Down Rainey Street, one can find everything from upscale restaurants to food trailers, most with truly delicious food.
Address: 87 Rainey St.; 512-382-5651
This modern restaurant boasts its comfort food choices from burgers to the pear salad with fried pecans and pear dressing. You may need to call in advance for reservations to make sure you get a spot at the bar.
Address: 85 Rainey St., Austin, TX 78701
A photo gallery adorns this place, which offers Mexican food and beverages. One of its signature dishes, the traditional mole blends the flavors of perfectly cooked pork with those of simmered vegetables and fruity chiles.
Via 313 Pizza
Address: 61 Rainey St.; 512-609-9405 (in the backyard of Craft Pride)
This food trailer serves Sicilian-style pizza, with a thick cheese crust that can be washed down with Texan craft beer. There are endless pizza choices, made with ingredients like pepperoni, prosciutto, gorgonzola, Parmesan, hot Italian sausages, bacon and ham.
Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden
Address: 79 Rainey St.; 512-386-1656
This is the place to go when you are really hungry. As the name suggests, here you can enjoy huge housemade sausage sandwiches and a selection of 80 craft beers on tap. Eat and listen to live music in the patio; there is also a fenced-in park for your dog to play.
Address: 75 Rainey St.; 512-827-8479
Great place for a quick snack, Tapas Bravas features delicious Spanish patatas bravas. Other recommended dishes include the piquillo peppers stuffed with goat cheese, pine nuts and honey, as well as the meatballs in tomato-brandy sauce.
Celia Jacobs Cheesecake Experience
Address: 74 Rainey St.; 512-993-7389; closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Another food trailer, but this one specializes in mini cheesecakes with an array of flavors including mint chocolate and peanut butter.
Places on Rainey Street that Play (Live) Music
Austin is also known as the “Live Music Capital of the World”, so one cannot truly experience the city without going to at least one show. The best part is there is a host of bars and restaurants that play music, often live.
Besides the exquisite dishes and beverages, Geraldine’s plays live music on its in-house stage every evening Monday to Saturday, and live jazz on Sundays during Brunch, from 9am to 3pm. You can attend concerts of their regular Artists in Residence, but also of a number of touring artists. Both local and guest musicians span a wide range that includes (but is not limited to) blues, jazz, folk, and Americana.