by staff writer
on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at 10:19am.
Austin may be the music capital of the world but the cuisine has to come in a sizzling second. Food trailers, famer's markets, and star-rated restaurants abound, on street corners, in urban parks, and atop gleaming skyscrapers with sweeping views of Tower Lake.
The big BBQ boogaloo
Although the honey-hickory scent of slow smoked ribs is no longer the only pungent aroma to assault the senses of salivating Austinites, barbecue joints with oak-fired smokers and grungy, tattooed pit masters still pull in the public in their droves.
That's because it's hard to beat authentic Texan fare like pulled pork, smoked brisket, and racks of ribs. You can get your BBQ fix directly from the fire pit, from weather-beaten trailers, or from the fabled Franklin Barbecue, a legendary East Austin lunch-time venue.
As the city has grown and evolved, so too has the demand for chef-driven, cross-cultural food. BBQ huts and pizza parlors have made way for upscale restaurants with slick interiors, live music performances, and menus featuring fusion dishes with influences from Asia, Central America, and Europe.
Experimental sushi bars, fine French restaurants, seafood and crab houses, and eateries selling "new American" cuisine - fresh, organic and healthy - can be found scattered all over the city.
You can head down to Qui for crispy pigs head with fried egg, cilantro, and jalapeno vinegar, finished with cheddar cheese ice cream, or pop in at Snap Kitchen for grass-fed lamb lasagna, bison quinoa hash, or crunchy coconut shrimp, all sourced locally and served gluten-free.
Food trucks with flair
Saunter through parts of Austin and you'll notice countless caravans, trucks, and trailers, offering everything from fancy tacos, fried chicken, and Thai cuisine to cupcakes, doughnuts, and full-cream ice cream. You'll also find fried green tomato BLTs, spicy pineapple wings, and grass-fed venison with mango-jalapeno slaw.
Among the most popular wheel-based purveyors of quality Austin food are The Peached Tortilla, Kyoten, Cow Tipping Creamery, and East Side King Thai-Kun at Whistlers.
Awesome Austin farmers' markets
The freshest of foods are to be found at Austin's farmers' markets. You'll find locally grown produce and prepared foods ranging from sauerkraut and Texas honey to artisanal cheeses and home bakes.
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