Favorite Austin Specialty Food & Wine Shops | 2017 #ATXBESTEATS City Guide

It is with great pleasure that I share with visitors and residents, alike, some of my favorite specialty food and wine shops in the bustling thick of our fare city. This is my third annual guide, with a few newcomers to the growing list and updated contact information. You can find this guide in its inaugural form, right here.

I'd like to welcome you to Austin, if you're visiting, and congratulate you, if you're a resident. This city guide, My Favorite Austin Specialty Food & Wine Shops, is just one in a collection of many culinary guides written by members of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance, to which I proudly claim membership. Do yourself a flavor favor and check it out.

The 2017 AFBA City Guide, #ATXBestEats, is an annual collection of food and drink overviews covering a wide range of Austin offerings, including ethnic cuisines, food events and experiences and best ofs of all shapes, sizes, geographic regions of the city, and beyond.

The Guide is published just prior to SXSW Interactive, Film, and Music festival that takes over the bustling center of the city for 10 exciting days in March. I'm fortunate to live pretty close to the thick of things. A walk away, if you will. Chances are if you find yourself in the center of the action, you'll be just a stroll, a bike ride, or a short trip away, too. It's pretty easy to find your way to all of these spots.

With proximity to the action in mind, I've curated a list of my favorite food and wine specialty shops where you can grab a nibble, collect a picnic lunch, or pull together an impromptu after-concert dinner for friends. Some even serve prepared meals-- look for their restaurant hours, which may be different from retail shops, along with menus at the links provided below. Not an exhaustive list, certainly, but spots that are easy to get to from downtown or the UT campus, providing quality food and service. I've left off of the list anything that was a little out of the way, is a national chain, or is service-challenged. Those below are top-notch choices that won't disappoint.

Antonelli's Cheese Shop

artisanal cheeses, cured meats, bread & sundries, wine & craft beers.

4220 Duval St
Austin, TX 78751

Phone:(512) 531-9610
Hours: Mon-Sat 11-7 Sun 12-5

Con' Olio Oils & Vinegars

premium olive oil tasting bar offers fresh EVOOs and aged traditional balsamic vinegars

215 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701

Phone:(512) 495-1559
Hours: Mon-Fri 11a-7p Sat 10a-8p Sunday 12a-6p
Dai Due Butcher Shop

grass-fed beef, pastured pork, feral hog, free-roaming venison, goat, lamb, fresh chicken, quail and more, sourced from local ranchers, restaurant

2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

Phone:(512) 524-0688
Hours: Butcher Shop - Tue-Sun 10a–10p
Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden

house-made bread, pretzels, sausages and corned beef and hand-selected cheeses, craft beers, wines, and spirits.

709 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

Phone:(512) 614-4972
Hours: Bake Shop Mon-Sunday, 7a-2p

Mandola's Italian Market

imported salumi, cheeses & antipasti, authentic Italian sweets, imported groceries, wine, restaurant

4700 W Guadalupe St #12
Austin, TX 78751

Phone:(512) 419-9700
Hours: Store-- Mon-Fri 11a-10p, Sat 9a-10p, Sunday 9a-9p
Quality Seafood Market

fresh, high-quality seafood, filleted in house, FDA-approved fish processor, restaurant, oyster bar, food truck for catering.

5621 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

Phone:(512) 452-3820
Hours: Market open Mon-Saturday, 9a-8p
Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria

fresh cut meats from local sustainable ranches, house-made charcuterie, artisan food & drink, restaurant.

1912 E 7th St,
Austin, TX 78702

Phone:(512) 524-1383
Hours: Shop-- Tue-Sat 10a-8p, Sunday 10a-6p
Texas French Bread

freshly-baked artisan bread, pastry, dessert, local coffee, French country bistro fare for eat-in.

2900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705

Phone:(512) 499-0544
Hours: Mon - Thur 7a-9:30p Fri-Sat 7a-10p Sun 8a-3p
Kettle & Brine

for those who like to cook, gather and entertain, sustainably sourced home provisions, heirloom quality cooking and kitchen supplies, teas, coffees, and more.

908 W 12th St
Austin, TX 78703

Phone: (512) 375-4239
Hours: Mon-Sunday 11a-6p
Metier Cook's Supply

knives, kitchen tools, equipment, barware, chef apparel, cookbooks and food publications, book signings, chef demos.

805 S First Street
Austin, TX 78704

Phone: (512) 276-2605
Hours: Mon-Saturday, 10a-6p, Sun, 10a-5p

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Don't forget to check out the complete #ATXBESTEATS 2017 City Guide: The Best Places to Eat in Austin, where you'll find guides for everyfoodiethingunderthesun by members of the acclaimed Austin Food Blogger Alliance. Have a great time exploring Austin!

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