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1509 S. Lamar +
Genuine value for your dollar is what sets this place apart. That, and superfresh ingredients in handsome portions prepared with skill. review
6519 N. Lamar + 512/614-4974
8300 FM 620 N. Ste. 200-A +
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. review
4800 Burnet Rd. #450 + 512/371-1600
Try this much-loved neighborhood spot's full complement of Mediterranean dishes prepared from family recipes or stick with safe choices – you'll find 25 flavors of wings and an interesting pizza selection. review
6619 Airport + 512/419-0110
From the aficianados of Easy Tiger and 24 Diner comes this French bistro, so the excellent breads and pastries come as no surprise. Stuffed quail, grilled amberjack, and profiteroles for dessert bring back fond memories of French fare in Austin. review
601 West Sixth St. + 512/992-2776
Newly expanded, Asia Cafe brings it with the best and most authentic Chinese food in town. Unadulterated Sichuan cuisine is well worth the drive from anywhere. review
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd. #115 + 512/331-5788
In addition to the vegetarian selections, you'll find fragrant chicken, lamb, and beef. The lunch specials are a great bargain. Just count on ordering extra injera. review
2808 N. I-35 + 512/469-5966
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. review
3401 Esperanza Crossing #104 + 512/215-3633
Elegant ambience and service is paired with first-rate steaks at quite reasonable prices. Particular care is taken with the sides, making for a complete experience. Don't miss the excellent wine list. review
1205 N. Lamar + 512/472-1813
Picked by our readers as 2012’s Best Kept Secret, Austin Terrier serves pizza and sandwiches alongside a good beer selection. Order the Trio of Fries – it's an orgy of flavors. review
3435 Greystone + 512/369-3751
Winner of 2011’s Best of Austin Critics Pick for Best Dinner Destination on a Damp, Cold Night, this place is about as authentically Italian as you can get without jumping on a plane to Parma. Antipasti, Neopolitan pizza, and a good wine list make for good shelter here. review
507 San Jacinto + 512/474-9899
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. review
900 W. 10th + 512/322-9777
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. review
79 Rainey + 512/386-1656
This tiny place serves reasonable small plates such as chicken-fried olives stuffed with bleu cheese and pomme frites with truffle aioli and Pecorino, as well as some of the most inventive cocktails in town. review
200 Congress + 512/827-2755
You'll find lots and lots of innovative small plates, as well as overflowing paella pans at this popular South Lamar newcomer. review
1500 S. Lamar + 512/473-2211
This popular gastro-pub offers small plates of skillfully prepared seasonal and local foods. review
2024 S. Lamar + 512/394-8150
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. 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. review
11715 Bee Caves Rd., Bee Cave + 512/477-6535