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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The time has finally come, Austin City Limits fans. Try to contain your excitement—there is still lots of prep work to be done.
Festival crews began setting up in the park last week, giving hope and excitement to ticket holders. With just a few days left until the festival's post-COVID debut, use those jitters to plan out the best possible festival season.
Whether it's your first time or you're an ACL veteran, here are a few tips to keep in mind while you prepare for the music.
Don't miss a beat:
What to bring
First things first, put on that wristband before leaving the house so there's no chance of losing it. Also, just as important as your wristband to get in, all attendees must show a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 72 hours of entering the festival. Fully vaccinated attendees may show proof of vaccination instead of a negative test.
Now to the fun stuff.
Pack light. I repeat, PACK LIGHT because you're going to be doing a lot of walking and moving around. That said, there are a few light creature comforts that will make the sizzling sun bearable, starting with a seat: a foldable chair, picnic blanket, whatever, but you'll want to have a place to camp out while waiting in-between sets or enjoying a bite to eat.
If you bring nothing else, make sure you bring a reusable water bottle. Hydration is crucial and water refills are free at ACL, with stations to fill you up all over the park, so save your money on plastic bottles by bringing one.
Sunscreen is a must, especially if you're planning on making it through a full weekend. Lather up but remember that it's not in an aerosol container and weighs less than 3.4 ounces. It's always good to have a bandana on hand, you never know when you might need one, but you can always grab a freebie from festival vendors.
Expect your battery life to be drained from posting on social media and trying to find friends in the crowd. Do not forget a cell phone charger. This year ACL will have antennas through MatSing, which means the typical WiFi challenge will be partially alleviated. You can pack it all in a one-pocket fanny pack, which doesn't have to be clear if it's smaller than 4.5" x 5.5" or any clear bag smaller than 12" x 12" x 6."
What NOT to bring
The ACL gods have spoken and they said no coolers, glass containers or hammocks are allowed. You can bring in a point and shoot camera but ACL prohibits anything with a detachable lens—in fact, the festival prohibits all professional photo and video equipment.If it's illegal, it is probably prohibited. ACL is not allowing any e-cigarettes or vape devices, outside drinks, tents, spiked jewelry, fireworks, bicycles, pets, umbrellas and selfie sticks are all prohibited. Read the full list of illegal items here.
How to get there
Trying to park at Zilker or anywhere close to the park will leave you disappointed—unless you purchase a third-party parking pass, such as at Chuy's on Barton Springs for $100-weekend parking—so it's probably best to nail down another mode of transport because streets nearby will be blocked off.
More likely than not, you'll still have to do some walking if you take an Uber, which partnered with ACL as the official rideshare app. Drivers have designated pick-up and drop-off zones that are often a trek away from the action. Plus, with high demand comes high prices, so you'll need to factor it into your ACL budget. When you're ready to head home, you won't be able to call an Uber until you pass the river, South Lamar Boulevard or the Frontage Road.
Depending on where you're coming from, it may be best to park downtown and shuttle over to Zilker Park. ACL has historically held free, quick and easy shuttles that pick up attendees, bus them all the way to the Barton Springs West entrance and drops them off at the end of the day. You can catch the shuttle at Republic Square Park downtown starting at noon on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. CapMetro also has bus routes around the city that run to Zilker Park, like MetroRapid Route 803.
Biking and walking 🚲
You won't be able to take your bike inside the festival but bike parking is available on Stratford Drive after crossing the Mopac Pedestrian Bridge and on Toomey Road at Sterzing Street and on Azie Morton Road.
How to survive the heat
(Roger Ho for ACL)
You're going to sweat, so make peace with that. Luckily, this year's forecast is calling for relatively mild temperatures. Now that that's out of the way, you can stay cool by dressing light, staying hydrated and giving yourself time to rest in the shade, which is where all the "must-brings" come in handy. Keep attire light and breathable, a hat or a bandana to keep the hair out of your eyes and a pair of sunglasses on hand. (Pssst… Don't miss our ACL style guide!) Make sure to take breaks and explore the air-conditioned areas of the park—the merch store and beer hall offer respite from the sweaty exterior.
What to eat
Like every year, ACL is bringing in only local restaurants, so you know you'll be eating well. Prepare yourself for a mark-up while you're there—there are plenty of restaurants around the Zilker area and on Barton Springs Road that you can sneak out to if you don't want to pay festival prices.
If you are going to eat at ACL, this is a great time to try something new because you can visit Torchy's any ol' time. Why not try Taco Bronco or Tamale Addiction if you're in the mood for Mexican food? It wouldn't be Texas if The Original Black's Barbecue or Micklethwait Barbecue weren't on the list, it wouldn't be trendy if you couldn't get a bodega-inspired snack from Wicky's Walkup, and it wouldn't be greasy festival food if you couldn't get a mac and cheese stuffed grilled cheese from Burro.
For your sweet tooth, Skull & Cakebones serves spooky sweets just in time for fall, Lick Honest Ice Creams creates creamy masterpieces with local and organic ingredients or if you're trying to stay mobile, pick up a handheld pie from Tiny Pies.
How to maximize your time
Don't go into the festival blindsided, lest you miss shows that are important to you. The first step in enjoying the festival to its fullest is by familiarizing yourself with the artists—a big part of ACL is discovering new favorites and up-and-coming musicians. This year, almost 20 local artists are performing and the worst feeling is discovering an artist that you could have seen at ACL.
Next, map out which artists you want to see with ACL's daily schedules. Though ACL has yet to unveil its new version of the app, previous versions allow you to schedule reminders for shows you wanted to see.
Don't forget to download the app prior to the festival—ACL can alert guests of set changes, weather and festival news in real-time.
Who to see
Miley Cyrus brought Billy Idol to the stage at this year's Lollapalooza. (Charles Reagan for Lollaplooza)
Miley Cyrus brought out special guest Billy Idol during her Lollapalooza set to perform their duet "Night Crawling," so ACL guests might get a two-for-one. Tyler, The Creator, took the Lollapalooza set with a theatrical performance that relives his past eras. The queen of Hot Girl Summer, Megan Thee Stallion, successfully got the entire crowd on their feet. It's important to keep in mind that some of these artists might be nearing retirement, like George Strait, so seize the opportunity to catch rare acts live.
There are some local treasures you don't want to miss—Black Pumas, of course, a band that needs no introduction and has its own holiday in Austin; Dayglow, an indie-pop project put on by frontman Sloan Struble; Nané, a thoroughly-Austin band formed from UT students Ian Green and Daniel Sahad, Dayglow drummer Brady Knippa and Black Pumas keyboardist JaRon Marshall; and Sir Woman, a solo project by Wild Child singer Kelsey Wilson.
Ultimately, who you decide to see is up to you but know that you won't regret branching out. You may not love every new band you see but you're bound to find at least one new jam. From the biggest stages, Honda and Lady Bird, to the smallest BMI and VRBO stages, there is a show to enjoy on all of them.
The festival will be here before we know it!
Two of Texas' top 10 most wanted fugitives were arrested this week, one of which was captured in Austin, a gang member by the name of Edward De Los Santos.
De Los Santos, a 43-year-old affiliated with the Tango Blast gang, was arrested at a South Austin hotel on Sept. 22 by the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Texas Department of Public Safety Special Agents and the Austin Police Department.
De Los Santos was wanted for continuous violence against family members, assault with injury, possession of a controlled substance and evading arrest with a vehicle. The Tango Blast member was added to the Most Wanted list on Sept. 2 and has been convicted with multiple accounts of aggravated assault, burglary of a habitation and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in the past.
The other, 51-year-old Moises Calderon, was arrested for affiliation with the Hermandad de Pistoleros Latinos gang on Sept. 23 in an apartment in San Antonio.
Calderon has been in and out of prison since 1991, when he was convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years before being let out on parole in November 2014. He has been wanted since violating his parole in October 2020.
Both of the gang members were located thanks to tips, which Texas Crime Stoppers will pay out. Texas Crime Stoppers is funded by the Governor's Criminal Justice Division and pays out cash tips to those who provide information that leads to an arrest.
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Heading to Q2 Stadium? Four months ago, it would've been tough to do so without dropping a pretty penny, but by mid-September, season ticket holders were clamoring to sell their seats for as little as a $10 beer.
While Austin FC continues to sell-out crowds—their most recent match was at capacity despite their record and scheduling conflict with a Texas Longhorns game—demand has dipped as new factors continue to pull down prices.
Austin FC's rocky season has been met with unbridled fan support, but it's also lost that honeymoon-phase traction as they fell to the bottom of the standings, faced a third COVID surge and were met with school, work and good ol' Texas football.
On Sept. 15, Austin FC fan Tanis Olvedo was willing to strike a deal: two beers for a ticket.
Austin FC went from $200+ tickets to this 😪 we down bad pic.twitter.com/Q3yOr7UBiC
— Darth Concha (@davidhidalgo44) September 15, 2021
Although he later sold at cost to another season ticket holder, many fans have seen the value of their season tickets take a serious dip. By Wednesday, Sept. 15, tickets that were once no lower than $36 had dropped to as little as $14.
Austin Anthem member Phil Stanch used his accounting skills to map out the dip in his ticket sales prices.
Phil Stanch found that the predicted value of his season tickets (in orange) will continue to trend downward. (Phil Stanch)
Here are the main reasons why fans say Austin FC's ticket prices have taken a tumble:
Austin FC's first home game on June 19 seemed like perfect timing—by June 16, 51% of Travis County residents were fully vaccinated. Mid-May saw Austin lift its risk-based guidelines to Stage 2 for the first time since the pandemic's onset just in time for the brand-new Q2 Stadium to open at 100% capacity.
But with the third surge sending Austin back into Stage 5 and hospitalizations skyrocketing in late summer, some diehard fans reluctantly began opting for the couch over a 20,738-capacity stadium.
That safety-consciousness comes tenfold for parents of young children who are still ineligible to get vaccinated, at-risk fans and the older population.
School starting and unvaccinated kids. That’s why we haven’t gone in a while. We are season ticket holders, so we have just given ours away to friends and coworkers that can go.— jae (@jae98342926) September 23, 2021
Austin has stuck to capacity and hasn't added any masking or testing requirements, garnering some criticism from fans.
I stopped going because of the COVID surge. I tried to sell my tickets a couple of times and they didn’t move. Then I decided to eat them to make space. Not happy the club didn’t create a mask or vaccination requirement.— Ruben Cavazos (@rcavazos) September 24, 2021
Just as the surge reached its peak in mid-August, schools across Austin once again opened in-person, leaving many families unable to go to late-night games on weeknights. Ten of the club's 17 home games have been on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Sundays—days that have quickly transformed into "school nights."
With 9-5ers unable to justify 8:30 p.m. weeknight games and kids tucked in bed by 10, fewer fans have been able to make their way to the games.
And with school comes another conflict of interest- tried-and-true Texas football is fully underway, and though Sept. 18 saw a sold-out crowd, a few Verde seats were left empty as the two teams played at home at the same time for the first time.
A combo of a number of things:— Tom H (@hallockitup) September 23, 2021
- Wednesday or Sunday games that end around 10pm are not appealing to people with jobs or kids.
- Being in last place hurts, no matter how passionate people are about the team. Nothing on the line.
- This is still Texas, and it’s football season.
While COVID and fall responsibilities have played a factor, Austin FC is also dealing with the unfortunate reality of being a last-place team.
Season ticket holder Doug Mayo was one of the 4% of season ticket holders who didn't renew his deal with the team. Once confident that he would easily sell the coveted tickets for their original price, the team's record plummeted alongside his own ticket prices. Mayo said that the team's 5-4-16 record caused their honeymoon phase to end prematurely.
"The newness wore off fast," Mayo said. "Nobody wants to go to a sporting event when it's 99% certain the team they support will lose."
For Mayo, it'll take a better record and more passionate play on the field to get him back in the 20,000-member season ticket waitlist.
"Mainly (I want) them to start acting more like a professional team," Mayo said. "We were so excited to have something to look forward to throughout COVID and it's just been a disappointment."
I've been a big supporter in general, I went to 4 games in the first half of the season, but no amount of "fan camaraderie" makes me want to spend $30-40 to see a team that plays without heart. And that's bc the last game I saw we actually won (albeit Houston was down a man).— Brown and in Austin (@DisraelTV) September 23, 2021
Still other reasons abound: some fans say it's those $10 beers themselves that cause prices to dip, while others say tickets were overpriced in the first place. Although Austin FC says 96% of season ticket holders decided to renew for 2022, many did so with a grain of salt, including longtime fan Shawn Collins.
"I have tickets in 110 (the Lexus Club) and even when the demand was crazy high I couldn't get face for my tickets because they were so high to begin with," Collins said. "When I got them I figured I'd make back what I paid on games I couldn't attend."
Austin FC's dip in ticket sales may be more of an MLS problem than a unique issue: gameday employee and University of Texas sports business student Ben Patterson said that prices shot up due to pre-season excitement and are now at more normal levels.
"The initial hype of finally having a pro sports team is likely what drove up season ticket prices at the start of the year," Patterson said. "Now that excitement has cooled off, ticket prices have dropped in value steeply."
But while five straight losses are enough to drive at least some fans away, plenty are committed to staying Verde through thick and thin.
It might not be easy being green, but thousands of fans are now enjoying the benefits of $20 tickets as they continue to pack Q2.
Let's not question why tickets are NOT expensive.
Let's just keep buying tickets at $20. Whaddaya say? https://t.co/HkhOjczzZJ
— AC (@Arc34_) September 24, 2021
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