American Cafe | $$

1716 S. Congress
Austin, 78704
Hours: Tue.-Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., 10am-11pm; Mon. 5-11pm
Sophistication meets comfort here with exceptional burgers, grilled meats and fish, and pot pies. Start with cheese curds or ceviche. The tasty cocktails are available at brunch too.


  • 2012: Critics Best Shrimp & Grits
  • 2009: Critics Best Brunch on Congress
  • 2007: Readers New Restaurant

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