You may not hear the opening piano melody from Cheers as you enter this nautically themed neighborhood pub, but the genial delinquents at the Crown & Anchor will make you feel right at home, whether it’s your first visit or your 500th. It’s a port in the storm of pretentious brewpubs (you know who you are), offering a stellar burger and oodles of beer options, and they won’t cost a pirate’s booty.
2911 San Jacinto
The relaxed gastropub atmosphere is a welcome respite from the chaotic energy of nearby UT. And its French-bistro inspired menu and fabulous beer and wine list is a far cry from the fast food and bro bars that litter the Drag. With moules frites and a superlative salade niçoise, consider this the grad school version of campus dining.
We were glad to hear the news last year that Julie’s had expanded to a new North Austin brick-and-mortar, but we still like remembering our college days at the food truck. Affordable, quick, and filling, Julie’s is a pro-tip that’s passed down with each new class – perfect for students or just those of us who still live like one.
2512 Rio Grande
They’re so much more than their biscuits. Fans know that the heart-achingly tender, buttery pastry is just a foreshadowing of the goodness to come. Grounded in history, chef Michael Fojtasek and his team plate up inventive Southern fare that pays homage to seasonality and locality. They steal hearts with a fine-tuned balance between comfort and haute cuisine.
1610 San Antonio St.
Texas French Bread is one of the oldest names in the Austin hospitality business, but it still feels like a well-kept secret. With a relaxed bistro feel, it continues to delight with a creative wine and beer selection, beautifully prepared local food, and some of the friendliest staff in Austin.
2900 Rio Grande
It’s been six years since brothers Brandon and Zane Hunt opened their upstart food truck, serving crispy-cornered Detroit-style square pizza and Faygo pop to late-night bar hoppers on the Eastside. In that time, they’ve established themselves as leaders in Austin’s pizza space, with a flagship location in the North Campus area.
3016 Guadalupe #100
Vegetarians and spice lovers rejoice when they walk into the sumptuous, aromatic interior of the Clay Pit. Although sticklers for authenticity may disagree, this restaurant has elevated Indian cuisine for Austin. If you’re around for lunch, make sure to check out their buffet, where you can indulge for a very economical price. Inducted in 2018.
The Detroit Tigers may be in a rebuilding phase this season (fingers crossed!), but this Detroit-style pizza has enraptured Austin since the Hunt brothers’ first trailer opened in 2011. The cheesy, crunchy, thick signature squares topped with just the right amount of marinara are to credit for their now legendary winning streak, but the thinner bar-style pies will also have you happy-heckling the kitchen. Don’t skip their bonkers pizza collaborations featuring special toppings like Garbo’s lobster, la Barbecue’s cold-smoked ham, and Michi’s ramen. And if you don’t end up with meatballs on your pizza (do it), grab the appetizer version before you succumb to all the cheese. Bonus points for a seriously solid gluten-free crust. Inducted in 2019.
3016 Guadalupe #100
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