Guide to eating low FODMAP in East Austin
Today we’re continuing our tour of my favorite places to eat in Austin! Up today in my guide to eating low FODMAP in Austin is the east side! Y’all. East Austin is where the good food’s at. I’m writing this post staring at photos of fries and pizza and basically drooling on my computer. Downtown might be where spend most of our time, but East Austin is where we go when we want some solid food.
Lazarus Brewing Co
Vibe: Retro meets modern with a nod to the man who was raised from the dead
Good for: After work tacos, or anytime tacos
Technically a brewery, but Lazarus serves some solid tacos. Yes, I eat a lot of tacos (I suppose I’ll have to do a taco guide to Austin some time… in like a year and a half). These are no-nonsense, just really good meat in a tortilla kind of tacos, and recently I’ve been on a kick where I want them every day. Nothing wrong with that right?
Plus it’s worth mentioning that this building is teal which automatically makes me love it. (I mean obviously, this picture matches the blog perfectly 😂)
My standard order: One pollo verde, one carnitas (sometimes carne asada), corn tortillas, no onion. They also serve 5-oz pours of beer! The Amandus is my favorite.
Yellow Jacket Social Club
Vibe: Tucked-away dive bar
Good for: Dinner, late night snack
You’ve heard about Yellow Jacket’s sweet potatoes before, and you’re going to hear about them again. The first time I had these, it was Halloween and neither Marc nor I dressed up, but we went out anyway? Anyway, it was us, a bunch of witches and vampires, and I was hungry. So I got the sweet potatoes, and never looked back.
My standard order: Sweet potatoes (with curry sauce) always! If we’re there for dinner I’ll also get the ham & gruyère sandwich.
Salt & Time
Vibe: Rustic butcher shop plus restaurant
Good for: When you want a nice dinner but don’t feel like being too fancy
For awhile Salt & Time scared me because the menu changes daily, but it’s a butcher shop and very meat-centric (thus: generally low FODMAP), and I’m glad I faced my fears and tried it! Obviously Lamberts has my heart when it comes to barbecue, but Salt & Time has some of the best meat in town.
My standard order: The menu changes daily, but generally I order from whatever sounds good off the butcher’s daily cuts. I also one time had some sort of shrimp gumbo thing that was awesome. Basically everything is good! They also have a great selection of non-standard wine & beer if you’re feeling adventurous.
Blue Dahlia Bistro
Vibe: Quaint European bistro
Good for: Lunch with friends, or if you’re feeling a glass of wine at lunch
Blue Dahlia is a cute little spot with a nice outdoor patio. My favorite is that the gluten free bread here is from a local bakery and is delicious and buttery!
My standard order: Turkey tartine on gluten free bread
Vibe: Sophisticated farmhouse
Good for: Happy hour, date night or nice dinner
Three words: duck fat fries. Maybe you don’t know what that means, but you need them in your life. That’s it. Oh also Salty Sow has a great happy hour (tacos!) and cocktails.
My standard order: Duck fat fries, always. The happy hour size is smaller than the dinner size, but it’s perfect for two people. And otherwise… everything is good. On happy hour I’ll get the milk-braised carnitas or the pork belly. For dinner, the beef shoulder is amazing, and the chicken thighs are delicious and surprisingly not-lame. I’ve also been attempting to like beets by getting the roasted beets, as they’re some of the best I’ve had yet.
Update: tragically, Unit-D has closed permanently 😭😭 (I’m still mourning the loss). However, if you’re on the east side and craving legit soudrough pizza, Bufalina is a Maria-approved alternative (just expect to wait, it’s a tiny space).
Vibe: Cozy pizzeria
Good for: all your authentic Italian pizza cravings (Dinner)
PIZZAAAAAAAA!! It’s no secret I believe classic Italian pizza is the best pizza. So when I realized Unit-D made their pizza from a sourdough starter (see this post for why I can eat sourdough), I was ecstatic. I’ve had this pizza countless times and never had any digestive issues. PLUS, it’s some of the best pizza crust I’ve had outside Italy (and we just went there so it’s fresh in my mind) — chewy and pliable, with lots of char. Need I say more?
My standard order: The pepperoni primo pizza is our go-to, but we’ve also gotten the cheese and added prosciutto or pepperoni and greens. Their arugula salad is also bomb (but go easy on the pistachios as they’re high in FODMAPs.)
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