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. Read our review.
7020 Easy Wind #100 512/452-2337
This is a neighborhood space where friends can gather over a pint, an expertly made cocktail, or a selection from the outstanding wine list. The menu offers affordable, yet way-above-average options for dinner, lunch, and brunch, and all sauces and condiments are made in-house. Read our review.
3016 Guadalupe 512/394-5264
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
16107 FM 2769, Volente
The breads and pastries are the stars of the show here. The Nutella chip roll is the child of a cinnamon-roll and chocolate. The sandwiches are impressive, too. Check the calendar for rotating daily specials. Read our review.
10000 Research 512/346-2583
Although basic Thai staples such as pad thai and curries are represented, the Vietnamese dishes are among the best, served with the usual steamed rice, rau ghém, and fish sauce, with names like Cyclone Driver, Spicy Landlord, and Secretary Holiday.
5900 W. Slaughter Ste. 500-D 512/288-8688
This sunny, lovely bistro specializes in French treats like tartines, mussels, and boeuf bourguignon.
2200 S. I-35
Central Texas market-style barbecue – brisket, both pork and beef ribs, pulled pork, sausage, Coffee Pork Tenderloin, and turkey. Read our review.
1505 Town Creek Dr. 512/537-2047
Owner Bobby Cavo has barbecue deep in his DNA. His mom, Mopsie, still provides the meat through her catering kitchen, all of it kissed by heritage post oak smoke.
120 E. Fourth 512/369-3119
You'll find an upscale comfort-food menu that is both affordable and inviting. Try the homemade cobbler.
4800 Burnet Rd. 512/454-7827
We love the Frito pie made with "Grandma's Immortal Chili," and we're especially partial to the fried green tomatoes and the fried catfish basket.
6812 RR 620 N. 512/249-5200
10515 MoPac N. 512/244-2536
3414 Lyons 512/926-4650
Sample fresh, boiled seafood of every variety: shrimp, blue crabs, and crawfish (in season), as well as boudin, gumbo, oysters on the half shell, and red beans and rice.
700 E. Sixth 512/472-0985
4th and Guadalupe 512/453-7223
Everything we've had has been amazingly good. Complex and richly layered sauces and superb breads form a large and unique menu.