Taste some true Southern cuisine recommended by our experts at Vacations by Marriott on your Austin Vacation. Just a few minutes from JW Marriott Austin, guests will find mouthwatering burgers, world-famous barbeque that can only be found in Texas, perfectly-prepared steaks and much more. Eat like a local during your visit to the Lone Star State at some of our local favorites.


Burger Bar
Cuisine: Burgers

For those looking for a quick, convenient, and delicious bite to eat, the Burger Bar is the best option! The Burger Bar is a walk-up window burger joint located around the corner from the front entrance to the JW. The Burger Bar offers unique handcrafted versions of yummy burgers, fries and shakes. Be sure to try the signature Big Mouth burger topped with blistered peppers, jalapeno jam, bacon, and zesty cheddar. Burger Bar offers a quick yet very memorable meal in Austin.


Lamberts Downtown Barbeque
Cuisine: Barbecue

Grab a table outside on Lamberts patio and settle in for an incredible meal. Lamberts is a more upscale take on traditional Texas barbeque and offers a wide variety of tradition and innovation. Get a specialty cocktail, try a mix of meats and get a whole bunch of sides. Must-try sides include the mac and cheese, collard greens, and fried green tomatoes. Be sure to make a reservation because this place is always packed! Lamberts is a short .3-mile walk down the street from the JW.


Cuisine: New American

Mixing it up from the traditional Texas BBQ, Congress offers one of Austin’s best fine-dining experiences. Menu favorites include, lobster bisque, black trumpet tortellini, rack of lamb, and steak tartare. However, most patrons choose to go with one of Congress’s famous tasting menus. Offered in a variety of course options, tasting menus allow diners to try a little bit of everything that Congress has to offer – which is a lot. Be prepared to try all sorts of new and exciting flavors. Also be sure to take a look at the wine list, which has over 500 selections. Congress is located conveniently across the street from the JW. '


Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
Cuisine: Steakhouse

Although Austin is first and foremost known for its barbeque, it is also home to some incredible steakhouses. Fleming’s was recently renovated and is right down the street from the JW with a very short .2-mile walk. The staff at Fleming’s has as great reviews as the food, guaranteed to make your meal a memorable one! If you are not in the mood for steak, other Fleming’s favorites include the pork chop, the wedge salad, and the lobster roll. Fleming’s also offers 100 award-winning wines by the glass to pair perfectly with any meal.


Franklin Barbecue
Cuisine: Barbecue

Franklin Barbecue is more than a meal, it is an experience. Worth the cab ride (or a little bit over a mile walk), Franklin Barbecue is literally world famous, some would argue that it is the best BBQ in all of Texas. Lines form outside the place very early in the day – they are only open for lunch – to get a bite of brisket, pulled-pork and other delightful smoked meats. Regular patrons say that you cannot go wrong with this menu, anything is a good option or perhaps a little bit of everything. And for dessert, definitely save room for the personal-sized key lime pies. You do not want to miss out on Franklin!