Austin is a food loving town with two and a half times more requests for cooking lessons than national average – and the demand for personal chefs is 50 percent higher in Austin than in Texas overall.
Before you hire a personal chef or caterer, however, get inspired by Austin’s biggest foodies on Instagram. The food love provided here will bring endless inspiration for everything from breakfast tacos and double decker donuts to juicy BBQ and high-end cuisine. Follow along as these 11 social media stars capture the heart of Austin straight through your stomach.
Nearly 50,000 followers can’t be wrong. Rachel Holtin built her foodie empire through gorgeous pics and connection to all the local events from food festivals to charity fundraisers. Her feed feels like the pulse of the city, and it tastes damn good, too. (Could you even stop staring at that elk-pork benedict with roasted red pepper hollandaise?)
Just a girl, her stomach, and an undying commitment to eat all the best food in Austin.
She holds her own little seek and discover competitions to identify best ofs to help you, dear eater, eat well. Case in point, she shouts out Vox Table for having best appetizer in town with these smoked hamachi pipettes with tomato raisins, thai chili, pickled cucumber, and soy coconut vinaigrette. Yum.
Jennie Chen, aka misohungry, is your go-to gal for new Austin eats—especially those that are dog friendly. Her supercute pup pops up throughout her feed, as do highlights of new and seasonal local brews. From pub food to fine dining, she’s eating it all.
Young doesn’t mean bad taste. These adventurous kiddos are eating their way through town with the Instagram to prove it. Perfect for parents hard pressed to convince their kids there’s life beyond butter noodles. Also lots of fun ideas for cooking at home with the little ones.
Veronica Meewes knows food. A cookbook author, Zagat editor, and foodophile, her feed is full of Austin eats and her culinary travel adventures. Follow along for an insider look at industry events and new food trends.
Grilled meat is Texas religion. The gang at Texas Brew & BBQ chase the best of the best around the state. Although not strictly limited to Austin city limits, you’ll find a healthy dose of finger lickin’ pics from local joints. As for the rest of the state—well, this feed is the perfect excuse for more road trips in your life.
Keep Austin Eatin’ is the brainchild of Lesa Rossick, a midwestern woman transplanted to ATX with a deep love for the farm to table culture and a hearty appetite. Her empire’s grown, and now her feed also features other local eaters and their gastronomical adventures in town. Expect to see a gorgeous mix of fine food and down home street snacks.
Lindsay and Morgan are sisters who formed this smash hit Insta account, bringing Austinites as much joy as they get eating local. They’re cheeky, great with a camera, have sassy captions, and will make you want to eat your way through Austin immediately. (Not to mention, they’ll inspire you to replicate their 22,000+ follower success since starting ~one year ago.)
Jane Ko is all over the Austin food scene. Her crisp photos tell a sweet story of the city, and you often get to eat your way through other countries on her frequent travels. Playful, quirky, and delightful, she makes eating in Austin look ridiculously fun.
Beautiful food photos, a sunny vibe, and enticing peeks of everyone’s favorite city make this feed super fun to follow. Her captions helpfully call out what’s great about a spot beyond just the food: good for business meetings, best for hungover mornings, nice quiet patio, etc. Besides the fabulous feed, Ane Lowe has a helpful blog full of recipes, insider tips (sweet spots to hit during SXSW), and roundups for drinks, meals, and more. Pretty sweet.
512 Eats is the offshoot of Do512’s site that promotes all events, big and small, in the 512 area code. What more brilliant way to keep abreast of the ATX cuisine scene then following Do512’s dedicated food account? They document it all, and tip off on good happy hours around town.
You’re all set for endless Austin food fantasy. Just don’t open your Instagram if you’re hungry.