With warm climates, and inviting crowds, Austin, Texas is a popular destination. U.S. News and World Report dubbed Austin the #1 place to live in the United States in both 2017 and 2018. So how does the city continue to deliver for its influx of citizens? It starts by adhering to their desire for delicious food. Austin has an abundance of restaurants, both chain and locally owned. Here are 5 locally owned restaurants in Austin, Texas that you don’t want to miss.


Chef sprinkling parsley into a bowl with eggs on a counter top.Swift’s Attic

This locally owned Austin restaurant ranges from Asian fusion to French to American cuisine. Not to mention the bar menu is just as long as the regular menu. If you’re in the mood for breakfast and lunch, then try out their Soufflé Pancakes on the brunch menu. Call ahead for wait times and make a reservation if you can. It’s always a good sign when the lines are out the door, but that doesn’t have to deter you from the experience.


Manuel’sThree people holding wine glasses over a table with Mexican food.

If you’re in the mood for locally owned and sourced Mexican food, then look no further than Manuel’s. The seating arrangements allow you to bask in the beauty of the Texas outdoors or find a comfortable place under an air conditioner indoors. If you’re in need of a little pick-me-up after work, check out the bar menu. Celebrate happy hour with drinks and appetizers. We recommend the Chile con Queso (add in the Homemade Venison Chorizo for some extra texture).


Table with latte, bowl with food, a glass of water, a cellphone, sunglasses, and a piece of vegan chocolate pie.Bouldin Creek Cafe

Vegan and vegetarian diets shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the tastes of Texas. Bouldin Creek Cafe hosts a variety of animal-friendly menu items that fit most dietary needs. The “Wanna B.L.T. A.,” one of their more popular items, features tofu as the main ingredient. An added bonus? Though the flavors are out-of-this-world, the prices aren’t!


Hut’s Hamburgers Hands picking up a hamburger from a tray with fries and ketchup.

In the mood for some delicious hamburgers, but don’t want to spend a fortune? Hut’s Hamburgers offers great prices, great food, and a family-friendly environment. Make sure to try the onion rings when you go.


A plate of bar-b-que ribs, toast, cole slaw, baked beans, and pickles. Kerlin BBQ

There’s not a state in the south that doesn’t serve Bar B Que, and Kerlin BBQ doesn’t shy from the competition. This food truck provides quick service and deliciously juicy meals. Try the dill potato salad!