After trying out eight different places, I've finally compiled my list of the best frito pies in Austin .
I think I'm qualified to talk about this local favorite, as I've made countless frito pies The Cowboy Way (with a dutch oven over the campfire) and have tried many around Austin.
In my experience, the right amount of chili, cheese, and chips is crucial for any good frito pie. With this in mind, I set out to find the best combination of all three ingredients while also taking into account atmosphere and service.
Using these criteria as a guide, my search began! So put down your Fritos-brand kit and join me on an adventure to find the best frito pie in Austin.
Micklethwait Craft Meats BBQ & Catering
The frito pie itself is like an adventure; the combination of flavors in this dish is perfect. The chips are crispy and the beef and beans are cooked to perfection - there's just the right amount of flavor. On top, they put a generous helping of cheese, tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos that blend together perfectly for a truly unique taste.
The service at Micklethwait Craft Meats BBQ & Catering is always friendly and attentive. They even have a drive-thru option so you can get your order quickly if you're in a hurry!
If you're looking for the best frito pie in Austin , I highly recommend Micklethwait Craft Meats BBQ & Catering!
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Stiles Switch BBQ
The frito pie there is simply unmatched. They make their own special blend of Fritos and the combination with chili, diced onion, and cheese is unbeatable. The toppings are generous, making for a hearty meal that will fill you up in no time.
The atmosphere of the place is also great. It has a great down-home feel and a great staff that seems to truly enjoy working there– all of which lend itself to a great experience every time I visit!
Overall, I would definitely recommend Stiles Switch BBQ for anyone in Austin looking for a tasty frito pie. It's easily the best I've had in the area, and I'm sure it won't disappoint!
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Sawyer & Co
When I tried their frito pie, it was an incredible experience. The flavors were unique and different from anything I've ever tasted before. The chili had a nice smokiness and sweetness that complimented the salty chips perfectly. The cheese was melted and creamy with a slight sharpness that made every bite unforgettable.
I also really appreciate all of the incredible ingredients used by Sawyer & Co for their frito pies. It's clear that they're passionate about using fresh, quality ingredients to make something truly spectacular.
Overall, Sawyer & Co is definitely my go-to spot for the best frito pie in Austin!
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Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden
I always make sure to stop here when I'm in town, and it's the place that I recommend to all my friends.
Their frito pie is the star of the show, with a juicy sausage that's cooked just right, topped off with their delicious chili. The crunchy corn chips mixed with creamy cheese sauce and fresh diced onions bring this comfort food classic together into something special.
I also love how versatile their frito pies are - you can add any topping from jalapeños to sour cream - and even swap out the sausage for some veggies if you want a lighter option!
So if you're looking for the best frito pie in Austin , look no further than Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden!
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I finally visited Tyson's Tacos for their world-famous frito pie and it certainly did not disappoint. The flavor was explosive! The beef had a nice smokiness to it, and the cheese was perfectly melted. It was the perfect balance of savory and spicy.
The best part of their frito pie is its crunchy texture that comes from the combination of Fritos, cheese, diced onions and jalapeños. Even though they were generous with their toppings, I didn't feel like it took away from the classic frito pie experience.
Overall, if you're looking for the best frito pie in Austin , Tyson's Tacos is definitely worth a visit. I'm sure you won't be disappointed!
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Kerbey Lane Cafe - South
I went to Kerbey Lane Cafe - South looking for a delicious frito pie, and I was not disappointed! The frito pie was plenty large with all the ingredients I love, including chiles, tomatoes, onions and cheese on top. The flavor was amazing and it was cooked just perfectly.
The atmosphere at Kerbey Lane Cafe - South is also wonderful. It has an old-fashioned feel which makes you feel like you are eating in the comfort of your own home. The staff were friendly and attentive, making sure we had a pleasant experience overall.
Overall, I highly recommend Kerbey Lane Cafe - South if you're looking for the best frito pie in Austin!
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Green Mesquite BBQ
When I visited the restaurant, I was instantly drawn in by the delightful aroma of smokey BBQ coming from their smoker. I quickly placed an order for their famous 'Frito Pie' which consisted of a bed of fritos topped with delicious mesquite smoked brisket and queso. The presentation was great and the taste did not disappoint!
The brisket was so tender that it melted in my mouth and the queso added a nice creamy texture to the dish. Moreover, it wasn't too spicy which allowed me to taste all of the flavors without being overwhelmed. To top it off, there were just enough fritos to add crunch and flavor to this classic Texas dish.
Overall, Green Mesquite BBQ is the best place for anyone looking for an authentic frito pie experience. The restaurant has mastered this classic dish and knows how to bring out all its spice and flavor while keeping things balanced. This is one meal you won't regret sampling!
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Soup Peddler Real Food & Juice Bar
My experience with the frito pie was nothing short of spectacular. For starters, the portion size is more than generous. The bed of crisp Fritos beneath the layers of chili and melted cheese are savory yet subtle, making this one of the best frito pies I've had in town.
The chili is also top notch - something that Soup Peddler prides itself on - with a well-rounded flavor that isn't too spicy or too mild. On top of everything else, they even offer a vegan option which makes their frito pie even more appealing to anyone who doesn't eat meat.
I can confidently say that this is the best frito pie in Austin, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic home cooked meal in an upbeat atmosphere!
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