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Austin may be the newer kid on the food scene block, but it's the new kid with a lot to say. The city boasts a wide selection of farm-to-table style restaurants embracing the real foods movement, from quick grab trailers serving bullet coffee, to gourmet whole-hog cooking, dining out on a special diet has never been easier. Here's our recommended must-visit list if you're new in town.

24 Diner

Best place in Austin to satisfy those 3 a.m. cravings. Staying true to their aspiration of being the "finer diner," 24 diner caters to special diets of all kinds even offering a special gluten-free menu. All of their food is carefully sourced, with the names of farms and ranches they work with displayed over the bar.

Favorite Dish: Veggie Hash

 

Dai Due

While many places may tout their use of local foods, Dai Due does it better than most. In true hunter-gatherer form, chef Jesse Griffiths sticks to locally grown vegetables and fruit, hunted or pastured meat, and fish from our waters. Griffiths uses predominately Texas olive oil, animal fats from hogs, beef, chicken, and duck, and organic pastured butter. Refined vegetable oils are virtually nonexistent in the kitchen. Because of this practice, the menu is always evolving, giving the diner an exciting fresh meal every time they visit.  

Favorite Dish: Wild Boar Burger with Kimchi, Mint Mayo and Pickled Cucumbers

 

Hopdoddy 

This place is really all about burgers - chicken, turkey, tuna, bison, veggie, and of course beef. However, if you're in the mood for something less hefty, sides and salads are equally delicious and well-portioned. All ingredients are high quality and with so many options, most should be able to find something satisfying. Ditch the bun and you are all set. 

Favorite Dish: Magic Shroom Burger

 

Lamberts 

Austin's fancy BBQ joint, located in the carefully restored historic Schneider Brothers Building serves up inventive barbecue and modern Texas cooking.  Lamberts is great anytime of the day, but their Sunday brunch is worth the wait. 

Favorite Dish: Crispy Wild Boar Ribs (hold the cheese)

 

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Launderette

There's genuine, laid back charm and warmth to be found at this laundromat turned restaurant that's tucked down a residential street between Lady Bird Lake and the hip East Side. Chef Rene Ortiz's take on contemporary Mediterranean will leave anyone satisfied at the end of the meal no matter what their dietary restrictions are, and pastry chef Laura Sawicki's desserts are worth the indulgence. Special diet menus are available.

Favorite Dish: Beef Tartare

 

Lick Honest IceCream

Delicious ice cream! Lick handcrafts small batches of artisan ice cream, made with honest ingredients from the diverse and fertile lands of Texas. They source all of their milk and cream from one small dairy farm right outside of Austin, but also offer plenty of dairy-free options made with coconut milk. The ice cream base is still made with their custom recipe and every single component that is added to the mix is made from scratch with love and care, with no added artificial colorings, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. Ever. 

Favorite Flavor: Tart Toasted Coconut

 

Picnik

Austin's first restaurant to specialize in Paleo, primal, gluten-free & grain-free foods started off as a humble food truck, and has now expanded to a second brick and mortar location off S. Congress. Picnik offers butter coffee made with beans from local roaster Third Coast Coffee, bone broth, pastries, and lunch entrees.

Favorite Dish: Chicken Broccoli Crunch

 

Snap Kitchen

Their menu offers a wide selection of quick grab-and-go meals, snacks, and cold press juices that are made fresh daily. All ingredients and nutritional values are clearly labeled, making it easy to find something delicious that fits your diet even for busy lifestyles.

Favorite Dishes: Devilly Eggs, Grass Fed Lamb Lasagna