The definitive guide to getting your carb on: Austin

Austin is known for being weird, which makes for some pretty amazing food. However I’ve learned firsthand that navigating Yelp reviews can be a bit difficult (especially with such a specific goal like carboloading)!

Eat like a local while you’re here for your race, and definitely say hi after you’ve killed it on race day at the Cap10k finish line!

Holy Roller

509 Rio Grande St.
Austin, TX 78701
512.502.5119
 

Yellow cake pancakes? Check. Chicken biscuit? Check. Holy Roller has an indulgent variety of southern fare, serving breakfast all day. They’re even open late, and the ambiance has that fun, quirky vibe that is quintessentially Austin.

Cenote

1010 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78702
512.524.1311 

Good coffee, an array of gluten-free carbs, and easy parking: this is surprisingly hard to find all in one place in Austin. Plus, you get a nice taste of the east side of I-35 and can sip your latte on the beautiful porch if the weather’s nice.

Pinthouse Pizza

South Austin location
4236 
S. Lamar Blvd.

Austin, TX 78704
512-502-5808

North Austin location
4729 
Burnet Rd.

Austin, TX 78756
512-436-9605

What list would be complete without pizza? Pinthouse has my favorite pies – in particular, I love the honey pear pizza, but the armadillo and cannonball are also tasty if you want a little more protein.

Juliet

1500 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
512.479.1800

Italian is also a popular carboloading option, and Juliet has been my favorite place for Italian in Austin. The linguine and clam sauce is on point and they serve the most wonderfully buttery, garlicky foccaccia bread as an appetizer.

Trudy’s

Three Austin locations

Trudy’s is the place to go if you are craving Mexican food. Their menu has everything from fried avocados to beef tinga quesadillas to fried chicken, so it’s also good for a group/have a lot of different appetites to satisfy.

Galaxy Cafe

Four Austin locations

Galaxy is basically a diner with an Austin twist and a lot of variety. Everything at Galaxy is good (their breakfast menu is served until 4 on weekends), but you’ll find me noshing on the Chimichurri Steak Wrap and Sweet Potato fries.

Bao’d Up

1911 Aldrich St.
Austin, TX 78723
737.717.3002

For an Asian flair on carbloading, try this steam bun-dedicated eatery in the Mueller neighborhood. Their juicy pork bao and egg cream bao are two of my faves. Their bubble tea also makes a delicious takeaway (if you are watching your sugar intake, ask for the lower sugar level because it’s quite sweet).

Easy Tiger

709 E 6th St.
Austin, TX 78701
512.614.4972

Easy Tiger is carb heaven. They serve sausage on homemade pretzel buns, sweet and savory pastries, and have an extensive beer menu. And the Biergarten atmosphere makes it a great place to relax before a big race.

Not quite a carb:
Summermoon Coffee

Six Austin-area locations

For better or for worse, Summermoon’s moon milk is my jam, and is unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before in a latte. They also have pastries and breakfast tacos available while supplies last. Get your caffeine fix here if you’re looking for a good cup of Jo.

If you try any of these places I would love to know what you thought and if you tried something else, let me know how it turned out.

Cheers to eating well because of running!

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