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Local Love: #KeepAustinWeird 8 Must-Eats!

We at Shipt are never lacking in weird. And, we’re so thankful for that. With an HQ full of out-of-this-world mindsets and a community of silly, bright shoppers, we get to work hard and play harder with some of the best people.

It makes sense then… that we’re launching in Austin!!! That’s right, on July 20th, we’re embarking upon the city of weird royalty. Who’s psyched? WE ARE.  

So we’re going to brag on the city for a little bit and tell you about some of our favorite eats, coffee spots (because, coffee), and things to do. Today, eats. #getreadytodrool

1. Torchy’s Tacos

We like tacos. No, we love tacos. So, the fact that this magical dish is a necessity in Texas is A-OK with us. In Austin, you can grab a taco anywhere. Food truck? Check. Fine dining? Check. Coffee shop? Oh yeah, check.

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Ask travelers or native Austinites, and all will point to Torchy’s Tacos. The “damn good” tacos are in 14 cities across Texas with 12 locations in birthplace Austin, Tx.

_MG_6608Find green chile pork tacos, tacos with scrambled eggs and fried poblano chiles, blackened salmon tacos. Tomatillo sauce, queso fresco, ancho aioli, queso sauce, toppings galore! Make sure to get their guac and street corn (and the Lil’ Nookies too, fried choc chip cookies, if you have room!).

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For French Vietnamese food, Elizabeth Street just wins. Doubling as a bakery/cafe, this sunny boulangerie serves up some of the best noodles and banh mi sandwiches around town.

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It’s the perfect refuge from the extreme summer heat. You almost (almost) forget that it’s 100 degrees outside when they bring you an iced Vietnamese coffee or a glass of their Watermelon Thai Basil housemade soda.

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The banh mi sandwiches are perfectly classic. Balanced, flavorful, and fresh, all nestled in a crusty Elizabeth Street baguette.
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They boast a variety of pho noodle dishes with several broths to choose from, as well as a wide range of crave-worthy noodle bowls like Curry Dan Dan noodles and Drunken Noodles.

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If you aren’t in the mood for one of their dessert cocktails, grab a delicately-crafted macaroon or eclair for the road. Or hey, grab one of each and share with a friend!

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3. Amy’s Ice Cream

Try to explore Amy’s without being lured to one of their twelve locations in the city. Rain or shine, Amy’s has been an Austin favorite since 1984.

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With seven staple flavors, including the original Mexican Vanilla, and a bunch of seasonal flavors and ices like Peach and Grapefruit. Amy’s is cool, creamy and dreamy. See you there for a scoop!

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4. Homeslice Pizza

Dine in or carry out at one of Austin’s crustiest and cheesiest! Slicing up NY-style pizzas, this eatery is so loved that they have Home Slice for dining in and More Home Slice next door for carrying out.
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Try the white clam pizza, meatballs and garlic knots. Want to go classic? Their cheese pizza is the best in town.

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If they weren’t amazing enough… they have a Queen of Pies!

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Take it down a notch and relax at Justine’s. The bistro transports guests to France with an Austin flair. The airy, misted and string-lighted patio is a must for sunset cocktails and gatherings.
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While the inside is warm and romantic (and surprisingly still casual), you can hear records spinning sweet sounds that fill the space. We recommend the Steak Frites, Steak Tartare, and Pear Endive Salad. And if in season, the Triple Chocolate Cake with Pistachio Praline is amazing.

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Stop by ADP for sandwiches, tacos and churritos! Wanna know what our stand-out favorite item was?!

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The jalapeño hushpuppies! Seriously maybe the best hushpuppies we’ve ever had. Flavorful with the right amount of heat and sweetness. These puppies have an addictive chewy interior and crunchy toasty exterior.

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7. Blenders & Bowls

These days, acai bowls are all the rage. And why not?! They’re beautiful, filling, refreshing and nutritious. To beat the heat and get us going, we loved Blenders & Bowls.

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Here, you can customize fruits and toppings to create your own blended bowl of deliciousness. It took us a second to dig in, because they were so captivatingly vibrant.

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8. Gourdough’s

Looking for something freshly fried, piping hot and topped with unimaginably creative and insane toppings? Gourdough’s is the place to be. Their Mother Clucker has fried chicken on top; Porkey’s has Canadian bacon and jalapeno jelly; Fat Elvis has grilled bananas, bacon, peanut butter, honey.

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We loved the simple one the best! The Big E-Z, powdered sugar and honey. Hmmhmm!
p.s. these are made for sharing. When they say big fat donuts, Gourdough’s doesn’t mess around.

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Photos by Gina Yu ©2016



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