A neighborhood seafood restaurant owned by 32-year-old Larry McGuire, Austin’s restaurant darling, Clark's is a cheerful space with its yellow-and-white stripped awning. Waiters sport preppy boat shoes, oysters are flown in daily, and some claim they have the best red fish in the state.

Clark's Oyster Bar
1200 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 297-2525

After years of supper clubs and farmers market stands, Jesse Griffiths and team have finally opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant. A butcher shop as well as a restaurant, expect to find a range of locally-sourced products, including free-roaming venison and feral pig. They’re known for their sausages and charcuterie plates–try one with one of the Texas-only wines or local brews on offer.

Dai Due
2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 524-0688

Some of the finest barbecue in Austin comes from the little black truck that is La Barbecue.

La Barbecue
902 E Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 605-9696

Beautifully-plated, fresh take on Lowcountry cuisine–try the white button mushrooms with warm country ham vinaigrette. Do not miss the superb biscuits.

1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-2796

Austin’s top ramen place, known for its pork-based broth and springy noodles.

Ramen Tatsu-ya
8557 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78758

These just might be the best tacos in a city where this common street food has a cult following. The fish tacos and vegetarian tacos are handheld joy. They also do a barbacoa on the weekends.

Veracruz All Natural Food Truck
1704 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 981-1760