Rachael Ray's 7 Favorite Restaurants in Austin
1. Jo's Coffee
"They have multiple locations, but I frequent the one on South Congress for iced coffee and migas. It's doggy overload when I go, since they are pet-friendly and I get to see so many pups."
1300 S. Congress Ave., 512-444-3800; joscoffee.com
2. El Naranjo
"I love Chef Iliana's food. She is a powerful female chef from Mexico that started with a food truck in Austin. She now has a phenomenal Mexican restaurant on Rainey Street in an old house. Great brunch, too!"
85 Rainey St., 512-474-2776; elnaranjorestaurant.com
"I can't leave Austin without a good Tex-Mex meal. Grizzeldas is one of my new faves. I love the vibe."
105 Tillery St., 512-366-5908; grizzeldas.com
"To be honest, I was holding off on going to Uchi for a while, because I wasn't sure I wanted to eat Japanese food while I was in Austin. But when I finally went, it blew me away. Plus, my hubby LOVES Japanese food, so that's a win-win."
801 South Lamar Boulevard, 512-916-4808; uchiaustin.com
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4. Home Slice Pizza
"Getting a slice from Home Slice is a tradition for me. I love a good neighborhood pizza joint, wherever I am."
1415 S. Congress Ave., 512-444-7437; homeslicepizza.com
6. Hopdaddy Burger Bar
"I love a good burger in any city, but I don't discriminate at Hopdoddy—I love ALL their burgers. I also love their Blue Jack Cheese and they serve queso with their fries."
Multiple locations, hopdoddy.com
7. Wu Chow
"Can't beat their big outdoor patio and farm-fresh Chinese food. I really look forward to going each year."
IBC Bank Plaza, 500 W. 5th St., #168, 512-476-2469; wuchowaustin.com