8 Reasons to Drive to Round Rock

By Megan Giller | April 20, 2015 By Megan Giller  |  April 20, 2015

Anyone who lives north of the river knows that Austinites can sometimes be snotty about their zip code (ahem, 78704, ahem). But past Downtown, past Hyde Park, and even past the Arboretum and Domain, there are some pretty tasty restaurant options. From all-local American food to ethnic options, these eight stops are sure to get you pumped up for a (short) road trip.

  • Greenhouse Craft Foods

    The recently opened farm-to-table restaurant features local produce and proteins as well as spotlights Texas beer and wine (and even fair-trade, organic sodas from Dublin Bottling Works). Try New American comfort dishes like bacon dumplings, a fried shrimp sandwich with house slaw and lemon-horseradish aïoli, and more from chef Rob Snow, formerly of the Mansion at Judges’ Hill.

    1400 E. Old Settlers Blvd., 
Round Rock; 512-366-5567

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    Taste of Ethiopia

    Fork over your fork and eat with your hands at this traditional Ethiopian restaurant, where dishes are served family-style on spongy bread called injera. We like the vegetarian entrees like ater kik (split peas) and tikil gomen (cabbage with carrots, onions and tomatoes) best, but the doro wot beef stew and lamb tibbs with clarified butter are sure to satisfy too.

    1100 Grand Ave. Pkwy., Pflugerville; 512-251-4053

  • Fire in the Hole  

    This local eatery dishes out quality wood-fired pizza and small plates in a family-friendly atmosphere. Go for classic pies like the margherita or new-school faves like the Mexican, with sweet corn, chorizo, pickled onion, cotija cheese and crema. (Secret of the year: the owner worked at Domino’s, but don't hold that against him.)

    103 E. Main St., Round Rock; 512-382-7250

  • Tortuga Flats

    The Mexican icehouse just opened about a year ago, and it brings together farm-to-table and Tex-Mex for one powerful combination. Try tacos, fajitas or mains like rellenas de verduras (with kale, quinoa, sweet potatoes, cranberries, queso fresco and walnuts), and don’t skip the intoxicating specialty margaritas and creative cocktails.

    3107 S. IH-35, Round Rock; 512-388-1445

  • In-N-Out Burger

    The beloved burger chain launched its first Austin location up in Round Rock last year, and the lines were crazy long but moved quickly. Though a second location opened on Airport Boulevard a few weeks later, the Round Rock spot is still the place to be. Head up there and let your inner animal loose.

    4251 N. IH-35, Round Rock; 800-786-1000

  • League Kitchen and Tavern

    The Southern burger at this Southern comfort restaurant earned an honorable mention in our best burgers survey, and with good reason. Think sugar-cured bacon with cheddar, fried onions and barbecue sauce on top of a thick beef patty.

    10526 W. Parmer Ln. Round Rock; 512-366-5627

  • Scarlet Rabbit

    Newly opened restaurant the Scarlett Rabbit wants to take you down the rabbit hole, with absinthe and other cocktails as well as a Southern comfort menu. For example, try this blackened rack of lamb with shrimp, red bean quinoa, asparagus and a sweet cranberry and hibiscus BBQ sauce.

    410 W. Main St., Round Rock; 512-502-5164

  • Ka-Prow Thai & Sushi Bistro

    The Pan-Asian restaurant serves everything from the cheese rangoons everyone loves to grilled Chilean sea bass topped with chile sauce with broccoli and fried rice. The locale features a Thai-heavy menu as well as expansive sushi options. Fusion makes its way to the rolls too, with options like the bacon roll with avocado and cream cheese, as well as traditional makilike salmon.

    1200 W. Howard Ln., Round Rock; 512-990-2111

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