No BS, Barley Swine is the Best Restaurant in Austin
From a metal trailer to a brick and mortar restaurant, Bryce Gilmore, owner and head chef at Barley Swine, has elevated food truck cuisine to not only compete with the best restaurants in Austin, but garner himself not one but two Beard Award finalist nominations.
For the quintessential austin experience, sit at the bar, which faces the kitchen and the kickass chefs. Buy them a beer ($1) early and often and settle into the fun, down-home atmosphere. Once you do so, allow them to choose for you their favorite flavor combinations, which though hard to wrap your mind around, are out of this world.
My favorite on our last trip was the soft-cooked hen egg with celery, dill, POPCORN (!), and fermented goat's milk foam.
If you don't believe me, believe Bourdain: