With cooler weather, political turmoil and rising COVID cases, comfort food—that you don't have to cook—is just what the doctor ordered. Whether you're craving some classic southern comfort or asian cuisine, Austin restaurants make staying home fun.
Here are 17 restaurants offering cozy takeout food.
Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, multiple locations
There is nothing more comforting than a plate of chickens and waffles or shrimp and grits to keep you warm on a cold afternoon. Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill might be the best bet for takeout if you're looking for upscale southern comfort food. With large delicious portions that can feed the whole family and reasonable prices, count us in for a Moonshine dinner. And did we mention cocktails are available to go?
Bao'd Up, multiple locations
Something about getting Chinese takeout on a cold day screams comfort. If you're trying to branch out in your takeout game, try ordering from Bao'd Up.The restaurant switches authentic Chinese cuisine up by adding Texas-inspired ingredients to give Austin the ultimate comfort food experience from home. Offering signature baozi, noodles, boba teas and more, the steamed buns stuffed with savory or sweet fillings will help all your cravings.
You can order through Bao'd Up's app for takeout or delivery,
Carabao Express, 2309 W. Parmer Lane
Adding to the long list of amazing Asian cuisine in Austin, Carabao Express offers Fillipino inspired dishes. From bowls filled with delicious flavors, to chicken adobo, rice and noodles, the restaurant has it all for any food lover looking for a mouthwatering takeout dinner.
You can order takeout or delivery from Carabao Express here.
Austin Daily Press, multiple locations
Two dollar tacos? It sounds too good to be true, but takeout from Austin Daily Press makes it possible. Besides a great deal, Austin Daily Press offers uniquely filled tortas with classic and contemporary flavors.
You can order takeout from Austin Daily Press here.
Austin Rotisserie, 8504 S. Congress Ave.
Austin is known for adding unique flavors and touches to so many different cuisines, and French dining is no different. Austin Rotisserie offers French-inspired dishes, featuring rotisserie chicken, baguette sandwiches and sides. The menu is a delicious french dream you'll want to order everything from.You can order takeout from Austin Rotisserie here.
Golden Tiger, 1816 E. 6th St.
There is nothing quite as comforting after a long day than eating fried chicken, burgers and fries. Lucky enough for you, Golden Tiger offers all three. The small menu is filled with carefully curated dishes with the perfect flavors you're craving.
Phantasma Kitchen, 3403 S. Lamar Blvd.
Switch up your usual pizza fixings by trying out the Roman-style pizzas from Phantasma Kitchen. With their signature thin and crispy crust and fresh ingredients, Phantasma Kitchen pizzas will change the way you eat pizza. If you're looking to add to your dining experience, the restaurant also offers wings and sandwiches.
Cocky Teriyaki, 200 Buttercup Creek Blvd. #117
Cedar Park has a new restaurant and it's irresistibly delicious. Cocky Teriyaki brings the comfort food of Seattle-style Teriyaki to the Austin area for all food lovers looking for a new place to try. The Japanese inspired cuisine offers appetizers, soups and Teriyaki dishes to fill your stomach and keep you warm.
You can order takeout and delivery from Cocky Teriyaki here.
Eldorado Cafe, 3300 W. Anderson Lane
Start off your day with hearty, Mexican inspired comfort food at Eldorado Cafe. The menu offers a little bit of everything with fresh ingredients, including breakfast tacos, salads, enchiladas, cocktails and full portion plates such as carne guisada short rib salpicon and much more, to give you options on what to eat at home
You can order takeout from Eldorado Cafe here.
The Little Darlin, 6507 Circle S. Road
This bar and grill offers comfort food that guarantees comfort and deliciousness. Burgers, french toast, chicken and much more, The Little Darlin' has a menu that will satisfy all food cravings. Along with your meal, order cocktails to go to enjoy a delicious dinner from the comfort of your own home.
You can call (512) 814-0999 to order from The Little Darlin, or place your takeout order straight from the bar inside the restaurant.
Tony’s Jamaican Food, 1200 E. 11th St.
If you've never tried Jamaican food, you're missing out. Tony's Jamaican Food is offering authentic Jamaican food for a comfort food experience you've never had before. Try something new for your dinner by ordering the jerk chicken or oxtail, and you'll be going back for seconds.
You can order takeout from Tony's Jamaican Food here.
Bird Bird Biscuit, 2701 Manor Road
There are two things we know: chicken and biscuits together form the comfort dish of our dreams. Bird Bird Biscuit knocks it out of the park with chicken biscuit sandwiches that are large enough to enjoy for every meal of the day. The small menu offers irresistible dishes that will take you away from all other dining experiences.
You can order takeout from Bird Bird Biscuit here.
Colleen's Kitchen, 1911 Aldrich St. Suite 100
Looking for something a little bit sophisticated yet reasonably priced for dinner? Try ordering takeout from Colleen's Kitchen to have a full southern food experience from your home, without having to clean anything up from cooking. With biscuits, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, chicken pot pie and more on the menu, Colleen's Kitchen has it all.You can order takeout from Colleen's Kitchen here.
Asiana Indian Cuisine, 801 E. William Cannon Dr. Suite 205
A delicious bowl of chicken tikka masala on a cold day seems like the perfect way to warm up. Asiana Indian Cuisine brings traditional Indian food to south Austin to provide authentic, mouthwatering dishes straight to your home. With so many dishes to choose from, the restaurant has everything you'd ever need for a comfort food dinner at home.
You can order takeout from Asiana Indian Cuisine by calling (512) 445-3435.
The Soup Peddler, multiple locations
For a lighter yet still comforting dinner option, try ordering takeout from The Soup Peddler. The restaurant offers fresh juices and smoothies, soups, salads, sandwiches for a lighter, yet yummy, meal.
You can order takeout from The Soup Peddler here.
House of Three Gorges, 8557 Research Blvd. Suite 144
For authentic Chinese Sichuan cuisine, try ordering takeout from House of Three Gorges. With a large menu enough to satisfy any customer, the restaurant offers dishes that are guaranteed to warm you up on a cold afternoon. You can choose spicy levels and types of protein for most dishes, so try switching up your dinner plans by trying something new.You can order takeout from House of Three Gorges here.
Taste of Ethiopia, multiple locations
If you've never tried Ethiopian food, now may be your time to branch out and order Taste of Ethiopia for dinner. Filled with mouthwatering dishes and intense flavors, this restaurant offers it all for anyone looking to try something new. These comfort dishes are filling and will remind you of homemade cooking, with flavors you've never had before.You can order takeout from Taste of Ethiopia from a third-party app such as Grubhub, UberEats and Doordash or call their locations for more information.
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Austin's Delta 8 industry has been turned on its head after Texas health officials clarified that the cannabinoid is on the state list of illegal substances, though it was previously believed to be legal by most retailers, consumers and manufacturers.
House Bill 1325, which was signed in June 2019 by Gov. Greg Abbott, and the Farm Bill, signed into law by former President Donald Trump in 2018, legalized any hemp product containing less than .3% THC. The same bills were thought to have made Delta 8 legal, though the Texas Department of State Health Services added a notice on its website saying it was still a controlled substance as of Friday, Oct. 15.
Both the federal and state governments keep separate lists on what is considered a controlled substance. Marijuana is considered Schedule I, a category reserved for substances with "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse," both statewide and federally.
Austin-based CBD retailer Grassroots Harvest CEO Kemal Whyte, like many CBD shop retailers, was blindsided by the announcement. Many small businesses rely on Delta 8 for their sales—Green Herbal Care CBD said about 90% of its sales come from Delta 8—and Whyte said he is frustrated by the inconsistencies in the drug scheduling system.
Since 87% of Texans support the legalization of marijuana, at least for medical use, per a recent poll, Whyte said he wonders who this legislation is for.
"It's gonna have a massive impact on small businesses—there's just no way around it," Whyte said. "The reality is, we don't want to push out anything bad for our customers, we want this to benefit our customers and to help them. If we can make money while doing it, that's the American dream. What are we doing, whose benefit is this for?"
Delta 8 surged in popularity after the perceived legalization—consumers enjoyed its lower psychotropic potency, decreased anxiety while using it and the peace of mind as a legal way to get high. So in order to protect their products and livelihoods, both Grassroots Harvest and Austin-based manufacturer Hometown Heroes are taking legal action.
Whyte said Grassroots Harvest is suing DSHS, saying their action is creating negative effects in the market. Meanwhile, a Hometown Heroes spokesperson said the company is in the process of filing a temporary restraining order that would pause the ban on Delta-8 in the state of Texas.
Threats against Delta 8 are not new—DSHS lost a lawsuit trying to make "smokable hemp products" illegal last year and Texas lawmakers had been considering a bill that would make Delta 8 illegal, though it was dropped after the clarification was made.
Hometown Heroes released a formal statement in response to the DSHS rule.
"I need to be clear—we love Texas, we're just choosing to fight for the will of the people in regards to cannabis in Texas," Hometown Hero CEO Lukas Gilkey said in a statement. "(Texas DSHS) are using backhanded ways to create legislation and go against the will of the people."
Whyte laments the fact that it would be easier legally to "open up a strip club that also sells guns," and said he can't post customer testimonials that mention the benefits of Delta 8 without getting hit with a cease and desist from the Food and Drug Administration. Whyte said he isn't opposed to regulation—far from it—he just wants to see it go through the correct channels.
"The fact that they're stunting our ability to communicate with our clients that want to learn about this, you're preventing us from communicating with them and teaching them, or spreading information that we know," Whyte said. "I think that that in and of itself opens up a lot of questions."
Grassroots Harvest still has Delta 8 products on its shelves for the time being but for how long, Whyte doesn't know.
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Rounding out the last-quarter corner of October, we are thrust toward the season of "the little death"—the sign of Scorpio—both inevitably transformational and potentially orgasmic.
This dying is simply a very natural and necessary process, as the year begins its closing. In Scorpio season, we are invited to look directly into our shadow and that of the world around us. This marks a significant end-of-a-cycle that began six months ago. This is the month of embracing the cycles of life, of looking death in the eyes, of embracing the very powerful process of transmutation and as we dive into it, remembering that rebirth is always imminent.
(*Note: When reading your monthly horoscope, it is always good to read not only your "SunSign" but also your "Ascendant"— referred to as your "Rising Sign".)
Aries: March 21-April 19
Arians, you may have felt like you have been on the stand the last months, and you have in many ways with so many planets in opposition to your Sun! Alas, you may feel emancipated from the resistance and this month return to your preferred state of passion and enthusiasm spurring new horizons of creative endeavors. Your flame may be burning so hot in fact, that you may well ignite a romantic interlude, however the dynamic may well end up requiring more than you are interested in investing. Your bigger picture continues to be on personal achievement, however this year you are learning that 'it takes a village'. The Nov. 19 full moon eclipse teaches you to let go of attachment, and the need to control all the strands of the web.
Taurus: April 20-May 20
Pleasure-seeking Taurus, Scorpio season is the double-edged sword for you. The Soul's 'urge to merge' entices you, while also eliciting apprehension as this level of union may open up the cellar doors. The Nov. 4 Scorpio new moon falls in your relationship sector this month, so just surrender to the pleasure principle as it allows and 'trust the process' that follows. Remember you are being activated this year to evolve, and getting our hands and hearts dirty is sometimes required. The Solar eclipse on Nov. 19 falls in your sign, which ignites a very karmic path that will unfold over the next year and a half in your favor. Your calm, steady, and creative demeanor and your gifts will be called to the front lines to bring a necessary balance to the world.
Gemini: May 21-June 20
Geminis, we love you for always 'keeping it light'. However, Scorpio season may require you to face some issues that have been boiling beneath the surface, especially in the workplace. Remember 'Twins', you are learning about duality this go-round, and that you can't have the 'light,' without also embracing the 'dark'. Freedom comes from this natural and necessary process of healing so sit back and learn something this month. The Taurus Solar eclipse Nov. 19 that falls in your 'house of The Mystic,' will reward you with a leap in your spiritual consciousness.
Cancer: June 21-July 22
Delicate Cancers, you have been forced out of your shell over and over, in the last year. The current evolutionary shift has so needed your gifts of love and compassion. Scorpio season for you may bring a wave of emotionality but nothing a good cry cannot navigate. This year your motherly gifts are called out of the house and into the larger community. At the Taurus solar eclipse, you may find yourself at the end or the beginning of the very significant community role. Remember that when one door closes, another opens, and that truly, 'home is where the heart is'.
Leo: July 23-Aug. 22
Bright-light-Leo's, Scorpio may not be your favorite season (except perhaps the costume party!) as the emerging shadows appear to be in contrast to your ever-lasting light! But relax and remember that 'dark', merely means 'hidden', and once revealed, gains access to more light! Hey Lions, the transformation for you this month, is with home and work. Change, healing, and progress are keywords, which may require fast decisions. The Nov. 19 Taurus lunar eclipse lands in your career sector, so the question to ask is…"is this really what I want to be doing?" Your exuberant playfulness, joy and creativity are your greatest gifts. Be sure they are intricately woven into your path.
Virgo: Aug. 23-Sept. 21
Creating order out of chaos is your specialty, vigilant Virgos. You welcome Scorpio season to clear out the cobwebs and get on with things. Do be careful not to become too focused on the distortions, remembering that 'what we focus on expands'. You are a pinnacle of this time of 'the Great Shift' and are upgrading quickly to meet the collective needs. The Scorpio new moon, and the Taurus lunar eclipse fall in your axis of 'information, knowledge, communication, and beliefs'. You are upgrading your mental circuitry. Don't hold onto anything, and trust that you will end up where you belong.
Libra: Sept. 22-Oct. 23
Love-hungry Libras, we know you always love Scorpio season because it means going deeper into the intimate realms and you are absolutely fine with whatever it takes! However, this month's Scorpio new moon invites a rebirth to your relationship with yourself, which is a reward after a long journey of introspection and growth. This journey brings you to a place of balance with self and others. This is your deepest work in this lifetime, so celebrate with an extra dose of self-care! There could be some financial upgrades this month. Consider partnering up, as a way of combining resources. Your gift of diplomacy may be called upon surrounding the Nov. 19 Taurus lunar eclipse.
Scorpio: Oct. 24-Nov. 21
This is your big month all-powerful Scorpios… Happiest Re-Birth-Day to you! This is your moment to push the 'reset' button, shed last year's skin, and embody the fullness of your passion and purpose! The Nov. 4 new moon, also in your sign, is the invitation to surrender any old emotional pain and story, and get clear about your higher mission—as your strength and depth are greatly needed at this evolutionary threshold. The Nov. 19 lunar eclipse may trigger relationship shifts, though exciting, may be fleeting, but remember every romantic soiree serves your evolution in some manner. Home and family continue to be a bit in flux, so live from the heart... while learning to let go and trust.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22-Dec. 21
Sagittarians, you are the leaders of great thought. You have been tested the last year to open your mind-horizons into areas that have brought discomfort. Sometimes you find it easier to hold onto old learned beliefs because the emerging new truths feel too destabilizing. The Nov. 4 New Moon awards you the opportunity to 'let go and trust' that all is going to be ok. You will continue to be tested in your capacity to 'listen' and communicate compassionately with others. The Nov. 19 lunar eclipse may trigger some chaos at the job site but observe it with a higher mind, relax into the process; this restructuring is necessary and of the highest order. A renewed self-care regime could be the missing component to the balance you seek.
Capricorn: Dec. 22-Jan. 19
Wise and focused Capricorns, this month you may find great fulfillment putting your hard work to good use within the community. Though not your initial intention, your industrial focus may also come with unexpected healing of a past hurt around the Nov. 4 new moon. This year has put focus on refining your character, and to reassess what you truly value. Finances have also been serious business with the need to balance your spending with saving. But the Nov. 19 lunar eclipse is begging for you to lighten up a bit and play. Do something spontaneous and be open to a little romance, expected or unexpected!
Aquarius: Jan. 20-Feb. 18
Revolutionary Aquarians! You were born for these times and find yourself on the front lines of this fast-moving evolutionary train! Though you might have hoped humanity would be further along by now, you must not lose heart and continue to fine-tune your mental channels in order to guide us into the future. The Nov. 4 new moon may offer a new direction in your career, while the Nov. 19 lunar eclipse may bring unexpected change in the home-front. You of all the signs understand that it is 'the storm' that precedes the greatest shifts... Keep holding the light and guiding with the certainty of your soul's light.
Pisces: Feb. 19-March 20
It's been rough waters for you this past year Pisces, as your empathic nature feels all the collective alchemical turmoil deep within. You are closing out some massive cycles requiring deep inquiry, surrender and trust. The Nov. 4 New Moon invites you to stretch your comfort zone and peer into the less pleasant aspects of life, in order to avoid bypassing and embody a balanced approach. You will be rewarded by the Lunar Eclipse Nov. 19 with an invitation to speak, write, teach, or perhaps just soul-enriching connections with others. Remember that your endless well of compassion is your greatest gift, and so needed on the planet at this time.
Shannon Gill is an Evolutionary Astrologer, Jungian Counselor, and the co-founder of 'The Shift Foundation' at Samadhi Retreat Center. To learn more about her work, or to schedule a personal session, you may contact her at shannonleigill.com.