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We Love Keeping It Local Restaurants in Austin

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Are you the kind of person that likes to eat out at a chain restaurant or local? Whichever you prefer, we encourage you to check out one of these local restaurants in Austin. There is something special about supporting the local community and feeling like family when you walk through the restaurant doors.

The guest experience is like no other, the food is impeccable and it benefits the local economy. Trust us when you say keeping it local with these restaurants is the way to go.

Thinking about visiting Barley Swine in Austin? Let us tell you a little more about this restaurant!

Barley Swine opened up in 2010 with the commitment to supporting farmers and ranchers from the local region. The owners have created a dining experience that features multiple courses inspired by the farmer friends.

They offer shared plate and tasting menu options that change every so often on the availability of seasonal ingredients. It’s a fun and creative experience in which guests love to share in excitement.

Monday–Wednesday | CLOSED
Thursday | 5PM–9PM
Friday–Saturday | 5PM–9PM
Sunday | 5PM–8PM

📍6555 Burnet Rd #400, Austin, TX 78757

Dai Due is similar to the previous restaurant in the sense that they really care about the freshness and ingredients that go into the meals they create. They only use foods that they can find in the region, therefore, the scarcities of the seasons are always the theme of the meals.

What makes Dai Due unique is that they are all about the meat. For all the meat lovers, this place is for you! We recommend ordering the biscuits and gravy with venison breakfast sausage, grilled giant beef rib with potato and sauerkraut dumplings, roast half chicken.

A fan favorite that repeat customers rave about. If you want to take it a step further, one unique feature is that you have the option of also watching the butchers break down primal cuts in the open butcher stop at the front of the restaurant.

Monday | CLOSED
Tuesday–Thursday | 12PM–8PM
Friday | 12PM–9:30PM
Saturday–Sunday | 10AM–9:30PM

📍2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

One of the many reasons we love to eat locally is because of the history that comes along with many of these restaurants. Hillside Farmacy is an antique chic eatery located in the heart of Austin!

This restaurant resides in a building that was owned by one of the oldest standing African American East Austin residents. The owners try to keep the original family’s vision of keeping the community healthy, just in the form of good local food.

They offer options such as buttermilk pancakes, brunchy Monte Cristo, kale Caesar, cinnamon sugar donuts, and lots more!

Monday–Tuesday | CLOSED
Wednesday–Friday | 3PM–9PM
Saturday | 9AM–3PM, 5PM–9PM
Sunday | 9AM–3PM

📍1209 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

The owners of Picnik really aimed to please everyone as the menu items cater towards everyone.

If one is in the mood for a cocktail, Picnik offers that and more. If one is in the mood for some coffee and tea, Picnik has it. If one is in the mood for chips, dips, breakfast, or lunch options, they can be found on the menu as well.

As the motto states, it is the place for “real food and good vibes.”

Sunday–Thursday | 8AM–8PM
Friday–Saturday | 8AM–9PM

📍4801 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756

Salty Sow is an American Gastropub that serves contemporary farmhouse fare. They have hand-crafted cocktails and entrees that are served fresh daily.

The owner strives to create a clean, farm-to-table approach when making each meal. A few sneak peek dinner options include the following: Yukon gold mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, candied pork belly, genuine blackened redfish, and lots more.

You’ll need to check out the Salty Sow in person to get the full experience of all the delicious goodness!

Every Day | 4PM–9PM

📍1917 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

Contigo is known for its delicious brunch and dinner options. Due to covid, brunch is put on hold until further notice.

However, that does not mean guests cannot enjoy the abundance of happy hour and dinner options! This is the place to come to when wanting to enjoy community while bonding over great food items.

The menu features snack options that are perfect as appetizer options, (we recommend the charred avocado). Moving along, they have a separate main course meal as well as dessert, because after all dessert is a must.

Sunday–Thursday | 4PM–9PM
Friday–Saturday | 4PM–10PM

📍2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, TX 78723

A casual all-day cafe at Republic Square in the heart of Downtown Austin. Salt & Time serves breakfast, lunch, and a light dinner as well as espresso, beer, and wine.

The owner takes great pride in developing new products that highlight the native flavors and ingredients of Texas. Each menu has items that are both on the sweet and savory side.

Perfect options for what one is feeling at a certain time of day when hungry.

Every Day | 10AM–8PM

📍1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

The team at Emmer & Rye pay very close attention to the detail of their food. For example, the team does not just bake its own bread and pasta, they obsess over the grains.

They do so because they want to maximize everything to its full potential. The chefs want you to ask questions when you dine at Emmer & Rye. They want you to understand and be able to enjoy the whole kitchen’s process/ experience.

Although the food here is delicious, we do recommend any pasta dish. There is so much flavor in each bite!

Monday | CLOSED
Tuesday–Sunday | 5:30PM–10PM

📍SkyHouse, 51 Rainey St UNIT 110, Austin, TX 78701

Honest Mary’s is more of a “fast-casual” restaurant than the others mentioned in this article. However, just because it is a more casual eatery, it does not disappoint.

As you step in, you will automatically get a sense of a contemporary atmosphere. The restaurant owners strive to provide bowls of hearty and healthy foods. All of the menu items are packed with many health benefits, such as zero GMO oils and no refined sugars.

Every Day | 11AM–9PM

📍4800 Burnet Rd C300, Austin, TX 78756

For anyone that has ever stepped in Launderette, you can vouch that you leave feeling revived with a warm, homey sensation.

The menu is influenced by a mix of influences. They offer options ranging from brunch, dinner, dessert, cocktails options, and more!

Monday–Thursday | 5PM–9PM
Friday–Sunday | 11AM–2:30PM, 5PM–9PM

📍2115 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702

Last but not least is the upscale eatery, Odd Duck, located in the Zilker neighborhood.

They’re dubbed as the place to share food, drink, and hospitality, and that sure is the case. Gathering over a wagyu burger or green onion biscuits and smoked ham sounds delicious! 

Monday–Thursday | 5PM–8:30PM

Friday | 5PM–9:30PM

Saturday| 11AM–9:30PM

Sunday | 11AM-8:30PM

📍1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Farm to Table Restaurants in Austin

One of the many reasons we love to eat locally is because of the history that comes along with many of these restaurants.

Whether it’s the history of the recipes being passed on from generation to generation. Or whether it is the building structure, where it came from, and how it’s now renovated. There is something special when one chooses to partake in supporting each of these local restaurants in Austin.

Let us know which one from above is your next go-to place!

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Lizzy Baginski

Lizzy Baginski

Lizzy is a blogger for the Stuff to Do in Austin City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Austin area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinAustin on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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