40 iconic and modern classic takeout dishes from Austin restaurants
You might not feel comfortable sitting in your favorite Austin restaurants right now. But you can still taste some what makes Austin great when you take home some of the most iconic and notable dishes in the city.
One way to help make sure the restaurants you love today are here tomorrow and this time next year is to order takeout. And with these dishes, you'll get a sense of the city, maybe trigger some memories of easier times and remind yourself of what we all have to look forward to enjoying together in the hopefully not too distant future.
And, remember, if you're ordering delivery via a third party, the restaurant is not getting the full price of your order. So, if you can, order takeout. Many of these places are offering contactless curbside pickup, and some even offer their own delivery. Every dollar a restaurant can hold onto at this point is critical.
(Note: I didn't include iconic pizza and hamburger spots like Home Slice Pizza, Via 313, Crown & Anchor, etc., as they could make their own list of 40.)
Migas from Cisco’s. A steaming plate of onion-studded eggs loosely bound by melted cheese, and somehow tortilla strips stay crunchy. 1511 E. Sixth St. 512-478-2420, ciscosaustin.com.
Pastrami sandwich from Dai Due. Rippled folds of pastrami slathered with the earthy tang of beet Thousand Island sauce on grilled, house-baked bread. 2406 Manor Road. 512-524-0688, daidue.com.
Parisian gnocchi from Foreign & Domestic. French country meets Texas comfort in a dish of plump gnocchi and mushrooms awash in koji butter. 306 E. 53rd St. 512-459-1010, fndaustin.com.
Mole from El Naranjo. Whether you get the red mole with shredded chicken or the black mole with duck, you know chef Iliana de la Vega’s sauces will be complex and perfectly executed. 2717 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-520-5750, elnaranjoaustin.com.
Crispy tacos from El Patio. I wonder how many crispy tacos topped with processed cheese is too many — 10, or maybe 100? 2938 Guadalupe St. 512-476-5955, elpatioaustin.com.
Rene’s Awesome Enchiladas from Eldorado Cafe. A little tomatillo and sour cream to brighten your rich, tortilla-bundled short rib. 3300 W. Anderson Lane. 512-420-2222, eldoradocafeatx.com.
Cacio e pepe from Emmer & Rye. Tensile pasta nested in a creamy sauce with a soft kick. 51 Rainey St. 512-366-5530, emmerandrye.com.
Beef enchiladas from Enchiladas y Mas. People have been lining up for these cheese-smothered enchiladas for more than a quarter century. 1911 W. Anderson Lane. 512-467-7100, enchiladasymas.com.
Jambalaya from Evangeline Cafe. Chicken, sausage and the Creole trinity will give you a taste of Louisiana. 8106 Brodie Lane. 512-282-2586, evangelinecafe.com.
Mushroom raviolo from Fabi & Rosi. A big wave of pasta wraps one of the meatiest and earthiest vegetarian dishes in town. 509 Hearn St. 512-236-0642, fabiadrosi.com.
Cochinita pibil from Fonda San Miguel. Your dining room at home probably isn’t as exciting and colorful as the one at this Austin culinary landmark, but the achiote-spiced pork spilling from its banana leaf wrap will taste just as warming and fragrant. 2330 W. North Loop Blvd. 512-459-4121, fondasanmiguel.com.
Brisket from Franklin Barbecue. Skip the long line, order online and be the hero of your family’s backyard barbecue when you order the best brisket in Central Texas for curbside pickup. 900 E. 11th S. 512-653-1187, franklinbbq.com.
Chicken fried steak from Hoover’s. Go ahead and get your gravy-covered dish Hoover-sized, with two cutlets instead of one, and order it with candied yams and mustard greens. 2002 Manor Road. 512-479-5006, hooverscooking.com.
Smoked scalloped potatoes from Interstellar BBQ. Whether you take home the brisket or creative sausages (or both), make sure you add a side of the smoky, creamy potatoes, maybe the best barbecue side dish in Austin. 12233 FM 620 N., Ste. 105. 512-382-6248, theinterstellarbbq.com.
Bone-in ribeye from Jeffrey’s. Yes, some of the best steaks in Texas are available for curbside pickup. The fanciest and probably most expensive takeout you ever did order. 1204 W. Lynn St. 512-477-5584, jeffreysofaustin.com.
Con Queso from Juan in a Million. Who says breakfast time is too early for queso? It’s not when it comes with eggs, potatoes and carne guisada from this East Austin staple. 2300 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-472-3872, juaninamillion.com.
Pappardelle from Juniper. The snow shower of shaved horseradish tempers the lushness of short rib ragu in this bowl of housemade pasta. 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-220-9421, juniperaustin.com.
Steak frites from Justine’s Brasserie. Meat and potatoes the way the French do it. 4710 E. Fifth St. 512-385-2900, justines1937.com.
French toast platter from Kerbey Lane Cafe. With more than a half dozen locations around town, you’re likely to make it to your destination while the steam is still wafting off your French toast, bacon and eggs. Multiple locations. kerbeylanecafe.com.
Homemade pasta from L’Oca d’Oro. The Italian restaurant at Mueller is not open for regular business but it is selling weekly and monthly subscription boxes that include some of the best pasta dishes in town. 1900 Simond Ave. 737-212-1876, locadoroaustin.com.
Chile relleno from Las Palomas. Raisins and crystalized fruit lend sweetness to this roasted pepper stuffed with meat and nuts. 3201 Bee Cave Road, No. 122. 512-327-9889, laspalomasrestaurant.com.
Beet hummus from Launderette. This earthy and tart dish served with everything crackers is the perfect start to pretty much any meal. It might look simple, but you’re probably not putting in this effort at home. 2115 Holly St. 512-382-1599, launderetteaustin.com.
Buttermilk banana pecan pancakes from Magnolia Cafe. Stack 'em high and drizzle them when you get home. 1920 S. Congress Ave. 512-445-0000, magnoliacafeaustin.com.
Strait Plate from Maudie’s. The only thing better than beef enchiladas is a plate of beef enchiladas covered with chili con carne. Multiple locations. maudies.com.
Bob Armstrong Dip from Matt’s El Rancho. Often imitated, never duplicated, in honoring the late Texas land commissioner, Matt’s El Rancho showed us that the only thing better than a bowl of queso is a bowl of queso full of beef, sour cream and guacamole. Texas forever. 2613 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-462-9333, mattselrancho.com.
Salt and pepper shrimp from New Fortune. Since you can’t endlessly order dim sum to go, start with the perfectly seasoned and crispy shrimp. 10901 N. Lamar Blvd., No. 501. 512-832-9992, newfortunetx.com.
Quail from Odd Duck. The preparation of the little bird may change from time to time, but it’s always a winner, like the latest version stuffed with goat chorizo. 1201 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-433-6521, oddduckaustin.com.
Biscuits from Olamaie. The refined Southern fine dining restaurant has temporarily transitioned to Little Ola’s Biscuits, a takeout shop serving sandwiches and spreads on the best biscuits in the state. 1610 San Antonio St. 512-474-2796, olamaieaustin.com.
Ham and cheese omelet from Omelettry. A beloved classic for a reason. 4631 Airport Blvd., No. 131A. 512-453-5062, theomelettry.com.
Guajillo fajitas from Polvos. Sun-dried chilies give this dish studded with pecans, raisins and peanuts its hallmark dusky flavor. Three locations around town. polvos.com.
Fried shrimp platter from Quality Seafood Market. Plump golden shrimp crackle and shine with the sweet salinity of the sea. I take mac and cheese and corn on the cob as my sides. 5621 Airport Blvd. 512-452-3820, qualityseafoodmarket.com.
Tonkotsu original from Ramen Tatsu-Ya. Springy noodles and rich, creamy, complex pork broth make this ramen the best in the city. Three locations around town. ramen-tatsuya.com.
Mutton from Sam’s Bar-B-Que. Where else are you gonna get that gamey, rangy meat with a side of history and community? 2000 E. 12th St. 512-478-0378, samsbarbque.com.
Suadero tacos from Suerte. Shimmering Black Magic packed with warming notes of sesame-slick, tender slices of brisket fanned out across homemade tortillas. An avocado salsa crudo lightens the load. 1800 E. Sixth St. 512-953-0092, suerteatx.com.
Chilaquiles from Tamale House East. Sure, breakfast tacos are great. But Tamale House East proves that chilaquiles may be the most underrated Mexican breakfast dish of them all. 1707 E. Sixth St. 512-495-9504, facebook.com/tamalehouse.east.
Pho from Tan My. Nothing warms or restores like a steaming bowl of this fragrant Vietnamese soup. 1601 Ohlen Road, Suite E. 512-832-9585.
Coq au vin from Texas French Bread. Texas meets France with this sumptuous bird drunk on wine. 2900 Rio Grande St. 512-499-0544, texasfrenchbread.com.
Sushi from Uchi and Uchiko. Yes, you can get hama chili, bigeye tuna with goat cheese, Spanish anchovies and all of the great fish for which Uchi is legend via curbside takeout. 801 S. Lamar Blvd. 4200 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-916-4808, uchiaustin.com.
Smoked carnitas taco from Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ. Hard to pick just one taco at this trailer that showcases the best of Texas’ culinary traditions, but I’ll go a little against the grain and spotlight this crispy, fatty pork sweetened with caramelized onions and lifted by cilantro, served on the best flour tortilla in town. 11500 Menchaca Road. 512-221-4248, valentinastexmexbbq.com.
Migas taco from Veracruz All Natural. The best migas taco in town, and the foundation of a mini empire, in a town full of migas tacos. Multiple locations. veracruzallnatural.com.