Food-truck-turned-restaurant Barley Swine is one of the most popular eateries in Austin right now. In fact, chef Bryce Gilmore was just crowned one of the Best New Chefs by Food and Wine magazine.
I don’t know who is responsible for designating BS? as awesome. (Coincidence that the initials are BS? I think not.) Whoever you people are, I disagree with all of you.
On many reccommendations I ventured to Barley Swine for an incredible gastronomic experience only to be greated with the smell of grease, a ridiculously hot and bright open kitchen, and food smothered in oil. Granted, it all looked pretty plated, but the food itself was over-bearing. Even the brussel sprouts! Obviously I’m in the minority with my scathing opinion, so take it or try BS anyway.
If you’re looking for fabulous food in Austin try these all-time favorites:
- Ranch 616 – Trendy vibe, southern food
- Franklin’s – In-town BBQ crowned “Best in the USA” by Bon Appetit
- Eddie V’s – Texas-sized steaks, crab cakes, and infamous bar scene
- Uchi – Hands down best restaurant in Austin. Japanese fare that will blow your socks off.
- Perla’s – Trendy, always packed, good seafood
- Salt Lick – My favorite BBQ in the world (outside of Austin, worth the trip)
- Guero’s – Decent Tex Mex on South Congress
- Patika – Coffee truck downtown with amazing cappuccino
- Kerby Lane – Breakfast diner that actually delivers healthy deliciousness whenever you need it
These are “the basics.” If you make it through this list, then head to South Congress or Downtown and stroll around the food trucks. I can’t name specifics, but I’m never disappointed. (In other words, food trucks are awesome because the talent can focus on food and not a venue.)
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