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Austin is all grown up: Its youthful restaurant scene has changed dramatically in the past decade, with ramen and banh mi slowly becoming as common as chicken-fried steak and enchiladas (which are still beloved, don't get us wrong). Despite its growth, the city remains a bastion of Southern hospitality: Upscale restaurants still feel as friendly as the food trucks on every corner, where you can find some of the city's best barbecue. Dare we say that the dining in Austin is as rockin' as its world-famous music festivals? We do.

ICONIC DISHES
LOCAL EXPERT

Justin Lavenue

Bartender and co-owner of The Roosevelt Room

"After a great meal, you need to go to The White Horse. It is the classic East Sixth Street dive bar and a hell of a good time. If you don't get a Lone Star and shot of shitty American whiskey while you're there, you're fucking up."

Local Expert

Bryce Gilmore

Chef and owner of Barley Swine

"Austin's dining scene is in a great place right now. There's a sense of community among the chefs and restaurateurs. It's still authentically 'Austin' and not full of tourist-style restaurants."

Photo: Jody Horton

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