Austin is packed with great restaurants, and you could spend years trying to make it to Austin restaurants you’ve wanted to try. But sometimes, you need to get out of the city to try the culinary delights outside the city.

Well, there are countless more great places to eat just beyond the Austin city limits, so no list of restaurants can be exhaustive, but here are 10 places you need to check off your list.

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10.) Baris Pasta & Pizza, Pflugerville  

Photo: Courtesy, Baris Pasta & Pizza.

Photo: Courtesy, Baris Pasta & Pizza.

It may be in a strip mall, but once you step inside Baris Pasta & Pizza you’ll forget the exterior. If you think about what an Italian restaurant should look like, this place is it. And the food matches the decor. If you want thick, cheesy dishes and warm, soft bread, this is your place.

And the prices are reasonable. Go there for the lunch special, and your stomach and wallet will be full.

9.) Monument Cafe, Georgetown

Photo: Courtesy, Monument Cafe on Facebook.

Photo: Courtesy, Monument Cafe on Facebook.

Monument Cafe has been a Georgetown institution for more than 20 years, but by the look of the place, you’d swear they’ve been around much, much longer. This place serves up classic diner food with only the freshest ingredients. And if you want to have your Kobe burger with a local beer, that happens to be one of their specialties.

8.) Texas Pie Company, Kyle

Photo: Courtesy, Texas Pie Company on Facebook.

Photo: Courtesy, Texas Pie Company on Facebook.

This place is all about dessert. Your first clue is their name — Texas Pie Company. Your second clue is the giant slice of cherry pie above their entrance. They have boxed lunches and salads if you want to preface your pie with something savory, but definitely save room for the sweet stuff.

Be sure to get there early. They close at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and are closed on Sundays.

7.) Rosie’s Tamale House, Bee Cave


Just past the Hill Country Galleria on Highway 71 you’ll find Rosie’s Tamale House. Here you can stuff your face with top-notch Tex-Mex. If you want to bring them to your next party, they’ll cater! And they have the space to host your party if you need a venue.

6.) Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar, Gruene

Photo: Courtesy, Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar on Facebook.

Photo: Courtesy, Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar on Facebook.

If you have been to Gruene, you’ve probably been to Gristmill. It’s hard to beat the views from their outdoor and window-side tables. The grounds and the river make a perfect setting to enjoy a leisurely meal.

And then there’s the food! Don’t worry about choosing the right dish. You can’t go wrong. It’s all good!

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