Austin Food, Austin Dining And Best Restaurants In Austin
AustinTex.com online insider guide about Austin food, Austin dining, best restaurants in Austin, top restaurants in Austin, downtown Austin dining, local Austin farm to table and celebrity chefs Austin, Texas.
In the 1970's, Austin was mostly a sleepy college town composed of students, retirees and government workers. Restaurants in Austin TX tended to be mom and pop restaurants in Austin, diners and cafeterias with few upscale top restaurants Austin. Of course even then, Tex-Mex restaurants in Austin TX and BBQ Restaurants Austin dominated the choices in Austin food.
As the tech boom began to change the face of Austin business and culture in the mid-nineties, so too changed the face of Austin food. Today, BBQ in and from Austin is so well-known that it is shipped from restaurants in Austin TX to BBQ lovers across the US and even around the world. But with the influx of high tech and dot com business also came a new Austin food scene. As downtown Austin sprouted new business and residential high rises, so new downtown restaurants Austin seem to be opening almost every day.
One influence of new technology commerce was a more divergent population and restaurants Austin Texas have reflected that change. In the late seventies, restaurants Austin included only two or three Chinese restaurants. Today Austin food includes over 75 Vietnamese restaurants in Austin TX, almost 200 Chinese restaurants Austin, 92 sushi restaurants Austin and 63 Thai restaurants Austin.
Another most notable changes in Austin food in recent years is the number of celebrity chefs and restaurants featured on national television shows. No less than half a dozen restaurants in Austin TX and the surrounding Austin food area have been featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri, including Louie Mueller BBQ restaurant in Taylor; Maria's Taco Xpress Mexican food restaurants Austin; Casino El Camino downtown restaurants Austin; Magnolia Cafe late night restaurants Austin; Home Slice late night restaurants Austin; and Green Mesquite BBQ restaurants Austin.
Many of the top restaurants Austin follow the nationwide trend of serving local and organic produce. Bryce Gilmore, owner and chef of Barley Swine, was named one of the ten best chefs in the nation by Food & Wind magazine in April of 2011. A native Austinite, Chef Gilmore is an enthusiastic supporter of using local produce and advocates the concept of “nose-to-tail” Austin food. New on the Austin food scene, Barley Swine already has a reputation as one of the best restaurants Austin.
Other new top restaurants Austin such as the recently opened Contigo along with long time best restaurants Austin like Eastside Cafe, Kerbey Lane and Hills Cafe also serve local meat and produce. At Contigo East downtown restaurants Austin, the beef and chicken come from Fredericksburg and the quail comes from Lockhart. Eastside Cafe East downtown restaurants Austin grows it's produce right on it's own premises and much of the produce for the Kerbey Lane restaurants Austin TX comes from a local farm that plants year round for Kerbey Lane Cafe on over 60 acres. The 36-story W hotel and condo tower, new home of the PBS music series “Austin City Limits, is also home to Trace, a farm-to-table restaurants Austin downtown that sources produce from local farms.
According to the Zagat 2011 survey of national restaurant ratings, people are eating out less often in today's economy, but Texans dine out more often than their peers in the rest of the country. Austin food in particular and downtown restaurants Austin seem to be staying on the upswing.
According to Zagat’s “America’s Top Restaurants” Guide for 2011, the five top restaurants Austin for Austin food are Uchi Restaurant Austin TX; Eddie V’s Restaurant Austin TX; Wink Restaurant Austin TX; Torchy’s Tacos Restaurant Austin TX; and Vespaio Restaurant Austin TX.
The most popular best restaurants Austin are the Salt Lick Restaurant Austin TX; Eddie V’s Restaurant Austin TX; Uchi Restaurant Austin TX; Fonda San Miguel Restaurant Austin TX and Chuy’s Restaurant Austin TX.
Zagat ranks local Austin celebrity Chef Tyson Cole among such greats as Thomas Keller, Masaharu Morimoto and Tyler Florence and gives a special mention to Tyson Cole's Uchi spinoff, Uchiko restaurant Austin TX, as an example of the nationwide rebound of high-end dining.