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Besides BBQ, what are some not to miss eateries in the general Austin area? Doesn't matter if it's food truck, sit down restaurant, road side whatever - any food type.

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Gourdough's donut trailer on So. Lamar

http://tinyurl.com/mqkppzw

cookingchanneltv.com/shows/where-to-eat-in-a…

http://www.austintexas.org/visit/eat/

http://tinyurl.com/lr8suh5

Google Austin Food Trucks for several sites that have full listings or:

http://tinyurl.com/ka8hsz3

Austin, Texas
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Here are my favorite places in Austin:

Torchy's Tacos - If it's your first time, go to the original food truck on South First, but there are several locations around town now, and even some in the Dallas and Houston areas. Despite expansion, these are still the best tacos in town, IMO.

East Side King - I have only eaten at the truck behind Liberty Bar, but there is a location on the The Drag (Guadalupe St.) now behind Hole in the Wall.

If you are a fan of sushi, brave the crowds and noise at either Uchi or Uchiko. Both are phenomenal, but loud.

Olivia - This South Austin restaurant seems to always fly under the radar without getting much press attention, but it's fantastic. Everything is local, mostly organic, and absolutely delicious.

Sagra - It has recently reopened on East 11th, and I haven't been to the new location, but it was a once a month thing when it was on San Antonio Street. I hear everything is the same save for the location. The best Italian food in Austin.

Outside of Austin, up in Georgetown, is what I think is the best new-ish restaurant in the area from the owners of the Monument Cafe - El Monumento. It's classic interior Mexican food, NOT Tex-Mex, and it is wonderful. There is an amazing menu of craft cocktails and a weekend bruch menu that includes one of my all time favorite dishes: Mexican Benedict - Two poached eggs atop fried avocado halves topped with a spicy sauce with black beans and a bacon flauta.

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Not sure if it qualifies as a don't miss, but a lot of people are quite fond of Chuy's for both it's food and the small Elvis shrine. :-)

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We like

http://www.kerbeylanecafe.com/

http://fndaustin.com/

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/lamar

http://www.amysicecreams.com/

http://lucysfriedchicken.com/

http://www.txchiliparlor.com/

Austin, Texas
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As Octoboy mentioned we have an awesome Whole Foods at 6th and Lamar (downtown). They have a new HD video so I'll post it for you. If you are going to eat there you get a tray and walk around and load it up then pay a cashier and either sit inside by windows or take elevator to the outdoor roof deck. The BBQ guys have their own counter with stools and that is where I eat every time I come to Austin because it is my favorite BBQ venue. I know that's crazy, but the brisket is so tender and moist, you don't need a fork and they have all the side to go with it.

I call it the Disney World of supermarkets. Ton's of kiosks of soups, salads, ethnic dishes, pizza, breads, pastries, chocolate bar, gelato, and usual groceries/produce.

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/lamar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_k8vzcse98

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJRQyxvmA5M

Edited: 7:44 pm, August 07, 2013
Grapevine, Texas
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Excellent suggestions all - and thank you much. I've lived in and around Dallas for over 40 years and for some unknown reason, have never been to Austin as a destination. That's about to change as I'll be down that way in about a week. I had only planned to be there a few days, but some of the mention food (Lucy's Fried Chicken is already calling me - lol!) may lead to a few more days tacked on.

Though my evenings are filled, Olivia looks very enticing (I think I could make a meal from a couple of the app selections). Too bad they aren't open for lunch. For the simple reason that I really enjoyed Paul Qui's personality and style, I think I'll probably have to give East Side a stop. Georgetown, I love Whole Foods - the nearest one currently is in Arlington, but there's soon to be one only about 10 minutes from me. I'm very excited as I love their fresh seafood selection over and above CM, and yes, their prepared foods are always a temptation.

Thanks again!

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How about mid-morning, weekday breakfast?

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Midweek breakfast, try Kerbey Lane, any location.

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I just remembered something even better than Kerbey for breakfast. Kerbey is "old" Austin, a great standard, but Elizabeth Street Cafe http://elizabethstreetcafe.com/ is worth trying out. There's also mutliple coffee places, taco places etc. Another decent breakfast is Waterloo Ice House,

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Oh, how could I have forgotten Elizabeth Street!?! I haven't been for breakfast, but for lunch, it's the best Banh Mi I have ever had. Even my Vietnamese friend loves it, though he says it's too expensive. I'm not sure how crowded it is at breakfast, but if you go for lunch, go at about 11am. It's a small place and it fills up very quickly. There are a few parking spots in a small lot in front, but otherwise, it's just street parking, which can be a pain in that neighborhood.

As for Whole Foods, this being the Flagship store, it's bigger and more impressive than any other I've seen, but I was in there yesterday afternoon, and it's currently a mess. The store is undergoing a massive rennovation so some of the counters where you can sit and eat freshly cooked foods are closed and other things have been moved to new, temporary locations. Bar Lamar is still open though, so you can have a glass of wine or a pint of craft beer while you shop.