Dining Out

Photo Courtesy of MML Hospitality

Fine Dining

Jeffrey’s continues to impress with caviar service, dry-aged prime beef, and the lightest souffles. Just west of Downtown, Jeffrey’s is still top of the list for special occasions, celebrations, or simply memorable fine dining experiences. The attentive staff and complimentary valet service may seem over the top at other restaurants, but it’s standard practice here.

Jeffrey's
1204 W. Lynn
512/477-5584
jeffreysofaustin.com

Food Truck

Veracruz All Natural started as two sisters selling snow cones and juices out of a trailer on East Cesar Chavez and has now expanded to six locations selling authentic Mexican dishes and drinks. Fresh and delicious tacos, queso, and guacamole could only be better with a cold cup of agua fresca or a refreshing smoothie.

Veracruz All Natural
4208 Menchaca Rd., 512/629-8238
2711 La Frontera Blvd. #320, Round Rock, 512/388-6595
4209 Airport, 512/665-6431
111 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/665-2713
2401 Winsted, 512/665-9860
2505 Webberville Rd., 512/981-1760
veracruzallnatural.com

photo by Jana Birchum

photo by John Anderson

Bakery

From weekend breakfasts of pastries and quiches to a simple lunch of a bowl of soup and a half sandwich – maybe on a croissant, and chased with a cookie – Upper Crust nourishes both your sweet tooth and your soul. UC is there for special occasions too, including cakes and a steady supply of pies throughout the holidays for maximum good memories.

Upper Crust Bakery
4508 Burnet Rd.
512/467-0102
theuppercrustbakery.com

Breakfast

Oh, there maybe used to be heavier competition for this category, but by now – with multiple locations in Austin and beyond (and that hella yummy pancake mix in Costco) – longtime fave Kerbey Lane, a champion of local sourcing, has pretty much cemented itself as Austin’s icon of wake-up-and-eat excellence.

Kerbey Lane Cafe
3704 Kerbey, 512/451-1436
13435 Hwy. 183 N. #415, 512/258-7757
2606 Guadalupe, 512/477-5717
4301 W. William Cannon, 512/899-1500
3003 S. Lamar, 512/445-4451
2120 N. Mays St., Round Rock, 512/879-2827
701 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/879-2820
2200 Aldrich #100, 512/879-2818
kerbeylanecafe.com

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

Late-Night Dining

Yes, because sometimes you want the best breakfast the night before tomorrow’s hangover kicks in, and this clean, well-lighted place – part of Austin’s foodscape since 1980 – is gonna offer you that and an entire menu of other seasonal and often locally sourced deliciousness as you wind down toward the dawn’s surly light.

Kerbey Lane Cafe
3704 Kerbey, 512/451-1436
13435 Hwy. 183 N. #415, 512/258-7757
2606 Guadalupe, 512/477-5717
4301 W. William Cannon, 512/899-1500
3003 S. Lamar, 512/445-4451
2120 N. Mays St., Round Rock, 512/879-2827
701 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/879-2820
2200 Aldrich #100, 512/879-2818
kerbeylanecafe.com

Drive-Through

P. Terry’s drive-through has saved our bacon on plenty of had-to-work-late nights and woke-up-hungover mornings. (Bacon! Also a good add-on to the 100% Black Angus beef burgers!) At P. Terry’s, you’re gonna get a smile from whoever’s manning the window, you’re gonna feel good because you know they’re being paid a living wage, and if you bring Fido, he’s getting a dog bone to boot. Everybody goes home happy.

P. Terry's Burger Stand
404 S. Lamar, 512/473-2217
3303 N. Lamar, 512/371-9975
4220 W. William Cannon Ste. B-200, 512/358-0380
8515 Burnet Rd., 512/420-9242
3311 RR 620 S., 512/263-9433
204 W. Ben White, 512/462-4998
12301 N. MoPac, 512/719-4810
12018 Research, 512/257-0990
701 Capital of TX Hwy. S., Bldg. H, 512/306-0779
5701 N. I-35, 512/420-9984
1551 Hwy. 71 E., 737/209-0059
5900 N. Lamar, 512/814-0129
13770 Hwy. 183 N., 512/219-9992
1800 E. Oltorf, 512/284-8137
12901 N. I-35, 512/531-9683
517 W. MLK, 737/212-0420
515 Congress, 512/473-8722
8600 S. I-35, 512/487-5103
pterrys.com

Photo courtesy of P. Terry's

photo by Jana Birchum

Kids' Menu

Wherever you are, Austin, there’s a Hat Creek nearby. That means convenient, fast-casual, made-to-order cheeseburgers and chicken nugs for the kids while the grownups catch a round of craft beers on the indoor/outdoor patio. No matter your age, definitely save some room for a Dirt Worm: an Oreo-chocolate-and-gummy-worm milkshake.

Hat Creek Burger Co.
5400 Burnet Rd., 512/452-2025
3210 Esperanza Crossing #100, 512/838-6224
5902 Bee Caves Rd., West Lake Hills, 512/296-2151
hatcreekburgers.com

 
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