Whether they’re here for an event or just a regular ol’ getaway, celebrities love to experience Austin like a local. From barbecue to coffee to Tex Mex and more, these are the Austin restaurants celebrities love.
Verbena Food + Drink
This is a brand new addition to the list as Verbena just opened in Canopy on West 6th Street in July. During our staycation at the new hotel concept by Hilton, we spotted Bastrop area resident Zachary Levi dining on the patio. No word on what he ordered but we had a couple of the flatbreads and the Burrata Panzanella and all was delish!
Everyone loves Franklin BBQ. Even President Barack Obama, the only known person in the universe who has been allowed to skip the line that forms at Franklin every day. “Hell’s Kitchen” chef Gordon Ramsay (who secretly skipped the line as well), Quest Love of the Roots, and Jimmy Kimmel have also expressed a love for Franklin. Kanye West also attempted to cut the line, however, he was rebuked by staff, and we’re pretty sure he didn’t stick around to wait like all us common folk.
Emmer & Rye
Speaking of Gordon Ramsay, the same year he chowed down on Franklin BBQ while in town for the Formula 1 race, he also dined at Rainey Street’s Emmer & Rye. He shared a picture of his meal on his official Facebook page saying, “Loved this delicious mackerel dish, well done guys.” Rachael Ray also mentioned eating here during SXSW 2017.
Rachael Ray has a list of favorite restaurants in Austin that just keeps getting longer and longer. While she tries new spots every time she’s in town, Home Slice is one of the places she and hubby John Cusimano always visit. Frances McDormand has been spotted here as well and Andrew Zimmern of “Bizarre Foods” once tweeted, “Home Slice is worth the wait.”
Guero’s Taco Bar
While in Austin shooting two seasons of the AMC series “The Son,” Pierce Brosnan shared all kinds of pictures of life in Austin. One of those pictures happened to be a lovely shot of the debonaire actor sitting on the front sidewalk of Guero’s Taco Bar. The South Congress restaurant has been a regular for celebs for many years. Other famous fans include Ryan Gosling, Quentin Tarantino, and even President Bill Clinton.
While on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Kirsten Dunst schooled Jimmy on Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse. Her go to food is apparently the fried pickles and ranch dressing. “I’ll go to bad movies just so I can sit there in the dark and eat,” she told the late night host.
Boteco ATX Food Truck
Camila Alves, aka Mrs. Matthew McConaughey, says her favorite place in Austin for real-deal Brazilian street food is the Boteco ATX food truck. She even posted a behind-the-scenes video inside the food truck for her online community Women of Today, showing followers how they make the best Moqueca Baiana.
Jep’s Southern Roots Food Trailer
Located at Family Business Beer Company, Jep’s Southern Roots Food Trailer is owned by “Duck Dynasty” brother Jep Robertson. Since the brewery is co-owned by “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles and his wife, former “One Tree Hill” star Danneel Ackles (nee Harris), there’s a good chance you could spot a celeb visiting or even working behind the counter!
Anyone who’s ever seen even one episode of “Friday Night Lights” loves Tim Riggins. And Tim Riggins himself, aka Taylor Kitsch, loves Jo’s Coffee. He’s frequently spotted here and even told ATXgossip.com that when he returns to Austin, the thing he looks forward to most is Jo’s Coffee. Luke Wilson and Rachael Ray are also fans.
Ethan Hawke told Eater Austin that whenever he comes to the ATX, Mr. Natural is the first place he goes. It’s also one of vegetarian Richard Linklater’s favorite spots. He even took the cast of Newton Boys there when it shot back in the late ’90s. “I remember listening to Matthew McConaughey go, ‘Where’s the meat?,’” Hawke told Eater.
After a night out on Dirty Sixth, there’s nothing better than pizza. And it seems Oprah’s bestie Gayle King agrees. While in town for the F1 race in 2017, the newscaster posted a string of pics from Sixth Street including one with a slice of Roppola stating, “Austin! Wow! Fav son likes w/ranch dressing- why? 1 am snack tons @weightwatchers points ..I’m not proud.”
Actor Greg Grunberg tweeted a pic of his Torchy’s Tacos and mentioned hitting up the Austin staple with Scott Speedman while on stage for the “Felicity” reunion at the ATX Television Festival in 2018. Phil Rosenthal also talked about Torchy’s on the opening night red carpet, stating that the streets of Austin are “paved with queso.”