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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.
10710 Research #126 + 512/342-2252
4200 S. Lamar + 512/462-7227
Offers predominantly South Indian street food, served in a clean space by helpful and friendly staff. Be sure to try the fried idli, pani puri, khasta kachori, and the chole samosas. Read our review.
13000 N. I-35, Bldg. 12 #216 + 512/491-5055
Be sated by one of the biryanis or the aloo paratha, whole-wheat bread stuffed with potatoes and peas.
3201 Bee Caves Rd. + 512/329-0234
Your waitress may resemble a runaway who's lost her clothing, but don't call the cops – just order the ribs.
11617 Research + 512/346-3025
Jennifer Costello and Chris Hurley are churning out New American cuisine with a precision and deftness that puts you at the table with local, seasonal sourcing, prepared to bring out the inherent flavors of superb ingredients. You know that imaginary, Mom-worthy perfect brunch? Think Pop-Over Eggs Benny, bananas Foster french toast, and chipotle-lime chicken hash. Read our review.
202 W. Cesar Chavez + 512/428-4643
Here you'll find 16 varieties of authentic Aussie savory pies with flaky crusts, plus very friendly counter folks and great coffee, too.
3110 Guadalupe #150 + 512/380-0032
1221 W. Sixth + 512/828-7404
It may be described as Chicago-style Italian, but this popular spot offers some sophisticated fare as well. One special, the clams with sweet vermouth and roasted peppers over pappardelle pasta, had our critic swooning. Read our review.
1321 S. Congress + 512/916-1315
Pick up a book, play Battleship, and enjoy all your favorite coffee drinks along with some killer honey lemonade. They also have a great vegetarian menu. Read our review.
1900 S. First + 512/416-1601
Lunchtime finds a crowd enjoying comforting soups and distinctive sandwiches, including the BLT made with fried green tomatoes. Don't overlook the cookies, luxuriously decorated cupcakes, or fabulous pies.
3201 Bee Caves Rd. #106 + 512/328-7100