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Cuisine: American Cafe
Located inside the DoubleTree Guest Suites, the cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Try the Sunday buffet.
303 W. 15th + 512/478-7000
If you’re wandering past The Driskill Hotel, don’t overlook this place. The cafe has had a face-lift and acquired a new chef. Be sure to sample the pricey but delicious selection of baked goods.
604 Brazos + 512/391-7066
Alamo Village shows new – and mainstream – movies with the same old – and delicious – menu as its Downtown progenitor.
2700 W. Anderson + 512/459-7090
The bistro burger with fries is the best bet here during the daytime, but Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 7pm, you can nab great bar food for $5.
319 Congress + 512/472-1884
3016 Guadalupe + 512/777-4482
Boasts a strong selection of artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, salads, homemade soups, and sandwiches. Gluten-free paninis and salads round out the menu. The wine list changes monthly. Read our review.
4800 Burnet Rd. #450 + 512/371-1600
This cafe has been around since 1948, maintaining the same homestyle menu and hospitable spirit. Thursday's turkey-and-dressing special is highly recommended.
4827 E. Cesar Chavez + 512/385-2986
Cake balls: Not just for breakfast anymore. The menu here features appetizers, salads, entrées, soups, and desserts complemented by a well-chosen wine list, a selection of local craft beers in bottles, and a roster of custom cocktails. Read our review.
3401 Esperanza Crossing #104 + 512/215-3633
You could theoretically stay here all day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Daily hot plate specials include meat loaf with Creole sauce and pork loin over cornbread dressing. Expect a wait for weekend brunch.
5408 Burnet Rd. + 512/467-9552
Beyond the morning cup o' joe, Austin Java offers an array of sustenance plus luscious desserts.
1608 Barton Springs Rd. + 512/482-9450
Fans of humble hogmeat will adore this pork parlor that offers breakfast all day, and bacon worthy of the name. Local beers and homemade desserts round out your cholesterol and carbohydrate intake. Read our review.
900 W. 10th + 512/322-9777
The menu is studded with specialties from stir-fry to filet mignon to chicken Florentine – classic diner food designed for those who crave the honest, homemade flavors of Mama's cooking.
5404 Manchaca Rd. + 512/443-5167
Built to please with its Cajun-style specialties, generous happy hours, and real gator meat. Plus, no cover charge for live blues.
3003 S. Lamar + 512/691-9140
6115 Lohmans Ford Rd., Lago Vista + 512/267-9001
Celebrating sausage on Rainey Street for a year now, this place has become a neighborhood staple. Sure, the ample and often unexpected selections of sausage are responsible, but don't forget the creative specials, such as fried chicken sausage atop creamy mashed potatoes. Read our review.
79 Rainey + 512/386-1656
Is the kind of place you pass by without noticing. Next time you shop on West Anderson, stop in for a great prime rib or a filling, fresh Thai steak salad. Read our review.
2408 W. Anderson + 512/451-7333
Owners Stewart Scruggs and Mark Paul (also of Wink) created this upscale eatery as a replacement for the venerable Zoot. Happily, their comfort food menu has not abandoned resourceful gastronomy. Four versions of mac and cheese, burgers, steak frites, and pot roast are standouts, but the the crispy-skinned roasted chicken breast takes the starring role. The prices on this menu are lower, guests can now dress casually, and the food is still dependably delicious. Well-made drinks and a skillful wine list with many by-the-glass options makes this local hangout a worthy destination. Read our review.
11715 Bee Caves Rd., Bee Cave + 512/477-6535
12415 N. I-35 + 512/821-1319