Austin loves its football, and watching football means lots of eating and drinking. Luckily, these days hot dogs aren't the only option to get your fill while watching the game. Read on for some of the best local food and drink to accompany a Longhorns game (or, okay, team of your choice).
AustiNuts: Chili-Lime Nuts
Nothing goes together better than beer and nuts, right? If you’re throwing back a few, pair them with some of Austin’s favorite nuts from AustiNuts. The company’s chili-lime flavor is the perfect combination of salty, sour, and spicy. If you’re craving something more on the sweet side, the cinnamon-vanilla version is pretty great too.
Chi’lantro: Fried Chicken Wings
If you crave chicken wings with your pigskin, grab a to-go order from Chi’lantro. This Korean-Mexican fusion concept originated as a food trailer and has grown into one trailer and three brick-and-mortars, with a fourth coming in November. Their fried chicken wings, which they call K pops, come with a choice of three sauces (including a honey butter), try them all.
El Tacorrido: Guacamole
Chips and guacamole are practically required for hosting a Superbowl party, and everyday games don’t need to be any different. Skip the chopping and mashing and head to El Tacorrido, a drive-through taquería that doesn't try to overcomplicate their recipe (avocado, onion, lime, jalapeño, tomatoes and cilantro) and knows that thick, golden-brown chips are the only way to go.
Twisted X: Chupahopra Beer
Brewed in nearby Dripping Springs, Twisted X produces Mexican-style beers including Chupahopra, a hoppy India Pale Ale made by adding Amarillo hops at the end of its fermentation. It’s flavorful enough that it’ll catch your attention even if you’re glued to the game.
Remember earlier when we said hot dogs weren’t your only option for watching the game? We didn’t say that they aren’t still a damn good option — especially if you head to the T-Loc’s Sonora Hot Dogs trailer. Sonoran hot dogs originate — believe it or not — in the Mexican state of Sonora, and they’re infinitely better than American hot dogs because they’re wrapped in bacon. Game on.
East Side Pies: Jamaican or Nacho Veggie pizza
Pizza’s a natural pairing with football because it’s easy to eat while your eyes are transfixed on the screen. If you like a bit of spice, try the Jamaican, a jerk chicken pie with red onions, pineapple, habanero peppers, jalapeños, and red sauce. But if you’re into the somewhat more unusual, the best football-accompanying pizza at East Side Pies is the Nacho Veggie pizza, which is just what it sounds like: jalapeños, red onions, cherry tomatoes, and avocado with a black bean sauce.
The Park: Bloody Mary
The Park bills itself as a sports bar that also caters to foodies interested in scratch-made dishes, local craft beers and specialty cocktails. If you’d rather not watch the game at home, tune in to one of the many HD screens at this bar while sipping on a Bloody Mary from the $5 Grey Goose Bloody Mary bar, open on Sundays. Fixings include a huge variety of hot sauces, locally produced Bloody Revolution brand Bloody Mary mixes, and pickled vegetables.
If you crave sweets when you snack, head to La Mexicana Bakery before the big game to load up on a seemingly infinite number of options of Mexican pastries. This long-time Austin institution offers pralines, orejas de miel, chamucos, cuellos de azucar, yoyos de coco, empanadas de nuez, cuernos, fruit bars, empanadas, and so much more. Better yet, they’re open 24 hours, so if you don’t make it over in advance, you can celebrate your team’s win or mourn their loss no matter what time the game ends.