Austin

Order Austin’s Best Sandwiches Right Now

The perfect picnic food.

Austin Daily Press
Austin Daily Press
Austin Daily Press

Gone are the days of questionable deli meats and spreadable neon cheese slapped together by a hasty parent. You’re an adult. And you deserve to have the most glorious sandwich this city can provide. You’re also an adult who’s likely working from home, so skipping the sad desk lunch is the least you can do to keep your psyche healthy. Any of these sandwich shops are guaranteed to raise your spirits — and all of them make the perfect picnic food.

Bird Bird Biscuit
Bird Bird Biscuit
Bird Bird Biscuit

Bird Bird Biscuit

Manor Road
Bird Bird Biscuits little shop off Manor Road knows that the world is better with biscuits, and their breakfast and lunch sandwiches are nothing short of spectacular. Try a Bird Bird Bacon with bacon, a free range egg, cheddar, and bacon-infused chipotle mayonnaise. Get there mid-day for a Queen Beak with a fresh fried chicken thigh sweetened up by cayenne black pepper honey. There’s limited seating outside, but you can always get takeout or delivery.
Call 512-761-4922, or order online with delivery via Uber Eats, Postmates, DoorDash

Biderman's Deli
Biderman’s Deli
Biderman’s Deli

Biderman’s

Far West and Westlake
When Biderman’s opened their first location, they filled in the hole that Katz’s left when they closed. Of course, they’re rockin’ a righteous Reuben. But don’t sleep on their other offerings. Piles of pastrami with swiss, coleslaw, and russian dressing adorn crispy grilled rye in their Clevelander. Beef salami battles it out with corned beef, bologna, swiss, and vinaigrette atop toasted sourdough in the Jewish Italian. For something simpler, try bagel with nova lox and schmear.¬†
Call 512-340-1404 or order online, or hit up Postmates, DoorDash, Favor, Grubhub, Uber Eats

FoodHeads

West 34th
FoodHeads has been holding down a lovely little spot on 34th Street for 20-plus years which probably indicates they’re doing something well. The family-owned eatery dishes up creative twists on sandwiches and salads, plus Zapp’s chips, housemade sweet tea, and limeade. Pick up a pork tenderloin on toasted ciabatta with smoked gouda cheese and spicy apple pico or go veggie with a grilled squash & fresh mozzarella with spinach, tomato, basil pesto & balsamic reduction. Sit under a bright umbrella on their front patio or pick it up to go.
Call 512-420-8400 or order online, get it delivered via Postmates, Favor, Seamless

Austin Daily Press
Austin Daily Press
Austin Daily Press

Austin Daily Press

MLK, South Lamar, East Cesar Chavez
With a new option on South Lamar, you’re never too far from a tantalizing torta from ADP. Each of their locations is a bit different, so choose from a sweet spot outside or a beer and a sammy at Lavaca Street South. Far from your traditional torta, their inventive sandwiches feature ingredients like lemongrass braised pork shoulder with escabeche, aji amarillo aioli, and ginger chimichurri and cauliflower chorizo with grilled carrots, pickled onion, and goat cheese yogurt. They also serve tacos, snacks, and salads.¬†
Call to place an order or get it delivered via Uber Eats, Seamless, Favor, Grubhub, DoorDash

G’s Dynamite Deli

South First
Blink and you’ll miss it, but G’s Dynamite Deli feels like a cornerstone of the sandwich scene in Austin. The tiny shop has South Austin vibes to the max with band posters and bumper stickers papering the walls and a punk rock staff. Of course, because of the pandemic, you’ll only be able to glimpse them through the walk up window but still stop on by for a hot sandwich, a panini, or a cold sub. Crowd favorites are the Asian Chicken Salad Sandwich, the Texas Dip and the Carly’s Hot Mess, a concoction that includes turkey, bacon, provolone, cheddar, swiss,jalape√Īos, chipotle mayo, homemade dijon, spring mix, red onions, sweet and spicy pickles, kosher pickles, avocado & pepperoncinis served on toasted Jalape√Īo Cheddar bread with jalape√Īo ranch.¬†
Call in an order 512-520-9810 or get delivery via Postmates, Grubhub, Favor, Seamless

Gourmand’s

Webberville
Bellying up to the bar at Gourmand’s and having a sandwich and soup in a bread bowl is just about a perfect lunch. You can still do the latter part of that by picking up or dining in on their still-open patio. Plus the sandwiches are just fun to order. Sink your teeth into a Second Deadly Sin with smoked turkey, bacon, swiss, and fried avocado or get wild with an Orgy featuring hot peppered pastrami, swiss cheese, coleslaw, and house-made dressing on pumpernickel rye. Pair it with a mystery 6 pack, some potato chips, and some broccoli cheese.
Call in an order at 512-610-2031, order online, or get delivery from DoorDash or Postmates

Tumble 22
Tumble 22
Tumble 22

Tumble22

Burnet, Cedar Park, Lake Austin
Sometimes you only have to do one thing really really well, and that’s Tumble22’s game plan. Their “as hot as you wanna go” chicken preceded the great fast food fried chicken wars. Sure, you can do tenders or bone-in chicken, a salad or bitty bites but what you need to know about the menu is that OG sandwich. You won’t regret a moment of that hot, juicy, all-natural chicken breast topped with coleslaw, bread-and-butter pickles, and Duke’s Mayo. As for spice, that’s your preference, but the cluckin’ hot isn’t just a name.¬†
You can dine in, call in an order for curbside, or order delivery from Favor, Grubhub,or DoorDash  

Le Bleu
Le Bleu
Le Bleu

Le Bleu

Burnet Road
Austin’s blessed with an abundance of banh mi shops but Le Bleu has taken them to the next level. Sure, this strip mall offshoot of Saigon Le Vendeur offers the standard grilled pork and the tofu and the spicy chicken. Those sandwiches are fantastic, topped with pickled carrots & daikon, cucumber, jalape√Īo, cilantro, and aioli on soft, fresh bread. But the real standouts are the Shaken Beef, marinated cubed ribeye, watercress, cherry tomatoes, watermelon radish, and the Garlic Butter Prawn, batter fried prawns, scallion-garlic butter, and kewpie.¬†
Call them in at 512-770-1100, order online, or get delivery from Postmates, Uber Eats, and Grubhub

Rebel Cheese

Mueller
The deli sandwich has gotten all kinds of fancy in the past decade and Rebel Cheese fully embraces that… except all of their sandwiches are vegan. Somehow, through the miracle of science, they’re slinging sandwiches that taste amazing and make you feel pretty good about eating them. The Bacon, Brie, and Me, with aged brie, crispy pig-less bacon, caramelized onions, peppery arugula, and sweet fig jam is great to the last bite. And their Philly Cheesesteak with saut√©ed “steak”, mushrooms, bell peppers and caramelized onions on a toasted baguette will convert the fiercest meatatarian. Leave room for dessert!
Their dine-in isn’t open but call 512-382-0048 or order via DoorDash, Grubhub, and Favor

Otherside Deli
Otherside Deli
Otherside Deli

Otherside Deli

Bryker Woods
If you want to drool over sandwiches, just take a look at the pictures of Otherside Deli’s offerings. There’s a true sandwich artist at work putting together Instagram-worthy subs. All the cold and hot sub classics are here — patty melt, the stacked club, a cheesesteak, ham and swiss, meatball — plus more. They’re locally owned and have been doing their part by donating and making food for Seton Medical. Make sure to check in their specials because you don’t want to miss out on a new creation.¬†
Call them at 512-407-9702, order online, and get it delivered via Favor, DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, and SeamlessSign up here for our daily Austin email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.

Kelly Stocker is a Thrillist contributor.

Austin

Get Lucky at These Irish Bars in Austin

Drink a green pint on St Patrick's Day at these Irish bars in Austin.

Photo by Melissa Vinsik, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by Melissa Vinsik, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by Melissa Vinsik, courtesy of Cork + Barrel

In the midst of all the SXSW chaos, it helps to remember that there’s a rainbow at the festival’s end-that is, the hangover-blessing we’ve been granted of having St. Patrick’s Day 2023 fall on a Friday. Whether you attribute this small win to the Gregorian calendar or the luck of the Irish, it’s sure to amp up the already liver-damaging activities associated with this cultural celebration. However, √Čire is more than just leprechauns and Colin Farrell-it’s a breathtaking land full of warm, welcoming, and good-hearted people. Fortunately, there’s a way you can get a taste of the Republic’s spirit, and a dark stout, at the same time by hitting up one of Austin’s various Irish pubs. From cozy, intimate spaces decked out like small taverns in Cobh, to modern dives with all the party energy of Temple Bar, our list has the best spots in the city to “erin go bragh” all out on March 17.

Photo by Jane Yun, courtesy of BD Rileys
Photo by Jane Yun, courtesy of BD Rileys
Photo by Jane Yun, courtesy of BD Rileys

B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub at Mueller

Mueller
With a giant model of a beer tap literally decorating their front door, you can’t miss B.D Riley’s, nor doubt that this East Austin hang is a spot to down some serious brewskis. And its name, and perfect pours of Guinness, aren’t the only aspects they draw from the Emerald Isle-the entire pub itself was actually designed and built in Dundalk, Ireland, and shipped over for assembly in Bat City. Such authentic decor calls for equally authentic sounds, therefore, on St. Patrick’s Day, B.D. Riley’s will feature an all-day, four-artist bill of live, trad-inspired music. So, while you may not start the day knowing all the words to “The Galway Girl,” you are bound to sing along by last call.

Kelly’s Irish Pub

Bouldin Creek
Having only opened this past December, Kelly’s is the new kid with a brogue on the block. Occupying the space which formerly housed tapas restaurant Winebelly, this pub had big shoes to fill for South Austin barflies, but quickly won them over with an impressive whiskey selection and friendly atmosphere. A big reason behind the real deal √Čire vibes can, most likely, be chalked up to the fact that one of Kelly’s owners was actually born and bred in Ireland-and the dedication to delivering a true-to-life experience is evident in everything from the shepherd’s pie to the witty bartenders. For St. Patrick’s Day, they are getting the party started early with live music and an opening time of 8 am.

Photo courtesy of Jack & Ginger's
Photo courtesy of Jack & Ginger’s
Photo courtesy of Jack & Ginger’s

Jack & Ginger’s

The Domain
While The Domain may boast more bars than you can shake a shamrock at, there’s only one spot in the North Austin entertainment behemoth that can be properly called an Irish pub: Jack & Ginger’s. Start off the night with selecting a tasting flight from their over 82 beers on tap, then, move onto shots poured straight from their Irish Whiskey Tours-after loosening up with a round or two, you might just find yourself with the gift of gab. And, before snapping a selfie over Jack & Ginger’s see-through glass floor, balance out that buzz with food offerings like a giant soft pretzel or a round of fried pickles.

Photo courtesy of Foxy's Proper Pub
Photo courtesy of Foxy’s Proper Pub
Photo courtesy of Foxy’s Proper Pub

Foxy’s Proper Pub

Downtown
Here’s a spot that visibly radiates with Irish pride-at Foxy’s, the glow of green beams out from the bar’s lighted panels, and across their chandelier made of Jameson bottles. When it comes to cups and chow, their commitment to the theme continues-the use of the word,”proper,” in the pub’s name alone indicates you’re in for a heavy pour of the standards. Consequently, the taps are abundant with essential Irish sips, including Guinness, Magners, and Smithwick’s. With Lone Star on draft, there’s also a nod to Texas tradition as well. But don’t fear if you’re bored of beer-Foxy’s variety of whiskey-based cocktails will let you switch it up (and still keep it Celtic). March 17 will find them celebrating with live music, whiskey tastings, and swag giveaways.

Photo by LEVY Architects, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by LEVY Architects, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by LEVY Architects, courtesy of Cork + Barrel

Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen + Microbrewery

Round Rock
Compared to a flight to Dublin, the 30-minute drive to Round Rock’s Cork & Barrel is much more convenient-not to mention, won’t require waiting in a TSA line. A mix between a modern Austin beer garden and a historical Irish pub, this spot’s spacious interior and expansive outdoor patio guarantees there will be enough room for the whole crew to cheer “sl√°inte.” And, their microbrewery’s signature beers are the ideal drinks to do such a toast with. The menu of specially crafted drafts includes a blueberry wheat, an Irish red ale, and a vanilla stout. This St. Patrick’s Day also marks Cork & Barrel’s two-year anniversary, and they are throwing down for the double-celebration with live music, yard games, Irish food specials, and plentiful amounts of green beer and Irish Car Bombs.

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Molly Moltzen is a Thrillist contributor.

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