If you’re in town for SXSW, it’s the perfect time to think like a local. With the help of our friends at Favor, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best local food and drinks you have to try while you’re in Austin.
Haven’t heard of Favor? They’ll make crossing off the items on this list a breeze! Download the app and they’ll deliver while you’re waiting in line to see your favorite bands.
1. Breakfast Tacos – Veracruz All Natural
On a typical Saturday morning in Austin, people wait hours for a taste of these breakfast tacos. And for good reason—they’re the bomb.
2. Pizza – Via 313
Who would have thought you’d find Detroit-style pizza in Austin? Thick crust and rich marinara sauce. This is a must try in Austin.
3. More Pizza – Home Slice Pizza
Did we already mention pizza? Come on, we know you can’t get enough. If deep dish isn’t your thing, try the city’s thin crust pizza go-to, Home Slice.
4. Smoothies and Fresh Juice – Juiceland
Feeling a little burnt-out from awesome showcases and free drinks? Grab a smoothie from Juiceland. It’s the best detox in town!
5. Healthy Prepared Meals – Snap Kitchen
If you need something a little more substantial than a smoothie but you still want to eat clean, Favor will deliver you homemade, healthy meals from Snap Kitchen.
Photo credit: www.chameleoncoldbrew.com/
Waiting in lines during SXSW and mustering up enough energy for Hype Hotel is not possible without iced coffee. Try this local favorite cold brew coffee, Chameleon. We can’t live without it.
7. Late Night Cravings – P. Terry’s Burger Stand and/or East Side King
You can’t go wrong with a burger from P. Terry’s or some Thai Chicken Kara-age from Asian fusion food trailer, East Side King to finish off the evening. No regrets.
Happy South by-ing, y’all! And remember, if you make the rookie mistake of forgetting things like sunscreen, or a phone charger, Favor’s got your back.
Is it just me or was it on the chilly side this morning? Okay, so we’re not dealing with the arctic temperatures of the northeast, but Austinites aren’t built for 30 or even 40 degree days.
Stay warm this winter with some of Austin’s best, soothe-your-soul meals. And with the help of Favor, you don’t even need to step outside of your central heating.
1. Tomato Basil Soup from The Soup Peddler
Whether it is a cold evening or a late night, you can always enjoy a nice hot bowl of Tomato Basil Soup and a grilled cheese.
2. Egg Noodle Soup with Chicken from 888 Pan Asian
You can’t go wrong with chicken noodle soup. 888 offers it all the way until 2 am and we highly recommend you try it if you haven’t had the opportunity already.
3. Sapporo from Michi Ramen
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When in doubt, grab the Ramen. Michi Ramen offers an exquisite variety of ramen options. Don’t see what you like? Pick your broth, pick your ramen, and add your toppings to create your own ramen delight.
4. Hot Cocoa from Mozart’s
Photo credit: Ana W. yelp.com
For all you coffee and hot cocoa lovers out there, Mozart’s has you covered. Enjoy it paired with one of their many pastry options.
5. Pho from Elizabeth Street Café
You can’t go wrong with Pho. Elizabeth Street Cafe offers several varieties with fresh herbs from their own garden!
6. Tom Kha from Thai Fresh
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Looking for Thai meals with fresh local ingredients? We recommend the Tom Kah from Thai Fresh. This soup has all the flavors in Thai cooking; sweet, salty, sour, spicy, and savory.
7. Madras Soup from The Clay Pit
Photo credit: Pinterest user – Megaroo
In the mood for Indian Contemporary Cuisine? The Clay Pit has delicious dishes to choose from. We especially enjoy their Madras tomato-coconut soup infused with Indian spices along with onion, cumin, and garlic (vegan)
8. Manicotti Florentine from Enoteca Vespaio
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This hits the spot when you’re in the mood for handmade pasta. It’s baked with arrabbiata sauce and fresh mozzarella, and will make you feel warm all over.
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It’s not all queso and Amy’s ice cream in Austin, Texas (although, we do love them both). While we don’t like to miss a good feast at Torchy’s, with delivery services like Favor, it’s time to embrace some of the healthy options we’re lucky enough to have at the touch of our finger tips.
Our friends at Favor have helped us put a list together of healthy alternatives that aren’t going to break your diet. And let’s face it, with the holidays coming up, what better time is there to start saving some room for turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie?
1. The Soup Peddler
Soups, sandwiches, and smoothies. Everything you need for a night in, snuggled up on the couch with Netflix.
2. Monkey Nest
Healthy alternatives (including pizza) and a plethora of teas and coffees to add onto your order. Perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.
JuiceLand will take your smoothie game to a whole new level. And the best part is, you don’t even have to clean the blender!
4. Conscious Cravings
Modern, plant-based cuisine. Salads and wraps galore!
5. Snap Kitchen
Fresh and tasty food for those who don’t have time to meal prep. Favor makes it even easier with the delivery of some of your favorite items.
6. Aimee’s Super Fantazmo
Have no fear – Favor has got your back for all your Mediterranean cravings.
7. My Fit Foods
For healthy, gluten free meals.
8. Barley Bean
The perfect lunch without having to stop in. Healthy lunch selections, juices, smoothies and specialty coffee.
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Although it doesn’t feel like it yet, it’s officially fall in Austin. And since we don’t have the luxury of the leaves changing, etc; we like to focus on the dishes and other delights of the season that really get us in the mood.
With help from our friends at Favor Delivery, we’ve compiled a list of fall-centric items to help us celebrate the season. All available for delivery straight to your door:
1. Pumpkin Pancakes from Kerbey Lane
Fall in flapjack form.
2. The Scarecrow and Turkey Mole Tacos from Torchy’s
‘The Scarecrow’ is October’s Taco of the Month and includes pumpkin seed breaded chicken and roasted poblanos. November welcomes the ‘Turkey Mole’ (pictured above), and includes fried turkey, mole and avocado.
3. Mac & Cheese from Hillside Farmacy
Note the crispy cheese on top, gooey cheese on the sides. Instant happiness.
4. Pumpkins for Carving from Trader Joe’s
Our favorite fall “Thing to do.”
5. Fall Floral Arrangement from Whole Foods
For delivering the feels of the season to a friend, or your own living room.
6. The Pumpkinator from Hey Cupcake
Also great for gifting. Photo credit: http://wayoutwestaustin.com/pumpkinator-at-hey-cupcake/
7. Pumpkin Pie Shake from P.Terry’s
Available November 1st, start planning accordingly.
8.Tomato Basil Soup from The Soup Peddler
Pair it with a grilled cheese… and a snuggie.
9. West Texas Chili from Lucy’s Fried Chicken
No beans of course.
1o. Fall Spice Latte from Jo’s Coffee
The local version of the PSL, available iced or hot.
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Only two short years ago, one could count pizza delivery options in Austin on two hands. The choices were those inedible national chains, or Gatti’s/Austin’s Pizza, and a few others (we still love you Conan’s).
Oh, how the times have changed. With Favor Delivery, pizza is a few clicks away from anywhere that offers take-out. In fact, a large pie from my favorite shop for thin-crust, East Side Pies, was the first Favor order I completed.
I included a few newcomers on the list, so hopefully there are a few places you haven’t tried. Take into consideration that your favorite spot might not be on the list purely because it’s not in the Favor delivery zone. Or it could be that we haven’t tried it! Feel free to hit us up on Facebook with your recommendations.
In no particular order:
When it first opened, one could expect to wait hours to get a table. They’ve recently (and quietly) begun to allow takeout orders. Take advantage. It’s the best neapolitan pie in the city.
The trailer-turned-brick and-mortar on East 6th is open until 3am on weekends. Skip that Whataburger line and order from the safety of your own living room.
Known for his puccias (authentic wood fired Italian sandwiches), Lucky recently opened a brick and mortar on West 5th. The pizzas are as crave-able as his signature sandwiches.
Parkside’s sister restaurant serves up really great wood-fired pies. Pro-tip: Whatever you order, be sure to “put an egg on it.”
This South First Street newcomer has quickly climbed into our top ten. Try the Hot Honey if you’re into eating things that taste good.
As mentioned above, if you’re a fan of thin-crust, look no further. ESP sources local ingredients whenever possible, and that extra level of care is reflected in the quality of their cracker-thin pies. (Why is this pizza on rocks? I don’t know either)
This Crestview neighborhood gem gets very little press considering it makes one of the best New York style pies in the city.
Loved by tourists and locals alike, no list would be complete without a nod to Homeslice. They also take the cake (pie?) for the most often Favor-ed pizza joint in Austin.
Before you say, “but I don’t like deep-dish pizza,” let me comment that I didn’t either until I tried Via 313. Furthermore, I haven’t met a person who has tried it that hasn’t fallen in love.
Want to find out if you’re in Favor’s delivery zone? Check out the map.