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Food and Wine magazine named Austin one of its best cheap cities to visit. Check out why our weird city is increasingly getting a reputation as a real foodie destination.
Food and Wine magazine was a real fan of First Thursdays on South Congress. This monthly extravaganza was praised for its plethora of drink and food specials courtesy of the restaurants lining SoCo. They also gave a special shout-out to our infamous food trailers for their culinary marvels that are at once well-priced and unique. Peached Tortilla was a favorite for its worldly tacos and tasty creative sliders that marry Southern and Asian flavors.
24 Diner, located at Lamar and 6th Street, just across the street from the Whole Foods World Headquarters, was home to one of Food and Wine's top rated grilled cheese sandwiches. Andrew Curran, chef at 24 Diner and a contestant on last season's Top Chef Texas, goes for a sophisticated approach to this old favorite, with sourdough bread, cheddar and Fontina cheeses, and roasted tomato.
Franklin Barbecue, on 11th Street just one block east of 35, gets yet another best barbecue nod for its brisket plate. The editors were not deterred by the line at the establishment, which often lasts for two hours or more. Finally, Curra's Grill gets a recommendation for Mexican food. Food and Wine mag loved this East Oltorf gem for its plethora of tasty tacos, including the al pastor.
After you sink into a food-induced coma, Food and Wine touts the Hotel San Jose on South Congress as the place to lay your head.