Downtown Austin might be known for its hip vibe and artsy architecture, but their restaurants shouldn't be overlooked. People flock from all over Texas to eat at some of these outstanding places. If you need helping narrowing down the endless options, we've made your decision-making process easier with our list of the five must-try restaurants in Downtown Austin.

Salty Sow

Salty Sow is an American-style Gastropub serving what they like to call "contemporary farmhouse fare." From Milk-Braised Pork Butt to Crisp Chicken Thighs, everything on the menu is tail-waggingly good.  For vegetarians wondering if there are any options for them, don't worry! From Cauliflower and Wild Rice Casserole to Brussel Sprout Caesar Salad, vegetarians can find plenty of garden goodness. Most of Salty Sow's ingredients are also sourced from local farms and purveyors, and they also offer a selection of signature cocktails, beer, and wine. 

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

15 years ago, Moonshine Patio opened its doors and has been serving up delicious food ever since. From the pimento cheeseburger to the green chile cheddar grits, this restaurant in Downtown Austin serves traditional Texan food with modern flare.

The patio area at Moonshine offers plenty of room for large groups to dine and enjoy. Moonshine also offers a full drink menu with craft cocktails, but what's even more outstanding is that they offer nearly 40 different types of bourbon, whiskey, and rye! This place is truly Texan and definitely shouldn't be missed!

Franklin Barbecue

If you're looking for the best barbeque in Downtown Austin (or the universe, for that matter, according to Texas Monthly), look no further than Franklin's Barbecue. Don't let Franklin's seemingly-small menu discourage you! What they offer in terms of selection, they make up for in tremendous flavor. It's important to note, other than pinto beans, cole slaw and potato salad, there are no other options for vegetarians. Franklin's brisket is so good, sometimes people stand for hours in order to get their hands (and mouth) on some! 

Bouldin Creek Cafe

Bouldin Creek Cafe serves up vegetarian and vegan dishes with such zest, spice, and flavor that even non-vegetarians flock to Bouldin Creek Cafe. Massaman Curry Bowl, Tamale Breakfast, and Spiced Apple Oatmeal, oh my! Bouldin Creek Cafe offers truly authentic Austin vibes that pair perfectly with their dishes, all for reasonable prices. Be sure to call ahead if you're planning on making a visit to Bouldin Creek because there's usually a wait.

La Barbecue

One thing that sets La Barbeque apart from other big-named restaurants in Austin, other than the fact that they serve up out-of-this-world barbeque, is that La Barbeque is completely female-owned. From their beloved brisket and pork sandwiches to their specialty handhelds like the Chi-Town Pinant, La Barbeque plainly and simply serves up some of the best barbeque in Downtown Austin.

Regardless of where you eat, these must-try restaurants in Downtown Austin will keep you satisfied whether you're visiting or an Austin local.

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