Food Network Stars' Top Austin Restaurants

From classic barbecue to fresh Tex-Mex to hearty burgers and fun food trucks, Austin offers a deliciously eclectic mix of traditional cuisine and innovative artisanal fare.

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Photo By: Danny Batista

Photo By: Danny Batista ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Danny Batista

Photo By: Danny Batista

Photo By: Danny Batista

Photo By: Danny Batista

©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Foreign & Domestic

At Foreign & Domestic, it's a culinary wedding of flavors that made Guy fall in love. Run by a husband-and-wife team, the restaurant turns foreign dishes a little domestic, and vice versa. The result is a menu with savory, eclectic standouts, like pasta with eggplant butter or their signature Gruyère Popovers.

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24 Diner

Austin's 24 Diner is, as the name implies, open 24 hours a day, but the chef-inspired, locally sourced comfort food is far from typical round-the-clock fare. Crave host Troy Johnson recommends the boneless fried chicken, served on a plate-sized waffle with brown sugar butter and real maple syrup.

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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

Rock 'n' roll and BBQ sit side by side at Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, where Texas natives Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman give an upscale spin to the traditionally down-home cuisine. Meat & Potatoes host Rahm Fama opted for Hanger Steak, while others praise the Slow-Smoked Pork Ribs and Beef Brisket.

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Luke's Inside Out

At this food truck, you never know what kind of sandwich you'll get. Guy called the Korean rabbit with rabbit meat, Tater Tots, kimchi, Sriracha and their secret sauce "the bomb." Guy's attention was also caught by the tasty shrimp patty paired with blue cheese, baby spinach, onions and apples.

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Green Mesquite

At Green Mesquite, the BBQ gets its spectacular smoky flavor from the spot's namesake: mesquite wood that is seasoned, or "green." On Triple D, Guy calls the ribs, made with brown sugar, paprika, cayenne, onion and garlic, "awesome." Other faves include brisket, pulled pork and chicken-fried steak.

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Casino El Camino

Guy says to come here for "the best burger in town." Juicy and tender, the 12-ounce monster comes topped with everything from cheese and thick-cut bacon to roasted serrano peppers and Texas-hot buffalo sauce. For a spicy side, pair your burger with Verde Chili Fries.

Counter Cafe

A cozy, comfortable diner, Counter Cafe specializes in comfort food like pancakes, burgers, and biscuits and gravy. In addition to the classics, the 26-seat eatery offers up housemade Curry Chicken Burgers that Guy calls "juicy as can be" and a one-of-a-kind breakfast combo of quail and eggs.

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South Congress Cafe

On her weekend trip to Austin, Giada started off at South Congress Cafe, where it's a little less country and a lot more chic. Chic decor or not, it still serves big Texas flavors, like Giada's picks of rich carrot cake and French toast with pecan cream cheese frosting, and the locals' favorite: crab cakes.

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Veracruz All Natural

On Top 5 Restaurants, this food truck was named one of the top spots for tacos, thanks to its Migas Taco. Packed into a fresh homemade corn tortilla, the breakfast taco includes eggs, freshly fried tortilla chips, onions, cilantro, avocado, cheese and tomato. Sunny calls it a taco "that will blow your breakfast-loving mind."

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Taco Xpress

To taste the funky and weird side of Austin, Rachael got a local tip to visit Maria's Taco Xpress, with its bright murals and good cheap eats. Rachael ordered the popular migas breakfast tacos, but for dinner, it's all about the Pollo Guisado chicken tacos made with a smoky chipotle sauce.

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Roaring Fork

According to Fabio Viviani on Guilty Pleasures, "If you are in Texas, you cannot miss the Green Chili Mac & Cheese from Roaring Fork in Austin." This baked beauty is laced with bell peppers, poblanos and plenty of gooey pepper Jack, and thanks to the panko topping, there's no shortage of crispy texture after the mac and cheese bakes in miniature cauldrons.

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Odd Duck

"You know 30 seconds before it hits the table that something amazing is coming," Alex Guarnaschelli says on Guilty Pleasures of the Lamb Meatloaf Sandwich from Odd Duck. This piled-high sandwich features a thick piece of juicy lamb meatloaf nestled on a bed of arugula, and on top there's a duo of potatoes: creamy potato salad and crispy potato chips.

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Salty Sow

According to Fabio Viviani, "you're going to smile" when digging into the Triple Fried Duck Fat Fries from Austin's Salty Sow. He explains on Guilty Pleasures that "duck fat adds a very unique flavor," since it's "a gamier, richer ... nuttier fat." Not only are these fries served with a side of herb-laced bearnaise sauce, but they're also topped with two silky, runny eggs.

Go to: Salty Sow

The Broken Spoke

Both Bobby and Giada have two-stepped at this iconic country bar where legends like Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton have made the rounds. The dance hall perfectly captures Austin's charm, but the menu branches out with its famous chicken-fried steak, Mexican enchiladas and even brick-oven pizzas.

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