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This isn't just some of the best pizza in town; there's a full menu of gluten-free options complementing the traditional, filling pasta dishes, all with a personal touch. Read our review.
9911 Brodie + 512/292-3939
10710 Research #310 + 512/345-6181
When you need your Lone Star cold, your chicken-fried steak hot, and the ghost of Ernest Tubb on your shoulder, the Spoke is it.
3201 S. Lamar + 512/442-6189
This national chain serves "immigrant Southern Italian" cuisine. Dishes are served family-style or personalized for two with smaller portions.
3612 Tudor + 512/342-8462
This trailer serves excellent Louisiana-style fare.
4209 Airport + 512/586-4425
This outpost of the popular Eastside spot serves the same great pastries, soups, and entrées that you love. Save room for dessert – the cakes are moist perfection. Read our review.
13500 Galleria Cir., Bee Cave + 512/441-9000
1201 E. Sixth + 512/382-1189
This tiny, elegant Neapolitan-style pizzeria is always packed, but worth the wait. On any given night, there are about half a dozen pizzas on the menu, subject to seasonality and availability of ingredients; the mushroom pie is a special treat. Read our review.
1519 E. Cesar Chavez + 512/524-2523
Affiliated with the St. David's Healthy Dining Program, 80% of this Tex-Mex/Mediterranean fusion chalupa menu is gluten fee, and the rest can be made vegan.
3639 N. 620 + 512/662-2801
4608 West Gate Blvd. + 512/892-1800
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Build your own burger at this longtime no-frills restaurant. Try the chicken-fried steak.
5420 Airport + 512/453-8772
2912 Guadalupe + 512/477-8433
Pick up freshly prepared burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and tortas, as well as reasonably priced plate specials.
2025 Guadalupe (Dobie Mall, second floor) + 512/480-8680
1221 S. Congress Ave. + 512/565-1963
Buster's meats are smoked over green pecan wood in a custom-made smoker, East Texas style. Try the Garlic Bomb: a pork shoulder studded throughout with garlic cloves prior to smoking.
2125 Lohmans Crossing Rd. + 512/263-2340
Their Sunday All-You-Can-Eat Flapjacks are Babe the Blue Ox legendary. Beyond the weekend, this hipster Fort Wilderness holds the perfect cabin fever for hot coffee, stiff drinks, and cool company, 24/7.
1505 Town Creek + 512/912-9221
The most elegant food at the mall, with a menu strong on ladies-who-lunch fare. Salads and sandwiches are exceptional, but more substantial offerings are there for the asking.
Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S. + 512/691-3500