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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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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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