Where to Find Students’ Favorite Foods

Since our new students are now here and classes will begin in just a few days, I asked some of our seasoned students about what foods they miss, where to find close approximations, and anything new they’ve discovered in Austin that they really enjoy eating. Hopefully, this information will help some of our new students become more settled in our wonderful city that is new to them.

Q: What kind of food from home do you miss this most? Have you found a good place in Austin that has that kind of food?
Eric’s Answer: 

I’m from West Texas so selection isn’t that different here. I do miss the small, family owned Tex-Mex places from my hometown though. Matt’s El Rancho is not that small but the taste and feel reminds me of those places from home.

Xi’s Answer:

I miss Chinese food. HoHo Chinese BBQ is really good.

Yu’s Answer:

I miss some traditional Chinese food, such as Chinese buns. MT China Town sells this kind of food.

Brent’s Answer:

I’m from West Texas so there are a lot of similar foods here, but I really miss my mom’s New Mexican style Mexican food. Chuy’s is a pretty good place to find this style of cooking though. The Southwestern plate, which consists of stacked enchiladas with green chile is on the menu year-round and is the real deal.

Chao’s Answer:

I am from Xinjiang Uygur in China, and my favorite regional dish is called da pan ji. In English, this is called Braised Chicken with potato and green pepper. I also miss mutton kebabs, called shashlik. I haven’t found a place with da pan ji, but Chen’s noodles serves the mutton kebabs, although they are not quite as authentic as what my hometown has.

Q: What new foods have you discovered in Austin that you really like, and where can you get them?
Eric’s Answer: 

It’s not necessarily new but the quality and variety of barbecue here in Austin is something totally different than the kind of barbecue I ever had before. My favorite place so far is probably La Barbecue but there’s a lot of other great ones and I enjoy checking out new places pretty regularly.

Xi’s Answer:

I haven’t tried many places yet so I haven’t found any good new foods here yet.

Yu’s Answer:

I really like BBQ from Ruby’s.

Brent’s Answer:

Fonda San Miguel, though expensive, is very, very good. I usually go to El Alma on Barton Springs road. They have good food from the Mexico City area and the prices are reasonable. I love Taco Deli for breakfast tacos.

Chao’s Answer:

I really like Fonda San Miguel, but they always have a long line.