Sinking a hot-pink plastic spoon into workhorse standards like French Vanilla, Rocky Road, and Rainbow Sherbet, will make your taste buds think it's 1972 again.
730 W. Stassney 512/444-3049
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
Irish music, excellent pub grub, and Guinness and Smithwick's Ale by the 20-ounce imperial pint make this a great place to watch sports. Check out six 42-inch hi-def plasma TVs and the 65-inch "ScreenZilla" Mitsubishi in back.
204 E. Sixth 512/494-1335
3006 Bee Caves Road Ste. A-3155
Austin's premier raw food spot, Beets serves gluten-free all year long. Read our review.
1611 W. Fifth #165 512/477-2338
The cuisine at Benihana has been influenced by its surroundings, resulting in the Texas Roll – smoked salmon, avocado, cucumber, cream cheese, and jalapeño.
9070 Research 512/451-7505
12415 N. I-35 512/821-1319
In addition to a full complement of coffee and tea beverages, Bennu offers pastries and prepared foods from local companies 24 hours a day.
2001 E. MLK 512/478-4700
100 West Second Street
The chicken still rocks the yard, but with those ribs as an opener, you can't lose.
3563 Far West Blvd. #109 512/345-2378
European, Cajun, and Southern dishes are prepared with organic, local, and homegrown ingredients. A great selection of beers and spirits as well as a well-thought-out wine list complete the experience. Read our review.
500 W. Sixth 512/477-2377
9070 Research #101 512/614-0252
1706 S. Congress 512/462-2220
Despite the fried pickle and jalapeño slices, mini corn dogs, and sliders, not everything here is tiny. Happy hour draws a crowd, as does the wall of TVs.
This neighborhood burger joint is a great place to enjoy hand-shaped patties and a wealth of fried sides. And yes, that guy or gal pulling the tap or handing you some serious Frito pie was in that punk band you saw the other night.
2105 Hancock 512/407-9305
Offerings include some of the more popular Pacific Rim dishes, plus an array of continental meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetarian items.
2712 Bee Cave Rd. 512/328-8888
Has everything from sliders to carnitas, and TVs abound. So do the beer choices, with 20 on tap and more than 50 by the bottle. Try the portobello cheesesteak if you have room after the cheese curds and fried pickles. Read our review.
2108 S. Lamar 512/707-2744
Start with shrimp 'n' grits, tofu popcorn, or a choose-your-own tasting plate, and try the sandwiches or dinner entrées as you work through the local brews.
7020 Easy Wind #100 512/452-2337
This bar features quality spirits with an emphasis on whiskeys. Sit at one of the picnic tables in the gigantic back yard and enjoy a Blackheart with muddled cherries.
86 Rainey 512/391-1566