Discover the 4 top outposts in downtown Austin

Wu Chow. | Photo: Ty H./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on May 13, 2020.

Spending time in downtown Austin? Get to know this Austin neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a fried chicken shop to an Asian fusion restaurant that's known for its vegetarian offerings.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit downtown, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. Gus' World Famous Fried Chicken

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Topping the list is an outlet of the Gus' World Famous Fried Chicken chain, a Southern restaurant that serves comfort food, chicken and more. Located at 117 San Jacinto Blvd., it's the most popular business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 2,363 reviews on Yelp.

Gus' World Famous Fried Chicken, which has locations in Texas, California, Tennessee, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, Alabama and Arkansas, primarily specializes in fried chicken. The menu features options for chicken plate meals, individual chicken pieces, starters and sides like fried okra, baked beans, potato salad and coleslaw. 

2. Halcyon

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Next up is lounge and cafe Halcyon, which provides coffee, tea, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and more, situated at 218 W. Fourth St. With four stars out of 813 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.

Halcyon serves as a contemporary coffee shop by day and a relaxed cocktail lounge by night, offering elevated homemade comfort foods, espresso beverages with latte art and high-end libations.

3. Wu Chow

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Wu Chow, a joint to score dim sum, seafood and soups, is another outstanding choice. Yelpers give the business, settled at 500 W. Fifth St., four stars out of 733 reviews.

Noteworthy items to try here include the basil chicken dumplings, twice-cooked pork belly, honey pecan gulf prawns, salt and pepper squid, Sichuan deep-fried chicken, Singapore-style noodles and tangerine peel beef.

4. Koriente

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Last but not least is Koriente, an Asian fusion eatery that offers salads, gluten-free fare and more, with 4.5 stars out of 1,653 Yelp reviews. Head over to 621 E. Seventh St. to give it a try for yourself.

On the menu, look for Asian-inspired entrees like pan-seared ahi tuna, teriyaki chicken, shiitake tofu, bibimbap, assorted vegetarian curries, rice bowls, lemon pepper papaya salad and miso honey-glazed mahi mahi.

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