Countdown to NamesCon 2020 – my three favorite restaurants in Austin

A week from today Domain Investors from around the world will start flying into Austin…and like most humans, they’ll probably be hungry. As many of you know, I lived in Austin for three years and so I thought now was as good a time as any to share my three favorite restaurants.

Before I go any further I’ll address the elephant in the room, or the elephant that will soon be in the room once you see my recommendations. I’m not a huge BBQ fan. While I do like BBQ every now and then, even when I lived in Austin I only had it a few times a year. Yes, Austin has amazing BBQ and I’ve tried all the top spots but it’s not really my jam so I won’t be sharing any of them. That being said, if you love BBQ, you’ll find a ton of options in Austin so go nuts!

Okay, now for my three favorite restaurants in Austin, in order:

1. Perla’s (Fresh fish/Oysters) – while it may sound crazy, just hang out for a minute here. I’m a big seafood fan and have to say that Austin actually has some really exceptional seafood restaurants and Perla’s is my personal favorite. They fly in fresh fish and oysters daily from both coasts and have an amazing patio where you can sit, enjoy great food, and people watch on South Congress. Couple this with awesome cocktails and great services and you’ll understand why this is my top restaurant pick and where I ate the most when I lived in Austin. (visit website)

2. Red Ash (Italian) – this restaurant actually didn’t exist when I first moved to Austin and opened up about a year before I left. I lived less than a block away so safe to say it became one of my go-to spots. The pasta at Red Ash is made fresh daily and their wood burning grill and oven (seen above) makes the whole place smell amazing. My personal favorite is the Spaghetti alla Chitarra “A.O.P.” – seriously, this is some of the best spaghetti I’ve had outside of Italy! (visit website)

3. Fixe (Southern) – okay, so I obviously can’t recommend three restaurants in Austin without including one Southern gem, and Fixe is definitely my favorite when it comes to Southern food. Like Red Ash this restaurant also didn’t exist when I first moved to Austin but it became a favorite of mine once it opened. First things first, try their iced tea – it will blow your mind. Second – get the fresh biscuits, they will also knock your socks off. Everything else on the menu is amazing, if you’re looking for good Southern food, this will help you get your fix. (visit website)


Austin is packed with great restaurants, I have plenty of others I’d recommend but these three really stood out to me during my time in Austin and were my regular spots. I’m sure no matter where you end up you’ll enjoy amazing food while you’re in Austin, but if you happen to add any of these three to your list I can tell you, you won’t be disappointed.

Stay-tuned, next up is my three favorite Austin bars. I can’t wait to see everyone next week, Austin here I come!

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