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Austin is definitely an eating out town. We're just too busy making music (and software) to cook for ourselves. If you're visiting (or just moved here from California) remember that Austinites tend to eat when it gets dark, no matter what time that may be, so plan accordingly.


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Amy's Ice Cream
Real Home Made Ice Cream (in a store)
600 N. 6th St - Austin
3500N. Guadalupe - Austin
even the austin airport!

Ice Cream, Locations, the menu
open 'til minight or later
Get in line some Friday or Saturday night behind Waterloo Records at 6th and Lamar in Austin, Texas and get the best ice cream and the best show this side of Barnum & Bailey. If the server drops your order as he flips it behind his back, he'll scoop it up for free!

Bluebonnet Cafe
It's What's Cookin' in Marble Falls
211 Hwy 281 Marble Falls, Texas 78654
Home Page
A beautiful drive from Austin out Hwy 71 along the Colorado River reaches The Blue Bonnet Cafe represents a 67 year tradition of outstanding "Home Style" cooking! All of the tourists want to stop at the Blue Bonnet Cafe, and it is a favorite eating place with the locals, too. Breakfast is served all day and Daily Specials from 11:00am to closing. The Chicken Fried Steak is great, and you will love their freshly baked pies. Look for Floyd Tillman over in the corner having a cup of their great coffee.

Brick Oven
Largest Wood Fired Ovens In Texas
12th @ Red River - 477-7006
Hwy 183 @ Braker Ln - 345-6181

Home Page
Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm
Fri & Sat until 11pm

10 TONS of brick oven heated to a constant 700 degrees makes for some mighty fine Italian style cookin' in the heart of Bar B Q and Tex-Mex. But it's darn good. Fresh bread and pasta baked daily enhances not only the excellent pizza but the subperb dinners. A bit on the expensive side, but well worth it.

Great Tex-Mex Austin Style
1728 Barton Springs Rd.
11680 N. Research Blvd.
10520 North Lamar

Menu, Maps & Locations
(512) 474-4452
One of the best places for Tex-Mex in Austin. Don't miss the margaritas or Rajas con Queso made with peppers trucked in each season from Hatch, New Mexico (the home of Anaheim peppers) and roasted in the parking lot. A great Happy Hour with plenty of time to enjoy a Mexican Martini or two or three! Needless to say, this is the restaurant we'll be taking to our desert island. Join "Velvet Elvis" for a great meal.

Eddie V's
Freshest Seafood & prime Grade steaks in a casual & relaxed atmoshere
Home Page, Home, Locations
5p.m. - 11 p.m. M-Sat & 5-10 on Sun.
We are often asked, "Who is Eddie V?" While, there is not an actual "Eddie V", our name is very significant. Just like the restaurant, it is a combination of our co-founders, Larry "Eddie" Foles and Guy "Mr. V" Villavaso. Eddie V's Edgewater Grille was inspired through Larry and Guy's admiration for the great classic seafood restaurants of New Orleans, San Francisco and Boston. They have great respect for the freshness, flavor and techniques of these regions. Their vision for Eddie V's is to provide the freshest seafood available with prime grade steaks in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Larry and Guy grew up in the South and have spent most of their professional lives in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Arizona. They have been partners for over 25 years and have created many successful concepts, including Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill.

Evitas Botanitas Mexican Restaurant
This Ain't No Tex-Mex
6400 South 1st Street (2 blocks south of Wm. Cannon)
Home Page, Map
(512) 441-2424
9:00am- 9:30pm, Closed Tuesday
This is gourmet mexican food at its finest. Including several winners of the Austin Hot Sauce Challenge, the food is excellent and spicy. Not only mexican standards, Botanitas has exotic seafood and other supprises as well. Don't be fooled by the location, this is some of the best food in Austin.

Flores Mexican Restaurants
Hometown Tex Mex
(N) 2700 Anderson Lane
(Oak Hill) 6705 Hwy 290 W
(Lake) 1310 Ranch Rd. 620 S

Home Page, North Location Map

Open Daily
Weekend Breakfasts

In only a few years this once "family " restaurant in Oak Hill, has blossomed into one of the excellent Mexican Restaurants in Austin. Their Pablano pepper is simply the BEST; enchiladas, and the rest are top notch. Mexican Martinis are top self and top notch, and the service is superb. Great happy hours with treats. See you at Flores!

Green Pastures
Elegant Dining
811 West Live Oak Austin, Texas 78704
(512) 444-4747
Open Daily
The childhood mansion home of John Henry Faulk was built in 1894. It opened to the public as one of Austin's finest restaurants in 1946. Peacocks roam the tree filled grounds as the mansion now serves as an unique and elegant restaurant. For John Henry.

Guero's Taco Bar
1412 S. Congress Austin, Tx
Home Page, Map
(512) 447-7688
Mon-Fri 7am-10pm
Sat & Sun 8am-10pm

Relocated to an old remodeled feed store on South Congress, Guero's has increased their clientle (and prices a little), but still maintain great Tex-Mex food. The handmade tortillas are worth it all, especially if their queso flameado is rolled inside. President Clinton stopped in for dinner while in town. The Texana Dames play often on Sunday afternoons. Good food & great music is what Austin is all about.

Hyde Park Bar & Grill
4206 Duval St. (51st @ Duval) Austin, Texas
Home Page, Map
(512) 458-3168
Mon-Sun 11am-12am
A great place with semi-casual atmosphere (like the rest of Austin isn't). The best spicy fries in town and a fine place to meet folks for drinks, food, & fun.

Jovita's Mexican Restaurant
Tex Mex and Austin Music
1619 S. First St. Austin, Texas
Home Page, Map
(512) 447-7825
Located on Austin's Classic Tex Mex Mile-a one mile stretch of South First Street that has 11 Mexican Restaurants, a Mexican Bakery, Mexican Curios, Bar BQ, and a Funeral Home, just in case things get a little too spicy! Jovita's has great food at bargain prices with Don Walser every Tuesday, night for the past 9 years, along with Ponty Bone and Cornell Hurd on other nights.

Kerbey Lane Cafe
Good 24 Hours
3704 Kerbey, 451-1436
2700 S. Lamar, 445-4451
12602 Research, 258-7757

Kerbey Home Eats
always open
Kerbey Lane is 24-HOUR. If you need a fix of good Mexican or an early breakfast to stave off that hangover, Kerbey Lane is always ready with a Kerbey Queso or a stack of blueberry pancackes. Be prepared for a bit of a rowdy crowd around bar closing time, but if you're at Kerbey Lane at 2am, chances are you're just as drunk as everyone else there, so you won't mind. Oh yeah, the prices are very reasonable too.

Las Manitas
Chiapas goes Tex Mex
211 Congress Ave
Austin, Texas
(for those confined at the Four Seasons Hotel for some real "Austin", see the old "Avenue Cafe" sign caddy corner from the hotel, one block north of the river

Map - 1 block fom the river and city destruction
(512) 472-9357
M-F: 7am- 4pm;
Sat-Sun: 7am-2:30pm

For lunch dowmtown, this is it. Just get there early (or late). The Chiapas ladies who have operated the old "Avenue Cafe" for many a year now, are pleasant, courtious, and have some of the best tex-mex style food in town, without too much velveta! If you're in the mood for fresh, this-is-the-real-thing, you've come to the right place. Daily lunch specials abound, including the enchiladas espinaca () —homemade corn tortillas wrapped around a creamy spinach-veggie mixture, served with spicy black beans and white rice laced with cilantro. If you're in the mood for an appetizer, just stick with chips and salsa. It's out of this world, with chunks of tomatoes and just the right amount of heat so you're not always reaching for water. The Scene It's a cheery, cozy place, with plenty of booths and tables and lots of colorful folk art on the walls. There's also a large outside patio—just go through the door marked "Yes," and avoid the one that says "No," unless you want to visit the chef. — Amy Lemen >

Magnolia Cafe
Tex-Mex and Hippie Food 24-hours a day
2304 Lake Austin Blvd (Mopac & 5th)
1920 S Congress Ave

Home Page, Map
always open
Magnolia is a little more "granola" than Kerby Lane, but the food is just as good. Offering excellent vegetarian selections as well as tex-mex favorites, the Magnolia is good for those "hard-to-please" crowds. Be thankfull you live in a city that offers this quality of food 24 hours a day.

Mexican Food en Casa
The BEST Tex Mex In Austin Is Cooked at Home, Gracias Senora
Located In South Austin, Texas
Recipies, Chuy's South, Evita's Botanitas, Guero's Taco Bar, Juan In A Million, Las Manitas
So. Of The River

Open When The Family's Hungry & Mom Can Cook
Lawrence has some great recipes here. Try them all. The rest of you folks start sending in your versions to us (I make the darn best pablano pepper in town, test me!). Flores, Chuy's, & Pesos cook great ones, but it ain't at my house. Please send in recipes.
I'm a vegitarian so I might be biased towards the cheese ones with ranchero sause.
Congrats to Lawrernce.....but just wait oh pal, until I'm able to show you my receipes for what is real TEX - MEX. Until then, good job and see you at Evita's Botanitas, Jovita's, Chuy's, Peso's, Flores, Las Manitas, Neuevo Leon, La Azteqa, Juan In a Million, Guero's, and a million more great Tex Mex Restarants on the East side. Don't miss the best food, culture, pleasant folks, and yes, you'll be safe. This is Austin, ENJOY.

Mother's Cafe
International Vegetarian Dining
4215 Duval St. Austin,Texas
Cafe, Map
(512) 451-3994
M-F 11:15am-10pm,
Sat-Sun 10am-10pm

Don't let the "International Vegitarion Dining" bull you too much. I've been a vegetarian longer (and eatin' more raw beef) than these kids have teeth. But if you've got the time and money, this place is really good vegeterian food. Why they even have wine and beer now!
It's been around long enough to be an Austin "Institution". A nice place to take a date (then head across to the Hyde Park Bar & Grill for drinks, greasy & spicy fries, and lots of socializing).

Nuevo Leon
Pink Walls and Dynamite Margaritas
1501 East 6th Street Austin, TX 78702
Home Page, Map
(512) 479-0097
(Sat & Sun 9am-10pm)

Nuevo Leon has been a standard on the East side for 18 years. The Tex Mex plates are delicious and a true bargain. Their tamales are only matched by the friendly service. Careful: The Margaritas have made the faint of heart (and soul) see the pink mirrored wall move! A family style Restaurant that has been "discovered" by folks from all over town. Now in a new location that used to be one of the "Big Three " in Austin, "Carmin's La Tapatia (La Matamoros (gone) $ Matt's on South Lamar). Still Good, Enjoj!

Polvo's Mexican Restaurant
2004 South 1st (S. 1st & Johanna)
Home Page, Map
(512) 441-5446
Sun -Fri 7:00am-10:00pm, Sat 7:00am-11:00pm
Located on the "Tex Mex Mile", Polvo's has that family resturant feeling. While the prices are a bit high, the food is definitely in the top tier of Austin Mexican. Enchiladas: good, Queso: fair, Margaritas: available.

Salt Lick
A Hill Country Drive For The Best Bar B Q
Hwy 1826 - (off hwy 290W) - 13 miles from Austin
Driftwood, Tx

Home Page, Map, Menu
(512) 894-3117
11am - 10pm Mon - Sun
Proclaimed the best Restaurant from Austin to San Antonio...and that's where it is! On a scenic, twisting Hill Country road southwest of Austin, is the tenderest, best Bar B Q in all of existence. Generations (since 1969) have hauled coolers of beer out to the Salt Lick to smooth the hickory flavor. Single plates or family style (brisket, ribs, sausage, potato salad, beans, cole slaw & bread)....it's a bargain and a blast. Please be careful driving home, I live close by. Dine in or carry out. Call in advance for large private parties. They have indoor and outdoor facilities that can accommodate up to 2,000 people. So think of them when planning weddings, reunions, small conventions, holiday parties, or any special event. This is really a legendary part of the Hill Country in Texas.
You will be traveling over the vital & sensitive Edwards Aquifer. Don't throw the beer cans out!

Austin's Answer To Fast Food
The Super-Schlotzsky's at
218 S. Lamar, Austin, Texas
(others all around Austin)

Home Page, Locations
What started as a few small fast food shops here in Austin with only one sandwhich, The Original, has become the top of the Fast Food "ladder". More expensive than the others, but homebaked sourdough bread and a varitey of great sandwhiches, makes this a favorite. Several new stores have opened in Austin with in house bakery's and coffee shops. The deserts and pastry are the best.

Shady Grove
Unplugged Music & Great Food
1624 Barton Springs Road
just west of Lamar
Austin, Tx

The Shady Grove, Unplugged at the Grove (KGSR link), city-search
(512) 474-9991
Each spring the good folks at The Shady Grove begin their 20 week series of "Unplugged at The Shady Grove." Such good folks as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kelly Willis and Jimmy La Fave are annual favorites. What a deal. Good food and great music.

Texacali Grill
Great Sandwiches & Proprieter (washboard player) Danny Young
534 Oltorf
Austin, Texas

Danny Young The Man and the Washboard
(512) 442-2799
Danny Young has been proclaimed "The Mayor of South Austin", unanimously. The reason being.....his smile, pleasant greeting, and damn good food ("Cheesey Fries with jalapenos"). He's also been called a lot of other things including "His Royal Highness, The UnOfficial King Of South Austin" (this call was traced back to a D. Young in south Austin!) Everyone in town knows Danny or should. Go get a great lunch along with an ear full of what Austin is all about. His great place is covered with old posters (and new) dating way, way back to the Armadillo World Headquarters days in the early '70's (it's ok, just ask someone).Cornell Hurd & Ponty Bone play the patio sometimes, that should tell us something regarding this guy. He's also high on The Austin Chronicle delivery scheldule, usually receiving his copies at least by Sunday afternoon. Our Oak Hill HEB gets it's Thursday at 11am! So...somehow Danny gets his 4 days early, I guess!
On our usual restaurant numerical grading system of 1-5 * (stars), Danny and the Texacali gang get a "yeah, man".

Texas Chili Parlor
Don't you feel more like you do
now than when you came?

1409 Lavaca Street (Lavaca & 15th)
Home Page, Map
(512) 472-2828
Mon-Wed 11am-12am; Thu-Sat 11am-2am; Sun 12pm-12am
File this one in the "it ain't what it used to be" category. Modern times have eroded the legendary atmosphere of the Chili Parlor. Furthermore, you're no longer required to sign a waiver before you can order the XXX Chili. If you're just passing through town, however, its worth stopping by to have a Magnum (still the same), but when the waiter tells you the corn tortillas are just for enchiladas and not eatin' and the manager agrees....somethin' wrong! Adios! After over 20 years, we'll give 'em one more sneak attack. Last chance on this one and a real shame.

Texican Cafe
Tex-Mex Cafe
119 Manchaca Road Austin, Texas 78748
Home, Map
(512) 282-9094
The Texican Cafe may be located down south, but this is not your run-of-the-mill Tex-Mex restaurant. Texican makes incredible homemade sauces--one of the reasons diners keep coming back for more. All dishes are also made from scratch, so anything you try will be as fresh as can be. This is a very neighborly kind of restaurant, with lots of regulars.

4141 Cap. of Texas Hwy So.
409 W. 30th (ck. breakfast hours)
8825 Burnet Road

Home Page, Locations, Menu
11am-2am Mon-Fri
9am-2am Sat & Sun

A look at the menu will give you a idea of the good mix of food offered at all three Trudy's. Make sure to order your food before your second Mexican Martini (a limit of two on these shaker size excellent concoctions). Good gathering places at any time. The best Chili Releneo in town (order with calente sauce on the side).

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