Taste Summer: Banger’s

Just as Austin is often celebrated for its ability to capture the essence of America, Banger’s is able to successfully blend all that’s great about Rainey Street: live music, dog-friendly patios, good company, and lots of beer. With over 101 individual taps that span from “light & refreshing” to “dark & roasty,” it’s a place that does the simple things and does them extremely well.

The meat counter adjacent to the wall of taps is a reminder that nearly everything on the menu – down to the barbecue sauce and curry ketchup – is house-made and all original.

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Chef Ted Prater helps ensure that the restaurant’s namesake is offered with imaginative combinations and flavorful dressings such as Dak Bulgogi with kimchi and jalapeños; South Texas Antelope & Venison Merguez with red wine, cinnamon, and cloves; and Duck Bacon & Fig with dried figs and Nueske’s-family bacon. There’s even a Gummy Bear brat on the late night menu that tastes way better than it sounds.

The restaurant takes entertainment seriously and often has live bands, free comedy (first Wednesday of every month), and special German-themed events take to the proscenium – with whole roasted pigs taking to the concourse for their occasional Smoke Out Saturdays.

One of the southern-most landmarks of the district, Banger’s is a great place to start the night out but its carefree vibe, cold beer and great food may mean you will never leave.

Here’s how to do things right…

ARRIVE HUNGRY

Bangers & Mash: Irish style pork sausage / onion gravy / skin-on mashed potatoes

BANGERS & MASH (Irish style pork sausage / onion gravy / skin-on mashed potatoes)

ORDER A COLD ONE

Boiled Peanuts and Draft Beer (Thirsty Goat Amber brewed by Thirsty Planet)

BOILED PEANUTS + DRAFT BEER (Thirsty Goat Amber brewed by Thirsty Planet)

CHILI-CHEESE FRIES (diced red onions / pickled jalapeños)

CHILI-CHEESE FRIES (diced red onions / pickled jalapeños)

GO THE DISTANCE

SNICKERS ICE CREAM JAR (roasted peanuts / caramel / ice cream / chocolate coating)

SNICKERS ICE CREAM JAR (roasted peanuts / caramel / ice cream / chocolate coating)

TASTE SUMMER

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Banger’s

79 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
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Photography by Michelle Min


This article originally published in The Balance Issue of Citygram Austin Magazine [May/June 2014].
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