Area: North Central
Genuine value for your dollar is what sets this place apart. That, and superfresh ingredients in handsome portions prepared with skill. Read our review.
6519 N. Lamar 512/614-4974
This spacious, no-frills Austin institution serves classic Tex-Mex breakfasts, lunches, and dinners daily. Look for the fresh homemade tortillas, crispy tacos, and slow-roasted beef ribs.
5804 N I-35 512/458-2531
4220 Duval St. 512/531-9610
Try this much-loved neighborhood spot's full complement of Mediterranean dishes prepared from family recipes or stick with safe choices – you'll find 25 flavors of wings and an interesting pizza selection. Read our review.
6619 Airport 512/419-0110
Local greens from Boggy Creek farm are a standard, as are many other locally-found ingredients here. For varied Italian regional cuisines and an extensive wine list of mostly Italian and Cal-Ital selections, try this Hyde Park neighborhood stalwart.
408-C E. 43rd 512/451-1218
These days Austin's oldest surviving grocery offers a bountiful menu of hot and cold sandwiches, an array of fresh salads, and hearty soups in the fall and winter.
4403 Avenue B 512/453-3921
Build your own burger at this longtime no-frills restaurant. Try the chicken-fried steak.
5420 Airport 512/453-8772
You'll find a full range of both fried and broiled seafood in the boat formerly occupied by the Captain's Seafood & Oyster Bar.
5700 N. I-35 512/452-1417
4001 N. Lamar 512/206-1000
7301 N. Lamar 512/275-6013
Texas Union, 24th & Guadalupe 512/475-6500
The Palace was huge back in the Seventies and Eighties, with long lines and great Chinese cuisine. It's back with a vengeance and loaded with authentic flavor. Get it delivered if you don't want to leave the house.
6605 Airport 512/451-7104
Located near Highland Mall, this neighborhood favorite serves up Korean barbecue as well as noodles, soups, and a good selection of vegetarian options. Try the Gal Bi Jjim.
713 E. Huntland 512/419-1400
6406 N. I-35 512/452-7655
120 E. North Loop
Looking for a healthy brunch? Everything on the menu here is composed of raw vegetable matter of one kind or another. The gluten-free baked goods are terrific.
4500 Duval St. 512/380-9046
While they do offer a delicious assortment of handmade Italian ice creams and fruit sorbets, it would be a mistake to miss the savory selections here. The caprese salad with creamy pesto will whet your appetite for a gooey panini of chicken, roasted pepper, and provolone. Or have the caprese as a panini. The requisite variety of coffee drinks, spirits, and cordials makes this place a neighborhood favorite. Read our review.
4222 Duval St. 512/323-2686
The competition for your pizza cravings on Airport just heated up with the opening of this new location for the popular pies.
5312-G Airport 512/454-7437
5001 Airport 512/419-0300
221 W. North Loop 512/454-3762