Austin’s definitely a food loving town. The more thoughtful and creative, the better. And there’s lots of it.
Everything from Korean to Japanese, to Tex-Mex to Italian, to Southern and Mediterranean… whatever your tastes – it’s all represented in some way here. After all, we’re one of the most incredibly diverse communities anywhere.
Of course, anyone can argue about how “authentic” each “cultural” food is. I’m not sure if “Americanized” is the word for it, but definitely a lot of foods are “Austinized” here, where we celebrate creative new ways to put foods together that aren’t typically thought of.
A little restaurant in Round Rock, just on the north edge of Austin, called La Cocina is a great example. Their entire menu is inspired by the owner’s ties to both Mexico and his classical chef training in Italy. Hence, a menu full of both Tex-Mex (is it really though?) and Italian dishes – plus a flavorful salsa with fresh basil as an ingredient. Unusual presentations and unexpected ideas, but great food! Completely an Austin kind of approach to “let’s get creative with food and see what else we can do!”
Or the little family owned sushi place on 620 that my husband loves. Where they make sushi rolls with jalapenos. Not necessarily what you’d expect, but the taste is spectacular.
Everyone can pretty much agree that Austin dining is overall done very well in terms of quality and taste. If you visit Austin and don’t find something good to eat, then you really didn’t get out.
Put this on your list…
There are definitely some iconic, artistic places to consider visiting though. And when it comes to pizza, a little place on South Congress fits the bill for both iconic personality and art AND for crafting one of the best pizzas around.
And that place is Home Slice Pizza. My daughter and I love the Margherita pizza, which you can get both as a white and as a red pizza. My son prefers straight up cheese or pepperoni. The atmosphere is fun and eclectic Austin. And it’s fairly economical as well. You can get a large slice for $3.50 – $4.00 and a whole pizza is ready for takeout or dine-in usually in just 20 minutes. They’ve got a system going over there and it works.
Home Slice is also home to some of the most recognizable iconic mural art that Austin has become known for. It’s conveniently located on popular South Congress where you’ll find other great food and interesting art and shopping as well.
My favorite mural on their building is probably Mr. Rogers, sported outside on the parking drive side.
Add it to your bucket list and let me know when you’re in town! We’ll go crochet in public together!