Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has long been a champion of locally owned business and the spirit of Keeping Austin Weird. A slew of very Austin-y businesses are coming to the airport next year (from JuiceLand to Tacodeli). In the meantime, there are more than a dozen spots to fill you up before you take off or if you land in the capital city completely ravenous or thirsty.
Saxon Pub: A whiff of that old South Austin vibe along with burgers and beer.
Between Gate 6 and 7
Second Bar + Kitchen: One of Austin’s leaders in upmarket New American. And a craft cocktail before a flight is never a bad idea.
Auntie Anne’s: Carb delights.
The following currently all closed for renovations that will bring a whole new group of Austin-based dining options. (Hoover’s Cooking, Hill’s café, Nuevo Leon, Wok & Roll)
Ray Benson’s Roadhouse: Load up with burgers, hot dogs and a pulled pork sandwich at this comfort spot that features live music.
Austin Java & JuiceLand: Coffee to-go and a refrigerated case of cold-pressed juices from Austin’s number one name in juice.
Salt Lick Taco Bar: Brisket tacos. That’s pretty Austin.
Amy’s Ice Creams: Fill your orbs of ice cream with a variety of crush-ins.
The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que: Get covered in sticky barbecue sauce from the Hill Country legend.
Maudie’s Tex-Mex: Nachos before take-off? Or, even better, nachos during take-off?
Schlotzsky’s Deli & Cinnabon: Lunch meats and sweet cinnamon rolls? A match made in airport heaven.
Vino Volo: Pinkies out and glasses up at this wine bar.
Austin Java Coffee: Nobody wants to fall asleep on the person next to them on the plane.
Earl Campbell’s Sports Bar: Sports bars and sausage wraps courtesy of The Tyler Rose.
Annie’s Café & Bar: Probably your healthiest bet at the airport, from salads to sandwiches and a variety of prepared foods.
Ruta Maya Café: Organic coffee and pastries from an Austin original
ThunderCloud Subs: Get the Office Favorite (egg salad with bacon) at this Austin institution.
Ivini’s Italian: Pizza, pasta and wine. Like an Italian sidewalk café but in the airport.