Under the heavy branches of live oaks, shaded streets dotted with bungalows comprise the heart of North Austin. Conveniently close to the shopping and tech hub of The Domain and a stone’s throw from great vintage shops on Burnet and North Loop, there’s a cozy and distinct charm to this desirable neighborhood. With an understated yet bustling restaurant scene, North Austin is home to an abundance of cuisines, and many restaurants have carved out space for themselves with the impeccable execution of authentic dishes from around the world. You’ll find many of the city’s favorites nestled in strip malls and old houses – from Texas BBQ to Korean comfort food and even an East Coast-inspired lobster shack, all coalescing to feed the northern region of this growing city.
Founded by the culinary and creative powerhouse team Joel and Joanna Fried, Eldorado Cafe is the quintessential warm-hearted, and community-centered watering hole serving Mexican-inspired comfort food. The heart of the menu is their enchiladas — with seven delicious flavor combinations, you’ll wish you could order them all. Esme’s Magic brings just that, with the unique filling of mashed potatoes, smothered in ancho chili sauce and topped with shredded lettuce, purple cabbage, tomato, and queso fresco. You may never order a “normal” enchilada again. Looking for some crunch? Choose from “Los Crispies,” featuring hard shell tacos and tostadas. Or if you’re feeding a family, their tasty take and bake casseroles are the perfect weeknight solution that will leave everyone happy.
Don’t let the classic no-frills menu fool you. This family-run, authentically Greek joint consistently continues to impress and deliver on their offerings of classic Greek favorites. Fresh and flavorful gyros, falafel, and Greek salad bring the flavors of the Mediterranean to your doorstep. Craving a little bit of everything? Start with the Santorini Pikilia sampling platter – it’s laden with dolmas, feta, baba ghanoush, hummus, tzatziki, and spanakopita. The gyro is another fan-favorite, with your choice of protein, stuffed with lettuce, coated in tzatziki, and wrapped in a warm pita. Save room for dessert – their Lucumades (Greek Beignets) are absolutely everything deep-fried dough and sugar should be.
Like many of Austin’s famous restaurants, Slab BBQ & Beer started as a food truck. With a rich blend of flavors influenced from all over the south, Slab BBQ brings its own flair to the slow-cooked meat Austin knows and loves. The menu is stacked with their signature mouth-watering “sammiches” that tower with supple layers of sweet and smokey meat. Feeling extra hungry? Try The Donk, a 1 lb. sammich loaded with every smoked cut available and topped with pickles, onions, jalapeños, slaw, queso, Fritos, and all four SLAB BBQ sauces. If a sammich doesn’t sound like it will hit the spot, try their famous BBQ nachos for a truly immersive Tex-Mex experience.
Let the good times roll. Well-known for their KFC (Korean Fried Chicken), live karaoke, and of course, soju, this family-owned Austin favorite offers packed-with-flavor, late-night Korean comfort food. Their twenty-one house-mixed flavored soju options no doubt fuel late nights of karaoke, only to be soaked up by their popular Bulgogi Kimchi Fries. Among loyal fans, the Pork Belly & Octopus (a platter that generously serves 2-3 eaters) and the Korean BBQ Short Ribs are on heavy rotation. With recipes that bring spice and tang with every bite, even at your own home their dishes buzz with energy.
With handmade pasta and an emphasis on fresh ingredients, Andiamo brings authentic Italian culinary craftsmanship to life with traditional dishes. The delectable house-made saffron ravioli filled with chicken, Italian pancetta, and ricotta, with mushroom and marsala sauce, is rich and oh-so-creamy. Seasonal specials provide rotating ingredients and new dishes to an otherwise tightly curated menu with attention aimed at the precise execution of each dish. Other favorites include the Spaghetti Alla Carbonara and their soup of the day. Whether you’re simply craving fresh pasta, or have an occasion to celebrate, Andiamo’s elegant dining transports the soul of Italy to Central Texas.
It’s a family affair. Heidi, the eldest of the Garbo sisters, brought the East Coast-inspired lobster shack, along with her sisters, Sam and Hannah, to land-locked Austin. After opening three food trucks sprinkled throughout the city, Heidi found the perfect location for her first brick and mortar located in North Austin. Although the lobster rolls are what initially pulled at the heartstrings of Austinites, the menu now boasts many New England favorites — from clam chowder to fish and chips to their scrumptious Maine crab cakes. Heidi’s house-made Key lime pie is not to be missed, nor is the soft-serve from Conner’s Creamy, the resident food truck on the premises.
Komé is infused with the passion and care that Také and Kayo Asazu bring to their authentic home-style Japanese cooking. From their unique take on classic rolls to their satisfying bento boxes, the Asanzu’s have combined the delectable flavors from both of their lineages and experiences to fuse a menu that has you salivating in anticipation as you place your order. Inspired by the Lone Star state, the TX surf-n-turf roll features the delightful combination of hanger steak and shrimp tempura finished with a drizzle of Texas green sauce. In the mood for something cozy? The Donburi Bowls like the Mabo-don layer combinations of Japanese spices that will excite both your tongue and your tummy.