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Top Texas Restaurants List Includes 18 Austin Eateries

More than a dozen local restaurants named in Yelp’s ‘Top 100 Places to Eat in Texas for 2021’

Where do Texans love to eat? The team at Yelp has crunched the numbers and determined the Lone Star State’s most popular restaurants based on its database of crowd-sourced ratings and reviews of local businesses. Eighteen Austin eateries made Yelp’s “Top 100 Places To Eat in Texas for 2021” list. The company says it used a number of factors to rank the restaurants, including user ratings and total volume of reviews between January 1, 2016 and April 16, 2021.

Bonus: These Austin hot spots won’t break the bank. According to Yelp, nearly all the eateries on the list are priced under $30 per person (or $$ on Yelp).

Photo by Eva R via Yelp

JewBoy Burgers

A mash-up of Mexican and Jewish fare, this North Loop restaurant is known for its tasty burgers, burritos and latkes.

Granny’s Tacos

Located in east Austin, this food truck serves up delicious tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more.

T-Loc’s Sonora Hot Dogs

T-Loc’s offers a variety of Mexican fare, but their specialty is Tuscon, Arizona, inspired hotdogs.

Las Abuelas photo via Yelp

Las Abuelas

Fried chicken sandwiches with elements of South Texas and Mexican cuisine are staples of this South Austin food truck.

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Jim’s Smokehouse

Jim’s Smokehouse is sought-out for its slow-smoked BBQ meats, hearty sides and great desserts.

1618 Asian Fusion

Stylish and comfortable, this Asian fusion restaurant serves up Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Singaporean and Southeast Asian food.

Pho Phong Luu photo by Lenny D. via Yelp

Pho Phong Luu

The focus of this Phở restaurant is its traditional and delicious Vietnamese noodle soup.

Vic & Al’s

Made with locally sourced ingredients, Vic & Al’s cuisine is inspired by Southern Louisiana and the Texas Gulf Coast.

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Santorini Cafe

Located in north Austin, this Greek restaurant is known for its Mediterranean specialties, including falafel, gyros and baklava.

Vans Banh Mi photo by Ty N. via Yelp

Van’s Banh Mi   

This North Loop food truck specializes in Vietnamese sandwiches, rice plates and vermicelli bowls.


A Peruvian food truck located in North University that’s beloved for its ceviche and stir-fry.

Bodhi Viet Vegan

Specializing in Vietnamese vegan cuisine made with locally grown vegetables, Bodhi Viet Vegan offers banh mi options, rice plates and more. 

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Austin Tea Xchange photo by Amy D. via Yelp

Austin Tea Xchange Cafe

A cozy café focused on breakfast and lunch with a wide selection of coffees, teas and Greek yogurts.

Abo Youssef

Grilled meat plates and gyros are standouts from this Mediterranean food truck favorite.   

Bird Bird Biscuit

The hallmarks of this Cherrywood restaurant are fried chicken sandwiches and house-made buttermilk biscuits.

Halal Time photo by Sabrina L. via Yelp

Halal Time

A popular food truck known for its Mediterranean fare, including rice plates, falafel and shawarma.

Flavia’s Kitchen

Located in South Austin, this Mexican food truck is famed for its flavorful tacos.


A South Austin food truck specializing in farm-to-table Northeastern Thai food.

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