Downtown Austin Restaurants
Aug 15 , 2011
When dining in a funky, environmentally conscious, yet quintessentially southern city, you’re guaranteed to find some original foodie hotpots. Of all the options, these three downtown Austin restaurants are known for their fresh ingredients, unique barbecue and rubs, and impeccable southern charm. Dig in!
Known for exquisite service, unparalleled atmosphere, and gourmet cuisine, the Driskill Grill is the epitome of fine dining, and is consistently named the best of downtown Austin restaurants. Located inside the famous Driskill Hotel, this four-diamond eatery has received a laundry list of awards. Well deserved, it’s glowing reputation proceeds it internationally as well as locally among the downtown Austin restaurants populating nearby streets.
Their menu is famous for its fresh farm-to-table ingredients, and features the best of seasonal produce alongside select cuts of meat and seafood. Like many of the finest downtown Austin restaurants, the Driskill Grill prides itself on local, organic, and natural cuisine, and they deliver elegance in mouthwatering flavor combinations and artistic, creative dishes.
Try their signature Lobster Bisque, Duck “three ways,” or Dijon Crusted Colorado Lamb Chops for an unforgettable culinary experience.
With impeccable service and a delicious menu of unique and perfectly crafted dishes, paired with fine wines from around the world, Wink is one of the local favorites among the booming scene of downtown Austin restaurants. They’re meticulous in crafting innovative cuisine using the fresh, local, and organic ingredients, and even have seafood flown in daily from the coasts.
One of the most beloved elements of fine dining, including in downtown Austin restaurants, is a superb wine list, and Wink goes above and beyond. They update and enhance their vino menu 2-3 times a week, keeping it on par with their constantly evolving menu of delicious appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
North by Northwest Austin
Downtown Austin restaurants love their wine and whiskey, but if you’re in the mood for a nice craft beer with your hearty meal, stop by North by Northwest Austin, a fun and popular spot for excellent beer and delicious dishes. The name draws on the influence of microbreweries and the amiable, outdoorsy atmosphere of the northwest, giving it an airy feel while simultaneously staying true to its Texas location.
When it’s not too hot, grab a seat outdoors on the relaxing patio and let the friendly staff take you through their wide selection of craft beers and scrumptious entrees at this casual and cozy gem within downtown Austin restaurants.
Try their garlic bulbs and signature skillet-fried cornbread with goat cheese to start. From there, enjoy tender beef tenderloin, beef tri-tip pizza, and an order of their acclaimed garlic fries on the side. Pair your hearty meal with the perfectly balanced Duckasbush Amber Ale, the light and crisp Northern Light Beer, or any of their unique seasonal ales. Among the plethora of downtown Austin restaurants, this is a unique and reasonably priced alternative for a casual, solid meal and drink.
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