R.Do you think about when we could go on road trips? Maybe you can’t go on vacation right now, but there is a way to dream because if you want to know where to eat in a particular city, all you have to do is follow the Flavortown Mayor Guy Fieri Steps. The places he visits on his Food Network Show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives are definitely the ones you want to try. So sit back, dream big and let’s take a look at all the places Guy has visited on diners, drive-ins and dives in Austin, Texas.
Guy visited Austin several times during the 31 seasons of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. This is a lot of restaurants, but Austin’s food scene is so good it’s no wonder it takes a while to get through it. From sandwich shops to pizzerias to several great grills (it’s Texas, after all), taquerias, and fantastic food trucks, Austin has it all. There are 14 restaurants in Austin that have been featured at Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and we’d like to try them all.
14 Austin, Texas diner, drive-ins, and dive sites
SLAB BBQ & beer
The diners, drive-ins and dives visit Austin SLAB BBQ & beer was a very special episode with the first rib sandwich in Triple D history. The McDowell sandwich is made with boned ribs and the grill joint’s Soul Glo sauce and sounds fantastic. Or go with the Texas Tornado, a tortilla filled with brisket, chicken, double-boiled potatoes, BBQ beans, onions, jalapeños, and SLAB’s red backyard sauce.
Green mesquite grill & more
Green mesquite The grill has its taste of mesquite wood that is seasoned or “green”. Guy loved the ribs, the brisket, the pulled pork, and the fried chicken steak. We also watch the wings with one side of silent pups. And the cake – definitely the blueberry cake.
Home slice pizza
Homesick for authentic New York style pizza (even if you are not from New York)? Home slice sells 1,000 New York style, cake and slice pizzas a day. And like any good pizza place in New York, you can eat your slice off a paper plate on a stool outside, or you can take your cake to go.
This Austin restaurant is technically a pizzeria, but perhaps best known for its pastrami sandwiches. They cure the meat for 20 days, smoke it, and then pile it on top of homemade sourdough bread. Save space for dessert (salted caramel cheesecake, blueberry brown betty) and be sure to get ready to have coffee and pastries again the next morning. When diners, drive-ins and dives were visiting, Guy had high praise for the caramel buns Pieous. “This is how every cinnamon roll wants to be,” he said.
OneTaco started out as a taco truck and now has its own space in Austin. Try the Taco Yucateco with braised pork, black beans, pickled onions, and bittersweet onions in a corn tortilla that Guy called “real deal,” or the gringa with marinated pork, cheese, onions, coriander, and pineapple in flour tortilla. They also serve vegetarian tacos, including the taco de nopales with grilled cactus and queso fresco pico de gallo in a corn tortilla.
Austin has an excellent food truck scene as well bar is one that we absolutely want to visit. Serving classic Brazilian food, this food truck is a favorite of Austin residents like Matthew McConaughey and his Brazilian-born wife. Guy loved the feijoada and homemade pao de queijo.
To sample excellent comfort food in Austin, diners, drive-ins and dives visited Counter Cafe, specializing in pancakes, burgers, cookies and gravy. The 26-seat restaurant menu features the usual suspects as well as unique dishes like quail and eggs and curry burger burgers.
Foreign & domestic
The seasonal menu at Foreign & domestic is enough to inspire a road trip on its own. Guy said, “R&D is the real business. It’s a real food-focused place. What you see is what you get.” You can find a burger and fries, but there are also the typical savory Gruyere and paprika popovers and wild tartare. Also leave room for the blackberry cardamom buttermilk cake.
Magnolia Cafe has been around for 41 years and Austin still loves this place. It’s easy to see why too. Banana pecan gingerbread pancakes, queso smothered omelets, and the voodoo blue burger got us all ready to join the locals.
El Camino Casino
Open until 2am every day, Guy called El Camino Casino Home to “the best burger in town”. For your 12-ounce burger (yes, you read that right), you can order the usual (cheese and bacon) or the unusual (toasted serrano peppers, beer braised pork belly, and Texas hot buffalo sauce).
Luke is inside out
Find creative sandwiches and daily specials in this food trailer. Guy tried The Korean Rabbit with Rabbit Meat, Tater Tots, Kimchi, Sriracha, and Luke’s Secret Sauce, and called it “the bomb.” Lukes Also serves Sunday brunch.
Punk rock, a bit of religion and brunch at any time of the day Holy roller “A beacon of funk,” says Guy. Get the casbah (fried chicken, hot biscuit with honey butter, comeback sauce, fried egg, syrup) or the grilled cheese (buttered toast, American, mozzarella, cheddar, tomato jam, avocado) and don’t forget to add a side of trash Fries (green chilli, sunny egg, sour cream, corn, lime, cotija, jalapeno, coriander).
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Look, a place that gets grilled and Mexican is definitely high on our list of places to visit in Austin, and diners, drive-ins and dives thought so too. come to Valentinas before 11am to enjoy The Real Deal Holyfield: fried egg, beans, potatoes, bacon and tomato serrano salsa, plus a thick slice of fat breast.
A quick note in case you’re a fan of the show and wondering how some of the restaurants featured in Austin are doing: Diners, drive-ins, and dives also went to Noble Sandwich Co. (home of Noble Pig and Duck Pastrami) but the restaurant closed in September 2019.
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