Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to Italy? I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Italy in college and I have been longing to return ever since. One of the things I miss the most about Italy is the gelato shops and stands on almost every street corner.
Insert Dolce Bacio. Dolce Bacio is an authentic gelato truck in Austin, owned by a husband and wife duo from Italy. Dante and Francesca put so much heart and soul into their gelato and cannoli, and you can taste it.
Every day is the perfect day for gelato (in my opinion)! They are constantly experimenting and changing the flavors up. So far, I think I’ve sampled about every flavor they have.
Pictured here are the Cremino, Whiskey, Banana, and Strawberry gelato flavors, and a traditional cannolo filled with ricotta cheese and topped with chocolate! You seriously can’t go wrong here, everything is amazing. Not to mention it’s wayyyy healthier than ice cream.
Check out their truck on Cesar Chavez or be on the lookout for Dante and the gelato bike cruzin’ around town!
If Austin is known for one thing (besides live music) it has to be tacos. Us Austinites eat tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We even have dessert tacos. Pretty much everyday is Taco Tuesday in Austin. Tacos Tacos Tacos!
Insert Pueblo Viejo. They are cooking up some of the best tacos in town! I love me a good pastor taco, and Pueblo Viejo’s Taco Tuesday deal is $1.99 pastor taco. I’ll take 10 please!
You can find them at their food truck inside of Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden or at their brick and mortar location on East 5th and Brushy St.
Move over, there’s a new restaurant in town. Sour Duck Market is the littlest sister to Odd Duck and Barley Swine, and if you’ve ever dined at any of these establishments, you know they don’t mess around.
Sour Duck Market is a really neat space, with a full bakery and coffee shop inside and an outdoor space with tons of seating, fire pits, and a walk up bar, there is something for everyone. Oh and let’s not forget about the big smoker in the center… You already know those smoky meats are going to be delish!
I had such a blast visiting Sour Duck last weekend and I recommend going for Happy Hour. It runs Sunday-Thursday from 2-6pm, and on Wednesday’s they hold their own Farmer’s Market allowing for local farmer’s to come in and connect with Sour Duck guests. This starts at 4pm, so you can still enjoy the Happy Hour perks!
I can honestly say that I loved every single item I ordered. Since I went during happy hour, I got $6 margaritas and palomas, and a $5 Spicy Pork Sando! This is the best deal ever because the sandwich is amazing, flavorful, and only $5! I also tried the Dirty Fried Rice and the Rutabaga Tater Tots which were killer as well. I do think my favorite though, was the Smoked Brisket Reuben.
Definitely go and give them a visit! They are changing the game with their unique menu and concept. You won’t regret it!
Fun Fact: Churro Co. was the first food truck I went to when I moved to Austin two years ago! This was way back when they were located on Riverside. Now you can find Churro Co. on South 1st.
Opening their doors in 2014, Churro Co. is the only place in Austin to make their churro batter from scratch! It takes 24 hours before its ready to go. That, my friends, is the real deal. Trust me when I say their churros are to die for!
But don’t take my word for it, try them out yourself! Pictured below are some of their specialty churros. The Texas Comfort- churros tossed in cardamom sugar, topped with home-made apple pie, salted caramel, and whipped cream. Woah. And the Date Night- churros tossed in popcorn sugar, topped with vanilla ice cream, caramel drizzle, and a dash of sea salt.
They also have a seasonal menu which features two different specialty churros. Okay, you can pick your jaw up off the ground now ;)
Bao Buns. What’s not to love? They’re fun to say, fun to eat, and there are so many puns! I’m all aBAOt it!
101 by TeaHaus is a fast casual Asian fusion restaurant and they launched a new menu a few months back featuring, you guessed it, Bao Buns! Well, Bao Sliders is what they call them. Right now, they have 4 that are available with 4 more coming soon!
I had the pleasure of trying out the buns and they are all so different but equally great. Featured are the Bangkok (fried cod, coconut curry, mango salsa, avocado), Slow Cooked Pork (braised pork belly, pickled veggies, cilantro), Korean BBQ (Korean BBQ ribeye, kimchi, cheese), and Spicy Chicken (spicy fried chicken breast, haus spice, cheese, veggies). My personal favorite was the Spicy Chicken!
They are all under $5 bucks and don’t forget to grab a Mint Berry Lemonade while you’re there. They are located in north Austin in the Highland neighborhood.
Action Item: Be on the lookout for the 4 new buns launching soon. Good Morning, Elote, Tofu, and 420. Can’t wait to try them out!
Holy Manoli, you’ve got to try this place! Manolis can be found in the South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery on South 1st. And man oh man is it good.
First of all, its probably the nicest, shiniest, cleanest food truck I’ve ever seen. Second, its completely family owned and Manoli is the man. He’s always giving away samples of the latest menu items. And the menu is insane, anything you’re craving, they have it. Seriously. Cake, ice cream, paletas, Italian ice, sorbet, and pastries. They even have shakes, juice, and coffee!
My favorite item on the menu has to be the Tiramisu Ice Cream. It is so heavenly, rich and creamy. I can’t help but get it just about every single time I’m there…
Food trucks are God’s gift to Earth. One of my favorites is a Filipino truck called Tito Adobo. The food is amazing and the owner is the most genuine man I’ve ever met. The menu features Tacos, Fried Rice, Chicharon, and Lumpia Shanghai. I love the Lumpia (pictured) and I get like 7 of them every time I go. Two words sum them up…Mouth. Watering. And the sauce? Perfect blend of tangy and sweet.
I’ve also had the Tacos, Fried Rice, and Chicharon (yes, pretty much the whole menu). And, if you hit it off with the owner, there’s always a little somethin’ somethin’ cooking in the back that’s not featured on the menu (you’re welcome).
Did I mention that once a month they host a bottle share? Basically anyone can come, bring a large bottle of your favorite craft beer or wine to share, sample what others bring, and enjoy special menu items. Good food, good drinks, and good people. Y’all, there’s nothing like the local food community. It really makes Austin feel like home.
If you watch Cupcake Wars at all, you probably know of Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. That’s because they won in Season 8 Episode 2!
These cupcakes are absolutely scrumptious. Depending on which day of the week you go, there will be different flavors. I took my mom and sister there on a Saturday, and we tried the Lemon Lavender, Peanut Butter Cup(cake), and Sprinkle Bomb. I mean c’mon, pictures are worth a thousand words.
Colorado is a beautiful state. There. I said it. I was able to get out there 2 times this past year to visit Denver and Boulder, go to the Winter Brew Fest, ski at Loveland, and eat lots of great food.
Boulder has this famous strip of shops and restaurants called Pearl Street. It is so cute and fun to explore. My boyfriend and I stumbled upon this restaurant called Tahona Tequila Bistro, and obviously the Texan in us came out and we had to check it out.
Pictured you will see Chilaquiles which is a classic Mexican dish. It is essentially a large bowl filled with tortilla chips, pork green chili, and cheese, finished with two eggs over easy & pico de gallo. Wowza.
I had the tacos because big taco girl over here. So also pictured is the Al Pastor Taco and the Chicken Mole Taco. The Al Pastor is also a classic and made up of crispy sautéed pork, pineapple, red onion, and cilantro. The Chicken Mole consisted of chicken thigh meat braised in Mexican spices, pickled red onion, cilantro, and queso fresco.
If you’ve ever been to Vienna, Austria, you know ULRICH is the place to go. It’s been awhile since I was there, but the food was enough to remember. It’s also very cute and picturesque, so photographing it was easy. Don’t you just love it when restaurants invite you to take pictures and post about them? Lighting and plating…on point.
Pictured is my brunch with my best gal pal (shout out Alexa). I was so lucky to be able to visit her while I studied in Italy and she in Vienna. Of course she was going to take me to ULRICH.
I had Pancakes with a side of fruit (how cute are they?) and she had The Big Easy which was an herb omelette, avocado open sandwich, cottage cheese, fresh spinach, spiced mixed nuts, and grilled tomato. Of course, we topped it off with mimosas (as if there’s any other way to brunch). 10/10 would recommend.
If your mouth isn’t watering looking at this Piroshky, there might be something wrong with you. Located in the Public Market of Seattle, Piroshky Pirosky is the definition of iconic. I waited in line an hour for this baby.
Pictured is the Apple Cinnamon Roll Piroshky, definitely one of the fan favorites. And I absolutely agree, it was so amazing, gooey, warm, and like a party in my mouth.
They have both sweet and savory Piroshkys, and I honestly can’t pick which one I liked best. I also tried (not pictured because I ate too fast) the Ham, Cheese, and Spinich Piroskhky and the Bacon, Hash Brown, Egg, and Cheese Piroshky.
I’ve been living in Austin for almost 2 years now and I am forever grateful for all the different food options. This city is filled with them! From boujie and hip restaurants, to modern food trucks, to hole in the wall dives, there’s something for everyone.
Wu Chow is farm to table Chinese food and one of my personal favorite Chinese restaurants in town. Make sure you get a reservation about a week in advance though, they are always busy!
Pictured here are the Chicken & Taro Eggrolls and the Shanghai Soup Dumplings. These are just some of my favorites, and I definitely recommend getting these to start. I also love the Wu Chow Fried Rice and the Lion’s Head Meatballs! The food is always very fresh and flavorful, and the service has been great. Definitely a must when I have visitors in town!