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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Actor, director and screenwriter Justin Theroux isn't the only famous member of his family. His canine companion Kuma made waves online this past weekend supporting Austin Pets Alive!—and Jennifer Aniston is a fan.
Theroux launched Kuma's own Instagram account on Saturday with a link to Austin Pets Alive!'s website in her bio. And the grey pitbull mix is already garnering the kind of attention worthy of her movie star dad: As of Monday night, she has over 55,000 followers.
Chief among them is Jennifer Aniston, who posted a photo of Theroux and his newly online dog on her Instagram story yesterday with fond words for the Austin shelter.
"Love what these two are doing to help people who help pups who help people," the 'Friends' star, and Theroux's ex-wife, wrote. "They helped save 60 pups at Austin Pets Alive! yesterday."
Theroux began volunteering at the shelter while filming 'The Leftovers' in Austin when he fell in love with the shelter's pitbulls, according to Dr. Ellen Jefferson, Austin Pets Alive! president and CEO.
"We are thrilled that he and Kuma are spreading the word about the work APA! is doing and the need to keep Austin no-kill," she said, referring to the shelter's commitment to save animals most at risk for euthenasia.
Theroux adopted his mut in 2018 after Kuma was rescued—dirty and injured—from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey by A Chance to Bloom Dog Rescue, based in Conroe, Texas.
While Kuma is not from APA!, Theroux connected with the Conroe-based non-profit while visiting the Austin shelter, and he has remained "an enthusiastic supporter" ever since, Jefferson said.
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Six days a week, thousands of onlookers tune in to live streams to watch the pros rake it all in at high-stakes poker tournaments. The big-name poker players aren't in Las Vegas or even Oklahoma's finest casinos—instead, they're where Texas Hold 'Em gets its name.
Gambling may be illegal in Texas, but over a hundred poker houses are using a loophole to open up shop across the state, especially in Austin and Dallas.
The classic poker game is finally getting played for real cash around the Lone Star State thanks to an exception in Texas' gambling ban that allows poker games to be played in private residences. Instead of taking a cut from the pot like traditional gambling ventures, private poker houses don't make money from the results of a game; instead, they get their revenue from membership and hourly fees.
It's a business strategy that's gone (mostly) unchallenged by Texas politicians, especially as the industry begins to heat up.
Austin may now have around 20 poker houses around town, but it wasn't long ago that one stood alone like a small town saloon. The city's premiere poker house, Texas Card House, was founded in 2015 and has since grown to include a YouTube channel with over 30,000 subscribers, a wide range of gameplay and regular visits from big-name poker gurus like Brad Owen and Doug Pope.
David Lagana, a content creator who has worked in college sports and Hollywood, was brought into the scene in May as the house's live streams began to blow up. He said the live streaming battleground is only beginning.
"The space is ever-growing," Lagana said. "It's been interesting to try and find a lane that everybody can succeed. It's all about finding something that people want to watch on a nightly basis."
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Carolyn Hapgood, who has worked for Texas Card House for three years, has made a name for herself as a live stream producer, dealer and player herself with the company. She's seen Texas Card House grow from a two-room card house to the most well-known poker venue in Austin with another branch in Dallas.
"It was a teeny tiny little house with five tables, and that was the first legal card house in the state," Hapgood said. "And since then it's blown up."
Texas Card House dealer Carolyn Hapgood has been working with Austin's premier poker house since 2018. (Texas Poker House Austin/Facebook)
From $100 pots to buy-ins of $15,000 or more, Texas Card House has it all, especially as in-state players learn more about the game. Hapgood said there isn't really a typical poker player at the house—instead, the poker table forms an "interesting little ecosystem" that includes college students, a 93-year old Vietnam War veteran, online gamblers, old-school players and everyone in between. The diversity at the table has been enhanced even further by COVID as people clamor to return to in-person events.
But Texas Card House no longer holds a "royal flush" in Austin's poker culture. The Lodge, based in Round Rock, is now expanding to over 60 tables, the largest in Texas, while Palms Social Club, owned by Texas Card Houses' original owner Sam Von Kennel, brought service staff and a refined atmosphere to the Austin scene.
Hapgood said the base of poker players is very large and continues to grow, forming a community as players form friendships on and off the table.
"My favorite part of the poker community is how much fun we have," Hapgood said. "You sit at a table with eight of your friends, everyone's kind of just having a good time. There's a lot of players who will, you know, call or text each other after they're done playing, and they end up inviting each other barbecues, and going out to dinner with their families and stuff like that... those are my favorite people to hang out with."
Getting involved in the poker scene is as easy as tuning into a live stream, and Lagana hopes to see more outsiders like himself get inspired by poker in the future.
"It's kind of like life," Lagana said. "Life isn't just one hand to play... you're only in control of sort of what's in your hand (and) you can't play the card that you weren't dealt with. So it's really been a fascinating life lesson for me."
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From four-time Grammy-nominee turned big-screen actor, Black Pumas frontman Eric Burton will debut in the sci-fi short film "Devexity," which is written, directed by and stars Austinites.
The film, brought to life by Austin-based filmmaker Luke Lidell, will premiere on Oct. 7 at the Native Hostel while Burton is in town for Austin City Limits Fest. Then, "Devexity" will head off to film festival screenings, according to a report by The Austin Chronicle.
Following Burton as the film's protagonist, named Jean, "Devexity" takes place across several different settings and surfaces an existential response from the watcher. Burton stars alongside fellow Austinites Ali Pentecost, Dominique Pitts and New Yorker Madison Murrah in the partially black-and-white film.
The film was shot over the course of four days in October 2020, which Lidell said was a challenge of "focus" and "trust" to create. With a variety of scenes and intertwining narratives, the film dives into the topic of virtual reality.
A musician in addition to a filmmaker, Lidell previously directed the film "Telekinetic" in 2018. The script for "Devexity" was written by Lidell with Burton in mind for the lead after meeting him during a music video project in 2017—Lidell said Burton helped him shape the characters along the way.
Now that the door has been opened for work between Burton and Lidell, you're likely to see the pair collaborate again—a Black Pumas documentary is being rumored.
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