6 ways to celebrate National Junk Food Day in Austin

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Brian K. Diggs/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Put down your salads, because you’re getting an honorary Cheat Day. July 21 has been proclaimed National Junk Food Day, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate here in Austin. We’ve got six to get you started:

Pick up a Doughnut

From the bacon and maple syrup-covered Flying Pig to the caramel, pecan and banana-laden Granny’s Pie, Gordough’s Food truck will satiate your sweet tooth.

Fry yourself an Oreo

The county fair classic is the epitome of junk food – whether you try to cut a few calories with Oreo’s new thinner version of the classic cookie, or go all in with a regular double stuff, pop an Oreo or two in a deep fryer and you’re in business.

 A small coffee ice cream with Heath Bar crush-ins from the Amy's Ice Creams on South Congress Avenue. Mike Sutter/American-Statesman.

A small coffee ice cream with Heath Bar crush-ins from the Amy’s Ice Creams on South Congress Avenue. Mike Sutter/American-Statesman.

Flip for hamburgers

Austin original P. Terry’s can serve your burger needs, as does Texas classic Whataburger. You could also kick it up a notch and try a deep fried Big Mac, as one food blogger did earlier this summer.

Eat a scoop (or two)

Blue Bell isn’t an option this year, but Austin still has a whole host of ice creameries to choose from, including Amy’s Ice CreamLick Ice Cream and the newly-opened Moojo. Or drop by the grocery store and enjoy a pint of NadaMoo! or Teo Gelato in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Down some chicken wings

Go for some gangnam style K-Pops at Chi’Lantro, or spice things up with an order of “explosive” wings at Casino El Camino. Or combine your wings with the ultimate junk food-eating pastime and watch a game on TV while you eat any variety of sauce-covered wings over at Plucker’s.

Home Slice Pizza is an independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic New York-style pizza. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Home Slice Pizza is an independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic New York-style pizza.
RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Grab a slice

Perhaps the ultimate junk food item, this list would not be complete without a few pizza recommendations. Drive by the SoCo staple Homeslice Pizza for a slice the size of your face, or grab a New Jersey-style pie from Little Deli and Pizzaria. If you’d rather not leave the house, opt for the infamous Hot Dog Bites Pizza from Pizza Hut, which the 360 staff has taste-tested (it was interesting).

Still not enough sugar, sodium and carbs for you? Celebrating a day devoted to junk food might be easier than you think – there are all kinds of “healthy foods” that are actually not that great for you.

How will you be celebrating National Junk Food Day? Let us know in the comments.


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