cafe:klane

Voted best breakfast by readers of the Austin Chronicle odds are if you ever find yourself craving breakfast then Kerby Lane is a good choice. Whether your appetite leads you to satisfy your hunger in the morning or in the middle of the night these diners are open 24 hours Thursday-Sunday. With five locations around the city, you are never too far to from a Kerby Lane. The queso is highly recommended.

Central location: 3704 Kerby lane

2) Hopdoddy Burger Bar:

If beer and burgers, go together well. Great burgers and great beer magnify that experience exponentially If you enjoy that combination then Hopdoddy will not disappoint. They offer a wide range of burger options (vegetarian option included), as well as hosting a good selection of local artisan beers. Timing is a factor with going to eat here, as the locations are very popular and tend to get busy during peak hours. So plan accordingly or be prepared to wait in line.

Central location: 1400 S Congress Ave

3) Torchy’s Tacos:

 Torchys trailerA dream and the catch phrase “Damn good tacos” are parts of the Torchy’s legacy, any fan of new combinations of delicious flavors hiding within the folds of a familiar tortilla should check out their selection.. Torchy’s award winning flavor combinations has consistently led these tacos to a prominent ambassador to foodies visiting Austin.
For the whole range of offerings your best bet is to visit a stand alone location, the food trucks are viable but their selection is limited.

Central location: 2809 South First


4) Uchi:uchi

If in the mood for contemporary Japanese  sushi, and great service Uchi should be heavily considered. Japanese izakaya/tapas style dishes and sushi are on the focus here. It is highly recommended that you get there early before 5, wait for them to open and join in the happy hour to get a feel for their menu and selection. They have a menu that changes daily based on the availability and freshness of ingredients.

Location: 801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin

5) Franklin Barbecue:

Franklin Barbecue is a a bit of a legend in Austin, asking people about it, you will likely hear about how people get up early to wait in line for a few hours to procure a bit of their slow cooked delectable brisket. With the first bite, you will know full well what all the fuss is about. Franklin has been recognized nationally by Bon Apetite as the best barbecue in the country. Judging by the two hour lines that stretch around the corner before they open this may be accurate.
Your best bet and shortest wait time would be on a Tuesday or Wednesday, avoid weekends unless you have a lot of time to kill.

Central location: 900 East 11th Street