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3 Austin restaurants land on guide to the ultimate Southern road trip

3 Austin restaurants land on guide to ultimate road trip

Dai Due Austin restaurant roast chicken dish
Dai Due's emphasis on locally sourced ingredients earn it a spot on the guide. Dai Due/Facebook
Parkside serves up protein-heavy entrees with classic Southern sides. Courtesy of Parkside Austin
Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar Austin restaurant dish food
Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar serves fresh fare on South Congress. Photo courtesy of Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar
Dai Due Austin restaurant roast chicken dish
Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar Austin restaurant dish food

Nothing says summer quite like a classic, American road trip. And one of the most important elements of that journey is a list of quintessential restaurants to try along the way. 

To celebrate summer, OpenTable has created an ultimate culinary road trip guide, "designed to make sure vacationers don’t pass by a single savory stop on their summer travels." Compiled by OpenTable insiders, "the guide highlights culinary destinations along some of the country’s most popular road trip routes." 

The foodie journeys are broken into the following routes: California, the Southwest, Midwest, Pacific Northwest, Northeast, and — of course — the South. OpenTable's trip through the South includes three essential Austin restaurants "helmed by innovative chefs whose ingredient-drive cuisine is revitalizing one of our most culinary-rich regions."

According to OpenTable insiders, can't-miss restaurants in the Capital City are Dai Due, Parkside, and Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar. 

At Dai Due, Jesse Griffith's Manor Road restaurant and butcher shop, travelers will delight in a menu that focuses heavily on seasonal, locally-grown ingredients and Texas beverages. Entrees range from a classic rib-eye steak to boudin-stuffed quail and wild boar confit.

Shawn Cirkiel's flagship restaurant, Parkside, highlights the chef's commitment to smart, sustainable cooking. Guests can start with small plates or go straight to hearty main courses like smoked pork chop or one of the best burgers in America. Plus, Parkside's location gives guests a firsthand view of iconic Sixth Street.

Perla's, located on bustling South Congress, brings a wave a fresh fare in the form of fish and oysters flown in daily from both coasts. Vacationers can sip a sparkling cocktail on the oak-shaded patio and take in one of Austin's top attractions. 

The next city on OpenTable's trip of the South is Houston, where travelers should check out Provisions Restaurant, Mark's American Cuisine and Ouisie's Table. The adventure continues with stops in New Orleans, Mobile, Birmingham, Memphis and Nashville. For more OpenTable suggestions, check out the full culinary road trips here.